Showing posts with label Peanut Brittle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Peanut Brittle. Show all posts

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Readers at Mystery Lovers Kitchen




We hope you're having a wonderful day filled with family and friends and turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing and vegetables and pie--or whatever your favorite Thanksgiving traditions are! We are so grateful for your visits to our blog, for your comments, for reading our books, and for making our lives a little bit richer.

We thought it might be fun to share a few of our favorite foodie gifts--to make your mouth water while you're waiting for dinner. So if you're visiting this holiday season or want ideas for the elves in your lives, here are some ideas.



LUCY BURDETTE: For immediately edible treats, I'm mad for Nocciolato, an organic Nutella-like hazelnut spread that I use to make fudge (about $10.) I took the fudge when we were houseguests at our son’s prospective in-laws’ home—it was an instant sensation.

KRISTA DAVIS: I recommend Theo Pink Salted Caramels. Perfect caramels are enrobed in dark chocolate and sprinkled with exactly enough pink sea salt. About $7.50 for four little mouthwatering wonders. I added a box to our tip for the garbage collectors last Christmas, and our trash cans haven’t been tossed to the curb since.


SHEILA CONNOLLY: My grandmother used to arrive for Thanksgiving laden with foodie nibbles (since she lived in New York, they were pretty special): all kinds of nuts in the shell, dates, giant apples and grapes. Most of them I stuck up my nose at, but she also brought wonderful macaroons from what used to be Robert Day Dean's. I'm still hunting for any as good as those. Their decorated sugar and ginger cookies were also pretty spectacular. So if you're eating Thanksgiving with children: bring sweets (and if mom is worried about spoiling their appetites, just slip them a few tastes under the table).



DARYL WOOD GERBER
aka AVERY AAMES: I love making a hot chocolate mix and putting it in a jar with a special spoon attached. I print out these directions. Dump all these things in a bowl: 2 cups powdered sugar; 1 cup cocoa; 2 1/2 cups powdered milk; 1 teaspoon salt; 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Stir. Put into jars. You can top with some marshmallows, but if you have a gluten-free recipient, don’t do that unless the marshmallows are gluten-free. FYI: Kraft Marshmallows are!  J Add a tag with directions to fill the mug half full with mix and then add steaming hot water. Stir and enjoy!





PEG COCHRAN: One of my favorite things to make and bring is a gift box (or bag) of homemade peanut brittle (recipe here).  Just add some fancy wrapping and you have a delicious hostess gift that can be nibbled after dinner or saved for another occasion (if you can resist the temptation!)


VICTORIA ABBOTT: Everyone we know is so busy.  We all want gifts that work for us. One gift that keeps on giving is a stash of refrigerator or freezer cookies. They'll be there the day or the week after when the busy hostess wants to put her feet up. She can slice off the exact number and enjoy cookies fresh from the oven without all the clean-up, with our without guests. We love to get them and this year we plan to give a brown sugar and almond version.  Or should it be the chocolate chip ones? Hmmm.


CLEO COYLE: For coffee lovers, a premium package of coffee makes a lovely gift. This year, Marc and I are excited to be giving our very own blend, "Billionaire's Blend," which was created by Holly O'Connor of One Good Woman Fine Coffees and Teas and her master roaster Shane in honor of our visit to their store in Eastern PA. The name of the blend is taken from our Coffeehouse Mystery, Billionaire Blend, and the customers liked it so much that Holly and Shane decided to keep roasting and selling it. Giving someone a gift with the word "Billionaire" in the title is a real hoot. And while this delicious blend is rich, the price is not (under $15.00 a pound, which is a good deal for premium, small-batch roasted coffee). To order it for yourself, simply call the toll free number at their shop 1-866-610-2872. Their staff is incredibly warm and friendly and they excel at fulfilling special orders. May you drink with joy!





Happy Thanksgiving, friends!





Saturday, May 18, 2013

Microwave Peanut Brittle


by Peg Cochran

Once a month a group of us get together for what we call “game night.”  If we have the right number we play euchre, otherwise we pick other game like Catch Phrase, Charades or Apples to Apples.  The hostess supplies the venue and we all chip in for take-out.  That way it isn’t too much work for anyone.  But we usually have some little snacks set out to enjoy while we play—trail mix, nuts, M&Ms or whatever.  I’m hosting tonight so I thought I would make some peanut brittle.  It’s so easy in the microwave!  I used to make it the old-fashioned way and even kept a pair of clean white gloves to stretch the brittle!  This is so much easier—you could have fun doing it with your kids.  AND it’s delicious and completely addictive!


Microwave Peanut Brittle

1 cup white sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 cup salted peanuts
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda

Butter a cookie sheet (or spray liberally with PAM.)  Combine sugar and corn syrup in a glass bowl and microwave on high for four minutes.  Stir in salted peanuts and microwave on high for 3 ½ minutes.  Stir in butter and vanilla and microwave for
1 ½ minutes more.

Stir in baking soda until light and foamy.  Pour onto cookie sheet and quickly spread as thin as possible.  Cool completely before breaking into bite-sized pieces. 

The basic ingredients


Sugar mixed with corn syrup

Sugar and corn syrup microwaved.  Careful, it's hot!

Peanut brittle spread out to cool.  You might want to double the recipe!
A sticky bowl to pick at!








Reg hoping for a treat!
Just received--copies of Steamed to Death!  On your shelves June 4!