Monday, October 4, 2010

Witch's Brew Punch

This is my very favorite punch recipe for fall/winter---nothing like it:

2 qts apple juice, set aside 7 cups
3/4 c. sugar
1 teas ea. cinnamon, nutmeg (I grate mine fresh), allspice
1 12 oz. OJ concentrate
1 qt ginger ale

In saucepan combine apple juice setting 7 cups aside, sugar, spices. Stir over med. heat till sugar dissolves. Cool. In lg serving bowl, combine 7 c of remaining apple juice, OJ concentrate, sugar mixture with juice that has cooled and mix well. Pour gingerale over. Add ice. Garnish with orange slices.

Makes 3 quarts.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Couscous side dish

In a saucepan (1-2 qt), add 2 Tblsp. olive oil. Heat & add 1/2 cup chopped onion & 4-6 minced cloves of garlic, depending on how garlicky you like things. Stir now & then, making sure it doesn't burn - once it's cooked & translucent, add:
1-1/4 cup chicken stock
1/2 c. (thawed) frozen or fresh peas
1/4 c. minced roasted red pepper
6 minced dried apricots
1/4 tsp. Trader Joe's 21-season salute (a GREAT blend!) you can use a seasoned salt but .....
freshly ground pepper (liberal amount)
several shakes (spiciness to taste) of ground cayenne

Raise heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add 1 cup of couscous to pot, stir & then remove from heat. Cover and let it sit 5-10 minutes. Stir and serve immediately or chill and enjoy it cooled off. It was a tasty side dish last night served with heavily seasoned & oiled grilled sirloin steaks.