The Last Package of Lebkuchen

When I got to Laura’s house there were three packages of Lebkuchen by the guest bed. My daughter knows me well. These are from Germany.

Unfortunately, Oscar the dog got one package and ate some (no ill effects even though he got a chocolate covered one)

but he didn’t get my favorite kind.

I just opened it tonight. One a day for six days and then will have to wait until next Christmas

Kind of a soft gingerbread with a blend of spices, nuts and peel, not too sweet.

Lots of Lebkuchen links below

Lebkuchen ice cream in Berlin

Lebkuchen ice cream at home

Aunt Rhea’s Recipe post from her mother’s father.

Friends in Florida and Massachusetts Bake Aubt Rhea’s Lebkuchen recipe a double guest blog

Annual Lebkuchen Baking

And if you want to experiment with different recipes here’s the blend of Lebkuchen spices

McCammon Chase Holiday Displays

I was a passenger last night. We were looking at holiday lights. Erika drove us through the McCammon Chase neighborhood where the HOA has coordinated uniform light displays. Tree trunks wrapped in red lights, white lights draped in the bare branches.

Here’s a quick video of driving through a block or two so you can be amazed like I was.

And a still snipped from from the video

Someone coordinates this major effort

https://youtube.com/shorts/4lbGM-9Inmg?feature=share

Marzipan. Yes or No?

My sister sent this photo of some marzipan pigs.

Almond paste confections taste good to me,  but I know a lot of people who pass, no matter what shape or color the marzipan takes.

I’m sure you’ve seen fruits and vegetables, animals, or marzipan incorporated into a pastry at a bakery.  Some people find it gross.

Marzipan at the Daring Gourmet recipe and history

Marzipan, yes or no?

Good luck for the New Year.

 

 

JELL-O, Yes or No?

My mother (from Illinois) always made a Christmas JELL-O with the juice of a fresh lemon added. I made it on Christmas Eve but forgot it on Christmas Day and it’s still in the fridge. Maybe we’ll eat some tomorrow. Her other concoction was lemon jello with crushed pineapple and shredded carrots with fresh lemon a pinch of salt. Oh and one made with the little packet of plain gelatin, fresh limes’ juice and sliced green grapes. My childhood memories of JELL-O(click for history as it all started in 1897) my sense is that it’s just not as popular anymore.

So JELL-O, yes or no?

Christmas JELL-O preparation on Christmas Eve

My sister gave me this cookbook

Perhaps your remember my Rainbow JELL-O post which was more of an art project.

Eggnog Yes or No?

Eggnog, egg nog or egg-nog, historically also known as milk punch or egg milk punch, is a rich, chilled, sweetened, dairy-based beverage. It is traditionally made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks.” Wikipedia

Eggnog, yes or no?

And if yes, spiked or non-alcoholic? And if spiked, what alcohol do you add? Rum, bourbon, whiskey?

A rich and creamy adult milkshake it was called in one recipe I read. I think it’s a love it or hate it but we’ll see what response we get.

My mother made it with raw eggs when I was a kid and sprinkled nutmeg on top. She used a hand held egg beater, a rotary one, non-electric, to whip the egg whites into froth.  There was no cooking involved that I remember but there is definitely cooking in  Alton Brown’s recipe.

Here’s an article from Wired Magazine How to Use Science to Make Safe Eggnog with Raw Eggs  

There is an Eggnog Pound Cake Recipe here

You definitely do not want to make anyone sick with raw eggs. Not that anyone is entertaining and serving eggnog this holiday season.

 

NYC Mouse and Pharmacy Windows Guest Gallery

My sister captured two different Christmas windows in NYC in her neighborhood. It’s tricky shooting through the glass. Seeing as I’m not going anywhere I appreciate the blog contributions.

One with a mouse theme and the other a Christmas village in the Pharmacy window.