Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Time-Out: Abuelita's Hot Chocolate

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Reading this blog for any length of time, you know how much I love the Cook the Books Club.  The last six months, we have read three wonderful memoirs / novels.  I loved each of them in their own unique ways.  However, for the next three book selections, I wasn't thrilled.  That's when I remembered why I enjoy reading in the first place and don't last in book clubs long. 

I am pretty particular when I go buy a book and now that I have library after library at my disposal (and hour-long train rides daily), I am reading a lot lately.  But I still couldn't get excited for the selections!  Therefore, I decided to make my own.  Over the next six months, I'll do my own blog posts so I am still on the Cook the Books schedule; hopefully I will jump in their fray again soon!  For now, let's talk about The School of Essential Ingredients.  Sometimes my life is serendipitous.  I saw this book on the Barnes and Noble $4 rack and bought it immediately. 

I fell in love with the subject (food, obviously) and when I looked up Erica Bauermeister, I found that Cook the Books had already read her book!!  I was so excited.  Despite the main character, Lillian's distaste for recipes, Erica was kind enough to have some on her website.  With the first real snow of the season this weekend, it was time to make real homemade hot chocolate. 

Abuelita's Hot Chocolate (adapted from here)
Serves:  2
1 cup milk
5 curls orange rind
1/2 stick cinnamon
4 tablespoons Mexican chocolate (or powdered chocolate)
1/8 teaspoon anise
1 cup coffee
1/4 whipping cream

Put milk, orange rind, cinnamon and chocolate in a saucepan and warm through.  Add a touch of anise.  Add to coffee and top with whipping cream. 

Substitute the coffee if you're a coffee hater like me--and double the milk, chocolate, and cinnamon. 

The perfect drink to warm up your winter evenings!

Until the next time my oven is on...


  1. I am curious, what is your next selection?


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