Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween - Cocktails, Brew & Toddy

Monday Morning Post

From the Kitchens of Cheesecake Farms

Black Cat Cocktail
served with a
"Cob Web"

We love Halloween and don't think adults should be left out of the fun.

A few adult beverages will warm 
a chilling evening whether you're waiting for the Trick or Treaters to ring the bell or hosting a (haunted) house full.

Perfect for parties.  

Enchanting for two.

Black Cat Cocktails

An adult ice cream float. 
Why let the kiddies have all the treats???

Orange sherbet
A jigger of vodka
Root beer
Whipped cream
Chocolate sprinkles

For each serving, put 2 scoops of sherbet into a tall glass. Add vodka.  Fill glass with root beer.  

Top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

Black Cat Coolers (non alcoholic)

Prepare Black Cat Cocktails omitting vodka.

Beguiling and bewitching.

For each serving:

1/2 cup apple cider (fresh or hard)
1/3 cup Guinness Extra Stout (other beers or ales not recommended)

Fill a tall, frosted glass with cider and stout.  Stir.  Served very cold.

Hot Orange Cider Toddy

Hot & spicy.
Warming by the fire.....

For each serving:

1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup apple cider (bottled, fresh or hard)
Cinnamon stick
A jigger of apple schnapps, Southern Comfort or bourbon.

Put juice and cider into a heat proof mug and microwave till steaming. 

After heating, add a jigger of spirits and a cinnamon stick.

Hot Orange Cider (non alcoholic)

Prepare Hot Orange Cider Toddy omitting spirits.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies - The New Health Food!

Monday Morning Post

We love chocolate chip cookies so much here at Cheesecake Farms that every guest gets a bag full to nibble. 

Not only is our recipe easier to make than most but, we've tweaked it with "better for you" ingredients.

Fiber rich whole wheat flour.  Heart healthy oil.  Chocolate chips - rich in antioxidants. 
And walnuts for Omega-3's.
Don't like/Can't do nuts?
Leave them out or substitute pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries or raisins. 

Chocolate chip cookies .....the new health food!!  

 Karla's Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

The new health food!

White whole wheat flour is somewhat new to the American market although it's been around Europe for quite a while.  It's essentially the same as regular whole wheat but the outer coating is softer and lighter in color... hence the name "white whole wheat".  The taste is milder, too.  

Make about 48 (2 1/2 inch cookies)
Uses parchment baking paper

2 cups white whole wheat flour (not regular whole wheat or graham flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canola oil 
4 tablespoons butter (softened - 1/2 stick - margarine not recommended)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons water
1 large or extra large egg
1 (12 oz) package semi sweet chocolate chips (2 cups - we use Nestle's)

Optional: 1 cup walnuts (halves in pieces), pecans, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, cranberries or a combination to equal 1 cup


Position oven rack so cookies will bake in center.  Preheat to 350 degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment baking paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.  In a small bowl, using a fork, blend together vanilla, vinegar, water and egg.  Set both aside. 

Using a heavy duty mixer, cream together oil, butter, sugar and brown sugar.  Add flour and egg mixtures.  Blend together on low then scrape bowl and beat on high until fluffy - about 2 minutes.

Fold in chocolate chips and optional nuts, seeds or dried fruit.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls (or use a portion scooper/disher) onto prepared pans 2 inches apart.  Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on bottoms - 12 - 15 minutes. 

When done, slide entire parchment sheet from pan onto rack to cool.  Remove cookies from parchment after they have cooled completely - about 1 hour.