A Dinner Party and a Hunting Knife or Two

| 9/27/2012 9:58:00 AM

Tags: Ethan Becker, The Joy of Cooking, Recipe, tomato juice, Janann Giles,

The holiday are coming and with it the search for new recipes to serve at holiday parties.  I’ve been in a fall mood this week and randomly looking through cookbooks.  I believe I have found a cocktail that will amaze and astound your guests.  Imagine sweeping out of the kitchen, tray filled with cocktails for each guest.  They wait in anticipation for your toast; but before you salute the evening or special guest you let them know about your newest cocktail sensation:  Prune Eggnog!

Joy of Cooking 1943 The best thing I could say when I saw that recipe was ptooeeyucky*@!  and few similar words.  I’m not sure that I have yet gotten the taste of that sound off my tongue.  Yes, it was from a legitimate cookbook, in fact one of the great standards; Irma Rombauer’s The Joy of Cooking.  It was the 1943 edition which might explain some of the odd food combinations.

What caught my eye as I was skimming through the book was actually the first recipe.  It’s what people would immediately see so I’m sure she put her best food forward.  The category was cocktails (non-alcoholic) and the first recipe for a dinner party was a Tomato Juice Cocktail.  I’ve never been served tomato juice at a dinner unless it had vodka and a celery stick in it so this was a surprise.  Also surprising was the amount of time spent to create this drink.   A hostess would need to start early to have these cocktails ready for her guests:

3 ½ cups tomatoes

½ cup water

1/ slice onion

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9/30/2012 12:07:36 PM

Janann, I'd have to agree with ptooeeyucky*@! for the prune eggnog. I'm pretty simple when it comes to food. Prunes are not real high on my list of foods. My Dad always had his dose every morning to keep him regular. As for me fiber keeps me regular. Eggnog is about to hit the stores here. It always comes right before Halloween and ends at New Years. Food during the holidays always is so yummy, don't you think? Have a great prune eggnog day. :-(

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