Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve

I love Christmas Eve and because of the way the holidays fall this year, we have Christmas Eve off together which is really nice.  We're off to breakfast and then to play with a friend's Christmas present...and chocolate lab puppy...what better way to spend Christmas Eve than smothered in puppy love.  No worries, no puppies in the future here...just Troy!

Tonight, it's happy, local stuffed chicken with carrots and Brussels sprouts...I just hope chicken isn't on the menu for Christmas tomorrow night.  And then FLAMING COFFEE...yum!  A favorite holiday tradition from my childhood...I always thought I was getting a treat of Kahlua and brandy and coffee as a kid, as I didn't know the flames burn away the alcohol.  No wonder Mom was always happy to keep my flame going a bit longer...but not too much...she did want us to sleep after all.

And then...How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  The real one, the Boris Karloff one.  And then bed to wait for Santa!

I do love Christmas Eve.  It's all about the food and drink and family...ahhhhhhh.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

Flaming Coffee:
Make a pot of your favorite coffee and have it near the stove.
Make fresh, yummy whipped cream...the way you like it.
Light a candle in the middle of your stove.
Have a metal ladle ready.

Use sturdy wine glasses (or the snooty flaming coffee mugs you inherited from your mom) and steam them over a pot of boiling water upside down and immediately dip into sugar to sugar the rims.  Mom was always super generous with this: going almost an inch down the glass with sugar.  Set glasses aside.  (Make sure your glasses are sturdy and warm so they don't break with the heat!!)

Warm half brandy and half Kahlua on the stove so that it is warm enough to flame over the candle, but not so hot that it ignites in the pot--that's bad.  (And this is an art, by the way, and one I am still working on).  Quickly ladle the brandy/Kahlua in a glass and use the ladle to ignite a spoonful and pour into glass flaming the warm alcohol in the glass.  Holding the stem of the wine glass, turn the glass so the flames crystallize the sugar.  Let the flame go for how long you want, but the more it flames, the more alcohol you burn off.  Put out the flames with the coffee.  Add a dollop of whipped cream.  Yum!!

Then clean up the mess...maybe in the morning!

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