We've been nursing some lousy head colds and sore throats and body aches and overall tiredness here in Judiland. Definitely not a good way to usher in the holidays. But, it is what it is. So, in honor of feeling lousy and exhausted and quite unmerry......I decided to start off with a spicey comfort food recipe with a few of my fav ingredients that will chase germs away and bring a little merry back.....
- 1 pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1/2 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
- 1/4 pound shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (or more if you are so inclined!)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the crabmeat, garlic, jalapenos, Monterey Jack, Worcestershire, hot sauce, salt, and mayonnaise in a medium-size mixing bowl. Toss gently to mix. Spoon the mixture into a medium-size mixing bowl. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly on the top of the crabmeat mixture. Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving with your choice of veggies, crackers or tortilla chips!
And, just for medicinal purposes......you might want to wash it all down with:
- 1/4 cup pomegranate juice, ( store bought is fine)
- 1/3 cup Tequila Blanco (about 4 ounces)
- 1/8 cup Triple Sec (about 1-ounce)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 ounces)
- 12 ounces ice cubes
- Margarita salt, optional
Combine all ingredients, except salt, in a blender and pulse until frothy and well combined. Rim glasses with lime juice using a lime wedge then dip in margarita salt, pour margarita in your glass and wa-la....you will be cured!!!
Okay, if none of that works......
Cranberry-Apple Dump Cake
1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
1 (18 1/4 ounce) box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Dump cranberries into an ungreased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Dump apple pie filling into pan. Spread mixture evenly and spread dry cake mix on top. Cut up butter and dot top of cake. Sprinkle walnuts or pecans over the cake batter. Bake at 325° for 65 to 75 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Serve with whipped cream!
And, just in case you need to kick a few extra germs out....follow it up with:
1/2 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
2 oz cream
But, if for some reason you need a little extra comforting.....
May I suggest an old fashioned remedy......
3/4 cup of hot tea
2 shots brandy
1 slice lemon
Brew tea, add to mug. Mix in honey and brandy shots. Add lemon slice. Sip slowly then go to bed and dream of sugar plums.
Followed by George Clooney crawling in beside you......wearing nothing but his Santa belt.....
Feel the merry return.