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Samhain Recipies


Chocolate de Mexicanos

4 1/4 Cups Milk,
4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
5 Tbsp. Sugar,
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon,
1/2 tsp. Vanilla,
1/8 tsp. Allspice,
1 shot Tequila

Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. With a hand-held mixer or a traditional molinillo (a wooden beater resembling a honey dipper), beat the mixture until it stops boiling and becomes slightly frothy. Stir in tequila. Serve immediately in mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Granny McCoy's Pumpkin Pie

(Makes two nine-inch pies)

3 Cups cooked pumpkin (canned is fine),
1 1/4 Cups Evaporated Milk,
2 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar,
1/2 heaping tsp. Ground Nutmeg,
1/2 scant tsp. Salt,
1/4 rounded tsp. Allspice,
1/2 rounded tsp. Cinnamon,
4 well-beaten Eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and pour into two deep, unbaked pie shells. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a knife comes out of the center clean.

Colcannon

(Serves eight)

4 Cups Mashed Potatoes(do not use artificial potato flakes),
2 1/2 Cups Cabbage, cooked
1/2 Cup butter (avoid corn oil margarines as they will not add the needed body and flavor),
1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk or Cream,
1/4 tsp. Salt,
1/8 tsp. White Pepper,
3/4 Cup Onion(chopped very fine and sauteed)

Saute' onions (some prefer to saute' in lard or grease, but butter is acceptable). Boil the potatoes and mash them. In a large pan place all of the ingredients except the cabbage and cook over low heat while blending them together. Turn the heat to medium and add the chopped cabbage. The mixture will take on a pale green cast. Keep stirring occasionally until the mixture is warm enough to eat. Stir well and serve.

Wassail

(Makes one large punch bowl)

1 1/2 Cups Water,
1/2 cup Heavy Cream,
6 baked apples, cut into small pieces,
5 Egg Whites,
1 1/4 Cups Granulated Sugar,
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg,
2 tsp. Allspice,
1 tsp. Cinnamon,
1/2 tsp. Ginger,
8 Whole Cloves,
1 Quart Ale,
1 Cup Cooking Sherry,
1 Cup Irish Whiskey

Bring the water and cream to a slow boil and remove from heat. Beat the egg whites well. Thoroughly mix in all the remaining ingredients except the alcohol. Allow this mixture to cool slightly--enough so that the heat from it will not crack your punch bowl. If you have a non-glass container for your wassail, you can skip the cooling process. Blend in the alcohol just before serving, and be sure to offer the traditional toast to the old apple tree before drinking.

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