Return to the 1980s with me as I cook my way through a childhood recipe collection. Do Stuffed Beefaroni Peppers still taste as delicious today as they did 20 years ago? What exactly is Rainbow in a Cloud? And why do all these cake recipes feature mayonnaise? No matter when you came of age, you're bound to find laughs, dining disasters, and hopefully, a few new -- and timeless -- additions to your table.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Quick Sips: Party Punch with Creepy Frozen Hand
Looking through my already cluttered cupboards, I’m forced
to confront an ugly reality: There is just no room for a punch bowl.
More’s the pity, since this Party Punch (courtesy of a
leaflet produced by Albertson’s grocery stores) is one tasty libation.However, I have to admit, it tasted just fine
poured from a pitcher.
Punch has not advanced much since the days when everyone did
have a punch bowl in their cupboard, and that’s okay. This simple but sublime
concoction has timeless appeal. And with
the addition of my Creepy Frozen Hand, you’re all set for Halloween.
Already starting to disintegrate ...
1 c. orange juice
¼ c. lemon juice
1 pt. cranberry juice cocktail
1 c. pineapple juice
1 pt. apple cider
2 qts. chilled ginger ale
Combine all ingredients except ginger ale; mix well. Just
before serving, pour over ice in punch bowl; add ginger ale. Yield: 30
Creepy Frozen Hand
1 non-latex rubber glove
2-3 packages fruit “gusher” fruit snacks
Distribute fruit snacks into empty glove (making sure to put
some in each finger and thumb) and fill with water to about 2” from wrist. Tie off and freeze until hard, 4-5 hours. When
frozen, carefully cut glove away from hand, and float in punchbowl.
Once it starts melting, the fruit snacks sink to the bottom.
·I used fresh-squeezed orange and lemon juice.
·I also used unsweetened cranberry juice, but
this is definitely NOT SWEET, so test-drive a small amount before you commit to
serving it to 30 people.
Why Don’t You …
·Use real fruit instead of fruit snacks? Grapes,
strawberries, kiwi … all would “bleed” nicely into the ice.