Mrs. Lynne's Famous Holiday Party Punch
- One 2 liter bottle of Sprite, chilled
- One 2 liter bottle of Ginger Ale, chilled
- 25 ounces (one bottle) Sparkling Cider, chilled
- 12 ounces Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate, slightly thawed
- 64 ounces (one bottle) Cranberry Juice, chilled
- Fresh Cranberries
- Serves approximately 35 one-cup servings. Depending on party size, you may want to double or triple the recipe. When determining amount to make, take into consideration the size of your cups, and keep in mind that guests may want seconds (or even thirds).
- If you would like your party punch to have a little more “punch”, add champagne!
Traditional Recipes for New Year's Lunch
The Rudasills’ Black-Eyed Peas
- In a large pot with a lid, sauté the bacon pieces over medium heat until the bacon grease begins to render and the bacon is barely cooked. Remove the bacon from the pot with a slotted spoon and reserve for later.
- Increase the heat to medium-high, and add the butter to the pot. Add the diced onion and garlic to the pot and sauté for 3-5 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the peas, cooked bacon, and chicken broth to the pot. Add enough water so that the peas are covered by about one inch of liquid.
- Bring the peas to a low simmer over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot halfway with the lid, and continue cooking for 1 to 1 ½ hours until the peas are soft, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
- Taste the peas and season with freshly ground black pepper and salt, if needed. Serve warm with fresh cornbread and spicy chowchow!
Old Fashioned Spicy Chowchow Relish
- In a large non-reactive pot, bring water, salt, sugar, garlic, and spices to a low simmer.
- Add cider vinegar and bring to a gentle boil. Add all the diced vegetables and toss to coat vegetables in the spice liquid.
- Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for approximately 5-10 minutes until the vegetables become tender.
- Transfer mixture to glass jars with lids and refrigerate. Chowchow will keep chilled for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Happy New Year to you and your family and many wishes for good luck, prosperity, and good health in 2018!
Every year, we welcome "Fall Back" when Daylight Savings Time ends. However, there are some of us who might appreciate the extra hour of sleep, but aren't welcoming the daylight we're giving up. How, when our lives seem to go from 1-100 as soon as November hits, do we find the time to accomplish our to-do list? I don't know about some, but when the workday closes and its dark...a nice comfy fire, a movie, and some wine is all we want to cuddle up with. (We could recommend some fantastic wines from your local Brookshire Brothers, but that's another blog, right?) But alas, we have families, friends and commitments to meet and take care of. So, here's our tips for making the most of your day!
- Start earlier. Yes, we said it. Move that alarm clock back 30 minutes to allow for more productivity. Studies show that you're most productive in the first few hours of waking. So pour some coffee and tackle that list! And, if you're really tired, take that 30 minutes back when you go to bed by lying down earlier.
- Rearrange your day. There are some tasks that can be done in the evening after the sun goes down - like homework, laundry, and cleaning. If your kids want to soak up the few hours of sun, let them before it goes down!
- Watch the naps. Earlier sunsets throws everyone off. But when you take a late nap and wake up when its dark outside, you can really be thrown off. Try to watch when you and your little ones nap and adjust the times accordingly to not create sleepless nights.
- Take your lunch outside. Here in Texas, it may have been technically "autumn" for a few weeks, but the temperatures still feel like summer. Enjoy what little bit of heat we have left and eat outside at lunch. For most 9-5ers, that little bit of sun may be all you see for the workday.
- Incorporate soups, stews, and chilis into your menu. Don't spend your day cooking inside! Grab that crockpot and throw all you need in for a few hours while you spend time outdoors. It'll be ready when it's dinner time.
- Embrace the change! We know, change hurts. But by December, you'll be used to it and even busier with planning for Christmas, that the time change will be a distant memory.
It’s hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner...especially when it still feels a bit summery outside. Hopefully the temperature will drop some before the trick-or-treating weekend is upon us! Have some fun this year with your kiddos making these fun after-school and party recipes that are simple, quick, and delicious!
- 3-4 apples – Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji
- smooth or crunchy peanut or almond butter
- mini marshmallows
Slice apples into quarters and remove the core. Slice each quarter in half and spread a small amount of peanut or almond butter on one of the sides. Add 5-7 mini marshmallow “teeth” to one slice and top with another slice, peanut butter side down to hold the marshmallows in place. Refrigerate your “toothy” apples until ready to serve.
Fall Party Snack Mix
- 6 cups Chex or Crispix cereal
- 1 cup mini pretzel twists
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup peanut butter pieces or chocolate candies
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup candy corn or other fall candy
Pre-heat the oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Melt the butter in a large bowl. Add the cereal and pretzels and toss evenly to coat. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon, then toss with the cereal mixture to evenly coat. Spread the cereal mixture onto the baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool the cereal mixture completely. Once cool, add the candy, candy corn and marshmallows. Serve in a large bowl for a party or package into small bags to give out to friends
Spiced Apple Cider
Makes 16-20 servings
- 2 ½ quarts apple cider
- 24 ozs pineapple juice
- 24 ozs orange juice
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4-6 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
In a large crock pot, mix apple cider, pineapple juice, orange juice, ground nutmeg, and ground cinnamon. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves (see note). Heat on high for 1 hour. Turn heat to low and continue heating for 1-2 hours or until ready to serve. Refrigerate any remaining cider.
NOTE: If you have cheesecloth available, use a small square of cloth to wrap the cinnamon sticks and cloves and then tie with twine. Add to the pot and remove before serving. If cheesecloth is not available, use a slotted spoon to remove the cloves before serving.
Kate Rudasill, Catering Coordinator for Brookshire Brothers, has been in the food-service industry for the past 14 years. As a graduate of Texas A&M University, a student of The Texas Culinary Academy, and a Nacogdoches, Texas native, Kate grew up with Southern tradition in her blood which caused her to have a deep love for bringing people together with food.
As the holiday season is nearing, we are encouraging our customers and employees to share their traditions. We hope you enjoy the tradition of Las Posadas and encourage your family to participate with us this year!
The Tradition of Las Posadas
The Mexican Posadas is a 9-day Mexican Christmas celebration to recreate the journey that Mary and Joseph took traveling from Nazareth to Bethlehem looking for a warm place to give birth. During the journey, Mary and Joseph are turned away by many but finally come to a home that lets them in. However, in Hispanic cultures, the recreation of the journey is represented by those who attend the Posadas and ask for a 'welcoming' via songs. Traditionally, most begin singing further away from the home and are turned down until they reach the front home. After entering the home, one of the most important things in the celebration is the food that brings people together. Enjoy tamales, empanadas, and all traditional hispanic dishes.
Join us in the celebration of Las Posadas and tell us your Posadas turned out!
In the name of Heaven This is not an inn
I beg you for lodging, so keep going.
for she cannot walk I cannot open
my beloved wife. you may be a rogue.
We are worn out I don't care about your name.
coming from Nazareth. Let me sleep,
I am a carpenter, because I already told you
Joseph by name. we shall not open up.
My wife is Mary Are you Joseph?
She's the Queen of Heaven Your wife is Mary?
and she's going to be a mother Enter, pilgrims.
of the Divine Word. I did not recognize you.
May God pay, gentle folks, Blessed is the house
your charity, that shelters this day
and thus heaven heap the pure Virgin,
happiness upon you. the beautiful Mary.
Outside and Inside Sing together:
Enter, holy pilgrims, holy pilgrims, receive this corner, for though this dwelling is poor, I offer it with all my heart.
To find a great Red Chili Pork Tamale Recipe, click here
A Perfect Cupcake Wine for Any Holiday Festivity
With the holidays approaching, Cupcake Vineyards offers 12 wines of Christmas that can accompany just about any festive occasion. Whether searching for the right hostess gift or relaxing after a grueling day of gift shopping, Cupcake Vineyards has delectable wines that will keep you celebrating deliciously throughout the season.
"Cupcake Vineyards wines are rich, full and elegant, a true indulgence without an exorbitant price tag to match," said winemaker Adam Richardson. "Christmastime is filled with reasons for gifting, celebrating and simply enjoying a special time of year. With a varietal for every taste and occasion, we keep our fans celebrating deliciously throughout the season."
Without further ado, the 12 Wines of Christmas from Cupcake Vineyards:
On the first day... For many, surviving a day of big crowds and holiday shopping calls for a toast. Break out Cupcake Vineyards Prosecco; it's light and refreshing, and its fine effervescence gives way to creamy flavors of ripe lemon, refined citrus and toasted brioche. Pair it with gorgonzola crostini and melon wrapped in prosciutto for a flavorful holiday kick-off.
On the second day... Keep the shopping momentum going online, where you can shop deliciously from home. Sip a glass of Cupcake Vineyards Angel Food, a proprietary white blend centered on premium chardonnay grapes. Luscious and aromatic, Angel Food offers flavors of baked Granny Smith apple and hints of toasty vanilla.
On the third day... Whether watching the lighting of the national holiday tree in Washington, D.C., or heading to a local tree lighting ceremony, pair this vibrant evening with our equally vibrant Pinot Grigio. Fragrances of pineapple, pears and sweet lemons give way to a full body with a creamy mid-palate that integrates tropical and citrus fruits.
On the fourth day... Secret Santa gifts often tend toward dubious tastes. Skip the kitsch, and instead, share deliciously with a bottle of our Sauvignon Blanc. Hints of grapefruit, gooseberry and citrus simply give away the fact that this Secret Santa has impeccable taste. Slip in a note with recommendations, such as serving the wine chilled with oysters on the half shell or with a rich lobster risotto, to make the gift truly memorable.
On the fifth day... If you're inviting friends or family to a tree decorating party, prepare some simple appetizers to pair with Cupcake Vineyards' crowd-pleasing Chardonnay. With decadent layers of butter, cream, citrus and vanilla that meld into balanced oak and subtle spice, the wine is delicious with a simple selection of cheeses and fresh-baked French bread as well as seared Ahi tuna on waffle crackers.
On the sixth day... Take in a traditional holiday performance of the Nutcracker, and enjoy Cupcake Vineyards Riesling an aperitif before a light late-night, post-ballet supper. Our Riesling starts with a nose hinting of ripe honeydew and lemon chiffon, then fills the palate with creamy lemons, bright citrus fruits and a touch of sweetness.
On the seventh day... Don plush velvet for the office holiday bash, and give likewise to the event host with Cupcake Vineyards Red Velvet. This blended red features over-the-top aromas of chocolate, deep rich blackberries and red fruits that follow through the palate to a creamy mocha finish with just a hint of coconut. Our rich, decadent Red Velvet is just the thing to top off a year of hard work.
On the eighth day... Heading to a Christmas wine and cocktail party with friends? Cupcake Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect hostess gift and a perfect winter wine with dark fruit flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and cassis, as well as tastes of cocoa and toasty oak. Bring along some baked brie drizzled with honey to add to the appetizer selection and complement this full-bodied wine with a long, smooth and silky finish.
On the ninth day... Continue the magical mood from a night touring community Christmas light displays with a glass of Cupcake Vineyards Pinot Noir. An aroma of cherries gives way to a touch of red currants and a hint of spice, perfect after cold winter's evening out. Pair it with smoked sausage or mushroom risotto for a hearty, warming meal.
On the tenth day... Christmas Eve is full of anticipation, and if dining with loved ones on the occasion, bring along Cupcake Vineyards Malbec to share. This wine has a heady, yet dry nose with aromas of blueberries and leather. Intense flavors of chocolate, mocha and plums are matched by a soft velvety texture, a hint of spice and a note of toasted oak. Versatile with food, it works well with hearty dishes, such as steak, a mushroom and bacon salad or chili.
On the eleventh day... Gather around the holiday table for a decadent Christmas dinner complemented by Cupcake Vineyards Merlot. Our full-bodied yet smooth Merlot displays supple tannins with flavors of red cherries that evolve into decadent levels of cocoa and espresso. From the meal's starring roast served with a port-fig reduction sauce to a decadent chocolate dessert, this Merlot will make merry throughout the meal.
On the twelfth day... Known as the second biggest shopping day of the year, Dec. 26 comes with the knowledge that another holiday has been celebrated deliciously. Make one last trip to the mall, then break out our bubbly Moscato D'Asti for a final toast to the Christmas season (and consider saving a bottle or two for New Year's Eve festivities). A vibrant, expressive sparkling wine, our Moscato D'Asti has floral notes with flavors of peach, tropical fruit and lychee. Enjoy with a delicious seasonal dessert, like vanilla bean poached pears.
About Cupcake Vineyards
Cupcake Vineyards, located in Livermore, Calif., introduced a fruit-forward, indulgent and eminently approachable portfolio of wines in 2008. The inaugural release of Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon has since grown to include an array of varietals from Central California as well as from other world-renowned wine-producing regions, including Marlborough, New Zealand; Mendoza, Argentina; Prosecco, Trentino and Asti, Italy; Barossa Valley, Australia; and Mosel Valley, Germany. Winemaker Adam Richardson and his team never rush the winemaking process, taking time to create the complex, rich and creamy wines that enable everyone to "Live Deliciously."