Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fall Fetes.

Fall is in the air. High boots, chunky sweaters and lots more walking around the city now that it's not like walking through "Humidity Soup".  Other things I can't wait for: Pumpkin soup, butternut squash "fries" and hosting an Octoberfest party.

At my Octoberfest party, the perfect party favor will be the ingredients to make homemade mulling spices packaged in a mason jar with a recipe card. 

As the guest of a Fall fete last month, my perfect hostess gift was this pot of lavender honey I picked up in September from the Sag Harbor Farmer's Market.

This is my favorite recipe for mulling spices. It’s so easy!

2 t whole allspice
1/4 t whole cloves
1 whole cinnamon stick
1 strip orange rind, thinly peeled

Put the above ingredients in a plastic zip-top bag and beat gently with a rolling pin. Bring two cups of water to a boil and then add a couple of tablespoons of your mulling spices. Simmer the mixture for a warm and inviting smell. Store the remaining mulling spices in an airtight container. An even easier way to achieve this is to simmer apple cider on the stove mixed with a few sticks of cinnamon but be careful not to overboil!  I once ruined a great pan by turning the water on too high.

Mull away Mermaids. XO

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