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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Brrrrrrrr is it cold outside!!

BBBrrrrrrrrrrrr! It's cccccold outside.


Grab a cup of something hot to drink, sit back, and put another log on the fire.

Have any of you noticed lately how cold out it has been? I'm sure you have. Around my house it's been anywhere from minus something to about 32 degrees. The temperature seems to be fluctuating a lot recently and it just makes me cold. Brrrrr. Now something that probably doesn't help is the fact that I'm still on a medication that makes me cold. I can't wait to get off of it.

Now that it is cold outside I thought I'd give you two recipes to help warm you up on the inside. The first recipe is one that my wife makes for me for Christmas and it is soooooo good. It is called Fireside Coffee. This is a great hot beverage to make ahead of time and keep in an airtight container. You can then just add it to some hot water anytime and have a wonderful hot drink. You can also make some up, put it into a thermos, and take it with you on those cold hikes as you are out there looking for those cold caches.

Without any further chills here is the first recipe.


2 Cups hot chocolate mix
1 Cup instant Decaf coffee
2 Cups non-dairy creamer
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 Cups sugar

Blend these ingredients thoroughly. When well mixed add 2 to 3 Tbsp. of the mix to a cup of hot water. Sit back and enjoy. Store unused mix in an airtight container for later use. (Another option is to use the hot chocolate mix with the little marshmallows in it.)

                    Fireside Coffee

Fireside Coffee makes a great gift for that someone special in your life. Just put it into a small tin and wrap with a red bow and tell them here is something to keep you warm when I'm not around.
Mmmm good!!

Now this next warmer upper is not for the faint of heart. I really enjoy a cup (that is a really large cup) of it on those really, really, cold days. It's not something I share with the kids, usually. It's also something my wife will not even come close to touching, let alone ingesting it. Now don't go thinking it's something with alcohol in it because it's not.  It's called SOB's Fiery Soup. My profile picture should give you a little hint if you look at it closely.

When you've got one of those really cold days and your out searching for that FTF cache, and the temp is below zero, this is what will warm you right up as well as melt the snow around you for at least 25 yards. This makes the cache easier to spot.

So without further chiles (unless you're like me and you like chiles) here is SOB's Fiery Soup.

3 Cups chicken broth                     1 Cup onions
1 tsp garlic powder  *                    1 red or green bell pepper
1 tsp salt ***                                  1 Thai Dragon pepper
1 tsp parsley flakes **                    1 Portuguese Hot pepper
4 Tbsp butter                                  2 Cayenne peppers
10 Tbsp flour                                  2 Jalapeno peppers
 2 cups milk                                    1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

In a saucepan combine broth, W. Sauce, dry ingredients (except flour), onions, and all peppers chopped up. (If you really like it hot leave the placenta in the peppers. It's the white lining that the seeds are attached to, and it's the hottest part of the pepper.) Bring mixture to a boil. Cover and let simmer on low heat until peppers and onions are tender. Place part of the mixture in a blender and blend until creamy. Place this sauce into a bowl. Do the same with the rest of the mixture and set aside in the same bowl
Melt the butter in the saucepan. Stir in the flour and add the milk all at once. Cook and stir constantly until thickened. Add mixture from bowl above. Once the soup is heated thoroughly, taste and season with salt and black pepper. WARNING!!!! Be cautious not to breathe in the fumes from the hot peppers as you cook and blend them. (This has been known to cause coughing episodes; just ask my family.) You can use fresh hot peppers or dried ones if you have them. I usually dry a lot of them by hanging them over the fireplace until totally dry. Then I package them with my seal-a-meal and they will last for a long time.

                   SOB's Fiery Soup

I hope you enjoy these favorites of mine as the weather continues to get colder and colder. And, if you can't stand the heat then get out of my hot peppers! LOL.


Heather Cook (Lady-Magpie) said...

Good grief BigAl, don't think I could get anywhere near that soup concoction, that would blow my head off. Perhaps you should rename it from SOB'S Fiery Soup to "The Spice of Life" enjoyed.


After a cold day caching, that Fiery Soup should do the trick. I love recipes and thanks for sharing some of yours.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Wow- that soup sounds hot. I think I'll stick with the coffee.


Yo BigAl, a Facebook friend asked, "Where does BigAl buy his peppers?"

Debbie DeBaeremaeker said...

great idea for the fireside hot chocolate as a gift :)

BigAl said...

I usually get them at the Farmer's Market in Scranton during the summer months. I dry a lot of them and then seal them up for winter. I just bought a coffee/spice grinder to use for my dried peppers so I can chop them up. It works great. If you can't find the peppers mentioned you can choose some different ones. Wegman's is another place to get peppers as well as buying them dried already. There is a little Asian store in Scranton that sells some pretty hot ones too. One thing I did not mention is that I make up a large batch of the soup, but do not add the milk or flour. Then I can this base juice in jars and then I can store it for a long time. Then when I want some I just have to heat it up and add the milk and flour. It does look funny in the jars because it's sort of reddish with stuff floating in it. I just used up the last of mine so I need to make some more. What was that... soups on?


" here is something to keep you warm when I'm not around " Awe, you big lug! I love the gift idea!
Great work!

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