sangria

A tasty sangria recipe from Betty's Cook NookA Refreshing Drink

With roots from Spain, it’s hard to believe that Sangria may have been first tasted here in the U.S. at the World’s Fair in New York City in 1964.

While I didn’t have my first alcoholic beverage until I was 17 years old (and it was a wine cooler popular at the time), this sangria recipe is easy to prepare and omits the brandy commonly found in other recipes.

Either way I think you’ll agree sangria really cools down hot summer days.

foodie tips ~

  Best enjoyed fresh.
  On the next go of this, I’m trying the brandy. To taste my options. :)

i. ingredients

A tasty sangria recipe from Betty's Cook Nook

1 tablespoon | sugar
1 bottle | spanish red wine, chilled
to chill | ice cubes
12 ounces | carbonated water
to garnish | spirals of lemon peel
to garnish | orange slices

ii. what to do

1. Put the sugar in a large pitcher.

2. Add wine, ice cubes and carbonated water.

3. Drop in lemon peels and orange wedges; stir.

4. Pour into serving glasses and enjoy!

Yields: 1½ Quarts

A scan of Mom's Sangria recipe


julia child’s roast

Julia Childs Roast Recipe

Sometime’s life and eventful timing collide. 

This week we just so happened to randomly select this recipe from many in Mom’s cookbook. After further research … How did we know it was Julia Child’s birthday (August 15th)? And who eats a savory hot roast in summer? Apparently we do!

This recipe requires a little TLC in the kitchen and I think it’s well worth it – the results speak for themselves.

Hats off to you, Julia, for inspiring the joy of cooking in so many people – including my Mom! And thanks for channeling us to find this recipe.

A little taste of the good times.

foodie tips ~

 The sauce below sounds nice. We made it but didn’t think it was necessary; this roast is delicious as is without added layers of flavor and texture.

 By “1/2 cup or more of wine” below, we suggest or more to “keep it real,” as they say. See what you think.

 If you love stews try this Tuscan Beef Stew recipe. This dish makes regular appearances at my table and guests love it.

i. ingredients

4-5 pounds | chuck roast, top or bottom round brisket
to season the meat | salt and pepper
to coat the pan | olive oil
| onions, sliced
| carrots, sliced
| tomatoes, chopped
1 cup | bouillion
eye it | water, to fill pot
1/2 cup or more | wine (I suggest a red)
| bay leaf
pinch | thyme
5 | peppercorns
2 cloves | garlic

ii. what to do

1. Dry the meat – pat it with a few papertowels. Cover it with salt and pepper. Brown it in a pot lined with a coating of olive oil over medium heat. Remove the meat from the pot and set it aside on a plate or on a piece of foil that we will use later (below).

2. Brown sliced onions and sliced carrots in oil. Put the roast back in the pot and add chopped tomatoes, bouillion, water and wine. Flavor with bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns and the garlic cloves. Half or more of the roast should be covered in sauce; add water or wine if necessary. Before putting the lid on the pot, cover the roast with foil so it won’t shrink too much.

Julia Childs Roast Recipe

3. Cook at 300°F or simmer on top of stove 3 – 4.5 hours. About 1/2 hour or so before the roast is done, add onions, carrots, and potatoes if desired.

4. For gravy: drain the fat off the roast juice. Add flour mixed with butter to juice.

Yields: 6-8 Servings

A Scan Of Mom's Handwritten Julia Child's Roast Recipe