Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Cookery


Seasons greetings, blogpadres!
It's hard to believe it's been a year since my last post about cooking, but certainly it has.
This year, instead of Candied Nuts, I decided to make Rum Balls. Though there may be some hidden symbolism in my two-years running choices of recipes that could be euphemisms for cajones, I choose to believe differently.
That yellowed paper next to the plate is the recipe of old, typed on the ancient, black, 50-pound manual typewriter I was given by my grandmother as a kid. (Yes, even 25 years ago I was a writing, typing dork.) The recipe came from one of the neighbors on our street, who still lives there. And yes, my mom did make these and allow us to eat them as children. Who knows what current freakitudes (such as a simultaneous love of chocolate AND rum!) I can blame on this underage intake of hard liquor in candy form.
This year, instead of rockin', I watched a DVD I found of the 1982 Leslie Nielsen series Police Squad, instead of egg nog, I was drinking Keystone Lights, and I wasn't making these as gifts, just for personal consumption and sharing with friends.
These tiny differences are only the beginning of what's different for me this year, and what will be different on Christmases forever. Against a mounting tide of things that will never be the same, I can stir together these ingredients and conjure up one thing, at least, to count on... one talisman against loss and time.
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"Take away my worries of today, and leave tomorrow behind." -- Gary Wright

11 comments:

Azathoth said...

Looks great, makes me wish I could cook.

Merry Chrsitmas to you and yours Ari. Hope it's filled with smiles, laughter, and love.

Violet said...

Looks delicious. Apparently, I'm about a year behind you, so maybe next year, I'll try the Rum Balls.

Ari said...

Thanks, Aza. I hope yours was lovely too.

I noticed that, Violet! If you'd like the recipe, I can post it. The hardest part is crushing the Nilla wafers. :)

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Damn! That's what we forgot this year: rum balls.

Ari said...

Yeah, LBB, I was eating them while driving, wondering: is this legal?

Trevor Record said...

You know that I can't get to you blog through your profile?

Anyhow, I finally got around to sending you a package. Well, it's actually for your dogs mostly. But there is something for you as well, that is a weird Canadian thing.

Ari said...

Oops. Not sure why that is, Trevor. But thanks for the package! I and the pups will be looking for it. These dogs have gotten as many presents as I have this year! :)

Berlinbound said...

Care to share that recipe?

Lance Manion said...

When I was a child, the old man down the street used to make a traditional Lithuanian Christmas dish he referred to a "Spice Penis". It wasn't until years later (long after the arrest) that I learned that there's no such dish.

I hope that your Xmas was rocking and that your stocking was filled with materialistic goodness.

Ari said...

Yeah, and "Glazed Boobies" isn't a dish either.

Thanks, Lance! Hope you and yours had a nice one!

Ari said...

Rum Balls

1 6 oz. package of chocolate morsels
3 tbsp. white Karo syrup
1/2 cup rum
2 1/2 cups vanilla wafers (crushed)
1/2 cup sifted confectioners sugar
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Extra powdered sugar for rolling

Melt morsels in the microwave (stir after 30 seconds, then heat an additional 30 seconds or until morsels are melted -- watch carefully).

Add Karo. Then mix rum, vanilla wafer crumbs, sugar and pecans with melted chocolate mixture. Mix very well.

Let mixture stand for 30 minutes before rolling into balls. After making mixture into 1 inch balls, roll balls in extra powdered sugar. Place in an airtight box and refrigerate for 24 hours.

This is the original recipe, but you may want to cut the rum in half... these are pretty strongly liquor flavored. Kinda depends on who's eating them.

Have fun!

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