Category Archives: Food & drink

Balls. Bourbon Balls.

(Lori’s Childhood Trivia is below the recipe part of the post.)

Emma is hosting a recipe exchange for the holidays. I’m getting my entry in early because, well, when you see how yummy these are, you’re going to want to have a batch on hand from now through, oh, Halloween 2009.

Emma has asked us to tell why the recipe is special.

This recipe in my 3-ring kitchen binder is a tattered photocopy of my dad’s handwriting, dated 1969. Now, my dad knows his way around a grill but he most definitely does NOT make cookies. So the fact that he wrote down a recipe and hung on to it means that it made him a hit at work. He and my mom made it every December for him to bring to his aerospace facility (think Mad Men for chemical engineers). The treats held a fascination for me because the whole time I was growing up, I was unable to partake.

Now I can. And I do.

Bourbon Balls (or, as I prefer, Rum Balls)
2 1/2 C crushed vanilla wafers
1 C confectioners sugar
1 C chopped pecans (optional)
2 T powdered cocoa
3 T white corn syrup
1/2 – 3/4 C bourbon or rum or scotch. Pick your poison.

Mix ingredients in order given. Form balls, roll in confectioners sugar. Store in covered container.


Now I pick at least 5 blogger buddies to include in the recipe exchange. We are all to leave our permalinks at Emma’s post, with the end result being a delicious compilation of bloggy goodness.

I pick Bloorb (gotcha back!), Pamela Jeanne, Luna, Steph (as always, just to tick her off), and Marge.

See AK’s post for more specific directions.

Lori’s Childhood Trivia Round 9, Clue #8

It’s Lori’s Childhood Trivia, where I dredge up something from the 1970s you (hopefully) enjoyed the way I did, and you figure out what it is by my carefully meted out clues. Here are the all available clues, with some depth added in.

Clue#1: Anita (as in West Side Story)
Clue #2: Violet (as in Willy Wonka)
Clue #3: Chauffeur
Clue #4: David
Clue #5: Cliff
Clue #6: Bismarck-ish. Or maybe Moorhead-ish.
Clue #7: Furniture-philia
Clue #8: Coco

For the scoop on this game and for past rounds, click here. Rummage around for some happy memories, songs, toys, and laughs, and get your player bling.

What’s your guess?

Get thee to a liquor store…

…so you can make this fabulous end-of-summer dessert.

  1. Buy a bottle of Limoncello. It’s $15-$20, but it will last you awhile.
  2. And stop at the grocery store for some raspberry sherbet
  3. And either fresh or frozen raspberries (I’ve had trouble with the fresh, for inevitably there is a moldy one hidden by the packaging.) Also, frozen raspberries have added sugar, so I have also used unsweetened blackberries — yummy, too).

Put all three ingredients in a bowl in whatever ratio you like.

Taste the summer — while you can! You’ll thank me.
As far as I know, this concoction doesn’t have a name. Try it and suggest one.

It’s Friday! Belly on up to the voting booth

I’ve hosted the occasional Mojito Friday here. Thanks to my Mom Friends, I’m going to serve some other interesting concoctions today.

The first Monday afternoon of summer break, I called three of my mom friends to come over — with kids — for Happy Hour. I served Mojitos and Doritos. (The kids partook only of popsicles. NOT laced with rum).

The next week, Rose invited us for a Tuesday Happy Hour. She served Geneves and stuffed mushrooms and a cheesy-artichoke hors-d’ouevre that cost me 43.5 hours on the elliptical.

The following Wednesday (is this starting to sound like The Hungry Caterpillar?), Jeannie hosted Happy Hour by serving Dark & Stormys and nachos.

And ever the ultimate hostess, Michelle closed the loop the fourth week by serving Sangria and about 8 types of appetizers, all fabulously yummy. Husbands, by now, were joining us. The better to drive us home.

So today I’m serving virtuals of all four. Below you’ll see the flavors in each. Then, you can vote by using this new gadget I found (located on my sidebar). Lurkers — even you! Please, loosen up and leave a comment saying what you chose and why.

Mojito: rum, mint, lime, club soda
Geneve: vodka, creme de menthe, creme de cacao
Dark & Stormy: dark rum, ginger beer*, lime
Sangria: red wine, limoncello, diced fruits

* As if I need another reason to love Target, I found out last night while school shopping that they carry ginger beer. Don’t ask why I was in the drink section when I was supposed to be buying pencil erasers.

If you want exact recipes, just email me at bestlightlori (at) gmail. Or google them yourself.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to a real happy hour with a very handsome man before we pick up our children from their playdate. Hmmmmm….what shall I have?


My Death Row Cake

It’s the Town Crier’s blogoversary, and all over people are celebrating their own occasions with cakes and photos of them.

It’s too hot here to fire up the oven. Instead, I’ve researched one of my all-time favorite recipes. If I were on Death Row, this would be my last meal. When you make it with Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, it is To Die For — especially the frosting (arsting-fay to my sisters).

Kahlúa Chocolate Cake
3 eggs, separated
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoon, baking soda
3/4 cup strong cold coffee
3/4 cup Kahlúa
Kahlúa Frosting
Grease & flour two 9 inch cake pans. Preheat oven to 350º F.

Beat egg whites until frothy; then beat in sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside. Cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda together. Add to creamed mixture alternately with coffee and Kahlúa: blend well. Fold egg whites into batter. Pour into prepared pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes, or until done. Cool 10 minutes. Invert on wire rack; remove pans. Cool before frosting. Serves 10-12

Kahlúa Frosting: In large bowl, cream 6 tablespoons. butter and 1 pound sifted powdered sugar. Add 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons Kahlúa and 2-3 tablespoons hot coffee; beat until smooth.

Tell me when you’re making the cake and I’ll try to get there in time to frost it.