About a month ago our local library held its annual books sale. Twenty dollars and two hours later, we walked out with a big box of books and spent the afternoon completely immersed in our finds. In my stack were a whole lot of old cookbooks. You know, the kind with no pictures and rather interesting food titles and pretty short instructions. One that particularly caught my attention was Grandma Rose’s Book of Sinfully Delicious Snacks, Nibbles & Other Delights by Rose Naftalin published in 1978. She has dishes such as Porcupine Shrimp Balls and Chicken Nut Balls. My curiosity was spiked for sure 🙂
Around the same time I stumbled across the site that came to lead up to this post: Burwell General Store. What I found was a Recipe Swap group of food bloggers who once a month are challenged to create a brand new recipe based on a vintage one. A picture taken of a recipe from an old cookbook is shared within the group, and everyone is then prompted to make it their own by “significantly changing three ingredient amounts or techniques”. Having just read thru a lot of old cookbooks and then finding this group simultaneously I felt compelled to join. I picked a good time to do so… this month marks the one year anniversary of the Burwell General Store recipe swap, so the recipe posted to inspire us was a cake, to celebrate this first birthday. So to keep things festive I created a bourbon spiked milk shake for you all to enjoy. I sure had fun creating this little treat!
Lastly, as one often does when another year has past, recipe swappers were asked to reflect what we are thankful for in this past year and what we are celebrating with this post. For those of you who have followed my blog for a while you know that I have a dedicated tab to gratitude reflection so this feels right up my alley. 2011 has been a year of many transitions for me, but mostly on a smaller scale and more internal than external. What I have come to appreciate and cherish this year are “the little things”. The things that will pass you by without you noticing if you move too fast in life. We all face some sort of challenge every day. It is my strong belief that little nuggets of pure good comes along to show us that all is well with the world and life will go on. No matter what.
Enough talk and on to the drink ~ with no further a due I present to you ~ TA Ta TAAAA ~ my spin on the Maple Syrup Cake, the Maple Bourbon Milkshake with Raspberries!
- 2 cups old fashioned vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup, plus ½ cup
- 4 tablespoons bourbon
- 4 cinnamon graham crackers, ground
- Mix all of the ingredients ice cream through bourbon in a blender until smooth.
- Pour ½ cup maple syrup onto small plate and ground graham crackers onto another small late.
- Dip serving glass in syrup, then in graham cracker crumbs.
- Pour milkshake in glass and serve.