THE APPLE DOESN"T FALL FAR....
-In cocktail shaker, combine one ounce of brandy, 1/2 ounce of ginger liqueur, 1/2 ounce of bourbon, and 2 ounces of fresh pressed apple cider with a pinch of Saigon cinnamon. Shake vigourously. Pre-prep a 16-ounce glass by wetting the rim and turning onto thin layer of "Sugar in the Raw" (I use a small paper dessert plate for easy clean up). Fill glass with ice cubes. Strain liquid and pour over ice. Top with San Pellegrino mineral water and stir. Et voila! To make this refreshing (and healthy...ginger aids the digestion!) drink non-alcoholic, simply substitute apricot nectar for the brandy, ginger syrup for the liqueur, and add extra cider in place of the bourbon. And ultimately, enjoy! Pair this little beauty with the DOCTOR(ED) HOUSEL HUMMUS SPREAD below and you've got a healthy, filling pop culture snack that's not only quick and easy, but super delicious. Perfect for Halloween night, when little goblins, ghouls, superheroes, and super-villains stalk neighborhoods everywhere.
DOCTOR(ED) HOUSEL HUMMUS SPREAD
-Take two heaping tablespoons of your favorite plain hummus in small dish; add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add a 1/4 teaspoon of ground coriander; 1/4 teaspoon curry; 1/4 teaspoon ground ancho chili powder; a pinch of organic paprika; and a pinch of ground tumeric. Mix thoroughly. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.
Eat your hummus spread with spinach FLATOUT flatbread; I use about 1.5 flatbreads, tearing them into bite-size pieces. But you can use your favorite wheat-pita or Stacy's pita chips, or, get even healthier and dip crudite like cherry tomotaos, cut up celert and baby carrots.
Both recipes are made for a single serving; to increase the servings, double the ingredients per extra person.
Waiting for the whoopie pies and garlic bread? Don't worry--there's more to come in the next few weeks...including home-made chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches! Who said TV was boring???
Thanks for joining me for the October segment of Pop Culture Cooking 2011! Look for a bonus segment later this month...and until next time, put the Pop! in your cooking AND culture with POP CULTURE COOKING!