Are you hungry? More importantly, are you thirsty??? Good! Because here we go:
GODIVA WHITE CHOCOLATE GODDESS...in honor of True Blood's latest supernatural additions
*This is an alcoholic drink. A non-alcoholic beverage will follow.
What You Will Need: (6-8 servings...for 6-8 people, or just two...it's up to you!)
-Bottle of Godiva White Chocolate liqueur (3 cups)
-1.5 cups of Irish Whiskey (though I like Templeton Rye from Iowa--favorite of Al Capone...an America classic, much like Alan Ball)
-2/3 cup of good rum (use whatever you like best--but really good dark rum works well)
-2 tablesppons Neilsen-Massey Vanilla
-1 whole vanilla bean (cut in half with vanilla seeds scraped out)
Combine ingredients in pitcher and chill, covering the pitcher in plastic wrap. Once the pitcher is chilled, pour beverages in whiskey (lowball) glasses over ice. To really spice it up, pour your favorite cooled coffee into an ice tray 3 hours before beverage is ready. Use one coffee ice cube in each serving. If you want a sweet surprise, before pouring beverage into glass, drizzle Hershey's syrup on bottom and slightly up the sides of glass. This is best without ice cubes. You can garnish with vanilla bean or a white chocolate freeform garnish. To make white chocolate freeform garnish, line cookie sheet with wax paper or foil. Melt half a bag of white chocolate chips in microwave--microwaves vary so start with 45 seconds, stirring white chocolate until all chips are completely melted and chocolate has a smooth, glossy consistency. Make freeform thick drizzles directly onto wax papered cookie sheet that are slightly taller than the glasses you will be using. I like making branch-like shapes. Place in fridge until hard. And ultimately, enjoy!
GATOR WATER...in honor of A&E's latest, The Glades
What You Will Need: (for 2-4)
-1 pint of your favorite sorbet--I like pomegranate but raspberry is equally delicious
-1 liter of Polar lime-flavored tonic water
-1 fresh lime, sliced
Combine pint of frozen sorbet and liter of tonic water in glass pitcher; stir well. Chill. Add lime slices and ice cubes to pitcher before serving...and enjoy the coolest refreshment since that last breeze blew over the steamy Glades...or the steamy Glades star, Aussie Matt Passmore...you decide. ;)
And what better TV-snack, especially for our favorite Southern shows, then spicy pecans...oh baby!
What You'll Need: (for 16 servings)
-1 package of whole pecans
-2 tablespoons of butter
-1 teaspoon chili powder
-1/2 teaspoon of chipotle pepper spice (adds that smokey flavor...a hint of mystery, as you never know what's coming out of the water in The Glades, or the woods in True Blood)
-2 tablespoons of your favorite Worcestershire sauce
Using a saucepan, allow butter to melt before adding Worcestershire sauce, chili powder and ground chipotle pepper spice. Combine ingredients well and set aside. When pan has cooled, pour in package of pecans and coat well. On a foil-lined cookie sheet, spread out the coated pecans. Bake in 350-degree oven for about 13-14 minutes, depending on your oven, your altitude and your tastes. Don't go beyond 15 minutes, no matter what, or you'll have burned nuts! Pecans are sensitive little devils, like that adorable (if not deadly) Russell Edgington. Let nuts cool to room temperature, et voila! You've got a healthy AND delicious snack that will not only take you through True Blood with a twist, but The Glades with a tang (and, coincidentally The Glades follow True Blood's 9pm HBO slot at 10pm on A&E). If you want to be cute, pour room-temp spicy pecans in a similar crystal bowl to the one Talbot's bloody remains now occupy...why not??? ;)
And that's it for this week's Pop Culture Cooking segment. Please join me again next week, when I'll be whipping up frothy Glogg in honor of our favorite Viking vamp and a few other surprises, too!
Until next time, dearest readers, writers, and pop culture fanatics!