Friday, December 9, 2011

The Kings are back in the Kitchen!

Looks like we took a little kitchen hiatus there, but have no fear! The holidays are upon us and we are back in full force in Cocina de la King's! 
This video is our absolute favorite treat to bring to holiday (or any day for that matter) gatherings.  It is a very welcome addition on any table of treats.  I really like to be able to have a light item among all of the other wonderful savory dishes. 
We call it "The Pears" yep they're that famous in our family.  So here you have another episode of Cooking with the Kings, with special guest Grammy!!!

Ahhhh I have just spent far too much time trying to get this video uploaded!!! NOT Working.  I will give it another whirl tomorrow but I am pretty sure I have tried everything I know how to do.  

I am not sure that I have ever actually seen a written recipe for this item.  My mom received this recipe from a friend at work so I am sure it is floating around somewhere but I am going to give you my best direction.

I like to do about 1 lime per pear.  This will give you plenty of juice and zest.  And do make sure you get Asian pears.  We have tried with a regular pear and it just isn't the same.  

1. Wash limes and pears.
2. Zest limes
3. Combine lime zest and some super fine sugar.  (Here is where a printed recipe would come in handy)
Do about 1/4 cup sugar per lime.  
4. juice limes.
5. slice pears.  We like to do ours quite thin. Cut into 16ths.
6. In a gallon zip-lock bag combine pears, lime juice and half of the zest sugar mixture. 
7.  Allow to soak for at least one hour in the refrigerator.  But probably no more than 4-6 hours
7.  remove from juice, place on a platter and sprinkle remaining zest/sugar mixture over top.

And there you have it.  My kids snarf these things!!!

Today Jude and I got the urge to get started on the holiday treats.  We were going to make the cookie press cookies but it appears that the press was either thrown away (very good chance) or still packed away somewhere very special!  So we decided to go with the best cookies ever.  No Bakes!!!  If you haven't made these cookies you must walk straight to the kitchen with this recipe and make them now.  They are soooo simple.  I wanted to film Jude but he said he would rather just do photos.  So that's what we did. 
You can just see the excitement in his eyes!  He doesn't have to take turns pouring with sissy. :)

Strep one:
Assemble ingredients. Including one adorable son. :)

Pour into pan.


Add butter

Pour some more

Pat with semi-clean hands

Stir a little more

And finally plop!

I am trying to make sure and enjoy these afternoons that I have with Jude! First grade will be here before I know it. And then what will I do?!?!?!? Hahaha.  

No Bake Cookies

2 cups sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup peanut butter
4 cups quick oats.

Cook the sugar, cocoa, milk and butter over medium heat until it starts to boil.  Remove from heat and cool one minute.  Add vanilla, salt, peanut butter and oatmeal.  Stir well, then drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper and cool.  

Thanks for stopping by.  What is your favorite holiday treat?


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  2. Haha, Jude is SO STINKIN CUTE! I love how tiny he looks sitting on the counter. And I also love that he pretty much only wears 2 shirts. :)

  3. Hahaha Sarah! He loves Tom and Jerry. I have actually quit buying him new clothes because he won't wear them. What a stinker.
    Shawn, I wish I could bring the pears to The Garber Bash!!! :(