In a previous life (before my vintage clothing business) I was a caterer and luxury yacht chef for almost 15 years. The long hours on my feet and the months away from home finally took their toll. So now I just cook for fun, which is great, as I still enjoy putting together creative menus. This year I’m trying to come up with some retro inspired goodies for the upcoming holidays. It has actually been quite cool down here in Florida and I’m thinking of old fashioned, warm, stick to your ribs comfort type food.
Started googling "retro" and "recipes" and came across the Retro Recipe Challenge, which is sponsered by Laura Rebecca’s Kitchen . The theme is Boozy Holiday where you have to come up with a vintage recipe featuring alcohol.
During a stressful holiday season, it can be particularly difficult not to hit that spiked eggnog while preparing for all the festivities. And for some reason, cocktails always seem to help get those creative cooking juices flowing. So this year I’m going to have some fun coming up with an old time recipe containing a 100 proof ingredient I can sip on at the same time I’m whipping it up.
After all, when the great Julia Child was asked the secret to her longevity, she responded "meat and gin". Sounds like a perfectly healthy combination to me!
In the meantime, I’m on the hunt for my delicious and boozy retro holiday recipe to submit to the challenge. Will post what I come up with at a later time. Recipes need to be in by December 15th. So I better get cooking.