After a long sabbatical, I plan to post new snippets with some holiday recipes from around the world. May your upcoming holiday preparations be interesting and fun. Stay happy and healthy until I write again.
Here’s a quick recipe for a liqueur that can be used for any special occasion. I’ve found it an easy recipe to make and it is can be enjoyed after things have settled down after your holiday meal.
In a saucepan, mix together the sugar and corn syrup, stirring occasionally. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, being careful not to burn it. Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes. Mix in the vodka; stir in the
vanilla and chocolate extracts. Pour finished liqueur into glass bottles with corks or into other fancy glass containers. Cover and let stand for 2 or more days for the flavor to develop.
YIELD: 1 QUART
This is good served with a shortbread cookie or Biscotti’s.
Today is Columbus Day. This is usually not one of my great celebratory holidays, but it is worth mentioning There are usually no major parties or events for today, at least not here in Massachusetts, but it is a good day to catch up on some chores and to relax if you happen to be lucky enough to have a day off from work.
I am looking forward to this Halloween at the end of October and am already making plans for a small celebration while handing out goodies to young holiday revelers. In the meantime, I have been checking out exchange lists for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to go along with some sugar-free appetizers and snacks that I’ll be whipping up. I’ll be feeding other persons with a variety of dietary problems and will need a small and varied assortment of goodies to go along with the special beverages.
Below is a listing of alcoholic beverages and their calorie and carb counts. I do not condone of condone of the overimbibing of adult beverages when suffering from diabetes and ask that you please contact your dietitian or physician for advice on whether they are part of your diabetic meal plan. Also, when stricken with diabetes, you probably suffer from related maladies requiring potent prescriptions. imbibing alcohol can greatly interfere with the potency of these medications and bring on a list of alarming symptoms in a diabetic than in a healthy individual. That being said, the chart below gleaned from The Joslin Guide to diabetes by Richard S. Beaser, M.d. with Joan V.C. Hill, R.d., C.D.E. should be extremely helpful.
BEVERAGE AMOUNT (ounces) CALORIES CARBOHYDRATES (grams) EQUAL TO:
Beer 12 150 14 1 bread starch & 1 1/2 fats
Light beer 12 100 6 2 fats
Nonalcoholic beer 11 50 10 1 bread/starch
86 proof(gin, rum 1.5 105 trace 2 fats
Red table or rose’ 4 85 1.0 2 fats
Dry white 4 80 .4 2 fats
Sweet wine 2 90 6.5 1/2 bread/starch & 1 1/2 fats
Light wine 4 55 1.3 1 fat
Wine coolers 12 190 22.0 1 1/2 fruit & 3 fat
Champagne 4 100 3.6 2 fats
Sherry 2 75 1.5 1/2 fats
Sweet sherry/port 2 95 7.0 1/2 bread/starch &
1 1/2 fats
dry 3 105 4.2 2 fats
Sweet 3 140 13.9 1 bread/starch & 2 fats
- This should suffice to show nutritional values and correct exchanges for the most popular beverages. Personally, I forego partaking of the alcohol in favor of the fake versions. There are several that have left a nice impression and the low alcohol Arbor Mists are a good choice. Again, check with your health care practitioners and enjoy the upcoming holidays.