If you are anything like the Wentworth-Kuhn family, the Holidays begin with a wee drop of the creature, and end in a blur. This month’s contribution is dedicated to the cause of, and solution to all life’s problems. Included in your parcel:
- Low Down Bitters
- Oatmeal Lavender Soap with Deck
- Bloody Mary Soup Mix
- Angelica Sugar
- Lavender Cocktail Syrup
For those thoughtfully, responsible members of our little experiment, who prefer totaling tea over totaling your liver, fear not we have recipes just for you.
Contains only ground Angelica Seeds and powdered sugar.
Try as a sugar rim on your next cocktail. Dust lightly over delicately flavored cookies or baked goods.
Angelica Sugar Dusted Butter Cookies
Yield: About 4 dozen cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Garnish: dust with Angelica Sugar
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
Beat together butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Form dough into a 12-inch log (2 inches in diameter) on a sheet of plastic wrap and roll up dough in plastic wrap. Chill dough on a baking sheet until firm, at least 4 hours.
Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 375°F.
Cut enough 1/8- to 1/4-inch-thick slices from log with a heavy knife to fill 2 ungreased large baking sheets, arranging slices about 1 inch apart (chill remainder of log, wrapped in plastic wrap).
Bake cookies, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until edges are golden, 12 to 15 minutes total. Dust with Angelica Sugar. Cool on sheets 3 minutes, then transfer with a metal spatula to racks to cool completely. Make more cookies with remaining dough on cooled baking sheets.
Low Down Bitters
Made with Orange Peel, Sarsaparilla Root, Ginger Root, Fennel Seed, Dandelion Root, Gentian Root & 100 Proof Vodka. Does not need to be refrigerated.
Old Mr. Bailiwick’s Low Down Bitters can be used as a curative for any upset down in your rumblies. Take one dropper-full in a glass of tonic, ginger ale or water.
Or, as a flavorful addition to many cocktails. Start with one dropper-full and add more to taste.
Initially invented as a medical treatment, bitters have developed to being a luxury drink in the western culture. As a result, bitters became an essential part of cocktails, but then were forgotten about, or banned. This is why only since recently, bitters are making their way back into the bars and restaurants all over the world.
Old Mr. Bailiwick’s Original Cocktail Recipes
Sweet & Low Down
- Ginger Ale
- 1 Dropper-full of Low Down Bitters
- 5 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey
In a tumbler, add ice, whiskey and Low Down Bitters. Top with Ginger Ale.
Low Down Old Fashioned
- 1-3 Cherries – stones removed
- 2 Dropper-full Low Down Bitters
- 5 oz. Bourbon or Rye
- Splash of water, if you must
- Garnish with an orange slice
Muddle cherries and Low Down Bitters, add ice and other ingredients.
- Orange Juice
- Angelica Sugar
Rim your glass by taking an orange wedge and running the fruit along the rim, then dipping in Angelica Sugar. If you don’t have an orange, dip in a bowl of water and shake off excess, then dip in sugar. Pour approximately half champagne and half orange juice into your glass.
- ¾ oz. Cointreau
- ¾ oz. Lemon Juice
- 1 ½ oz. Cognac
Make an Angelica Sugar rim as described above and add all ingredients. Stir.
Bloody Mary Soup Mix
Ingredients: Horseradish, Basil, Thyme, Cayenne & Roasted Garlic.
Spiced Bloody Mary
- Organic Tomato Juice
- 1 ½ oz. Vodka
- 1-2 teaspoons of Bloody Mary Soup Mix
- Quick squeeze of a lemon
- Celery or blue cheese stuffed olives or both
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper, optional
Shake or stir first 5 ingredients together, top with garnish and black pepper if you like.
Thyme was used as an embalming herb in ancient Egypt and was burned in other places as offerings to celebrate Rites of Passing. It was placed in coffins throughout Europe to ensure passage into the next world.
Best Tomato Soup Ever
Adapted From: Ree Drummond – The Pioneer Woman
Prep Time: 25 minutes, Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6 – 8 servings
- 1 medium white or yellow onion
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
- Two 14.5-ounce cans organic diced tomatoes
- One 46-ounce bottle or can organic tomato juice
- 3 to 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1 or 2 tablespoons chicken/vegetable stock
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup sherry, optional
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 to 2 tablespoons Bloody Mary Soup Mix
- To begin, dice the onion. Melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven. Throw in the onion and cook until translucent.
- Now dump in the diced tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the tomato juice.
- Next – and this is important – in order to combat the acidity of the tomatoes add 3 to 6 tablespoons of sugar. Now, you’ll want to start on the low side, then taste and add more as needed. Some tomatoes and juice have more of an acidic bite than others.
- Next, add 1 or 2 tablespoons chicken/vegetable stock to the pot.
- Now you can add lots of freshly ground black pepper along with the Bloody Mary Soup Mix. Stir to combine, then heat almost to a boil. Then turn off the heat.
- Add in the sherry if desired. Stir in the cream.
Oatmeal Lavender Soap
Saponofied Oils of: of Lavender & Sage Infused Olive, Coconut, Shea Butter & Castor. Organic Raw Milk, Sodium Hydroxide, Whole Ground Oats, Dried Lavender Buds, Dried Sage & Lavender Essential Oil.
This bar is gently exfoliating; the organic raw milk, oat meal, and lavender combine beautifully to naturally soothe your skin.
- Organic Raw Milk from Sweet Grass Dairy in Fredericktown, Ohio. Check them out!
- Oatmeal, Lavender & Sage act as gentle exfoliates.
A Drinking Song
W.B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939
Wine comes in at the mouth
And love comes in at the eye;
That’s all we shall know for truth
Before we grow old and die.
I lift the glass to my mouth,
I look at you, and I sigh.
Josh & I wanted to take this opportunity to extend our most sincere thanks for sharing with us our passion for the bounty of the natural world. We’re so pleased with your positive responses and heartfelt feedback. (Though we are very accepting of constructive criticism).
We hope that the holidays find you well with many joys in the year to come!
If we don’t see you by Easter, hide your own eggs!
Becky & Josh Wentworth-Kuhn
We hope you enjoyed the second month’s share!
If you have any questions, comments, praise, or concerns, please contact us right away!
All recipes are suggestions. We hope you will enjoy creating and experimenting with your own concoctions. Feel free to share!
Many thanks from:
Josh & Becky Wentworth-Kuhn