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Friday, September 27, 2019

International Coffee Day is September 29th!

Dear Folks,

I am a coffee lover - maybe an over-the-top coffee lover - and a confessed purest - I do-not-dirnk-burnt-old-coffee!

It is the one thing I can't deal with - poor coffee.  I am polite with other's coffee offerings and may sip some but I can't enjoy it.

So generally I rely on making my own - at home - one cup at a time.

Pictured is a combination of two cool coffee ideas I am going to explain.

One is how to make good iced coffe.

The other is to make your own homemade pumpkin-spiced milk for coffee (or other uses).

It is September 25th as I am writing this and it is still hot enough my coffee in the morning is iced.  So here is the trick I saw some years ago on the correct way to make iced coffee and it is more about chemistry.  You can make a pot or a cup at a time using the ratio below.

Iced Coffee

Receptacle of Choice
Normal amount of ground coffee (this is one of the key points - so whatever amount of coffee you use - keep it that level)
About HALF of the water normally used
Fill receptacle with ice cubes - normal size not mini.

Process as usual and voila - iced coffee to which you can add creamer etc of choice.

Here is the chemistry:  if you simply add ice to already brewed coffee it dilutes it but does not capture the flavor / oils.  When the HOT coffee in the above recipe hits the ice it "captures" the flavor.  This was genius when I saw the video and I have been making it this way when the temps call below 80 for some year now.


Pumpkin Spiced Milk (REAL Stuff)

When fall starts to beckon and all the pumpkin-spiced goodies show up in stores and Starbucks, I drop my 'tropical' mentality and go looking for ways to use pumpkin in recipes.

And I confess I LOVE pumpkin lattes.  But I don't love the chemical concoctions companies like Starbucks use to make the flavor.

So of course I went looking for homemade versions and I found two which were the basis for my version -- FoodNetwork and Libby's both had okay sounding recipes but they were not good enough and they also were designed to make 1 or 2 coffees at a time calling for hot coffee immediately.  I wanted to have a batch of pumpkin milk on hand.

My Pumpkin Milk For Drinks
This makes 1 cup (I make up big batches based on how many serving sizes are in a small can of pumpkin puree and adjust the other ingredients).

2/3 cup milk (I use whole milk, but you can use any milk product you prefer)
1/3 cup pumpkin puree* - make sure it is the 100% kind and not pumpkin-pie filling which has other things added
2-4 teaspoons of organic sugar (or any sweetener you prefer - I usually use 3 teaspoons)
1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (go ahead and play around with PP spice combinations that equal 1/4 teaspoon - ginger, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon are the usual components)
1 teaspoon vanilla [I left this out in original post]
Optional:  Whipped Cream

Blend all ingredients except whipped cream well.  Store in the refrigerator and use as desired.

Pumpkin  Milk Punch

My wonderful guy is not a coffee drinker, nor is he into much alcohol,  but one day I asked if he would like a glass of Pumpkin-Spiced Milk Punch (he is a big milk drinker and does enjoy the rare eggnog), so I made up a glass for him and he really enjoyed it.  Alcohol is optional.

1/4 cup of My Pumpkin Milk
3/4 cup of regular milk
A jigger +/- of brandy or other similar liquor to taste
Optional:  Whipped Cream


Some of the seeds have sprouted from my sowing this past 10 days or so,  Radishes up in 4 DAYS!!!.  The carrots, dill and cilantro are visible, so are some of the lettuce/greens mix I put in. Yippee - fall off to a great start.

Oh by the way - we got 2.3 inches out of the storm Sunday/Monday - about half of our usual Monsoon totals.  I am hoping for more this next 2 days.  I have mentioned with the crazy weather pattern since mid Winter which "delayed" spring and summer, that with the "non-soon" as some called it with virtually no rainfall, that maybe, just maybe the "monsoonal rains" would also be delayed. Monday's total seems to show that.

Have a great week!

P.S.  If you missed the OCTOBER planting tips post - here it is.

To have the planting info at your finger tips - all the time - you can purchase my planting calendar through links on my website.

-- Catherine, The Herb Lady

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