Sunday, January 26, 2014


More snow is falling in the mountains, today. A blanket of it already covers the ground and rooftops. In our growing up years we might have found a hill, nearby, to carry our sleds or cardboard boxes to. We might have slid down the hill on our bottoms to make a path for the sleds and boxes to follow. We would have slid down the hill and trudged back up till it got too dark to clearly see where we were going. By the time we remembered to go home, we might have snow caked on our coats and leggings or bits of ice dangling from our sleeves. Our cheeks would be red with cold and our noses would be dripping. We had ridden the snow like surfers ride the waves but we had taken the frozen hill in heavy coats, boots and gloves. It was good when snow fell in the mountains.
We might have made a hot cocoa drink after a day in the snow. The hot chocolate drink mixes used today didn't exist for us back then. Maybe they existed in other places, but not in the kitchens most of us might remember.  
Hot Cocoa


3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 
1/4 cup sugar 
4 cups milk 
1/4 teaspoon vanilla 
miniature marshmallows


Blend cocoa and sugar in a small bowl. In a medium saucepan, heat milk to scalding. Mix about 1/3 cup of the hot milk into the cocoa-sugar mixture, then pour cocoa mixture into hot milk in the saucepan; stir until well blended. Stir in vanilla. Serve with mini marshmallows. Serves 4.
Hot Cocoa For A Crowd

Mix 3/4 cup cocoa with 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in 1 quart warm water, set over low heat, and heat, stirring now and then, 8 to 10 minutes. Add 2 quarts milk and heat to scalding. Serve in mugs, sprinkled, if you like, with cinnamon or nutmeg or topped with marshmallows.

Hot Cocoa Recipe
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