Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Christmas Kitchen by Tammy Maltby


Does the thought of Christmas preparations send you into a panic?

It shouldn’t.

Isn’t Christmas the celebration of Christ our Savior coming to earth to dwell among us? (John 1:1)

It seems as though in the hustle and bustle of everything else we feel we “must” do - the gifts, the parties, the decorations - the most and only important part of Christmas gets pushed to the back of our minds.

Tammy has put together The Christmas Kitchen, a delightful book full of tips, traditions, and simple recipes to slow your Christmas focus.

You will find everything from tips for stress-free fun with kids in the kitchen, how to make gingerbread houses, recipes for homemade hot chocolate, to a full Christmas meal. Tammy shares many of her own family traditions, which is something I always enjoy hearing about.



The Christmas Kitchen is a gift-sized book, perfect for you or someone else you know that might enjoy a peek into Tammy’s family traditions with hopes to start some of your own! You can purchase your own copy here or here!

I'll share one of Tammy's recipes that I can't wait to make and package up for my family's Christmas goodies baskets! It sounds rich, creamy, chocolate-y, and fabulous (much better than Swiss Miss)!!! ;-)



GOURMET HOT COCOA MIX
Tammy Maltby from The Christmas Kitchen

4 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
2 cups French vanilla powdered nondairy coffee creamer
2 cups powdered chocolate milk mix (store brand works just fine)
1 5-oz (6 serving) package cook-and-serve (not instant) chocolate pudding mix
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups miniature marshmallows and/or miniature chocolate chips (optional, but yummy)

Boiling water or milk, for serving

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. For a better blend, mix the dry ingredients in a blender or food processor before adding the marshmallows. Store the mix in an air-tight container. Makes about 12 1/2 cups mix, for 50 servings.

To serve, place 1/4 cup mix (or more) in mug or cup. Add 3/4 cup boiling water or hot milk and stir well.

Tammy also gives several variations to the hot cocoa: Mint, Mexican, Rich Mocha, and Sugar-Free. Mmmm, Chocolate is so good. Warm, liquid chocolate is really good. :-)

Click HERE to take a peek inside the book!

Many thanks to Tammy and Howard Books, through FIRST, for allowing me to review The Christmas Kitchen!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

Recommend: YES

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Cher said...

Great review! Saying Hi and following you from a fellow Mama Bzz'er!

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