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Cook's Corner

I am what many would call a "Foodie" - amateurs who simply love food and/or drink for consumption, study, preparation and news.


Now the statement above should make it clear that I do not have any formal training when it comes to food preparation. I have, however, been told that I am a pretty good cook and I hope you enjoy reading this column as much as I enjoy writing it. 

Follow me on twitter @Cooks_CornerLCP

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Pay it forward: Jingle Juice

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After a crazy weekend of work and picking up my youngest from a late volleyball practice I was exhausted Friday night as I headed over to Sentry to pick up a few things that the hubby said we “needed.” As I grabbed for my purse I couldn’t locate my debit card so I grabbed the little cash I had and made a mental note of the items I could pick up. Hamburger buns, check; a gallon of milk, check; a dozen eggs, hmmm, we’ll see.
I did spot the Sentry flyer and noticed that there was a coupon that read 1 dozen eggs, .66. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice the small print that also said “with a separate $10 purchase.” When I went to the register, the total rang up to $8 and change.. oh oh , I only had $7 – no eggs today.
Thankfully, there was a very nice lady in line behind me who asked the cashier to add my egg purchase to her total. She said she was preparing for her tea-light party and was so excited about finding all of the ingredients to make her Jingle Juice. I told her it was okay, it wasn’t necessary, but she insisted. I thanked her and told her I’d pay it forward. As I left the store, there was a smile on my face and Jingle Juice on the brain. I didn’t get her name, but I hope her party was a success.
Jingle juice

5 cups orange juice
1 cup vodka
1/3 cup orange liqueur such as Triple Sec, Curacao or Grand Marnier
¼ cup fresh lemon juice 
½ cup maraschino cherry juice
Garnishes: fruit- (or mint-) flavored candy cane sticks, cherries with stems, orange and lemon slices

Mix together all ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with the fresh fruit and candy cane if desired.
Helpful hints
Pineapple vodka may be substituted for regular vodka. It also makes a great punch with a fruited ice ring floating in the center. 
To share a helpful hint or comment, send an email to lakenews@jcpgroup.com or follow me on Twitter @Cooks_CornerLC

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