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4 Hot Beverages to Warm You Up This Winter

As an added bonus, CRL unveils a reader's contest-winning dinner recipe.

Warm drinks by a cozy fire or simply sitting with great friends and family sipping and chatting. What could be better?

img_7716-copyRum Toddy
1 cup hot tea preferably not flavored (English Breakfast)
1 cinnamon stick
large wedge of lemon
honey to taste
good shot of a dark rum


img_0625-copyHot Ruby Quick & Easy Mulled Wine
Equal parts Hot Ruby cranberry cider and your favorite red wine
*Orange peel strips or cinnamon sticks for garnish (garnish is optional)
• Mix Hot Ruby and wine in microwave-proof bowl or pitcher; heat in microwave until warm and pour into crock pot or air pot dispenser to maintain temperature.
• Serve garnished with either an orange peel strip or cinnamon stick.
Hot Ruby is the perfect addition to your mug on a cozy evening. Part of Hot Ruby’s charm is that you don’t really need a recipe to make a delicious hot drink! You just add your favorite spirits and there you have it. How much to add depends on how “spirited” you are! Originally created by the late Ruby Faye, Hot Ruby is made from a special family recipe.
Unlike typical cider, this drink is made out of cranberry, pineapple and citrus juices along with an exquisite blend of spices. Available at www.drinkh­otruby.com

pepperminthotchocolate4Peppermint Dandies Hot Cocoa 
1 handful of Dandies Peppermint Marshmallows
4 tbsp cocoa powder
2 cups non-dairy milk
4 tbsp sugar
½ tsp peppermint extract
Crushed peppermint candies, optional garnish Melted chocolate, optional garnish
Serves 2
• In a saucepan turned on medium heat, combine milk, cocoa powder, sugar and peppermint extract. Whisk until all clumps have dissolved. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Optionally, dip the rim of a mug in melted chocolate, then into the crushed peppermint candies. Fill with hot cocoa and top with Peppermint Dandies Marshmallows and enjoy!
Cozy up with a big ol’ mug of Peppermint Dandies Hot Cocoa and feel better about the world.

pumpkin-spice-mix-2Pumpkin Spice Hot Cocoa Mix
Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows
1 cup cocoa powder
1 bag of vegan chocolate chips, frozen
3 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Yields approximately 3 cups of dry mix
• Add frozen chocolate chips (it’s very important that they’ve been thoroughly frozen) to a food processor and blend until chips into a fine powder.
• In a mixing bowl whisk together chocolate chip powder, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, powdered sugar and cornstarch.
• Fill a mason jar with cocoa mix and top with Pumpkin Dandies to make a great fall gift that will stay good for up to a month.
*To make a cup of a hot cocoa, bring 1-1/2 cups of non-dairy milk to a boil and add 3-4 tbsp of mix and and stir. Reduce heat and let simmer, stirring often to remove any clumps. Taste as you go. If you like your cocoa on the sweeter side add an extra tbsp of mix. Top with Pumpkin Dandies and enjoy! * Divide this mix up into mason jars and top with Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows and you’ll have a great fall gift for someone really sweet!


Cheese crusted cauliflower
By Darlene Reischuck

1/4 cup kosher salt
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
8 cups water
1 head of cauliflower, leaves and thickest part of core removed being careful to keep it intact.
For the sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp whole grain mustard
Pepper to taste
1+ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated Parsley for Garnish (optional}

• Bring kosher salt, juice, and 8 cups water to a boil in a large pot. Add whole cauliflower, reduce heat and simmer, turning occasionally, until a knife easily inserts into center, 15-20 minutes.
• Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
• Remove cauliflower from pot using 1 or 2 slotted spoons, drain and transfer the cauliflower to a rimmed baking sheet. (I use a glass pie plate)
• Mix mayonnaise and mustard together, spread on cooled, drained cauliflower.
• Apply grated cheese to mayonnaise base; use your hands to make it “stick.”
• Roast, rotating sheet halfway through, until brown all over, 30-40 minutes.
• Sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve.
• To serve, slice into wedges.

**This has been a standard on our Holiday table since the kids were little. I can’t have dinner without it!

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