One of the first things that The Sexy Master Electrician I set up in our new place was the bar. He was not a fan of my ladder turned bar in my old place, plus it didn’t fit in the space anyway. TSME saw a huge moving sale on Craigslist and in the background of a picture of a dining table was the perfect credenza. We got up early on a Saturday to get there when the sale started and almost lost it to another couple. For all of $60 dollars we had our bar.
Set up for our Labor Day BBQ
We have all the essentials, though we are missing a few mixers that we should add by the next gathering. We have the ice bucket, the muddler, the mixer, the strainer, openers, bitters, pint glasses, wine glasses, and high ball glasses. We need some Tom Collins glasses. The five major liquors, tequila, rum, vodka, bourbon and gin are in decanters on top and the bottles live below with the wine bottles.
The credenza is the perfect size for our little bar with the shelves above. There is plenty of room for everything you want on display and plenty of room to hid the stuff you don’t. The decanters on top have mostly come from second hand or antique shops. One came with the the sweet high ball glasses TSME found for me on Gilt. The bar book and calendar are from my siblings one Christmas.
We keep collecting clocks to go around the space and now we have one for each time zone. TSME complains sometimes that it too cluttered. I think it’s perfect.
First off, full disclosure: I did not make either of these tasty treats, but I want to. I will, they are too good not to make myself.
For the past three years I have made the long trek up to New Haven, CT to enjoy Thanksgiving with my friend’s family. They are a highly entertaining bunch, great to hang out with and they have been kind enough to invite me back each year. My favorite part of any holiday is the desserts and this year there were 11 desserts for 19 people. The best is the anginetti cookies that my friend’s mom makes.
They are delicious soft bite sized cookies with an anise (licorice) frosting on top. Normally I am not a fan of anise at all, but I cannot get enough of these little guys. I asked for the recipe, but, unknown to even my friend, the recipe is apparently on lock down and has not been shared with anyone. Her fear is that I would take it and make them better. Let’s face it, I am not that kind of baker. I explained this to her and explained that perfection cannot be made better, but nothing worked. Even my friend and her brother were helping my cause. How would their aunts find out if she gave me the recipe? They wouldn’t. I promise.
Alas, I have arrived back in New York empty handed. My last plea included a threat to find a recipe and spend the 15 days I will have at home over the holidays in South Dakota finding a better recipe. I really don’t want to, but I guess I have no choice now. If I get to go back next Thanksgiving, I have to have something in hand, but I doubt it will be as good as her cookies, maybe then she’ll be ready to share the secret.
The second holiday treat sounds terrible, but is absolutely wonderful and pure alcohol was a Pumpkin Martini. Delicious and so smooth with Carmel Irish Cream, Vanilla Vodka, and pumpkin liquor. I am very excited to make them myself and a little scared to drink to much of them. I may have to make my parents have the ingredients ready for when I get home at Christmas. It’s not to late for pumpkin at that point right?