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A Hot Drink for a Cold Night

 

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I don’t know about you, but when icy winds blow and I’m inching my car over snowy roads — the wipers swishing madly as the flakes cover my windshield — my mind escapes to a vision of me curled up on the couch with a steaming cup of something in my hand.

And I mean something that will warm me from the inside out, maybe even bring back a few soothing memories. Hot chocolate, for instance. I always loved hot cocoa with marshmallows on a school “snow day,” lovingly served by Mom when I should have been in math class. Warm milk brings to mind my late grandmother a”h. If I had trouble sleeping, that warm milk would soothe my belly, make my eyelids heavy and lull me into a contented slumber.

You probably keep a few hot drinks in your memory bank too. Think of the ones that give you the most comfort and pleasure: mulled wine? hot cider? mocha latte? warm milk spiked with vanilla syrup?

The English, of course, say that nothing rivals a spot of tea. Sweetened with a drop of milk, it cures everything from a broken arm to a broken heart. I have it on good authority from my English friend Hadassah that tea is truly their national chicken soup.

There is always coffee. I love café mocha, but that’s not an end of the day drink: it revs me up, instead of helping me unwind. But if caffeine is not a problem for you, treat yourself to a well-brewed cup of java (with or without flavorings) and feel those snowflakes melt from your mind.

Just in time for winter weather I have a new Quick & Kosher recipe for you, Spicy Hot Cocoa with Kahlua (the liquor is optional). It’s the perfect warm drink for a cold night. It’s worth adding to your bag of tricks. You get the goodness of calcium with the comfort of chocolate, plus the added zing of spices: hot, spicy, sweet and comforting — all in one sip!

Try it, and let me know what you think.

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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."

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