By Kathie Felix
Molly Weston, the editor of InSinc, the Sisters in Crime quarterly bulletin, knows her recipes. When we spoke at Thanksgiving, she was whipping up a Bailey's Irish Cream Tiramisu from instructions she found on mystery author and independent bookstore owner Kris Neri's website.
This week, as I was thinking about holiday preparations, I immediately thought of Molly as a go-to recipe source. When I asked for some ideas to share with our sisters and misters, she provided some quick and easy recipes perfect for holiday get-togethers.
Today's offering is Christmas Wassail and Dilly Crackers. According to Molly, the Christmas Wassail is great with cheese straws but, if you're lacking the time or the ambition to tackle cheese straws, go for these much simpler Dilly Crackers.
And, if you haven't already visited, check out the website for Kris Neri's bookstore in Sedona, Az., The Well Red Coyote.
2 qt. water
1 cup sugar
3 allspice berries
1 stick cinnamon
1 qt. cider (not apple juice!)
1 qt. orange juice
1 cup lemon juice
Boil water, sugar and spices for 1 hour. Remove spices; add remaining ingredients. Heat before serving.
1 bag Premium (brand name) oyster crackers (Somehow the shape of these
helps them absorb the other ingredients than other brands.)
1 pkt. dry Ranch dressing mix
1 tblsp. dill weed (I use dried)
1/2 cup canola oil
Put dry ingredients into a zipper bag & shake. Add oil, all at once, and shake until all oil is absorbed and crackers are evenly coated.
Molly Weston is an editor, mystery reviewer, media escort and lecturer on the subject of mysteries. She books mystery authors into stores, libraries and other venues in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.