Happy Labor Day! According to Wikipedia, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. You know who I think are one of the hardest working group of laborers in our country? Homemakers!
Running a home takes a lot of time, effort and energy (both physical and emotional), and although we may not get the day off today like many other workers, I do have a little gift today for you to celebrate all your hard work in running your home, particularly in the kitchen. I have a fabulously useful giveaway and a simple recipe to give you a little pick-me-up on a warm, Indian Summer day.
My friend Mandi, of Life Your Way has just written and published a brand-new eBook that is sure to become a well-loved kitchen companion in my home. Let me tell you all about her book, Easy. Homemade. and share one of her recipes with you.
Cooking and baking from scratch
has never been so easy.
Easy. Homemade. isn’t your standard cookbook. Author Mandi Ehman is a self-professed “kitchen dunce” who has written a guide to cooking from scratch at home, with simple recipes, tips and ideas for homemade staples– things our grandparents would have known how to do.
One of the things I love about moving is the clean slate I get to start with in my kitchen. When my family moves into our new home, you can bet I will be stashing my pantry with Mandi’s homemade baking mixes and the staples I can use to use make use of her handbook for cooking from scratch.
Today I get to share with you Mandi’s recipe for an iced latte. I’ve been enjoying iced coffee at home for about a year, but the simple twist Mandi offers of using milk instead of more water with the coffee concentrate makes for an even better way to start my morning (or pick up my afternoon). In Easy. Homemade. she offers also offers another recipe using cold-pressed coffee concentrate, a homemade frappuccino!
makes one 16-ounce latte, time needed: at least four hours
- 1/4 cup coarsely ground coffee
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 cup milk
- sugar (I used agave) & creamer to taste
Add ground coffee and water to a French Press or glass jar. Cover and set aside for at least four hours or overnight.
When ready to serve, add ice cubes to a glass and strain the coffee over the ice cubes (using the press, a fine mesh strainer or a piece of cheesecloth). Add milk and a splash of flavored creamer or sugar.
I mixed my coffee concentrate and milk in a glass measuring cup so I can pour out some for today (over ice) and save some for tomorrow. Did you notice a darker ice cube in the photo? That’s a cube of frozen iced coffee. I keep them in my freezer (made with leftover coffee) so that my iced coffee and lattes don’t get as diluted.
This giveaway is now closed.
Mandi has been generous enough to give away a copy of her new book Easy. Homemade. to five Simple Homemade readers.
Simply leave a comment here telling us what your favorite thing to cook/bake from scratch is.
Giveaway ends Friday, September 7, 2012 at midnight, PST. Good luck!
Buying the eBook for the low price of $3.99 also gets you convenient, printable recipe cards and the PDF/.mobi/.epub files.
Easy. Homemade. is also available on Kindle directly via Amazon.
Thanks, Mandi, for the review copy.