Hot Cocomoka – Redux


Absolutely cannot believe it’s almost Christmas! And 2015 is just a couple of weeks away. Where did the year go! It’s also the 21st of the month which means it’s time for another recipe for the Recipe Redux blog group. Ho ho ho, but those girls have a sense of humor. This month the challenge is to redo a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks; the recipe must be from page 42, or 142. The book of choice? Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition which is my favorite all-round cookbook for the number and variety of recipes it has. I sometimes flip through it looking for inspiration or clarification.

Clam Chowder, one of my favorite soups, is on page 142 but I’ve already got a different clam chowder recipe on my blog, so that leaves page 42,—the beverage section. The more exciting recipe on the page is cocamoka, the mixing of two of my favorite beverages: coffee and hot cocoa. I don’t know about you, but I think it the two C’s make a great combo .

To lighten up this recipe I cut out the whip cream and use almond milk instead. Almond milk has only 30 calories per cup, as compared to full fat milk which has 150 calories per cup. I am also using decaf coffee granules, so you can enjoy this drink late at night without worrying if you’ll be able to sleep. I hope you enjoy this hot cocomoka!

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Spinach and Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin


Spinach and Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin served with mildly spiced vegetable sauce is what’s on the menu today, but first let me tell you a little about the weather we’ve been having here in Arizona. How many times will you hear me tell you how much I love the weather here? —not too often, and especially not in summer. But for the past few days, it’s been very cold in the morning and beautiful in the afternoon! The warm and sunny afternoons remind me why I like to live here. Can you sit out on your porch in December wearing a t-shirt?

On to the food. It won’t be long now when we’ll be sitting down and celebrating the holidays with friends and family, or maybe just taking the time to get into contact with people on the “Get Together With…” list.

One dish that’s a crowd pleaser is Spinach and Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin. I think people like it because it’s pretty when you see it sliced and lined up on plate, inviting all to enjoy. Pork tenderloin is also a very tender meat and it’s low in fat. If you know how to tie-up the meat it’s not a complicated dish to make. My brother Frank surprised me one time when he saw me tying a roast and asked if he could try. I was doubtful but told him, “Sure, go ahead.” He’s does a little home cooking, but not enough to have learned that, and . . . → Read More: Spinach and Feta Stuffed Pork Tenderloin