Monday, December 24, 2012


From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Our annual holiday party is over and this year the theme was loosely based on Christmas in Scandinavia. Everything turned out well and I think we came pretty close to the meal that might grace a Norse holiday table. We had ham, pate, meatballs, West Coast salad, gravlax, and Jansen's temptation. Unfortunately, I couldn't get herring in the quantity I needed, so we had no herring on the table. We did have desserts aplenty and I even made Limpa bread for the occasion. There was also gløgg and aquavit for those who spirits needed lifting and Swedish egg coffee for the rest of us. Now that order has been restored, I'm going to treat myself to a cup of  gløgg. It has been raining for most of the day and some mulled wine would really hit the spot tonight. Gløgg is very easy to make and I wanted to share this recipe with those of you who might want to try it. If you do imbibe, don't forget the traditional toast. Skål! Here's how this version of mulled wine is made. God Jul!

Gløgg/Mulled Wine...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of A Healthy Journey

3-1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon whole cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
2 (750-milliliter) bottles dry red wine
1 cup raisins
1 cup whole almonds
1 cup honey or maple syrup

1) In a large sauce pan, bring the first 4 ingredients to a boil. Lower heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.
2) Strain boiled mixture into a large bowl. Discard leftover spices and return liquid to mixture to sauce pan.
3) Add in wine, raisins and sweetener and and slowly reheat mixture. Do not let it boil unless you want wine to evaporate.
4) Serve hot with a spoon of chopped almonds and raisins. Garnish with a cinnamon stick! Yield: 18 (1/2-cup) servings.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

Glogg, I am confused as to how it is different from Grog. Maybe they are the same, just different pronunciation.

Pondside said...

That sounds a lot like our recipe, except for the Maple Syrup - that sounds intriguing. We'll have our Danish feast on Monday night - I've spent the afternoon frying Frikadeller for tomorrow!

Katarina said...

We are drinking Glögg today! Merry Christmas!

Cuisine de Provence said...

Happy Christmas Mary!

My Little Space said...

What an exciting drink you made. Wish I can have a sip right away. :o) Mary, I'm here wishing you & your family a very Berry Christmas. Hope you're going to have a stunning X'mas & a festive season. I'm sure all your grand kids will be home soon. Have fun! God bless.
Best wishes, Kristy ((hugs))

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

Sounds fun; have a lovely Christmas Day Mary!
Duncan In Kuantan

kitchen flavours said...

Have never heard of Glogg before! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Wishing you A Blessed and Happy New Year !

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

We enjoy mulled wine also and it's perfect this time of the year. It reminds me of our trip to Europe one Christmas.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and the happiest of new years Mary.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Perhaps the tastiest recipe I've ever seen for Glogg! Have a very Merry Christmas, my friend!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Have an amazing Christmas season Mary. Enjoy!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday feast! Merry Christmas to you all.

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I'm sure your guests had a terrific time at your party. Have a wonderful Christmas, Mary.

Pam said...

I've made glogg many times and we love it. My MIL was Swedish and I had never heard of it until hubby and I married many years ago. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mary!

Kim said...

Cheers, Mary! And have a wonderful Christmas!!!!


Merry Christmas.


CQUEK said...

Look at all that amazing food and photos!

From the Kitchen said...

You've earned that cup of Glogg! Wishing you and your dear ones a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.


SmilingSally said...

Hi Mary,

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Merry Christmas Eve to you, Mary! I hope you have a BLKESSED Christma and a very happy new year too! XO, Pinky

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Merry Christmas, Mary, to you and your family. Thank you for all your inspiring recipes and love that you share through your blog.

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

Have a wonderful healthy blessed Christmas and best New YEar to come hugs!

pam said...

Merry Christmas!

Martha said...

Mary -- you're very astute. There will be an announcement later but I thought I would do it subtly with this post.

mia xara said...

Best wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year,Mary!! XO

giorno26 ¸¸.•*¨*•. said...

Hi my friend :)
from our home to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas !
by Myriam ♡

Flavia Galasso said...

A very merry special Xmas, blessings and hugs, Flavia

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