Treasury of country recipes, 551pp.
by Land O’Lakes Test Kitchens
Tormont Publications, Montreal, 1992
Cooking on pages 32–33
Land O’Lakes was founded in 1921 in Minnesota, by representatives from 320 creameries, as the Minnesota Cooperative Creameries Association. The organisation wanted to improve marketing and the quality of butter, and thus increase the profitability of dairying. I guess it worked because, having grown up in the USA, I completely associate Land O’Lakes with butter.
The co-op handles 12 billion pounds of milk each year supplied by 3600 direct producer-members and 1000 member-cooperatives. Its 10,000 employees process and distribute products on behalf of about 300,000 agricultural producers.
Pages 32–33 have drink recipes. I’m not a big fan of rum (old-fashioned hot buttered rum), so I made the iced version of orange mint coffee.
Orange mint coffee
Ingredients for iced coffee
6 sprigs fresh mint
6 orange slices
10 cups (2.5L) fresh brewed coffee
2 1/2 cups (625mL) vanilla ice cream
Place mint and orange slices into large heat-proof pitcher; add fresh brewed coffee. Let cool 1 hr. Cover; refrigerate until chilled (about 2 hr.). Into each of 6 glasses scoop 1/2 c. (125 mL) ice cream; pour chilled coffee over the ice cream.
Note: the hot version is virtually the same without the chill time and using sweetened whipped cream instead of ice cream.
How it played out
Poor John adores his coffee and got a new maker (not a new wife, but a new machine) in early January. I can’t drink coffee after mid-morning (affects my sleep) so I started one serve of this for him in the morning.
I brewed the coffee and then added the orange slice and mint. I let it sit (in his favourite cup) on the bench for an hour and in the fridge for two hours. Then I added a scoop of coffee mocha ice cream. Hey, if you’re going to do coffee, you might as well use coffee ice cream.
He had the drink after lunch.
You need to know that Poor John likes his coffee strong, black and without sugar, so this was not a typical choice for him. While he enjoyed the brew, he thought it was a recipe for people who didn’t like coffee all that much or who preferred it with milk and sugar.
Would be a great drink after a dinner party—iced version on a hot night and the hot version on a wintry night. Could add Bailey’s Irish Cream too.
Note: Poor John almost always makes his own coffee, so me making it was an exception.