Using Coffee Grounds

We’ve talked before about what to do with used coffee grounds. We found a few recipes on that had some good ideas. We didn’t seem too crazy with the idea of the first one called “Spent Coffee and Salt Baked Heirloom Carrots” but there were some others that we might like to try.

You can use coffee grounds in “Red-Eye Gravy” by adding used coffee grounds to bacon grease. Another idea which sounds totally good is to add a tablespoon to overnight oats along with the chia – it would be fun to figure out which spots are chia and which are grounds!

Another totally good sounding idea is to add about 1/3 cup to brownie batter. One last idea they gave was to add it to marinade for beef or pork recipes. Add the grounds to cacao nibs, vinegar, honey, and basil. Sounds very different but might be really good.

See the recipes here

Coffee at Home

Since everyone is more or less stuck at home due to Covid-19, you might be bored or looking for some kind of diversion. Why not explore some recipes using coffee?

The Victor crew found some recipes on Starbucks site. They range from coffee drinks to smoothie bowls to cakes. There are also recipes for chocolate covered coffee beans and how to do latte art!

Many of the recipes are coffee go-withs and some are made with coffee as an ingredient. Make a coffee cake or frittata to go with your brew. Or perhaps you want to make a fancy coffee drink.

Check out their recipes here:

Things you can do with Instant Coffee

Not the kind who buys instant coffee, we thought it was interesting to find this article from about ways to use instant coffee. Here is their list of uses:

Add a teaspoon to Bolognese sauce.
Mix a teaspoon into chili con carne.
Make a body scrub by mixing a few teaspoons with some sugar and either coconut oil or olive oil.
Add a teaspoon to your cookie dough batter, or other batter, like brownies, or even buttercream icing.
Add to your meat rub.
Sprinkle on vanilla ice cream.
Add to smoothies or milkshakes.

Looks like we’ll need to rethink our aversion to instant coffee.

Tea recipe contests

Last time, the Jody Victor Crew told you about a contest that had recipes made with coffee. Well we found that same website ( also had a contest with tea. The winner was Tea with Honey and Lemon Compound Butter. The runner up was Sweet Tea Cookies. Some of the other entries included different types of biscotti, drink recipes, cakes, puddings, different meats smoked or rubbed with tea, among other entrees and desserts. Try something different

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With the holidays upon us, many turn to other beverages at parties, such as punch, eggnog, and wassail. The Victor crew wanted to look into wassail a little more and find out more about it.

According to Wikipedia, it is mulled cider. The name comes from “Waes Hail”, a simple greeting. Earlier versions used warmed mead – ale brewed with honey with roasted crab apples. Later it became mulled cider with added sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Our favorite wassail recipe follows.

Mulled Cider

2 quarts apple cider
1 cup pineapple juice
12 oz can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, and undiluted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
6 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks

Place the the juices and brown sugar in a large pot or slow cooker. Stir well. Place the spices in a small cheesecloth bag and add to the liquid. Cook on low heat in slow cooker for 5-6 hours or about 1 1/2-2 hours on stove. Remove spices and pour into mugs. You can garnish with fruit slices or additional cinnamon sticks.