Long before we met her face-to-face during a visit to Styer's last summer, we've been admirers of Hannah Queen's striking photography and simple, rustic recipes from her blog, Honey & Jam. Chronicling life in and around her Georgia kitchen, Hannah's stories speak to what she loves, cooking; but also to her cozy home and the surrounding mountains, rivers, and forests that provide her fresh ingredients and the space to enjoy them. She'll be visiting here from time-to-time to share what she's cooking with us, and we imagine you'll enjoy getting to know her as much as we have.
"Winter is blowing in - the days are short, twinkling lights are in each window, and there’s a chill in the air. I’m convinced the best way to celebrate this season is to cozy up with a mug of mulled wine. It’s steeped in all the great flavors of winter, the spices of gingerbread, the freshness of citrus and the warmth of red wine and vanilla. It’s best served near a fireplace and in the company of good friends. I prefer it not so sweet, but feel free to adjust the sugar to your taste.
1 bottle (3 cups) dry red wine
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods
2 star anise
1/2 vanilla bean, split length-wise
2 clementines, thinly sliced
Combine the wine, brown sugar, spices, vanilla bean and clementines in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
Pour through a fine mesh sieve, garnish with cinnamon stick, clementine slices & star anise. Serve warm."
Photography by Hannah Queen
From the Kitchen of: Honey & Jam
December 11, 2012