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Holiday Recipes

A Sampling of Turkish Holiday Recipes (Advent 2004)

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Rufus' Chocolate Martini
ShinRa Corp. Events & Catering Smoked Turkey Cranberry Cheeseball
Tseng's New Year's Skewered Sweet Dumplings (kushi dango)
Elena's Cranberry Sauce
Reno's Hot Buttered Rum
Reeve's Cheese Stuff
Rude's Rookie Cookies
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Rufus' Chocolate Martini

Rebekah, the proprietress of La Vitesse, would make these for Rufus using special squares of white chocolate from Rapunzel's Chocolatiers, with the ShinRa emblem molded on top in dark chocolate. It was his particular favorite during the colder months and rainy days. When it finally wound up on the menu it was called a White Rufus, and if you go into any of the fancier resturants in Junon, you can still order one by that name. The blended frozen version is called ShinRa vs Avalanche, although what either party has to say about that title remains to be seen.

* 1 oz cream de cacao
* 1 oz Grey Goose vanilla (or other vanilla vodka)
* square of Belgian white chocolate (or a Hershey's hug, for the rest of us mortals)

For extra snazz, chill martini glasses and then dip the rim in hardshell chocolate before adding the drink. You can also use shaved/crumbled chocolate, but be careful not to get any in the glass, as it will cloud the perfect clarity of the drink.

Drop chocolate in bottom of martini glass. Point up for a hug, ShinRa emblem up if you're serving a party of Turks.

Shake cream de cacao and vodka with ice. Strain into glass and serve. Wait until after the third one before asking about a raise.

For the frozen milder version, blend liquor with ice and 1/4 cup whipping cream until smooth. Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

ShinRa Corp. Events & Catering Smoked Turkey Cranberry Cheeseball

One of the special hors d'oeuvres popular at ShinRa Holiday parties, it is probably better when not served with intense hobnobbing. Along with a glass of wine, it was the only thing Rufus would ever eat at the many black-tie affairs.

Really, knowing what ShinRa does to the ocean, would you eat anything off the raw bar?

* 1 pkg neufchatel or cream cheese, softened
* smoked turkey
* 1/2 cup sweet dried cranberries
* 1 cup chopped pecans, separated

Chop turkey in blender or food processor until you have 2 loose cups of finely chopped turkey. Coarsely chop the dried cranberries and 1/2 of the pecans in the blender and add to the turkey. Blend with the neufchatel or cream cheese until well mixed, shape into a ball. Roll the ball in the remaining pecans and chill 1/2 hour before serving. Serve with whole wheat cocktail crackers or water crackers.

Plot corporate takeover. Seduce your bodyguard.

Tseng's New Year's Skewered Sweet Dumplings (kushi dango)

While not what most Midgar residents would call a Christmas foodstuff, this is de rigueur at any festive winter event in Wutai, popular especially during the water-dragon parade at New Year's. Tseng learned the how of making them during his young teenage years serving tea at the Turtle to earn money to get him to Midgar. Since not everybody has a bamboo steamer (though they really are damn handy), there are two alternative methods of preparation here, and they taste pretty much the same. If using the boiling method, make sure to eat them in one day, because refrigeration makes them mealy.

For the dumplings:
* 1 cup rice flour (Mochiko comes in a white box with a blue star, and is super cheap, most large supermarkets have it in the international aisle)
* 1/2 cup warm water

For the sweet sauce:
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 tbs shoyu (Japanese soy sauce, don't use La Choy or american soy sauce, it is way too strong)
* 1 1/2 tbs cornstarch
* 1 1/2 tbs water

Prepare dumplings:
Slowly combine water and rice flour. Blend until you have a sticky dough that isn't too soft and will hold a shape. Roll the dough into balls about one inch across. (Once you get a layer of dough on your fingers it won't stick so much. If it is way too sticky, add a small amount of rice flour.)

To steam:
Place the dumplings on squares of waxed paper and steam in a bamboo steamer over rapidly boiling water for 15 minutes.

To boil:
Boil a large pot of water (you can start it while preparing the dumplings). When the water is boiling, carefully lower the dumplings in with a slotted spoon. Boil them until they all float, and then continue to boil them for one minute. You can test one by cutting it in half, it should be soft and chewy all the way through and slightly off-white. Strain.

Cool slightly on a plate until dumplings can be handled. Skewer dumplings on bamboo skewers, 3-4 each (or one on each toothpick for fancy finger food.)

Prepare sauce:
Combine water, soy sauce, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. In a small bowl mix cornstarch and water, set aside. When the soy/sugar mixture boils, add the cornstarch mixture and stir constantly until the sauce thickens. Brush the sauce over the dumplings and serve.

You can also smear the dumplings with smooth sweet red bean paste.

Play with your New Year's Doll while you wait for the parade, and try to catch the most sweet sesame candies from the dragon dancers. Tell that snot-nosed Yuffie brat from next door that you don't care who her daddy is, she can't have any of yours.

Elena's Cranberry Sauce

A self-proclaimed kitchen disaster, Elena is not likely to be whipping up Belgian Endive with French Aioli anytime soon, and neither are most of us. If you want something to bring to the pot luck down at the firing range, try this.

While there is a lot to be said for making hard stuff look easy, there's also a lot going for the opposite. Anybody can open a can and slice along those handy grooves, but nothing says "I slaved for hours" like whole cranberry sauce. Don't tell them that it takes all of five minutes. It's not like they've ever tried making the stuff.

* 1 cup sugar
* 1 cup water
* 1 bag [2 cups] fresh or frozen cranberries (if using frozen do not thaw, as it will make them mushy. just cook 'em frozen the same as fresh.)

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boiling over medium heat. Boil, stir occasionally, 3-5 minutes or until cranberry skins pop and sauce has thickened. Serve warm or chilled with beef, pork, or poultry. Accept compliments graciously.

Reno's Hot Buttered Rum

While most of Reno's holiday punches involve brass knuckles, this is standard fare at the ShinRa Mansion for fending off both natural and unnatural drafts. Rufus will have his by the fire with Tseng and the hounds, but Angelo will have his down in the lab with hot tea instead of the rum and boiling water. Reno has his with perhaps a little more rum than strictly called for. But as he will tell you, there is no better house for delerium tremens than Hojo's old Nibelheim digs. Christmas is prime ghosting time, after all.

* 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup butter or margarine
* 1/4 tsp finely shredded lemon peel
* tsp ground cinnamon
* 1/4 tsp ground allspice
* rum
* boiling water

In a small mixing bowl combine brown sugar, butter, lemon peel, and spices. Beat until well combined. Use immediately or chill, covered, for up to 1 month. To serve, place one rounded tablespoon in a mug. Add 3 tablespoons rum and 1/2 cup boiling water, stir well.

Look for a good fire and better company, it's cold out there.

Reeve's Cheese Stuff

If you happen to have relatives who send you large blocks of Wisconsin real estate for Christmas, or if you somehow wind up with the leftover cheese trays from the company get-togethers, this is a great remedy for the odds 'n' ends. You might even find yourself going out and buying cheese to make it. A balance of mild and sharp cheeses is best, but really, anything goes.

In a blender combine:
* leftover cheese bits, any and all sorts
* 1/2 c. melted butter
(and if desired)
* chopped minced onions
* dry mustard
* parsley
* chives
* curry powder
* and/or anything else that looks good

Blend until smooth. Spread over rye bread and toast under the broiler, add to mashed potatoes, spread on crackers. Good for snacking on one-handed while working on animatronic cat blueprints, or smeared on green apples when breaking out those new shiny Christmas video games. It's always good and never quite the same twice. If it hardens up in the fridge, a few seconds in the microwave will make it nice and spreadable.

Any comments about the secretary of Urban Development also being spreadable may be directed to Ms. Elena LeBeau, who will personally investigate such claims.

Rude's Rookie Cookies

Technically "Rookie Cookies" were Rude's nickname for the homemade cookies Ma Montague would send to Reno every Christmas. Reno, who never had the heart to tell his mother exactly what he thought about oatmeal cookies, much less six dozen of them, would usually pass them on to his partner. Being unusually canny, Mrs. Montague eventually wound up simply sending the cookies to Rude personally, where they were more than welcome and vanished quickly, especially on snowy late-night shifts and stakeouts.

* 4 cups regular rolled oats
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 2 cups packed brown sugar
* 1 cup melted butter or margarine
* 2 cups self-rising flour
* 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
* 1/2 cup raisins, golden sultanas, or dried cranberries
* 1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine all ingredients (dry first, then wet. Use less water if needed). Drop by large rounded tablespoons 2" apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Creatively hide enough of them to send off to friends and relatives, as any left sitting to cool will find themselves carried off by mysterious forces*, never to be heard from again.

*answering to Phoenix and Diego

Grandmother Recipes!

from the forebears of Tenshi & llamajoy, passed down through generations (advent 2006)

Granny Hundley's Seafoam Candy
(At every huge Tenshi-family Christmas gathering, the cold back room would be filled with every kind of homemade candy imaginable.
Granny Hundley is in no condition to make candy anymore these days*, so that's why I wanted to share this recipe, so that you can make some and pass it along.)

2 egg whites
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla


In the small bowl of an electric mixer, let egg whites warm to room temperature, about 1 hour. In heavy two-quart saucepan, combine both kinds of sugar, corn syrup, vinegar and water.

Cook, stirring with wooden spoon, over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking over low heat without stirring, to 255F (on a candy thermometer), or until a little syrup in cold water forms a hard ball. Set aside to cool slightly.

Meanwhile, at high speed, beat egg whites with salt until stiff peaks form when beaters are slowly raised. When thermometer goes down to 250F, gradually pour hot syrup in a thin sream over egg whites, beating constantly at high speed. Continue beating until mixture is stiff enough to hold its shape when beaters are raised.

With wooden spoon, beat in vanilla. Drop by rounded teaspoonfulls, 2.5 inches apart, onto a tray lined with waxed paper, swirling each candy into a peak. Let dry at room temperature. Makes one pound.

If you want to store it, do so at room temperature in a covered container. Will keep several weeks.

*(Suella Hundley died in October of 2008. I would love it if you made some of her candy for your friends and family, and I know she would have loved it too.)

Grammy Baird's Sweet Potato Casserole
(I always hated it when mom would make this for Tenshi-family gatherings, because none of it ever made it back home.)

3 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sugar
2 well-beaten eggs
1/3 cup milk

1 cup packed brown sugar
5 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped nuts


Combine the sweet potatoes, butter, vanilla, sugar, eggs and milk; mix well. Spoon into lightly buttered two quart casserole dish.

Mix all topping ingredients (brown sugar, butter, flour, nuts) and sprinkle on casserole.

Bake uncovered at 350F for 30 minutes. Serves eight.

Great-Grandma Feighner's Freezer Salad
(A staple at every holiday meal in the llamajoy family. Anecdotally, I'm pretty sure Grandma herself got the recipe out of a magazine. Also appears as Fuujin's recipe in the ABCs.)

2 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons butter

32 large marshmallows

1/2 pint whipping cream
1 regular sized can fruit cocktail


In a double boiler, cook the eggs, sugar, vinegar & butter until the mixture thickens. Then add the marshmallows.

When cool, add the whipping cream, and the fruit cocktail (with juice!). Freeze in 8"x8" pan, serve frozen.

Great-great-grandmother Frost's White Cookies
(They just don't make them like this anymore. Baby llamajoy loved to frost these guys in fun patterns.)

Cookie Ingredients:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup softened margarine
1 cup sour milk (1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup milk)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour

Icing Ingredients:
10x powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring of choice


Mix all ingredients together. Put in fridge to stiffen the dough; it's easier to roll it cold, without adding too much flour. Roll flat and cut out cookies with the cookie cutter shapes of your choice.

Bake at 350F for just enough time for the cookies to go brown on the bottom, anywhere from 8 - 15 minutes depending on the thickness of your cookies and the temperature of your oven.

For the icing, and I quote: "mix until the consistency is right," adding more milk or more sugar until the frosting is just smooth enough to spread over the cookies. Decorate as you like, the more the merrier.

Chaos v/s Cosmos Cookies (Advent 2009)

One recipe. Two kinds of cookie. Darkness and light, good and evil, order and chaos. Vanilla and chocolate.


1/2 cup butter, unsalted, softened (2 sticks)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee diluted with 1 tsp warm water
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Amano Bling (nonpareils, multicolored sugar, edible glitter, silver dragées in the shape of giant lions, etc.)

In a mixing bowl, cream butter with an electric mixer on high for half a minute. Add the sugars, egg, vanilla, almond extract, baking soda, and about half the flour. Beat until combined, then beat in remaining flour. Transfer half the dough to another bowl, add the coffee and the cocoa to one half and beat to combine.

Drop by rounded teaspoons (or get a cookie scoop, you'll never look back) two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle liberally with sugar-beads. Bake at 375 degrees for six to eight minutes or until edges are golden. Cool for a minute on the cookie sheet, then carefully transfer to a wire rack. Cookies will be very thin and buttery. If you would like your forces to be more robust, substitute 1/4 cup shortening for one of your sticks of butter. Makes about a dozen fighters for each side. If any last more than a few hours, keep them stored in an airtight container well away from the Emperor. It's like that guy's got a hollow leg or something, where does he put them?

Archetypal crossover combat was never so tasty.

It's a tough job
We actually have made every single recipe we've posted on the site. Someone's got to do it.