Helen Hosmer's Wassail Recipe

I stumbled across this recipe today and wanted to ensure it didn't get lost as it was passed down through my music fraternity over the years. I was quite honored to sing at this amazing educator's bedside a week before her passing.

was·sail n. 1: an early English toast to someone's health. 2: a hot drink that is made with wine, beer, or cider, spices, sugar, and usually baked apples and is traditionally served in a large bowl especially at Christmastime. 3: riotous drinking:revelry.

Wassail Recipe of Helen M. Hosmer

Ingredients and Directions

To each gallon of cider add:
  • 3 tsp. Allspice
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. Nutmeg
  • 4 sticks of cinnamon
  • 8 oranges, juice of (or 2 cans frozen concentrate)
  • 4 lemons, juice of (or 1 can frozen lemonade)
  • Up to 2 cups sugar
Let mixture slowly come to a boil and serve hot.
Recipe meant to be improvised.


Bruschetta Chicken Bake

We tried this recipe the other night. A quick, family meal that is easy to assemble and generally nutritious.

Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 40 min
Makes: 6 servings, 1 cup each

  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pkg. (6 oz.) STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tsp. dried basil leaves
  • 1 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
  1. PREHEAT oven to 400°F.
  2. Place tomatoes in medium bowl. Add stuffing mix, water and garlic; stir just until stuffing mix is moistened. Set aside.
  3. PLACE chicken in 13x9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with the basil and cheese. Top with stuffing mixture.
  4. BAKE 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through.
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 310 / Total fat 7g / Saturated fat 3g / Cholesterol 80mg /
Sodium 710mg / Carbohydrate 25g / Dietary fiber 2g / Sugars 4g /
Protein 33g / Vitamin A 10%DV /Vitamin C 15%DV /
Calcium 20%DV / Iron 15%DV / WW POINTS = 6
Recipe and photo courtesy of Kraft Foods.