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If you listen to any thing I say, please- please don’t buy the already made cranberry sauce. It is so simple to make and the homemade version is extremely delicious.
Every year I buy fresh cranberries and every year while I cook them, I think why people buy the canned or the bottled version. It is one of the simplest things to make in the Thanksgiving dinner.
I have made all sorts in the past few years- including a cranberry relish, salsa. This year I wanted to come up with something on my own and not follow a recipe.
Since I have been on an apple and orange kick- that are the flavors I used. I cooked a bag of fresh cranberries with apple cider and orange juice. I added orange zest, a cinnamon stick and some cloves. I cooked the berries till they popped and became soft- it takes all of 20 minutes and you can make this in advance and freeze it till the dinner. I finished it off with maple syrup. The apple chunks in the sauce are delicious and adds great texture.
It was delicious. We had it on top of some pork chops (I have frozen the rest for Thanksgiving). Please make this instead of buying the canned version and if you do – let me know.
- 12 ounces fresh cranberries
- 1½ cups apple cider
- ½ cup orange juice
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1 large cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- 1 large honey crisp apple, cut into ½ inch pieces
In a medium saucepan, add the cranberries, apple cider, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon stick and the cloves. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 5-10 minutes or till the berries begin to break down. Add the maple syrup and cook on medium high or till the sauce begins to thicken and the berries have disintegrated. Add the cut up apple and cook for another 5 minutes. Let cool. This can be frozen till the day before Thanksgiving. Thaw it in the fridge. Good for 6-8 people.
Sometimes simple is the way to go- actually that is my way when it comes to entertaining for any event- even when it is a casual dinner party.
When it comes to holiday entertaining I try to make things simple for myself and look for recipes that I can make in advance or at least prep in advance.
For Thanksgiving there is a lot to think about and so I make sure not every dish is complicated and time consuming.
This is one of the side dishes that is delicious yet very simple to make. All I did was to cut up a butternut squash, drizzle it with olive oil and good maple syrup- thats it. 40 minutes in the oven and I had a fabulous side dish. It is delicious with the sweet maple syrup and a bit of savory salt.
You can buy already cut up butternut squash to make things easier for yourself. Prep it in advance- the morning of and even roast it. You can reheat it right before the big feast is served… easy and yummy- that is the way to go.
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I am in the holiday/fall mood and all I want to do is cook with all the ingredients that remind me of cold weather. Apples is one of those ingredients that makes me think of cosy evenings in my house with a cup of hot apple cider or eating a delicious hot apple crisp with some ice cream.
I made this last weekend for a dinner at a friend’s house. I used my favorite apples- honey crisp but any kind of apples can be used-whatever you like.
I used a very typical crisp topping including flour- I used my usual white whole wheat flour and oats. I paired it with walnuts and cinnamon- and butter, of course. You can’t really go wrong with any of these ingredients.
The apples are mixed with orange and lemon zests giving the filling a wonderful citrusy, fresh taste. Everyone enjoyed the dessert. I served it with pumpkin gelato- which I made a few days ago. It came out really well- if I do say so myself.
The whole combination was a very successful one. This is another great idea for Thanksgiving. I will post the gelato recipe soon.
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I still had some of the steak and vegetable mixture left from the other day- about half a cup. I came downstairs to my kitchen Saturday morning and wondered what to make for breakfast. It is my favorite time of the day- no one is around and I love being in my kitchen by myself.
I was going to do the usual coffee/tea, toast/GG crackers but then I thought about the steak mixture I had in the fridge. I decided to use it up with some shredded cheese and eggs.
I took out some eggs and beat them up with a bit of salt. I added chopped cilantro and the shredded cheese into the egg mixture. That was it- I sauteed the steak mixture in a non-stick pan and added the eggs. I folded them gently while turning the heat down.
I served the eggs with warmed whole-wheat tortillas and it was delicious…
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This would be a perfect salad to serve for the Thanksgiving dinner. It has all the fall/holiday flavors going on. I have been using apples in everything I can.
A friend was coming over for dinner and I was making lasagna. I decided to do a simple salad with sliced crunchy honey crisp apples. I then added cranberries- because you can’t have a holiday salad without them. Plus I love the sweet and tangy burst they provide to any dish.
I then started to think about the dressing. I love the combination of cranberries and orange- so I decided to squeeze a big naval orange and use that as a base. I added some apple cider vinegar and honey and soon had a delicious salad dressing.
The whole combination was delicious and went really well with the entree. It is quite versatile and will go beautifully with the big feast- enjoy!
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