Cranberry Sauce and Christmas Menu

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Cranberry sauce is a nice side dish with most meats at Christmastime. ¬†Even though it is a traditional “Thanksgiving” side dish, I really like to make it also at Thanksgiving. ¬†The flavor and texture of cranberry sauce tastes fantastic with ham, turkey and chicken!

Christmas Menu

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Honey Wheat Rolls
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Sweet Potato Casserole

Cheesey Spaghetti Squash and Spinach on WT

 

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash and Spinach

Cranberry Apple Cake (recipe coming this week!)

Recipe:

Why I love this recipe:

1. ¬†It’s all homemade.
2.  You can make it 1-2 days ahead of your party.
3.  The flavor and texture is a little different than standard sauce РI like that.
4.  Super simple.

Perfect Cranberry Sauce and Christmas Menu
Author: Mary Ellen P. Riley / Whisk Together
Ingredients
  • 12 ounce fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup sugar (up to 1 cup for sweeter sauce)
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tb. water
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Put a medium pot on the stove. Set aside 1/2 cup of the cranberries.
  2. Add the rest of the cranberries to the saucepan with the sugar, orange zest, orange juice and water.
  3. Cook on low for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the spices: cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. Stir together.
  5. Cook on medium heat for 12 minutes. Gently stir and smash the cranberries. They will burst.
  6. Turn the heat down to low.
  7. Add the reserved 1/2 cup cranberries. Stir together.
  8. Add any sugar, salt or pepper to taste.
  9. Remove from heat and serve once cooled off. Or let cool on the stove and store in the fridge until ready to serve.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Food Network’s “Perfect Cranberry Sauce”

 

Baked Cranberry Oatmeal

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We won! ¬†Our table at the Women’s Christmas Dinner won for best decorating!

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Tammy and I took it down before photos, but I promise to recreate the fun Christmas tree napkins and centerpiece.

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Recipe: ¬†I love my baked oatmeals! ¬†I love pumpkin oatmeal, and blueberry oatmeal and peach oatmeal¬†and simple oatmeal! ¬†And now we have one for winter! ¬†ūüôā ¬†The oranges are sooooo good this time of year and cranberries are everywhere. ¬†You can just use the ones you frozen before Thanksgiving or use fresh ones. ¬†This would make a great make-ahead breakfast, a breakfast for Christmas morning that is healthy, a helpful freezer meal for a friend (freeze after baking), or simply enjoy for dessert with a little warm milk.

Juliana and I devoured this in just a couple of days!

**If you find the oatmeal recipes too bland, simply add some brown sugar on top.  It all depends on how sweet you want your oatmeal to be.

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Baked Cranberry Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • Baked Cranberry Oatmeal
  • 4-6 servings
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen and CHOPPED
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 orange, zested (about 1/2 a large orange or 1 small to medium orange)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees or convection oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9x9" pan or a 1.5 qt. casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle half the cranberries on the bottom of the dish.
  4. In a great big bowl, mix the dry stuff: oats, cinnamon, orange zest, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add the wet stuff: milk, eggs, half the brown sugar and vanilla.
  6. Stir in the rest of the cranberries and reserve a few for the top if you like. Stir in the nuts if using those. Now sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on top.
  7. Put in the fridge to bake in the morning, OR put it into the oven for 35 minutes and the middle is set and not jiggly.
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Baked Cranberry Oatmeal
4-6 servings

1 and 1/2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen and CHOPPED
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 orange, zested (about 1/2 a large orange or 1 small to medium orange)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup brown sugar, divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees or convection oven to 350 degrees.
2. ¬†Spray a 9×9″ pan or a 1.5 qt. casserole dish.
3.  Sprinkle half the cranberries on the bottom of the dish.
4.  In a great big bowl, mix the dry stuff:  oats, cinnamon, orange zest, baking powder and salt.
5.  Add the wet stuff:  milk, eggs, half the brown sugar and vanilla.
6.  Stir in the rest of the cranberries and reserve a few for the top if you like.  Stir in the nuts if using those.  Now sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on top.
7.  Put in the fridge to bake in the morning, OR put it into the oven for 35 minutes and the middle is set and not jiggly.

 

Sugared Cranberries

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Book Update: ¬†After seeing the second “Hobbit” movie I started reading the book again by JRR Tolkein. ¬†It is an annotated version which is really helpful. ¬†I wish I had had that version in school instead. ¬†There are a lot of explanations (probably more than necessary for me!) including “morning letters”: the mail in Britain was delivered more than once a day. ¬†“Afternoon tea” is always around 4pm.

Recipe:  I always have leftover fresh cranberries from sales or the community produce box in the Fall and Winter.  This recipe helped use up the last of the bag and gave me something to do with the remainder after making our usual cranberry orange bread.  The tart and sweet flavors balance well.  The only downside is that they take overnight to make, so you may want to make them on the weekend.  But, they are worth it!  I added orange and vanilla to the mixture for added flavor, but they can be left out.

This recipe will divide nicely in half if you want to try them out. ¬†If you don’t like them, they are very pretty decoration, too! ¬†I also added them to my Greek yogurt, or you could top a cake or cheesecake with them for edible decorations.

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Sugared Cranberries
3 cups

3 and 3/4 cups sugar, divided
1 and 3/4 cups water
1 tsp. orange zest (about 1 orange), (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)

1.  In a medium size pot, mix 2 and 1/2 cups sugar, water and orange zest.  Turn the stove to medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
2.  Add the cranberries and stir them with the sugar mixture for about 5 minutes.  Do not boil.

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3.  Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
4.  Cool on the counter.  Place a small plate on top of the cranberries to keep them submerged in the sugar mixture.  Put the entire pot into the fridge, covered, and keep there overnight.
5.  Drain the sugar mixture from the cranberries.  (Keep the sugar mixture if you like sugar in your coffee and the like!)
6.  Take the rest of the 1 and 1/4 cup of sugar and place it in a pie plate or shallow sugar.  Toss the drained cranberries in the sugar.  Do this in batches.

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7.  Allow to set out to dry and store in the fridge.

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Recipe adapted from Food.com

Cranberry Sweet Potato Casserole

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This may be one of the dumbest or greatest things I’ve bought for my kitchen. ¬†I will have to let you know once I receive it and start using it. ¬†We love breakfast sandwiches, but the assembly and everything can take time. ¬†I don’t always have them frozen on hand, so I thought this might save us a lot of time and energy: ¬†the breakfast sandwich maker actually MAKES the sandwich with the egg in it for you. ¬†How cool is that? ¬†Well, definitely something different and fun.

Recipe:  This was an interesting twist on using up sweet potatoes.  I would recommend always serving it warm.  My other favorite sweet potato casserole seems to be good hot or cold.  Very similar, but with a tang of cream cheese Рeveryone liked it.

Cranberry Sweet Potato Casserole
serves 8-10

8 oz. cream cheese, soft
40 oz. sweet potatoes, (drain the can, or cooked from raw)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:
1 apple (like Granny Smith or Jonathon, but most will work), chopped
2/3 cup chopped cranberries
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats (quick or old fashioned)
1/4 cup butter, cold and cut up
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1. ¬†Spray a 1 and 1/2 qt. or 8×8 or 9×9 pan with cooking spray.
2.  Heat up the oven to 350 degrees.
3.  Beat the cream cheese, potatoes, 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon until creamy.
4.  In a medium bowl, toss the rest of the brown sugar, apples, cranberries, flour and oats.  Crumble in the butter and mix until you get coarse crumbs.
5.  Put the potatoes into the dish.  Top with the topping.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Recipe from Kraft

Cranberry Orange Whole Grain Muffin

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These were a yummy use of the cranberries I bought at the store the other day. ¬†With whole grains and berries, you can’t go wrong with this healthy breakfast or snack. ¬† I washed, dried and froze the fresh berries ahead of time. ¬†But, you can use dried or fresh. ¬†In some reviews, I have seen people run their old fashioned oats through the food processor to get the “quick cooking oats” without having to go out and buy another kind. ¬†As usual, I substituted unsweetened applesauce for oil/butter which yielded a very tasty muffin.

Cranberry Orange Whole Grain Muffin
yield 12 muffins

1 and 1/2 cups (6 oz.) whole wheat flour
3/4 cups (2 5/8 oz.) quick cooking oats
1/4 cup (1.75 oz.) buttermilk powder or nonfat dry milk
2/3 cup (4 5/8 oz.) sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup (2 oz.) pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 Tb. orange zest
2 large eggs
3/4 cup (6 oz.) milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter (or unsweetened applesauce)

Glaze (Optional)
2 Tb. orange juice with 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. ¬†Grease the muffin pan with baker’s joy, cooking spray or use liners.
3.  Mix up the dry stuff in a great big bowl:  whole wheat flour, oats, dry milk, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
4.  Toss the cranberries and nuts into the dry mix.
5.  In another medium bowl mix the wet stuff:  zest, eggs, milk and oil (or butter or applesauce).
6.  Add wet stuff to dry stuff and mix until combined.  If you see a little flour, then that is okay!  Just make sure not to overmix.
7.  Divide the batter between the 12 muffin cups.  I used a large cookie scoop.
8.  Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool inside the pan for 5-10 minutes.  Then turn them over on a wire rack to cool some more.

9.  Glaze:  Just mix and drizzle over cooled muffins.  Also very tasty on the Vegan Tangerine Cupcakes I made last year.

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Recipe from King Arthur Flour

Cranberry Yogurt Coffeecake

Need ideas for leftover cranberry sauce? ¬†Want to have something festive for Thanksgiving morning? ¬†Try Cranberry Yogurt Coffeecake! ¬†I’m such a sucker for coffeecake.

Cranberry Yogurt Coffeecake
yield 24 – 2″ servings

Topping:
5 Tbs. butter
1/2 cup brown sugar (or 3.75 oz. by weight)
big pinch of salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup + 2Tbs. AP flour (or 4.5 oz. by weight)

Filling:
1 cup whole-berry cranberry sauce (This is a minimum. ¬†I like more in my middle… cranberry sauce that is!)

Batter:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup + 2 Tbs. brown sugar (8.5 oz. by weight)
2 eggs
1 cup plain yogurt (or flavored)
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups AP flour

1. ¬†Preheat oven to 350 degrees. ¬†Grease a 9×13 pan.
2.  Make streusel:  Cream together butter, sugar, salt, cinnamon and vanilla.  Add flour until forms coarse crumbs.  Set aside.
3.  Make batter: In large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Beat in  eggs one at a time.  Beat in the rest of the ingredients.  Pour into your pan.
4. ¬†Spoon the cranberry sauce randomly around the batter. ¬†It doesn’t spread much when baking, so I preferred more filling.
5.  Sprinkle streusel on top.
6.  Bake 40 minutes or so.  I always check after 30 minutes with my cake tester (i.e. toothpick).

Recipe for above originated from KingArthurFlour.com

The top of my coffeecake was not very pretty. ¬†Delicious, yes (or it wouldn’t be posted here!), but pretty no. ¬†Not like the original photo. ¬†Soooooo… to solve this problem I just whisked up some powdered sugar icing and drizzled it on top of the somewhat cool coffeecake.

Icing:

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. of milk plus more

Mix powdered sugar and milk together.  I added milk 1/2 tsp. at a time until the icing came together and drizzled from the spoon like maple syrup.  Then drizzled from my spoon onto the cake.

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Cranberry Orange Bread

My mom made this bread every fall.  We all loved it.  I never realized until now that she never put nuts in it!  I like nuts and my hubby likes nuts too, so you can add them to the bread or leave them out.

My co-op had provided us with fresh cranberries and two oranges, so it was just begging for some cranberry orange bread. ¬†I love the little stoneware bread pans you see in the stores like Michael’s and even some grocery stores. ¬†They make great gifts. ¬†This recipe will make 4 baby loaves or you can do the standard 1 large 9×5″ loaf. ¬†These stoneware pans are kind of plain, but they are also my old ones. ¬†I’ve seen much cuter designs.

To make as a gift:  Bake in baby stoneware pan.  Allow to cool completely.  Lift loaf out  upside down onto a piece of saran wrap.  Wrap up the loaf (the loaf is upside-down so that the cut-side of the saran wrap is on the bottom) and clean out the pan.  Place any ribbon or decoration you want on the loaf and then place it back into the cleaned and dried baby loaf pan.  Ta-dah!

Cranberry Orange Bread
yield 1 9×5″ loaf or 4 small loaf pans

2 cups AP flour
1 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
2 Tbs. vegetable or canola oil
1 Tbs. orange peel, grated (it took me 2 oranges)
1 egg, beaten
1  and 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped  (remember to wash them ahead of time to allow to dry a little)
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (walnuts would be good) ¬†(my mom doesn’t like nuts so she left them out)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Whisk together!
2.  Add the orange juice, oil, peel and eggs.  Mix until just combined.
3. ¬†Fold in the cranberries and nuts and you are DONE! ¬†One bowl. ¬†That’s it!
4.  Bake baby loaves for 25 minutes and then watch closely.  Mine were done at 28 minutes.  So try 25-30.  A standard loaf bake 45-55 minutes.

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