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Do you still have cranberry cravings? These Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies will be sure to satisfy them. These pretty, ruby speckled oatmeal cookies are not only delicious, but make a wonderful addition to you holiday table. Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies also make a wonderful hostess gift. Tie them up with a ribbon or gift them in a pretty box, they are sure to be enjoyed!cranberry oatmeal cookies

 

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

Ingredients:

 

1 ½ cups of butter

1 ¾ cups brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 ½ Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. vanilla

½ tsp. salt

2 cups flour

18 ounces old-fashioned oats

12 ounces fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped

½ cup raisins

Finely chopped zest of 1 orange

1 ¼ cups coarsely chopped walnuts

 

Directions:

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Add the eggs, honey, vanilla and salt and beat until smooth and creamy. Using a large wooden spoon or your hands, work in the flour and oats until well combined. Add the cranberries, raisins, orange zest and walnuts; mix until every thing is combined.

 

I used my Kitchen Aid mixer which did the job of mixing everything up really well.

 

With your hands, form the dough into patties that are ½ inch thick and 2 ½ inches in diameter. Bake the cookies until lightly browned but still a little soft at the center, 15-20 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Makes about 25-30 cookies.cranberry oatmeal cookies

 

These cookies are almost more like a soft granola bar and are not overly sweet. I’m trying to convince myself that they would be a wonderful addition to my breakfast. I did have to put some in the freezer or they would have been gone in a few days!cranberry oatmeal cookies

 

These cookies freeze well so you can make them ahead of the holidays.cranberry oatmeal cookies

Good New England apple cider from a local apple orchard is one of my very favorite beverages. Nothing says fall to me than a glass of apple cider. Mulled cider is even better. Mulling cider with a select mixture of spices perfumes the house with wonderful aromas and makes for the most comforting warm winter drink. Children love the cider warm from the pot “as is”, while adults often enjoy the added kick of a jigger of rum, brandy or Calvados. We’ve often taken a thermos of mulled cider with us when we’re snow shoeing in the winter. Nothing warms you up more than a mug of mulled cider!mulled cider

 

Whether you enjoy mulled cider as is or with an added kick I think you will enjoy this recipe. You can make it ahead of time and keep it warm in your crock pot. Your house will be filled with the wonderful aromas as your company arrives.mulled cider

 

I’ve often ordered mulled cider when we go out to eat, but it is so easy to make at home!mulled cider

 

Mulled Cider

 

Ingredients:

 

2 quarts fresh apple cider

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 bay leaves

2 cinnamon sticks (about two inches each)

½ tsp. whole cloves

½ tsp. ground cardamom

½ tsp. grated nutmeg

Zest of one orange, peeled in a continuous spiral if possible.

1 ounce per serving of rum, brandy or Calvados (optional)

 

Directions:

 

Combine the cider, brown sugar, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg and orange zest in a large pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain the spices from the mulled cider mixture and discard. Return the cider to the pan and keep warm. You can also transfer the mulled cider to a crock pot to keep warm. The cider is ready to be served as is. If spiking it, pour 1 ounce of the preferred liquor into each serving mug and fill with the hot cider.mulled cider

Makes about 8 servings

Spicy cashew chicken stir-fryLooking for a quick weekday dinner? I’ve made this meal often. Spicy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry is one of those stir-fry recipes that is not only delicious but can come together in under ½ hour. There is about ten minutes of prep work and ten minutes of cooking. This Spicy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry comes together so quickly you better start the rice before you do anything else!Spicy cashew chicken stir-fry

 

Spicy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

 

 

Ingredients:

 

¾ cup chicken broth

3 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. dry sherry

3 Tbsp. Soy sauce

1 Tbsp. Plus 2 tsp. Cornstarch

2 tsp. – 1 Tbsp. chili garlic paste (depending on how spicy you want it)

3 Tbsp. Peanut oil

1 pound chicken tenders

1 onion, chopped

1 Tbsp. Peeled, chopped ginger

3 cups Broccoli, cut into florets (Can also use any other vegetable you have on hand.)

¼ cup water

¼ cup cashews, chopped

 

Directions:

 

Whisk together the chicken broth, sherry, soy sauce, cornstarch and chili garlic sauce in a bowl. Set aside

 

Heat a large non-stick pan or wok over medium high heat. Add 2 tsp. Of the oil then add the chicken. Stir-fry the chicken until iit is cooked through. This should take 4-5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm.

 

Heat the remaining 1 tsp. oil in the same skillet. Add the onion and ginger and stir fry about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli or other vegetables and stir-fry until crisp tender, about two minutes. Add the broth mixture and the water and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture bubbles and thickens, about one minute. Add the chicken and cook until heated through. Serve over rice and garnish with cashews.Spicy cashew chicken stir-fry

 

This spicy cashew chicken stir-fry serves four. If you don’t eat it in one meal the leftovers are delicious for lunch!Spicy cashew chicken stir-fry

Fall is the time of year that you can find cranberries in your local market. Cranberries may be tart but there are all sorts of ways to use cranberries in cooking to satisfy those cranberry cravings. Here are my top five recipes for using cranberries.

 

Cranberry Vanilla Muffins
What better way to celebrate a special day than with a delicious muffin? In this recipe half a vanilla bean is ground right into the sugar to dominate the flavor of the muffin. Use fresh cranberries or those frozen cranberries in the freezer or even try dried cranberries to whip up a batch of these delicious Cranberry Vanilla Muffins.Cranberry cravings

 

Cranberry Orange Scones
Still celebrating?  What better way to celebrate than with these feathery light scones. Enjoy the wonderful tart contrast of cranberries and orange zest. I cut the scones into heart shapes for a Valentine’s Day treat! Plus I got to use up some of the frozen cranberries in my freezer!Cranberry cravings

 

Cranberry Apple Pie
I will forever be grateful for my (ex) brother-in-law for introducing me to this delicious pie. Whenever we spend Thanksgiving with family I make this pie. After all these years when I think of Thanksgiving I think of a Cranberry Apple Pie.Cranberry cravings

 

Cranberry Orange Marmalade
This is a wonderful recipe to make when cranberries are at their peak between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The scarlet cranberry lends a tartness to compliment the orange of this marmalade. Beside satisfying your cranberry cravings this marmalade makes an excellent gift in your next gift basket!cranberry cravings

 

Cranberry Apple Pear Relish
My supply of apples and pears seems to be endless this year! I was looking for something different to make and found this recipe. Not only did it use apples and pears but I was even able to use up some frozen cranberries I had. This relish is perfect to serve with poultry or to serve as an appetizer with crackers and cheese.cranberry cravings

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One of my favorite cookbooks is The Enchanted Broccoli Forest; this cookbook was published in 1982, just a few years after we were married! It’s well loved and well used. One of my favorite recipes is their quiche recipe. They actually call it a quiche formula as it gives you the freedom to make a quiche using whatever ingredients you have on hand. The other day I had some broccoli and a few leeks on hand and decided to use their formula to make a broccoli leek quiche. It was so good.Broccoli Leek Quiche

 

The quiche formula has four components, the crust, the cheese, the filling and the custard.

 

After you’ve prepared your chosen crust there are just three more steps before you bake it. As you might imagine my broccoli leek crust came together in no time.

 

The cheese is put directly on the crust. When it melts it creates a moisture resistant barrier between the filling and the crust, which helps the crust from getting soggy. The recommended types of cheese are Swiss types and medium or sharp cheddar. Recommended amount is ¼ to 1/3 of a pound depending on whether it is cubed or grated. Grated cheese takes up less space.

 

The filling is basically anything you like! A few suggestions are steamed spinach with sautéed onions or perhaps mushrooms sautéed with some frozen red pepper, scallions, oregano and thyme. For my quiche I used two leeks, which were chopped, and sautéed for a few minutes. I placed the cheese on the crust, topped it with the sautéed leeks and then sprinkled a frozen box of thawed chopped broccoli on top of the leeks.

 

The custard is the last step. Beat together 3 eggs and 1 cup of milk (or 4 eggs and 1 ½ cups milk for a larger pie pan). Pour the custard over the fillings. Dust the top with paprika and bake for 35-45 minutes at 375. Bake until the custard is done and a knife inserted in the filling comes out clean.Broccoli Leek Quiche

 

I’ve used this quiche formula for many successful quiches. What is your favorite quiche filling?Broccoli Leek Quiche

 

Broccoli Leek Quiche

 

Crust:

 

¼ cup cold butter cut into pieces

1 cup flour

Dash of salt

Up to 3 Tbsp. cold water, milk or buttermilk.

 

Cut together the butter and the flour and salt until it resembles coarse meal. Add the liquid one tablespoon at a time until the dough sticks together nicely. Chill or roll out immediately. Chill the formed crust while you get the filling ingredients together.

1/3 cup grated Swiss cheese

2 leeks, chopped thinly

1/4 cup chopped red pepper

1 box of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed

4 eggs

1 ½ cups milk

 

Directions:

 

Spread the grated Swiss cheese over the chilled piecrust.

Sauté the leeks and the red pepper in one tablespoon of butter until softened. Let cool slightly and spread over the cheese. Squeeze any water out of the broccoli and spread over the leeks. Beat the eggs and the milk together and pour over the fillings. Bake the quiche in a preheated 375 oven for 35-45 minutes or until done. Let sit for a few minutes and serve!Broccoli Leek Quiche

Hopefully you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends. Are you wondering what to do with that leftover turkey? I love having leftover turkey, which is one of the benefits of hosting a Thanksgiving. I love to make turkey soup and turkey sandwiches. Another favorite recipe to use up that leftover turkey is this wonderful turkey curry.turkey curry This has got to be one of the best recipes for using up leftover turkey or chicken. It is so flavorful, serve it with rice and garnish with yogurt, raisins and cashews. It is the ost delicious way to use up leftover turkey!leftover turkey

 

Turkey Curry

 

Ingredients:

4 generous servings

1 large onion,  cut into chunks
1 red pepper, cored, seeded and cut into chunks
2 tsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and quartered
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1 cup chicken broth
¼ cup coconut milk
1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced
2 cups cooked turkey or chicken meat, cut into ½ inch dice
1 cup peas
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 ½ Tbsp fresh lime juice
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper

 

Directions:

 

Place the onions and red pepper in a food processor and pulse until just chopped. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion pepper mixture and cook stirring, until soft, about 5-7 minutes.

leftover turkey

 

Meanwhile drop the garlic, ginger and jalapeño into the food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the garlic mixture to the onions along with the curry powder and coriander; cook, stirring until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken stock, coconut milk and banana.leftover turkey

Bring the mixture to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and cover. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the bananas are very soft, about 10 minutes.

Mash the bananas to incorporate hem into the sauce. Add the turkey, peas, cilantro and lime juice and simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.leftover turkey

 

Season with salt and pepper and serve.leftover turkey

Don’t be alarmed over the length of this recipe it comes together very quickly and in no time at all you will be enjoying this delicious turkey curry.

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