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Norweigan Sweet Soup– and family traditions!

Monday, November 24th, 2014

One of my first Christmas memories with my then-new-boyfriend 10 years ago  (now he’s my fabulous husband) was experiencing some of his deeply rooted family food traditions with his parents. Norweigan Sweet soup. Spritz cookies. Norwegian Krumkake. These foods have come to mean the holidays for me, and are things I look forward to eating every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, as do my children. Growing up, I had a couple of family recipes that got handed down, but there was not really something we ate and made every year that had historical significance, so these traditions from my husband’s family have come to be a treasured part of my holidays. What traditional foods do you eat around the holidays?

To start our Thanksgiving this year, we had Sweet Soup and Swedish pancakes for breakfast. The sweet fruity goodness of the soup warms me heart and my belly!

It may not look like much, but it’s amazing! The flavors are deep and delicious, and I invariably go back for a second helping. And then left overs (if there are any) the next day or two, too.

One of the fun things about making this soup in our family is using the old crockpot my husband inherited from his grandmother, which I’m certain made many many helpings of this sweet soup over the years, too. We are glad this crockpot is still going strong, and cooks low and steady, unlike our newer and larger crockpot, which can’t seem to cook at low enough temperatures. It will be a very sad day when this hardy crockpot dies. May it live forever!

 

Just to make sure I made it according to family traditions, I had my Father-in-Law walk me though how to make it. He was gracious enough to let me stage the ingredients ;-)

Norweigan Sweet Soup

Ingredients

  • A bottle of Cranberry-Raspberry Juice (use the size needed for your family-- we had 7, so we used a large bottle)
  • Peeled and chopped sweet apple (we used 1 large Honeycrisp apple, and you could also used dried)
  • Peeled and chopped pear (you could also use dried)
  • A large handful of whole seedless prunes
  • A large handful of chopped dried apricots
  • Raisins, Dried cherries, Craisins, or other dried fruit as desired
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca pears
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. Peel and dice the fresh fruit.
  2. Dice the dried fruit (except the prunes) as needed, into the desired size.
  3. Pour the juice into the crockpot, and add all of the fruit, the tapoica, and the cinnamon sticks.
  4. Cook overnight, removing the cinnamon sticks so as to not overpower the soup.
  5. Thicken with more tapioca as needed.
  6. Serve hot or cold, as desired! (We like it hot!)

 

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

 

A Bountiful Thanksgiving~2014

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014


Thanksgiving has always had a special place in my heart. It’s the time of year when everyone gives a little extra effort to spend time together. Work schedules, activities and events become less of a priority and we’re reminded that our families are the real reason for being thankful. Sometimes that family extends far beyond the kind of blood relation. Sometimes that extends across the country to people you have never met. That is the case for our big, beautiful Bountiful Baskets family. We are spread out across the country; most of us wouldn’t even know each other if we crossed paths on the street. We may not know each other by face, but we can see each others’ hearts. And that is what makes us family.

This year, I am giving Thanks for not only my blood family, but to my Bountiful Baskets family as well. I have never seen a group of this magnitude; more dedicated, kind and genuine than the people in Bountiful Baskets. I have felt compassion and acceptance from places I didn’t know could exist. I have felt loved and supported by people who I have never met….People; who are extremely busy with their lives and still find time to give this co-op and each other time and energy. The truth is; most of us don’t have much to give but we would willingly give it all for each other and this co-op. I feel blessed beyond words to be a part of this, a part of something great. The coolest part, I didn’t have to pass a test to join this club…All I had to do was show up, and I was welcomed. I am thankful for no prerequisites…Not sure I would’ve passed! ;)

The 2014 Thanksgiving collaboration joins a few of our talented bloggers and lots of their yummy recipes!! Scroll through and check them out, they are categorized into 5 courses. Check out this Download Thanksgiving Timeline Here for a breakdown of your preparations to the big feast! (more…)

Busy Day Sausage Veggie Soup

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

In my house, Tuesdays are our really busy day.  My daughter has dance and is absolutely famished when she gets home so I’m always looking for ideas to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible.  The crockpot makes an appearance regularly on Tuesdays.  I cut up the veggies and put this soup together this morning and cooked it on low all day.  This recipe is loaded with veggies and sausage so it is a great meal in a bowl. (more…)

Undemanding Chowder

Friday, November 14th, 2014

 

We have enough demands in life, don’t you think?  Everyone that I know is running high on “to do” and short on time (and maybe patience).  Sometimes we have to start making demands of the things in our life.  Today, I demanded that dinner be quick, easy and comforting.  It is darn cold around here and I can’t tolerate for one of these demands not to be met.

Luckily, dinner met all of my specifications.  I chopped up everything and put it in the crockpot this morning.  I had red corn in the freezer from a case that I processed and froze over the summer.  I also put in a jalapeño to add a little bit of spice.  If you like more spice, you can add more jalapeño than this (or leave the seeds in).  If you don’t like it you can leave it out.  When we got home from my daughter’s dance class, I added the butter and cream. (more…)

Creamy One Pot Pumpkin Pasta

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

One pot pasta ideas have been super popular for quite awhile now.  The idea was pretty revolutionary for me – you put basic ingredients in a pot for 20-25 minutes and end up with pasta in a delightful sauce.  I had nothing planned for dinner so it was a perfect night for this miracle dish.  Of course, it is still pumpkin palooza so I shook it up with some pumpkin pizzaz. This pasta was wonderful!  It was easy, creamy and delicious. (more…)

Savory Persimmon Sauce

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

I was gifted several persimmons at pickup last week and I knew that I wouldn’t get them all eaten or baked before they went bad so I had to really think outside of my box for other uses.  I came up with this delectable persimmon sauce to serve over leftover turkey breast.  My big kid (hubby) isn’t a very adventurous eater and would definitely give a side eye to fruit on his meat (welcome to my life) so I just didn’t tell him what the sauce was.  After he happily ate up his serving, I (smugly) confessed that it was a persimmon sauce and he still got seconds.  My daughter loved it too.  We’ll definitely be doing this again while persimmons are in season.  It would also be yummy on chicken or pork. (more…)

Jalapeño dressing, better than pancakes

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Salads are a great way to use up my basket contents and it is just so convenient for me to keep a huge bowl of salad in the fridge. I serve salad as sides several nights per week so I try to keep salads interesting for my family and one of the easiest ways to do that is by keeping tasty dressings on hand. We all love jalapeños in my family (even my 5 year old) so I wanted to make a jalapeño dressing. The result is bright and flavorful jalapeño vinaigrette. My daughter declared that this dressing was better than pancakes. (more…)

Fried Apple Pie

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Do you have too many apples right now? Well one good way to use those fantastic bountiful basket apples is to make Fried Apple Pies. This may seem like such a lot of work but when you have company stop by you can take them out of the freezer, fry them and in a few minutes everyone will be happy. Serve with ice cream or for adults a little rum hard sauce is fantastic. I always keep them in the freezer along with peach and cherry filled pies.

Fried Apple Pie

Fried Apple Pie

Ingredients

  • 3- 4 pounds assorted apples
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • Water
  • 1 ½ - 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Put 1 inch of water in a large pan
  2. Add lemon juice
  3. Peel, core, slice apples and add to pan
  4. Add sugar, salt, flour and cinnamon
  5. Cook on medium until tender, about 2 hours
  6. Add butter and vanilla
  7. Put in container, cool, and refrigerate over night
  8. In the morning make your favorite pie crust recipe, or use store bought.
  9. Roll small amount of crust into small circle, add filling, seal, poke holes in top of each pie and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  10. Continue until all the filling is used. Freeze the pies solid, then put into freezer safe container for later use.
  11. When ready to use the pies take out of freezer and deep fry at 365 degrees until crisp and golden brown.

Notes

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve with ice cream. For an adult treat make rum hard sauce to pour over them. To get even sized pie crust portions try using a cookie scoop with the dough.


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Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese

Saturday, November 1st, 2014


Not so long ago, I didn’t really know what to do with fennel.  The strong licorice type smell really turned me off.  However I hate to let things go to waste and am always up for a challenge so I’ve been cooking up fennel in many meals over the last few months.  Tonight I wanted to switch it up and make fennel the star in a side dish.  I also had some great goat cheese from the farmer’s market so I combined them in this quick and delicious dish.

Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese

Caramelized Fennel with Goat Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 fennel bulbs
  • 3 T butter
  • Dash of crushed red pepper
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare the fennel by cutting off the leafy fronds. Slice a little off the root end (you will want to keep some of this to keep your slices together). Cut the bulb lengthwise into thin slices.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet. Add a layer of fennel and season with some crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, to taste. You don't want to crowd your pan, so you will probably need to do this in batches.
  3. Allow your fennel to cook until it starts to turn golden then carefully flip. Allow it to cook on this side until golden then move to a serving plate.
  4. Once all of your fennel has been cooked, plop (that is totally a cooking term, right?) some goat cheese onto the warm fennel. Garnish with some fronds.

Hearty Pumpkin and Sausage Soup

Friday, October 31st, 2014

It isn’t just fall, it is pumpkinpalooza!  This is the time of year when I go overboard on buying pumpkins for every corner of my house and cook pumpkin in everything that I can get away with (without driving my family too crazy).

I spent the day at a field trip at a farm with my daughter’s kindergarten and was absolutely exhausted when I got home (kudos to our teachers for doing that everyday!).  I had roasted and pureed pumpkin in my fridge so this soup was low effort, warm and comforting – just what the doctor ordered!  Of course, you could also use canned pumpkin. (more…)