Posts Tagged ‘Cranberries’

Homemade Fig Granola or Bars

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Why not show your family just how much you love them. A few minutes with a few ingredients can make something totally amazing. This is a healthy alternative to the store bought ones.

 

Homemade Fig Granola or Bars

Homemade Fig Granola or Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 7oz package figs (for bars use 2 packages of figs)
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 5 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Put figs in a food processor and add molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt and syrup.
  2. Process for a few minutes scraping down sides as needed.
  3. Add 3 cups oats and process a few minutes more.
  4. Place other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  5. Add fig mixture and mix again making sure everything gets coated.
  6. For granola: Spray a cookie sheet and put mixture on it. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
  7. For granola bars: Spray a 9x13 pan and press mixture into pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
  8. Keep in a air tight container at room temperature.

 

 

Black Mamba jam – an exclusive!

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Black Mamba Jam

I’m always on the hunt for a new jam since I opened my cottage food business… or since I started my garden. No, maybe since I decided my life’s goal was to become a mad scientist in the kitchen… that sounds more like it.  It’s amazing how I just drool over everything I put into the baskets for ya’ll and just hear those gears churning and whirring and ideas fall into place.  This recipe though… This came from a whole new avenue, even for someone as random as I am.
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Tangy Cran-Orange Coconut Chicken

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

When I was a small child, I would awake Christmas Eve morning to the smells of cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, oranges and cranberries that wafted around the clinking sounds of Grandma in the kitchen preparing everyone’s favorite dishes for our dinner later that day.  Grandpa would be in the his chair humming Christmas Carols as he put on his shoes.  I could see the glow of the Christmas tree lights dancing across the ceiling from where I lay snug in my bed, cozy and warm under the heavy handmade quilt.  (more…)

Spinach with Cranberries and Almonds

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Bright, vibrant-looking spinach leaves are not only more appealing to the eye but more nourishing as well.  Spinach has been called the world’s healthiest food.   We all know that Popeye made himself super strong by eating spinach, but you may be surprised to learn that he may also have been helping to protect himself against inflammatory problems, stress-related problems, cardiovascular problems, bone problems, and cancers at the same time.  I wanted to make a spinach dish that was colorful and tasty for holidays as well as any day.  I added a cranberry sauce and almonds to the spinach sauté.  Wow!  I hope you will enjoy this tasty version of spinach!
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Apple Cranberry Preserves

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

You know, I never was really a fan of cranberries until Bountiful Baskets. But then they started showing up in baskets and hostess packs, and I figured I really ought to start trying to find a way to make them more palatable. A couple of years ago I came across a recipe for a Pear and Cranberry Conserve, which was super tasty. It also came with a recipe to make a pretty amazing salad dressing. Anyway, I make it around the holidays, but this year I decided to switch it up and use apples instead of pears (confession: no pears in the house, but plenty of apples). Without further ado – here’s the recipe!
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Miranda – Pizza and a Movie

Friday, September 13th, 2013


Pizza and a movie…seems so simple right?  Where do I start?  My refrigerator of course!  I have Gala and Granny Smith apples from the last couple lunch box packs, lots of cheese (I think we could open a cheese shop), and a nub of fresh ginger from my last juice pack… Oh, I have a recipe for apple rhubarb chutney and I have rhubarb in the freezer (Spring rhubarb add-on). Sounds like the beginnings of a Fall inspired Pizza, and when I think of Fall I think of my childhood, which was spent in Europe (Father was in the Army). We spent many weekends touring around Europe in our old VW bus, seeing castles, farms, and beautiful English estates; this movie is my Fall “go to”!
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Food Swapping and Apple Cranberry Conserve

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Have you ever participated in a food swap? This idea is something I first came across on the Bountiful Baskets Facebook Page. Someone had mentioned starting one up in Texas, and it got me a bit curious, so I started googling “Food Swap“. It turns out that food swapping is something we’ve probably all been doing all along, just in a more formal setting. The basic premise is that you bring your homemade, home-grown, or foraged food, and swap it for other people’s homemade, home-grown, or foraged food.

It sounded like fun.
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