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    Holiday Mocktail-Cinnamon and Cumin-Infused Cranberry Spritzer

        Cranberries and cranberry juice are on sale just about everywhere so it’s the perfect time to put together this fun and very refreshing holiday mocktail. Prep time: 5 minutes, plus chill time Cook time: 10 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1 c. fresh or frozen cranberries ¼ c. honey ½ c. water 2 T whole cumin seeds 4 cinnamon sticks 3 c. unsweetened cranberry juice 2 medium organic oranges, each cut into 8 wedges 3 c. sparkling water Optional Garnish: Additional cinnamon sticks 6 long rosemary sprigs, lower leaves removed, and threaded with fresh cranberries Directions: Add cranberries, honey, water, cumin seeds, and cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Golden Beet and Cranberry Salad

    About this time of the year I begin craving salads again. This one uses a mix of spring greens and baby kale and combines it with two favorites of the late fall/winter season, golden beets and cranberries. The beets are sweet, the cranberries have a slight bite to them, and pull all the flavors together with a miso dressing and I think this scores a hit with any salad lover, especially on a cold winter’s day. Ingredients For the salad 1 pound (about 4 medium sized) golden beets ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries 5 cups spring green/baby kale salad mix (washed and dried) For the dressing 2 teaspoons sesame oil…

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    Cranberry Chocolate Bites

    I’ve spent the morning in my lab (AKA the kitchen) putting together some holiday treats. While my second experiment…I mean treat, is setting in the freezer, I thought I’d post this one to share with you. Just three ingredients and as you’ll see they make the idea gift for the stocking, part of a place setting during a holiday get together, or even as a take home gift for guests. All you need is- 11 1/2 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate I used Nestle chunks but you can use chips or even milk chocolate if you want. 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries About 1 1/2 – 2 cups cornflakes The best…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Cranberry-Orange Kale Salad

    Kale always seems to be on sale, but the price per bunch dips even lower around this time of the year. It’s a superfood too which makes it a nutritional powerhouse. However, two things I’ve found are, one; it can often be bitter. Two, it gives your mouth a workout because of the chewiness of this veggie. I’ve found a couple of ways to overcome these problems. One is to cook it before I add it to things like soups. And the second way, which I used in this week’s Meatless Monday recipe, is to add some salt (for want of a better word), and then massage it. It turns…

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    An Afternoon Tea Treat-Cranberry, Orange and Walnut Quick Bread

    One of my favorite things to do is put together an afternoon tea, complete with finger sandwiches, scones, and other sweet treats. I’m always looking for new recipes to add and here’s one I came up with last week. I thought I’d share it with you because it’s easy to make, has simple ingredients, and maybe even perfect for a Mother’s Day treat- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup orange juice 2 eggs, beaten 1 orange, peeled and cut into small pieces (also toss the pieces in some flour to stop them from…

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