Warm Holiday Cranberry Punch

Holiday Cranberry Punch

My sister, Natalie, always makes the best Warm Cranberry Holiday Punch for Thanksgiving. When you walk in her house, you can smell the amazing aroma. I was so cold yesterday in my office that I decided to tweak her recipe to have something warm in our house to drink on cold days, evenings to enjoy by our outdoor fire.  You can make this over the stove or in a percolator, and it’s the prefect amount of sweet, spiced and full of warm comforting goodness. Enjoy this holiday season and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Edamame with Cranberries and Feta

My 3 kids and I love eating edamame beans for snacks or a healthy appetizer. A friend gave me this recipe for Easy with Cranberries and Feta, and I made it twice in a week. This easy blend starts by using frozen edamame beans, thawed combined with cranberries, feta, olive oil and lime juice. Whether you want a healthy side dish to accompany fish, chicken or beef or a great salad topping, you’ll love this savory, sweet mixture. Edamame beans are so healthy for you. They contain 100 calories with 8 g of protein. It also provides 4 g of fiber and is a good source of calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Need I say more?

 

Top 10 Thanksgiving Recipes

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, and I have already started to search for Thanksgiving recipes to create our family menu. Thanksgiving is definitely one of my and the kid’s favorite holidays, and I hope you’ll enjoy this lineup. Here are some of my top 10 Thanksgiving recipes, starting with this super easy recipe for Brussels Sprouts Tomato Salad via Ingredients, Inc. Happy November!

Roasted Stuffed Onions via Smitten Kitchen

Fig and Cranberry Compote via Real Simple

Paleo Idea: Mashed Cauliflower via Elanas Pantry

Wild Rice with Mushrooms via Southern Living

Mini Pumpkin Pies via Offbeat & Inspired

Sage and Garlic Crusted Pork Tenderloin via Martha Stewart

Quiona with Cranberries, Almonds and Mint via Ingredients, Inc.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake via Cooking Light

Champagne Punch via Foodiecrush

 

Easy Holiday Appetizer: Cranberry-Orange Glazed Brie

While cranberries are still at their peak, why not prepare a simple sauce to serve with your holiday turkey or to serve over Brie. This festive appetizer recipe for Cranberry-Orange Glazed Brie is perfect served this holiday season at an open house on Christmas Eve or for a New Years Day celebration. Served with crackers and some toasted bread, preparation is a snap. If you have leftovers, just give to neighbors or friends for a last minute gift.

Thanksgiving Dessert: Cranberry-Pomegranate Granita

My kids are obsessed with Italian ices, frozen treats and popsicles. I thought, “Why not create a Thanksgiving dessert that would be refreshing, tasty and one that they would go wild over?” I started with Cran-Apple juice (which is their favorite), added some POM pomegranate juice (my favorite) and ginger-ale (everyone’s favorite). It came out great, and it was an instant hit. What a fun idea for Thanksgiving or anytime during the holiday season or year!

Spring Salads: Curry Chicken Salad

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I love Curry Chicken Salad, and this is one of my favorites. It’s really quick and easy because I like to use rotisserie chicken to simplify things. The combination of chutney, white wine, curry, cranberries and nuts flavor it to perfection. This recipe will be featured on Tuesday on NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” at 11:30 a.m central time along with a few other wonderful spring salads. Take a look or check the website for the video.

Five Ingredient Low-Fat Pear-Cherry Crisp for St. Patrick’s Day

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Coming up with five ingredient recipes can be really challenging as a Recipe Developer, especially when it comes to desserts. I love warm desserts such as cobblers and crisps. A crisp is a dessert of fruit that is topped with a crumbly pastry mixture, usually oats, brown sugar and butter. Using low-fat granola is a great way to cut down on the amount of ingredients. This recipe is very simple, low-fat, great for kids, and it works well in individual baking dishes, such as this clover for St. Patrick’s Day.

Thanksgiving Apple Cranberry Cobbler

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I have always loved cobbler, and it is so easy to make. I am not sure if it’s the freshness of the fruit or the warmth with cool ice cream on top that makes me crave it. Since I grew up and am still living in the South, I have had a lot of cobblers, but most were made with fresh peaches, blueberries and blackberries. Now, I make cobbler with all types of fruits and enjoy them all year long. Feel free to use fresh cranberries instead of dried in this recipe since now is the season. This is a delicious and comforting dessert, and it is one of my family’s favorites. I made individual servings for my kids one afternoon after school, and they were truly in heaven. 

 

Apple Cranberry Cobbler

This is a great Thanksgiving dessert option. It can be made a day ahead. Just warm and serve.

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup regular oats, uncooked

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

3 cups peeled, cored and diced cooking apples (I used Braeburn and Honey Crisp)

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

Vanilla Ice cream

Preparation

1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender until crumbly.

2. Combine apples, cranberries, sugar and honey in large bowl, mixing well. Spoon in a lightly greased 8-inch baking pan or 41/2 x 41/2 individual ramekin or square baking dishes. Spoon flour mixture evenly over top and drizzle evenly with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

3. Bake at 350F for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.