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Beef Stew with Red Wine and Cranberries

March 12, 2017

Beef stew was a staple in my childhood home. This version has some bacon for extra yumminess. We also added red wine and cranberries…this gives the stew extra richness and makes it a little unusual. If you have a Parmesan rind, feel free to add it to the sauce for even more flavor.

You will need:

  • 1 lb thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 2 lb steak, cut into 1-inch cubes (pick your favorite stew cut)
  • 1/3 c T all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 16 oz baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 3 c carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 c port
  • 1 bottle (750 mL) dry red wine
  • 2-3 c unsalted beef broth
  • 4 T tomato paste
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • 2 c cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Line a diner plate with two sheets of paper towel.
  2. In a large dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium high heat until starting to crisp.
  3. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon. Place on the prepared plate.
  4. Pat the beef dry with paper towel.
  5. In a large ziplock, combine 1/3 cup of the flour with the 1/2 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and the paprika.
  6. Toss the beef in the flour mixture.
  7. Add the beef to the dutch oven and saute over medium high heat until golden on each side, about 5 minutes.
  8. Transfer the beef to the plate with the bacon.
  9. Add the onions and mushrooms to the dutch oven. Saute for 5 minutes.
  10. Add the carrots and garlic. Saute another 5 minutes.
  11. Mix in the port, and allow to reduce by half.
  12. Stir in the wine, 2 cups of the broth, and the tomato paste.
  13. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  14. Return the beef to the dutch oven.
  15. Stir in the cranberries.
  16. Add the bay leaves.
  17. Bake for 2 hours. Remove the bay leaves.
  18. Stir in the potatoes and add more broth as needed.
  19. Bake for another 45 minutes to an hour, or until the potato is tender.
  20. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  21. Serve with crumbled bacon on top!

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread

February 13, 2017

This sweet treat is a crowd pleaser. I baked it as a thank you for some coworkers, and the whole loaf was almost gone in the first few minutes.

You will need:

  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 c cranberries, fresh or frozen

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9×5 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the cream cheese and sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Mix in the flour just until combined.
  6. Gently fold in the cranberries.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until golden and a tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before flipping out onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
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Baked Oatmeal-Cranberry Apples

February 4, 2016

We used to have baked apples as an afternoon school snack; it was a treat best enjoyed in the fall and winter on a cool day. This variant can be prepped ahead of time and then popped in the oven just before you want them. If you have extra filling and topping, don’t fret! Place it in a little baking dish and cook alongside the apples to get a mini apple crisp.

You will need:

  • 4 apples (I used honeycrisp)
  • 4 T unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 c brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 c walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 c dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 4 T flour
  • 1/4 c old-fashioned oats
  • Pinch of salt

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil.
  2. Using a spoon, core and scoop out the middle of each apple. You want to leave at least a 1/4 inch of the sides left and no more than a 1/2 inch from the bottom. This will create a shell to fill and bake.
  3. Discard the seeds and pieces with core. Cut off any peel from the apple bits.
  4. In a small sauce pan, combine the apple bits with 2 tablespoons of the butter, 1/4 cup of the brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon, the nutmeg, walnuts and cranberries.
  5. Heat over medium-low heat for 10-12 minutes. The apple should be tender and most juice cooked off. Remove from heat.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, oats, remaining brown sugar, salt and remaining cinnamon.
  7. Cut the remaining two tablespoons of butter into rough pieces. Cut the butter into the dry ingredient mixture until it is integrated and crumbly.
  8. Fill the apple shells with the apple-walnut filling.
  9. Top generously with the crumb topping.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the topping is golden and crispy.
  11. Serve warm with a little ice cream (or even fresh cream or yogurt!).

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Baked Oatmeal with Cranberries and Almonds

December 30, 2015

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You can prep this oatmeal the evening before and pop it into the oven when you wake up. Then by the time you have coffee ready, your breakfast will be ready too! We served this for family during the holidays.

You will need:

  • 4 c old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 c almonds, toasted and chopped (divided)
  • 1 c dried cranberries
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 1/2 c milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 2/3 c pure maple syrup
  • 4 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c brown sugar

Then you will…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats with 1.5 cups of the almonds, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. Stir in the butter, milk, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla.
  4. Mix well and spread into the prepared dish. Top with the brown sugar and remaining half cup of almonds.
  5. If preparing the night before, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  6. Bake until golden brown with a firm center, 35 to 45 minutes.
  7. Serve warm with extra milk or syrup.

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Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries

December 13, 2015

This sweet and spicy roasted butternut squash is the perfect fall side dish. It is quick to prepare and would be lovely next to roasted pork, chicken or turkey.

You will need:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T good quality maple syrup
  • 2 T light brown sugar
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 2 c cranberries
  • 1 c pecans, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the butternut squash into a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Add the olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne and nutmeg. Stir to coat the pieces.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at fifteen minutes.
  5. Stir in the cranberries.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Stir in the pecans. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bake for another 10 minutes.

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Cranberry-Blueberry Sauce

November 17, 2015

I’ve been playing with recipe ideas for Thanksgiving and am hosting a Friendsgiving to try some new ones out in advance of the big day. My mom loves cranberry sauce, and I wanted to try something beyond your traditional cranberry and orange sauce. Then I found this recipe for a quick cranberry sauce with blueberry and red wine that is a fun twist. Let me know what you think!

You will need:

  • 8 oz fresh cranberries
  • 6 oz fresh blueberries
  • 1 c juicy red wine
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • 1 t ground cloves

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Then you will…

  1. In a large sauce pot, combine all the ingredients. You want the pot to be big enough for the sauce to foam up to about 3x its size while it cooks.
  2. Heat the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce to a simmer over low heat. Allow to reduce for 20 to 30 minutes; most of the cranberries should have burst.
  4. Transfer to heat-safe jars or containers and allow to cool to room temperature on the counter. The sauce will thicken most as it cools.
  5. Sauce will stay fresh for 2 weeks if kept airtight in the fridge.

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