Crockpot Cranberry Sauce

Guys, I’m in a bit of panic mode. Not only is this my first time HOSTING thanksgiving, it’s for my prospective in-laws! Eek! I needed to streamline all the cooking and not be in utter meltdown mode this week. Alas, I found a real simple cranberry sauce recipe that is from scratch and uses real cranberries. Can’t impress the MIL with canned cran sauce, now can I? Also, I mean, we have a food blog after all. Anyway, it’s really great because it comes out a bit chunky or chutney-like consistency so your guests can see that it’s homemade. I doubled the recipe, but this seems to be the recommended amount to make. I just figured since its yum I can save in a jar for leftovers for the week. Note some of the other sides I am serving for this holiday meal with my new family are: the mushrooms in poblano sauce, roasted Brussel sprouts (I added pancetta and balsamic glaze for a sweet & salty twist), and garlic chive mashed potatoes. Stay tuned for the corn bread “dressing” stuffing recipe we will be posting shortly as well…Boy menu planning has been a treat but stay on top of our Instagram to see how my first ever turns out…

  • 1 bag fresh cranberries (12 oz)
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice (use the bottle stuff if you don’t have an actual orange)
  • ¾ cup orange marmalade (smuckers is fine but I balled out and bought some artisan ginger orange marmalade)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Optional is I zested a lemon and the orange I juiced for some freshness

Combine all the ingredients in the crockpot & stir. Cook on HIGH for 3 hrs or until the cranberries begin to pop. After that 3 hrs or so, gently smash the cranberries up against the side of the crockpot to help the rest pop while you stir. Remove the lid and then cook on HIGH for another r30 minutes without the lid on. Did I mention that stove top and oven space is limited & therefore precious for such a big meal? So this crockpot wonder was a LIFESAVER! Hope you guys dig it too…

 

Happy Eating, XO

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Foodie Fave: Turmeric & Almond Milk Latte

Yeah, yeah, I know we’ve been giving you a lot of drinks lately, but lesbehonest. There’s always room for drinks. And with fall right around the corner (although it may not feeeel like it) you need a couple of cozy drink options.

For a little while now, I’ve been a fan of turmeric and its super powers. So, I’m really excited to see it popping up in so many recipes. Especially a creamy latte such as this from Figs and Pigs. When the fall weather finally comes, grab your knit sweaters and biggest mug and settle in with this super easy recipe. (And obvi throw in an Instagram shoot bc you’ll have everything for the perfect photo. #fall)

  • 2 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1″ grated ginger
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

In a pan on a medium heat add all the ingredients. For the ginger, squeeze the grated pulp so just the juice is used in the latte. Discard the pulp. Heat until just before boiling whisking all the while for about 6 mins. Serve immediately.

Turmeric Almond Milk Latte

*Photo cred: Figs and Pigs

Happy Drinking, XO.

Crock pot cocktail: Hot spiked apple cider

This little cocktail concoction is just in time to warm your hearts (and hands!) for Thanksgiving. You know we do a specialty Thanksgiving cocktail every year, like this apple spice libation. Or Lauren Conrad’s kick ass Pilgram Punch I made a couple of years ago. So this year, we’re coming in hot with a crock pot cocktail.

Typically, I’ve been making this drink for Halloween. We’re usually outside waiting for the trick or treaters, and October in the NE means you need more than just a fire to help stay warm. However, the volume this recipe produces is perfect for your large holiday gathering. Bonus, everyone can help themselves! No need to be bartender for the night.

  • 1 jug of apple cider
  • 1/2 bottle Fireball
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 3-5 whole star anise
  • 1 tbsp whole cloves
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg

Pour all of the ingredients into your crock pot and simmer on high for 2 hours. After 2 hours, turn down to low until finished.

Crockpot Cocktail_damndelish

Happy Eating, XO.

Churros – The stuff dreams are made of

My fondest memories of churros (if one could have fond memories of churros) is in my high school lunch room. I had never seen them before and fell in love at first bite. I mean, fried dough, rolled in a cinnamon-y sugar-y goodness? Shut up and take my money. Every day.

Recently, I went to a local restaurant Paloma where we got hot-out-of-the-oven churros, served with chocolate sauce for dessert. I can’t even describe to you how good they were. At that moment I knew I had to learn how to make them.  I NEED them in my life, (just like I need to sign up for that gym membership if this is going to keep happening…). Anyway, you know when we obsess over something that means we share it with you. Because you NEED these in your life too.

  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup extra sugar to coat
  • 2 tsp cinnamon to coat

Combine 1 tbsp of sugar, water, and salt in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. While stirring, slowly add the flour until fully combined and a dough begins to form. Remove dough from the saucepan to a mixing bowl and let cool. (You’ll be handling the dough with your hands, so be careful not to burn yourself.) Fill a sauce pan with canola oil about 4 inches deep and heat on medium-high.

Once the dough is cooled, add the eggs and mix together. Slide the dough in to a pastry bag or cookie press with a large star tip (to get the ridged effect), or if you’re ready to just dive in these bites of heaven already, you can also use a sturdy ziplock bag, with a corner snipped off. (Be cautious with the ziplock bag, the first time I did this, the dough was so thick it split the bag.) Pipe the dough into 4 inch sections and drop in the oil. Fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Churros - damndelish

Happy Eating, XO.

Foodie Fave: Drunken Berry Granola

You know us a little by now and how much we love anything with alcohol in it. Granola is no exception. (Don’t judge, we’re not “technically” drinking before noon…). We came across this amazing granola concoction when Food Fellowship and Wine started following us (huge thank you btw!). Her blend of art and food is really pretty bad ass, so naturally, we wanted to share her talents with you!

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coarse Brown Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup crushed bran flakes
  • Dash of cinnamon (according to taste)
  • 1 bottle of honey
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 1.5 cups frozen berries (any type)
  • A dash or three of whiskey
  • Thick Greek yogurt

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Mix the oats, seeds, coconut, crumbs, bran and cinnamon in a bowl. Add honey and sugar and mix well. Spread evenly in a baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes, checking in every five minutes to make sure it doesn’t burn. When it’s a warm brown color, it’s ready. When the granola is in the oven, put the frozen berries in a warm pan with a dash or two of whiskey. Cook for about 5-10 minutes until warm and gooey (almost jamlike). Put the warm granola in a bowl (work quick, if it gets hard it’s a nightmare to get out of the tray) and put the drunken berries on top. Serve with a thick Greek yogurt. Be sure to put any leftover granola in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within a week.

Drunken granola

 

Happy Eating, XO.