Tropical Pineapple Cranberry Sauce!!

5 Oct

This is my most favorite cranberry sauce of all time! I was planning to make my spiced orange cranberry sauce last year when moments before dinner I realized that I had completely forgotten to buy oranges. There was no orange juice in the house either. All I could find was a container of tropical juice and a small can of crushed pineapple so I threw them both in an hoped for the best. I turned out perfectly!

  • 1 pack of fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of tropical fruit juice
  • 1 small can of crushed pineapple

Wash off the cranberries making sure to pick out any bad-looking ones. Add them to a pot with the remaining ingredients and let them simmer until they look like cranberry sauce. The cranberries will all burst and the pectin will gel up. This truly is a great sauce! It really smells like the tropical fruit but when you taste it it’s still undeniably cranberry sauce!

Orange Spiced Cranberry Sauce

5 Oct

In my opinion the only thing better than homemade cranberry sauce is flavoured homemade cranberry sauce! Here’s a variation that uses oranges and spice; two flavours that embody fall and winter in my opinion.

  • 1 pack of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • orange zest to taste (4 tbsp)
  • cinnamon to taste (1 tsp)
  • cloves to taste (1 tsp)

Wash off the cranberries making sure to pick out any bad-looking ones. Add them to a pot with the water orange juice and sugar and let them simmer until they look like cranberry sauce. The cranberries will all burst and the pectin will gel up. I love watching it transform before my eyes. When it starts looking like a beautiful sauce add the orange zest and spices and take a deep breath as that beautiful smell starts to fill the room. Delicious! I can’t wait to make my batch for this thanksgiving!!

Basic Cranberry Sauce

5 Oct

Thanks giving is fast approaching and so is time for homemade cranberry sauce! I have to admit for years I was kind of afraid of fresh cranberries. I just didn’t know what to do with them until a lady I knew made fun of my family for buying canned cranberry sauce. I though if she can make her own then so can I. And you know what? It’s really easy. I don’t blame her for teasing me now that I know. To top it all off it also tastes so much better I don’t think I could ever go back.

  • 1 pack of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2¬†cups of water

Wash off the cranberries making sure to pick out any bad-looking ones. Add them to a pot with the water and sugar and let them simmer until they look like cranberry sauce. The cranberries will all burst and the pectin will gel up. I love watching it transform before my eyes.

Beef Stroganoff

5 Oct
One of the things that I started doing that is very simple but added a few excellent meals to my repertoire is cutting a roast into cubes. In order to do this properly you need a longish sharp knife (“sharper...
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Caesar Salad for Cheaters!

3 Oct

I love a garlic filled homemade Caesar salad! It complements pasta dishes perfectly. In my opinion and it is always the perfect pair when you have meat and bread and are wondering what else to make for supper. I don’t always prioritize making food from scratch. Just like everything else in life I pick my battles. If I’m having a house full of guests and I want everything to be perfect I will make everything from scratch. If I’m running late (I usually am) or if I’m so exhausted all I can do is collapse on the couch and watch Sponge Bob (don’t judge me) I want something fast and delicious but mostly fast. That’s where recipes like this one come in handy. There are only three ingredients to get you started and you can add from there.

Caesar salad

Romaine lettuce
Caesar salad dressing
Garlic
Optional additions

Bacon bits
Croutons
Mushrooms
Chicken or steak
Parmesan cheese

I buy romaine lettuce hearts from the store in a three pack. This cuts down time because it stops you from having to sort through what’s good and what’s not. I just chop straight across and then wash after it’s cut. Crush one clove of garlic right over the lettuce in the bowl and then pour a however much salad dressing you like over top. Mix it with some tongs and there you go a refreshing meal in less that 5 minutes. You can always grate some fresh Parmesan cheese over top or sprinkle it depending how fancy you are feeling. I love the addition of mushrooms they compliment the flavors really well and of course croutons and bacon bits. The garlic really elevates it to a higher level than just salad dressing on lettuce. trust me if you do it this way once not only will you not go back but you will eat Caesar salad a little more often.

This is another one I learned from my grandma! It always makes me reminiscent of my childhood. She always topped hers off with the bright red artificial bacon bits. I loved it when I was a kid. I wouldn’t recommend those bacon bits now but the salad is a keeper!