Cranberry Sauce

This is so easy to do you’ll be wondering why you ever bought a can! Simple syrup: 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved, 3-5 minutes. Cranberries: 4 cups cranberries Spread cranberries on a half sheet and remove any soft or unripe berries. Add to the simple syrup. Bring to a boil, then simmer 10-20 minutes until cranberries become soft. Refrigerate until ready to eat. You can pour into a clean pint or half pint jar and refrigerate to give to friends and neighbors too. … Continue reading

Pumpkin bread

Andrea Wigglesworth of Wyckels Farm mentioned that she was making her pumpkins into bread. I thought that was a great idea – her sugar pumpkins make excellent bread! Prepare pumpkin: Take one pumpkin – sugar pumpkin is a good choice. Cut in half, then quarters. Scrape out the stringy inside and seeds. Save the seeds, clean them and roast them! Roast the quarters in 350′ oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through. Cut off the skin. Puree the pumpkin – I used a blender. Weigh out 15 to 16 ounces. Or use one can of pumpkin puree. Beat: 4 eggs Add: 1/2 cup milk 1 cup olive oil 1 cup sugar Whisk or shake together: 3 1/2 cups all purpose flower 2 cups white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. nutmeg 1/8 tsp. clove Mix: Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Bake: … Continue reading

Cock-a-leekie rice

A winter dinner variation of cock-a-leekie soup. This is a great meal to have the week you bake a chicken. Take the leftover meat and chop it, and make stock from the carcass. Prep: Leeks – chop three large leeks. Rice – make rice. Spices – in a small bowl mix 1 tsp. thyme, 1/8 tsp. tarragon, a sprig of fresh parsley or 1/2 tsp. dry, salt to taste. Fry: In a large pan (frying pan, wok, large pot) heat grapeseed or other high smoke point oil. Saute leeks for a few minutes. Add rice, chicken, and spices. Turn until the food is heated and the flavors meld. Make a well in the middle of the pan. Crack an egg into the well and mix into the rice. Take off stove – carryover heat will finish it. … Continue reading