I love fresh ginger. That spicy sharp flavor makes me happy. And when I saw a recipe for cranberry ginger sauce in Real Simple, I knew I had to make it for Thanksgiving — especially because it has only three ingredients.
This sauce was a hit with the family too and I’ve made it every year since.
However, I lost the recipe and can’t seem to find it anywhere online so I’m sharing my own version of the recipe here.
Baked Cranberry Ginger Sauce
1 C minced fresh ginger
1/2 C. sugar (I prefer organic)
2 12 oz. bags of fresh cranberries – rinsed and picked over
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel and mince the ginger. I like to peel mine running a spoon along the piece. You’ll end up with a good pile of ginger.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Mix together all ingredients and spread out in the pan. Bake for 30 minutes, until the cranberries get soft and syrupy – as pictured below.
Cool and serve.
Makes about 2.5-3 cups. Fills a pint and a half Ball jar.
Fresh ginger – minced and ready to be mixed with the cranberries.
Baked sauce – fresh from the oven!
Lightly mixed together to spoon into the jar.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I have a problem. I adore cold brewed iced coffee. It’s addictive because there is no acidic taste like you get with hot coffee – just pure, ultra-caffeinated deliciousness.
Plus, it’s simple to make. You just take a large scoop of coffee, cold water, stir (or shake), let sit for 12 hours, strain and — voila — cold brewed ice coffee concentrate.
Here’s my recipe for coffee perfection. And if you’re clever like me, order up some Community Coffee. They have a New Orleans style blend with Chicory in it, adding a hint if chocolate flavor. Mmmmmm.
Since I’m lazy about measuring, I use a one quart ball jar because the measurements are on the jar. Could it be easier? I think not!
Cold Brewed Iced Coffee Recipe:
1 Quart Ball Jar (or container of choice)
1 Cup Coffee
Cold Water (about 3 1/2 Cups)
Put coffee in the ball jar. Fill to top with cold water, leaving about a 1/2 inch of space.
Leave the jar on the counter for 12 hours.
Drink immediately or put into another jar for storage. This strained mixture fits really well into the pint and a half Ball jars.
For the perfect cup of cold brewed iced coffee, fill a glass 2/3 with ice. Pour in coffee concentrate until about half full. Top with your choice of milk. Swirl and drink!
Repeat. Try not to repeat too many times or coffee jitters will follow.
If you know me at all, you probably have heard me mention Dave Matthews Band. I love their music, go to a few of their shows each year and adore the Dave & Tim acoustic sets.
Last night, the bad kicked off their winter tour (ending with a stellar set of Two Step). I had GA so was able to get some pretty amazing pictures. Click through to the full set on Flickr.
Off to tonight’s show! Yeah Dave Matthews Band!
A few months ago, I joined Pinterest and have been pinning relatively regularly – on many completely random things I adore like:
I love being able to discover new recipes, get inspiration from my friends, track the things I love and generally organize my likes online in a place where I can find them again in six months, a year, etc. While I’ve never been a collage maker, Pinterest is totally my speed.
Are you pinning? Let me know where and let’s follow each other! Post your Pinterest link in the comments.
Me on Pinterest
Posted in CSA, Delicious Food, Handmade, Homemade, Kitties, Nail Polish, Quotable, summer
Tagged Delicious Food, Kitties, Pinterest, random things
Thanksgiving is almost here and since I joined my CSA, I’ve been looking for great ways to use the lovely flours from Cayuga Pure Organics in unique and delicious ways. I’ve been making versions of this cornbread for three years now and I think it’s finally ready to be shared because it is bonkers good. Plus, it’s relatively easy to make – no mixer needed!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Cheddar Cheese Cornbread (with Dill or Cayenne)
2C bread flour (or all purpose – mix of white and wheat or all wheat is fine)
3T baking powder
1/2tsp kosher salt
1/2tsp cayenne pepper (optional) or 1c well chopped fresh dill
1C (2 sticks) unsalted butter (melted)
2C milk (1% or other lowfat is fine – use regular if you wish)
4 large eggs
8oz aged cheddar cheese – grated
Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, sugar – plus cayenne if using). In a separate bowl, melt butter and stir in the milk and eggs. Mix wet mixture into dry ingredients until ingredients are mostly combined and lumps are pretty much gone but don’t worry too much about getting them all (and please don’t over mix). Stir in 1/2 the grated aged cheddar (and dill if using). Rest mixture at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Butter a 9x13x2 baking pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees while mixture is resting.
Spoon batter into prepared, smooth the top and evenly distribute the rest of the cheddar on the nicely smoothed top.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Mine took about 40 minutes but my oven runs cool. And I do love a little bit of a golden top – yummy!
Cool and cut into 24 pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature.
– Feel free to make the cornbread the night before – tastes great the next day!
– If your aged cheddar cheese is salty, feel free to eliminate the salt. The original recipe called for 2tsp of kosher salt, which made for a really, really salty batch.
– I hate chopping dill at times and have found that if you pulse it in the food processor a few times, it give you a perfect chop!
– For the cheese, a grate will give you more consistency in the melted cheese on top. I shredded the dill version and the cheese never quite fully melted, which was disappointing. A finder shred (like on a zesting microplane) works perfectly too.
Based on Ina Garten’s Cheddar Dill Cornbread with some modifications for more cornbread taste/texture and other bits. Original recipe can be viewed at this link.
Posted in CSA, CSA Delivery, Delicious Food, Holiday, Homemade
Tagged cheddar cheese, corn bread, cornbread, CSA, Delicious Food, homemade, organic, recipe, Thanksgiving
I spent today out on Rockaway Beach with a group of students, a teacher and other volunteers with Bona Responds (www.bonaresponds.org) working on three homes that were badly damaged in Hurricane Sandy.
We went in with the intention of helping a current student’s family whose house was badly damaged in the Hurricane. The water came up more than four feet into the house and all of the walls needed to be gutted. And everything wet needed to be tossed. Including the new kitchen and newly renovated floor (that was just finished on December 15!). They also lost both of their cars.
I know this is just one story but everyone on the block had similar if not worse stories. We’re going back again tomorrow and Sunday to volunteer again and you are more than welcome to join us.
If you haven’t yet, please do get involved in this recovery. We can’t do it without you. There was so much damage that your fellow Americans (and for the foreign folks, your fellow human beings ) really, really need help.
By the way, the picture on this post shows just one of the houses we helped to clean out today — and this overflowing curb of stuff is the second full load out of the house. There is still a little more to remove and a hell of a lot to do to help them recover.
Can you pledge to do something today to help everyone impacted by Hurricane Sandy?
Yesterday was another glorious day at the beach. This time, went to Jacob Riis in Rockaway. Like usual, arrived mid afternoon but with a touch of a crew this time. I brought some vanilla curry caramel popcorn that I made that morning – it was a little curry and lot of sweet crunchiness. (and thank you Cat Cora / Oprah for the recipe – I use a lot more curry than she does and it turns out brilliantly every time)
The water at Jacob Riis was lovely. Good gentle waves and pretty warm. You could easily stay out there for an hour and bask in the salty but beautiful breakers.
After, we stopped by Rockaway Taco for some delicious fish tacos (dear God are they bonkers good). There is a green salsa on the table in the picnic area – add some of that to whatever you get because it is absolutely worth it
The guacamole (on the deluxe fish taco) was added a nice accent too and it even matched my friend Stef’s new fancy pants green gingham manicure (yeah Sally Hanson manicure strips — we did those on the beach while (theoretically) drinking wine)…..
Oh and note the adorable surfing Hello Kitty — who is also wearing a lime green bikini! Yeah matching! Yeah summer! Yeah fun nails. Here are mine — so surf beach inspired.