Category: Holidays

  • Cranberry Custard Pie

    Cranberry Custard Pie

    My new Thanksgiving favorite is bright raspberry in color, with the texture and tartness of Key Lime Pie. In a saucepan, cook the cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and orange rind over medium heat for about ten minutes. Once the cranberries have popped, use an immersion blender to puree (or remove to a blender, puree, and…

  • Cranberry Sangria

    2 C fresh cranberries, plus a few extra for garnish 1 C water 1 C sugar 750-ml bottle of red wine 1 C orange juice 1/2 C brandy or port Put cranberries in a small saucepan with the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the berries are…

  • Yummiest Vegan Stuffing

    1 loaf of whole wheat bread, cut or torn into 1-inch cubes (I use scissors for this) 2 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into chunks 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks 2 sweet onions, peeled and cut into chunks 1…

  • St. Joseph’s Day Rice

    Photo and recipe courtesy of the creative, brilliant, and huggable Mary Bolter of Spokane, Washington. 2-1/2 C uncooked white rice 2-1/2 C water 1/2 t Saffron 1 C toasted whole almonds, chopped 1 C honey, warmed 2 T cinnamon Cook the rice by package directions. Add the Saffron to the rice and water. (Note: One…

  • Pecan Pie Squares

    2 C flour 2/3 C confectioners sugar 3/4 C butter (softened) 1/2 C packed brown sugar 1/2 t salt 1/2 C honey 2/3 C butter 3 T whipping cream 3-1/2 C pecans, coarsely chopped Grease a 9×12-inch baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Stir the flour and powdered sugar together. Cut in the…

  • Christmas Eve Salad

    From Karen Barnaby, Vancouver Sun, 2012 There are as many variations of this as the people who make it. Some versions have bananas, pineapple and peanuts. What seems to be constant are the beets and the sweet, crunchy jicama. Whatever the version, it’s a nice, light counterpoint to the richness of the other foods customarily…

  • Peppermint Candy and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    Cookies: 1-3/4 C flour 1/2 C cocoa powder 1/4 t salt 1 C sugar 3/4 C butter, room temperature 1 egg Filling: 1 C plus 2 T powdered sugar 3/4 C butter, room temperature 3/4 t peppermint extract Optional: 2 drops red food coloring 1/2 C crushed candy canes or peppermint candies (about 4 oz)…

  • Chocomint Chex Snacks

    I saw something like this on the internet and realized that this was the answer to Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies for gluten-free eaters. Here’s how I made my first batch. It’s not very sweet; if you want to make it sweeter, you can coat the pieces with powdered sugar or a mixture of cocoa…

  • Chocolate Pecan Pie with LOVE

    This comes from my beautiful and generous friend Lisa, who refers to herself as “Your friendly neighborhood LOVE-terrorist!” Ingredients: 1 Large Bucket Filled to the Brim with LOVE!! 1 unbaked pie shell 1-1/2 C pecans 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 eggs, beaten 1/2 C sugar 1/2 C light brown sugar 1/4 C Steen’s 100…

  • Awesome Turkey Gravy

    Gravy is a sauce and is usually just broth thickened with cooked flour. The broth-flour mixture doesn’t become thickened until the flour cooks, usually at boiling temperature. Most gravy tastes better if some of the fat is left in the broth. However too much fat in the broth can be bad for your health. Gravy…