All posts filed under: Christmas

Cranberry Sauce Syrup

Just in time for Christmas brunch! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—I’m a super fan of the tartness cranberries boast, and I certainly was not going to pass up the opportunity to pair them with one of my favorite foods ever: pancakes. ‘Tis the season. Along with the cranberry syrup, I added a couple of layers of cashew cream to the pancakes pictured for an extra dose of holiday joy and deliciousness. And, might I also suggest putting a bowl of Blueberry Syrup on your holiday breakfast table? I think a spoonful of each would be twice as nice. (Oh, and here’s my recipe for Gluten-Free Grain-Free Pancakes.) Happy holidays everyone! M Cranberry Syrup Ready in: 25 min Yeilds: about 3 cups Ingredients: 2 cup cranberries 1/4 cup brown sugar 3 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup maple syrup Directions: In a medium saucepan on medium-low heat, melt butter, then stir in 1/4 cup of water, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Stir until sugar is melted, about one minute. Add cranberries, stirring …

Chocolate-Covered Peppermintmallows

Imagine in one hand you have a homemade marshmallow, and in the other hand, a piece of peppermint bark. Now, imagine the Christmas joy you would feel simultaneously shoving both into your open-mouthed face. That is what each of these little bites are packed with—holiday joy in every square! I mean it, these are GOOD. And simple, I promise. First follow the recipe for my Peppermintmallows, then follow the steps below for these souped up versions. Have fun! M Chocolate-Covered Peppermintmallows Ready in: 7 hours (that includes time to make Peppermintmallows) Ingredients: Everything for Peppermintmallows 2 cups dark chocolate chips 12 candy canes Directions: Make Peppermintmallows then place them on a cookie cooling rack with a piece of parchment paper underneath. Place candy canes in a large Ziplock bag and use a meat tenderizing mallet to crush into small pieces. Set aside. Over high heat, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low and place a bowl in the saucepan. Be sure the water doesn’t get displaced …

Cranberry Cheer

Another mocktail for you—with some sugared holiday cheer! As always, I’d put money on the possibility that these things would be great with a shot of vodka…or perhaps gin on this one?? You’ll let me know? These have just the right amount of cranberry tang, and they look pretty stunning with those sugared cranberry garnish—those little guys are quite tasty, too. Enjoy! M Ingredients: 2 cups cranberries 2 cups sugar, divided 9 cups club soda or sparkling water Toothpicks or cocktail garnish spears (is that what you call those things??) Directions: Bring 1-1/2 cups of water and 1-1/2 cups of sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Pour in cranberries, then remove from heat. Allow to sit for 30 minutes. To make sugared cranberries for garnishing: Using a slotted spoon, scoop out 3/4 to 1 cup of cranberries and place them on a cookie cooling rack with parchment paper below. Space them out so that they don’t dry clumped together. Let sit for 1 hour. Pour remaining 1/2 cup …

Jalapeno Radish Bites

Holiday dinners with my family almost always include red radishes, but my dad is the only one who ever eats them. He salts the heck out of them and pops ’em like grapes. Red radishes were also always present on my Grandma’s veggie trays, but those appeared at almost every dinner she served—she was an amazing cook so every meal felt like a holiday. So, radishes have always been around, but I never liked them. Or, I should say, I never gave them a fair shot…they were among the massive list of foods I was too picky to eat when I was a kid, and it’s one of the few I refused to give in on as an adult. Until, that is, I made this Avocado Toast with Watermelon Radish last month. They had one cut open at the grocery store—an excellent marketing strategy—and  honestly, I really just wanted to take a picture of them in a dish. Their appearance was the driving force behind creating that recipe, but come to find out, I do like the way they taste! A lot, in …