Monday, 23 November 2015

JJ's favorite Cranberry Sauce

Nothing beats the puckery-sweet jolt of cranberry sauce. It's a sharp knife that cuts through all the starchy food on the menu. 

Cranberry sauce has always been part of the traditional Thanksgiving menu. In the 1960s, an uncooked sauce of coarsely ground cranberries and oranges became a national favorite. But since then, the original quickly cooked cranberry sauce has regained its popularity, with many variations such as this one with apple, pear, orange and a hint of spice.

 This sauce is best made at least 1 day ahead of time so the flavors can meld. It can be served at room temperature or warm.

JJ's Favorite Cranberry Sauce

10 prep time   cook time 35

1 c. orange juice
1 cup white sugar
1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries
1 apple peeled and chopped 
1 pear peeled and chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 zest of 1 orange 

Rinse and pick out the bad cranberries.

In a medium saucepan, boil orange juice and sugar until sugar dissolves.  Reduce heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, apple, pear, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature.

 ~ This sauce is great over a block of cream cheese for appetizer with crackers or in a turkey sandwich the next day!

We here at "Sew What's Cooking With Joan" hope you enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving with family and friends!



Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Bacon - blanketed Turkey

 I could not resist posting this beautiful bacon blanketed bird from the blog Runaway Spoon. I have never posted any other blog on my page, but, this one is very special and worthy. I believe my readers will love it. He has perfected this technique and with his detailed instructions, I believe you can do it too!














Monday, 9 November 2015

Basil mashed potatoes


I love potatoes in every form, Wee Bear, not so much! However, when it comes to Thanksgiving, mashed potatoes are a must! My family has alway's had basic mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving, but, wait a minute. Enter a puree of potatoes with basil, and Parmesan? Or, how about Horseradish mashed Potatoes or Perfect mashed Potatoes with Onion Butter? 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Boarding House- Potato Dill Soup

 I am big fan of soup, especially in the Fall and Winter month's. During the holiday's, I always serve a soup course, and my family looks forward to tasting what I have created for them! This soup is a recreation of one of my favorite soups. In Issaquah, Washington, where I lived for 13 years a long time ago, there is a little restaurant within a historic grouping of stores called Gilman Village. For over 32 years the Boarding House Restaurant has been serving homemade soup, salads and sandwiches and the Potato Dill is the house soup...always available! I always find it hard to leave without having a piece of their signature dessert, warm granny smith apple crisp...baked daily and served with fresh whip cream!  Mmmmmm

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Scary Brain Vegetable Tray!

The Comfiest, Easiest Halloween Costume

If you’re still on the hunt for a last minute Halloween costume, I've got an idea. Go out and buy glow-in-the-dark stars and planets that are usually on a child’s ceiling and stick them onto a black shirt and black pants. Woo Hoo!! You’re the solar system. Easy, comfy, and cheap. You could literally walk around in your sweatpants.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Quick Halloween snacks for young children

Young children  like things on the spooky side — but not too spooky.  They still have fun with plays on words and things that are not quite what they seem!   Imagination sells so you can slide in some healthy food with fun names!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Zombie Caramel Corn and more!

Just about everyone loves 

Caramel Corn and cheesy corn, truffle corn, margarita corn.... I feel like I am always talking about weird popcorn concoctions, but I do like to test many kinds of flavored corn.  I say, no this isn't that great, and then I eat so much that I am sick. And that process will just sort of repeat itself over and over again. But pretty much everyone agrees on caramel corn and it is easy to make!