Jellied Cranberry Sauce

This recipe stolen graciously from Mr. Ed’s Research and Recipes.

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The Goods
2 (12 oz each) bags freshcranberries
1 (12 oz) bag frozen raspberries, thawed
1 (10 oz) bag frozen strawberries, thawed
1 1/2 cups honey
4 packets (about 4 TBSP) Knox Unflavored Gelatin
3 cups water

The Gettin’
1. Place 2 cups of the water, along with the cranberries, thawed raspberries and thawed strawberries in a medium saucepan.
2. Bring to the saucepan goods to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, pour in 1 cup cold water. Sprinkle in gelatin and let it sit.
3. Ladle the softened cranberry mixture into the strainer over the bowl with the gelatin. Use the ladle or a wooden spoon to press the liquid through the mesh. Stir the hot liquid with the gelatin to dissolve.
4. Repeat step 3 until all the mixture has been pressed out.
5. Stir in the honey to dissolved mixture.
6. Cover and refrigerate overnight until set.

The Take
We made the classic cranberry sauce last year, so we decided to try a different one this year.  We haven’t tasted it yet (we’ll wait for Thanksgiving Day), but the liquid is yummy!  We put our first batch into a jello mold that looks like a brain and into the last bits into a tin can… you know like you’d think it should be from! Ha! We’ll let you know how it turns out.  Seems promising…

*UPDATE* It was wonderful!

Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep – 5 minutes (both before and after cooking)
Cook – 10 hour

Yield:  20 servings

Level: Easy

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String Beans

This recipe graciously inspired by FoodEditorials.com and embellished delightfully by Lauren’s Madre.

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The Goods
2 lbs. string beans
8 shiitaki mushrooms
1 medium onion or 8 miniature
2 steam fresh oregano
3 basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
salt to taste, liberally is suggested

The Gettin’
1. Chop oregano, basil onion, garlic and mushrooms.
2. Add all chopped ingredients and string beans to pot over stove.
3. Add water to pot, 1/3 depth of green beans.
4. Liberally salt mixture.
5. Bring to boil and then simmer covered over heat for 30 minutes or until done.

The Take
Lauren loves green beans.  Loves them.  These are no exception.

Total Time: 38 minutes
Prep – 8 minutes
Cook – 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Level: Easy

Dill-ightful Veggies

This recipe graciously conjured by Lauren’s Madre.

The Goods
1 (16 ounce) package frozen broccoli, cauliflower, & carrots
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste

The Gettin’
1. Add water and frozen vegetables into a pot and bring to boil.  Let boil 5-8 minutes.
2. While, vegetables are boiling, chop the dill, and set aside.
3. Drain water from vegetables.
4. Add butter, dill, salt, and pepper to vegetables over heat and stir until butter melts and covers the veggies.

The Take
So quick, so easy, so good… so why aren’t you making them yet?

Total Time: 7-10  minutes
Prep –  2 minutes
Cook–  5-8 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy

¡Es Guacamole!

This recipe graciously stolen from allrecipes.com.



The Goods

3 avocados – peeled, pitted, and mashed
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shallots
3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro
1 medium tomato, diced
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 pinch ground cayenne pepper

The Gettin’
1. In a medium bowl, mash together the avocados, lime juice, and salt.
2. Chop onion, cilantro, tomato, and garlic.
4. Mix in onion, cilantro, tomato, and garlic.
5. Stir in cayenne pepper.
6. Serve immediately.  Guacamole will brown quickly!

The Take

Éste es guacamole perfecto. Usted tiene que intentarlo con tocino curruscante o con pollo. ¡Yum!

Total Time: 10 minutes
Prep –  10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Level: Easy

Bacon Bundles… Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With That

This recipe stolen graciously from Rachael Ray.

The Goods
1 1/2 lbs. asparagus spears, trimmed 4 to 5 inches long tips
extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
few grinds black pepper
4 slices center cut bacon
Chopped chives or scallions, optional garnish

The Gettin’
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Lightly coat asparagus spears in extra-virgin olive oil.
3. Season the asparagus with black pepper.
4. Divide the asparagus spears into a total number of four groups.
5. Take a group of spears and use a slice of bacon to wrap the bundle and secure the spears together. Repeat until finished with each group.
6. Place bundles on baking pan into oven for 12 minutes.

The Take
We decided to have some friends over for a great meal and knew we would have all the burners in use, our plate was full so to speak.  Instead of pan cooked asparagus, we went with the oven.  The group seemed pleased with the result overall.  In general I prefer it cooked with butter over oil, but it was nice to pop it in and out with ease!

Total Time:  20 minutes
Prep –  8 minutes
Cook–  12 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy