Homemade Cranberry Sauce

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True Story

So my friend Jenny says to me–“…we’ll be making pies and real cranberry sauce tomorrow.” Just like that.

“REAL cranberry sauce?” says I.

Hmmm…I’ve only seen the kind you squish out of the can, into a glass dish during the Macy’s Parade.

So upon further inquiry, I find that–lucky for all of us–Jenny shares–all the way from Albuquerque.

And yes, I should get extra points for being able to spell Albuquerque.

Take it away Jenny…

“Here’s a recipe for the cranberry sauce that we make every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas:

Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

12 oz. bag of cranberries

1-1/2 cups cold water

2 cups sugar

Directions:

Place cranberries and water in a saucepan. Boil rapidly until skins pop open, approximately 5 minutes.

*Do not wear anything white during this process, there will be little red dots everywhere in the kitchen, including you as you step up to the pot to check on the cranberries.” Maybe a lid is a good idea here.

Press the hot cranberries through a sieve (strainer) to remove skins and seeds.

You may need to wait until they cool a bit so that you can easily handle them.

Add sugar.

Return the sauce to the pan and boil rapidly for three minutes, stirring occasionally. This recipe makes nearly 1 quart of incredibly good cranberry sauce.

Cool at room temperature until it sets.

Pour into a mold…or a bowl.

Store in refrigerator.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 oz. bag of cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
Instructions
  1. Place cranberries and water in a saucepan.
  2. Boil rapidly until skins pop open, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Press the hot cranberries through a sieve (strainer) to remove skins and seeds.
  4. Add sugar.
  5. Return the sauce to the pan and boil rapidly for three minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Cool at room temperature until it sets.
  7. Pour into a mold...or a bowl.
  8. Store in refrigerator.

Pumpkin Soup

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Did you know that the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 350 lbs. and measured five feet in diameter?

Ok, well, that’s just sick…

Anyway–on my never ending quest to find rational pumpkiny recipes that–

A) taste good

B) are quick and easy

C) have pumpkin in them–but are not pie

–we have found this lovely soup. It would be a good appetizer for your Thanksgiving meal–or a simple, festive supper for the Wednesday-evening-before-the-feast. It comes together pretty fast and has a very unique flavor, and will leave your family saying, “Ooooh, what is that?” It reminds me of split pea and ham soup only like you’d get on a cruise. The word luxurious seems to work here. It’s very good…you must trust me on this. And so much cheaper than a great, big boat.

Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients

1 tbsp. onion flakes

1/2 tsp. curry powder

1/4 tsp. coriander

1/4 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp brown sugar

1 Tbsp butter

1 large can pumpkin (29 oz)

3-1/2 cups chicken broth

1 cup crumbled, cooked bacon or cubed, cooked ham

1 cup cream, half and half or canned milk

1/2 cup sour cream

In a large saucepan, combine onion flakes, spices, salt and butter. Stir in pumpkin, water, bouillon and meat until well combined. * Heat mixture to a boil, then reduce heat. Stir in cream and sour cream and heat through. Do not boil once the milk is added. Garnish with croutons and a dash of sage.

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Pumpkin Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. onion flakes
  • ½ tsp. curry powder
  • ¼ tsp. coriander
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large can pumpkin (29 oz)
  • 3-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup crumbled, cooked bacon or cubed, cooked ham
  • 1 cup cream, half and half or canned milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, combine onion flakes, spices, salt and butter.
  2. Stir in pumpkin, water, bouillon and meat until well combined.
  3. Heat mixture to a boil, then reduce heat.
  4. Stir in cream and sour cream and heat through.
  5. Do not boil once the milk is added.
  6. Garnish with croutons and a dash of sage.

 

Marvelous Pumpkin Bread

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I’m about to say something that may be shocking to you, so be brave. I’m taking a deep breath…letting it out. Here goes.

I don’t actually like pumpkin pie.

I know, weird. I do like a lot of other stuff made with pumpkin, but the pie doesn’t do it for me. I love the look of it and the smell of it, but alas–it tastes raw, so I skip it. It must be because after some serious research, we found–to my dismay–that my family is pretty much the only one in America whose forefathers did NOT come over on the Mayflower. I figure it screwed up the pumpkin pie enjoyment microchip in my brain. At any rate, in order to keep the scent of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg wafting through the house at this time of year–as it should–we make pumpkin bread. It is a fabulous replacement for pumpkin pie and P.S…it doesn’t taste raw.

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Word to the wiser-than-me…Don’t double this batch. It comes way too close to sloshing over the side.

Pumpkin Bread

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

4 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2/3 cup water

3 cups white sugar

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1- 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease three 7×3 inch loaf pans. Shake cinnamon sugar into pan and coat all sides.

In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and sugar blend well. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.

Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

One more thing…

I usually make a bunch of little loaves, rather than 2 huge ones. For two reasons–First, I think it feels more like a delicacy to have tiny bites of something special. Second, whenever I use 5 or 6 smaller pans, I put them all on one cookie sheet–because it’s easier to get them in and out of the oven. But what I’ve found is that the loaves are so much more moist when baked this way. I haven’t tried the cookie sheet thing with the bigger pans, but it works perfectly for the little ones.

Pretty dang good exchange for the aforementioned undesirable pie.

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Marvelous Pumpkin Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1- ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
  3. Shake cinnamon sugar into pan and coat all sides.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and sugar blend well.
  5. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
  7. Pour into the prepared pans.
  8. Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven.
  9. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Ten Can Taco Soup

The mood today was something fast and very easy…

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Ten Can Taco Soup

Note: Don’t bother draining any of the juices–it makes the soup…soup!

Pour the following in a large soup pan.

2 cans shredded beef (or 1lb. ground beef- browned)

2 cans black beans

2 cans corn

2 lg. cans diced tomatoes

1 small can refried beans

1 can of water

1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix

1 pkg. Taco Seasoning.

Stir all ingredients together and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and cheese cubes. Great with tortillas or baked pita bread.

Ten Can Taco Soup
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cans shredded beef (or 1lb. ground beef- browned)
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 2 cans corn
  • 2 lg. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can refried beans
  • 1 can of water
  • 1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 pkg. Taco Seasoning.
Instructions
  1. Don't bother draining any of the juices--it makes the soup...soup!
  2. Pour all ingredients in a large soup pan.
  3. Stir together and heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and cheese cubes.
  6. Great with tortillas or baked pita bread.

 

Molasses Crinkles…

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…cause what we need right now is more SUGAR!! I know, I know. But there is one recipe that this time of year doesn’t work without…Molasses Crinkles. No, I mean it. Just the smell of these coming out your door–will bring the kids in.

But then, you don’t have to share.  :]

Molasses Crinkles

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup butter

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

Cream together, then add:

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. cloves

1 tsp. ginger

2 tsp. baking soda

Roll 1 inch dough balls in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Leave on pan a few minutes before moving to cooling rack.

Molasses Crinkles...
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Cream together the first four ingredients, then add all the rest of the dry ingredients.
  2. Roll 1 inch dough balls in sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Leave on pan a few minutes before moving to cooling rack.