Cranberry Orange Relish: Chicklets in the Kitchen Post

Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry Orange Relish

I’m jumping the holiday gun just a little. Since my posts appear on the 25th, I wanted to share this before your Thanksgiving holiday meal. This is the cranberry sauce I grew up with. It used to be right on the back of the 12 oz Ocean Spray fresh cranberry bag but this year when I looked, it wasn’t. I had to go to http://www.OceanSpray.com where it, and a good many other holiday recipes, are located and download it. This is also great because there’s no cooking, freeing up a burner on your stove for other things, like gravy!

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Food Processor

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Bowl

Rubber Spatula

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Ingredients

1 12oz bag fresh cranberries

1 navel orange, unpeeled, cut into eighths and seeded

3/4 to 1 cup sugar

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Place half the cranberries and half the orange slices in food processor container. Process until mixture is evenly chopped. Transfer to a bowl.

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Repeat with remaining cranberries and orange slices. Stir in sugar. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Makes about 3 cups.

NOTE: May also be prepared in a food grinder.

Per Serving: (1/4 cup) Cal. 67 (3% DV), Fat Cal. 0, Pro. 0g (0% DV), Carb. 17g (5% DV), Fat 0g (0% DV), Chol. 0mg (0% DV), Sod. 0mg (0% DV), Vit. A 4RE (0% DV), Vit. C 10mg (16% DV), Vit. E 0mg (0% DV), Calcium 6mg (0% DV), Folate 4Ug (0% DV), Zinc 0mg (0% DV), Pot. 40mg (1% DV), Dietary Exchange: Fruit 1

Thanks for stopping by Chicklets in the Kitchen. What is your favorite holiday recipe? Please tell us about it in the comments box below if you feel so inclined.

My name is Connie Cockrell and I write SciFi, Fantasy, Mysteries, and a lot of other things and you can find links to all of my books at www.ConniesRandomThoughts.com.

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Tomato Soup: Chicklets in the Kitchen

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It’s the end of summer and I have a glut of tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes. Fortunately, the variety I chose for this year has that cherry tomato sweetness but isn’t too sweet. What to do with a giant bowl full of cherry tomatoes? Why tomato soup, of course! A few random Amish Paste and Early Girls found their way into the soup as well but it’s all good. The batch ended up making 3 pints of soup. Half a pint made it into my lunch but the rest I froze for future meals. Happy cooking and eating.

Hardware

4 Quart Pot

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Knife

1 or ½ pint freezer containers

Immersion Blender

 

Ingredients

Bowl full of cherry tomatoes, washed

¼ cup sliced onion

2 med garlic cloves, sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Slice the onion and garlic. Cut the tomatoes in half.

Add ½ cup of water to the pot.

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Drop in the onion, garlic, and tomatoes, and salt and pepper.

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Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about an hour.

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Right in the pot, use the immersion blender to blend the mixture until smooth. Serve up bowls full for lunch or supper. Freeze the rest.

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NOTE: I did not strain the blended soup to remove the seeds. I kind of like the seedy chew but if you don’t, go ahead and strain the seeds out.

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Thanks for stopping by Chicklets in the Kitchen. What do you do with your tomato abundance? Please tell us about it in the comments box below if you feel so inclined.

My name is Connie Cockrell and I write SciFi, Fantasy, Mysteries, and a lot of other things and you can find links to all of my books at www.ConniesRandomThoughts.com.

Mint-Watermelon Pops

You might have seen me post this recipe on The Chicklets Facebook page late last week.Mint-Watermelon Pops

I promised to put my new popsicle mold to good use by testing it out and reporting back. Well, here’s my report.

Turns out, watermelon-mint is not my favorite flavor combination.

I’m a little surprised. You see so many folks online raving about the watermelon-mint-feta cheese combo that I figured it’d be a natural winner.

Not for me.

The recipe itself couldn’t have been much easier. I halved it right from the start, because it seemed to me that 4 cups of watermelon would make way too much puree for my mold. (I won’t keep y’all in suspense: I was vindicated when it came time to fill the molds.)

I diced the watermelon and mint leaves. Figuring the blender would chop the mint into even smaller pieces, I didn’t chop it too finely. (That may have been a mistake. There were some too-large chunks of mint in my finished popsicles.)

I subbed Splenda for the sugar the recipe calls for. I think should have left it out altogether — the end result was way too sweet for me.

After several hours in the freezer, they were ready to enjoy.

I’ve already eaten two of the four popsicles. They’re OK, but not OMG delicious.

The semi-failure of watermelon-mint pops hasn’t stopped me from dreaming up other fruit-pop combinations, though. I picked up bags of frozen blueberries and cherries during my biweekly shopping trip — and I still have peaches, pineapple and mango in the freezer.

I bet flat-out pureed mangoes would be excellent in popsicle form. Oooh — how about Banana Ice Cream, flavored with cocoa powder and maybe peanut butter?

And in the non-fruit arena, how about root beer mixed with a little milk or cream? Black Cow, anyone? (Those used to be my favorite milkshake at Arby’s.)

I also have my eye on these Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles (using strawberries, not raspberries, because I don’t like raspberry seeds). They’re beautiful to look at … although with my rocket pop mold, they’d look more like an AstroPop than the American flag.

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How Breast Cancer Altered My Meals with Guest Chick Cheryl Norman

Please welcome back to the kitchen, Cheryl Norman! She’s here to help us learn how to fight breast cancer by eating the right kinds of foods. Congratulations on winning your battle and through it all never giving up! And yay on your newest release, RUNNING OUT OF TIME!

It’s October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2010, I Healthier Mayonnaise Recipe by Romance Author Cheryl Norman | chickletsinthekitchen.comunderwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to rid my body of breast cancer. Happily, I’m 3½ years as a survivor today, but I’m still under treatment. For two more years I will take estrogen-blocking medication, and I continue to monitor with follow-up appointments with my oncologists. I’ll do anything to prevent a recurrence of this disease, including changes in my diet. I hope what I’ve learned will help you, too. Continue reading

Kale Chips

I can’t believe this just happened. I was in the kitchen, testing out the kale chips recipe, when my 16 year old walked in and saw the bag on the counter.
“Kale! What’s kale?” he shrieked.
I said, “I’m making kale chips. Want to try some?”
He reached into the bag and ate a leaf. To that point, I’d only sniffed it. I was a little iffy when I noticed the bag said “A bold and bittersweet flavor.” It made me think of broccoli rabe, which is bitter and a very acquired taste. It took me a while to learn to like it but I do, so long as it’s smothered in garlic and/or cheese.
I turned to see his reaction. Continue reading

Cucumber Salad

I thought about it for a little while (all right… it was only a couple of seconds… I thought about what I had in my refrigerator and went from there) and decided I’d delve into the dank, mystical corridors of the cucumber salad.

Now, I’ve always loved this salad. It’s a refreshing dish that is light and palate cleansing. I’ve only seen it done in one restaurant, namely the California Grill on top of the Contemporary Hotel on the Walt Disney World property, overlooking the Magic Kingdom. The salad is usually served with one or two of the most excellent sushi dishes prepared by Yoshi… I wish I had a picture of it somewhere in my archives, but… oh wait! There it is! Continue reading

Susan G. Heino and the Birthday Meatloaf

I have to admit, I got a little scared when Susan mentioned those dreaded words:  meatloaf.   But after reading her recipe, I just might try it.  I have good intentions, really.  I just…  it’s meatloaf.  Read on and see if it’s something you’d like to do.

You can read more about Susan on her website.  So tell  me about this meatloaf of yours…

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I AM THE SMOOTHIE QUEEN!!!

Don’tcha just love when your kids ask for a treat they think is yummy and it’s secretly good for them?

Enter the smoothie!!!

Now, I haven’t yet ventured into the world of wheat germ or other secret healthy ingredients.  But even so, how much better can a smoothie be?  Milk!  Calcium!  Protein!  Fruits!  Vitamins!  Load it up!

I’ve found my smoothies work best with a 1:1 milk to vanilla yogurt (not frozen) ratio, and then fruit added to taste.  Depending on the amount of fruit, you might need to up the yogurt.  Right now the kids are all about strawberry smoothies, but for a while we were peanut butter and banana fans.  Throw everything in a blender and off you go.

I mean, seriously!  Three or four ingredients in a snack that are good for them???  What’s not to love?  Not to mention it’s almost time for strawberry AND blueberry picking again.

Do you smoothie?  What’s your favorite recipe?

The Elvis Smoothie

We’ve been sick in our house. Some of us for only a few days, others (namely, the Teensy Bitsy One) for longer. When one is not feeling so hot, often the pediatrician recommends what they call the BRAT diet. This is Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. REALLY boring and guess what? It totally makes a kid into a brat. Because how long can you live on that stuff? Sheesh!

So after days of this, I asked the doctor whether there was anything else I could add. I was given a few more options, including yogurt and a little bit of peanut butter for protein.

AHA! I thought. I’ll make her a smoothie. That way she will get nutrition but will think she’s getting the treat she wanted. Continue reading