Holiday Desserts: Cranberry Orange Trifle with Candied Walnuts

Here is a festive trifle that will carry you through the holidays – it’s a great do ahead party dessert with show-stopping results. Buttermilk poundcake is blanketed with layers of cranberry compote, orange infused mascarpone cream, and candied walnuts. Each bite is light and airy with the pop of sweet-tart cranberries and the crunch of […]

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Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake

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~ Cranberry Streusel Coffee Cake ~ For the past few days I’ve been reaching around a big container of cranberry sauce sitting in my refrigerator – a left over from our Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve pointedly ignored it until yesterday, when I realized I needed to take action, either by freezing it or repurposing it. I […]

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Cranberry Fig Chutney

~ Cranberry, Fig & Rosemary Chutney ~ Thanksgiving dinner is simply not complete without a cranberry sauce. While I have nothing against the traditional cranberry-sugar combination, I often find missing an extra layer or kick of flavor – so I devised this chutney. Chutneys are concoctions of sweet and savory fruit, spices and herbs, resulting […]

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Autumn Salads: Spinach with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, Walnuts and Crispy Prosciutto

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Spinach, Goat Cheese, Prosciutto, Walnuts, Cranberries, Orange Vinaigrette Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean we can’t have a salad. In fact, when the temperature drops, it’s even more important to eat vitamin and nutrient-rich vegetables. We might be craving stews and braises in the warmth of the kitchen, yet there is still a place […]

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Cranberry Orange Trifle with Candied Walnuts

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Buttermilk Pound Cake, Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Orange Mascarpone Cream Here is a holiday trifle that I couldn’t wait for Christmas to make. The good news is that it’s perfect for Thanksgiving, too. This sumptuous dessert is sweet, tart, crunchy and creamy at once. Buttermilk poundcake is blanketed with layers of cranberry compote, orange infused mascarpone […]

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Apple Cranberry Crisp

Apple Pear Crisp

~ Apple and Cranberry Crisp with Calvados Cream ~ If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it. Sage advice in life and the kitchen, and very relevant to this fruit crisp. A good fruit crisp (or crumble – I go both ways) should contain seasonal fruit at it’s peak in flavor, subtley enhanced with a […]

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Bake Sale #4: Cranberry Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

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It’s time for bake sale #4, or is it #5?  If you have school-age children, you know what I am talking about. Every year a rite of school-year passage involves a bake sale, or two, or ten.  I find myself baking throughout the school year to raise money for field trips, dances, class parties and charities.  […]

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