Cranberry + Orange = Perfect Match

30 11 2011

Last week, I got a back of organic heirloom cranberries in my CSA box. Just in time to make fresh cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, right? Well, in theory, yes. But, my Thanksgiving meal didn’t include fresh cranberry sauce because there weren’t enough burners on the stove for me to make it. (I guess I could have made it ahead of time. Oh well.)

So, what did I do with my cranberries? Well, I froze most of them, so I can make fresh cranberry sauce at Christmas:-) But, I reserved a few of them to make some Cranberry Orange Scones.

These were perfectly moist, just the right amount of crumbly, and the balance of orange and cranberry was spot on! And, they were really easy to make! Score!

Cranberry Orange Scones

Adapted from Forgiving Martha (as seen on the 12 Tastes of Christmas)

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
5 tablespoons sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for topping
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of cinnamon
6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup (plus 1 tablespoon) milk (I used whole)
1/2–3/4 cup halved cranberries, drained on paper towels
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1/2 orange

How to:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; Set aside.

In a small bowl, sprinkle the cranberries with sugar, set aside.

Whisk together flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender.

Squeeze 1/2 orange into measuring cup. Fill to 2/3 cup with milk. Pour into flour mixture until just moistened.

Gently fold in cranberries and orange zest.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently, 5 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges; place on a baking sheet. Brush tops with remaining tablespoon milk; sprinkle with remaining sugar.

Bake until golden brown, 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

Served with a side of eggs, these babies made a perfect Sunday morning breakfast!





Gobble Gobble

28 11 2011

Well hello there! Are you trying to shake off the last of that food coma? Have you started decorating for the next holiday? Well, before you’re fully into “It’s Christmas” mode, let me give you a little recap from my Thanksgiving weekend!

BUT- before I go there, I need to congratulate Lauren for totally ROCKING her first Ironman! She spent yesterday romping around Cozumel for 140.6 miles. I’m SO impressed. I really hope she’s lounging on the beach right now with a margarita or two in her hands!

I certainly didn’t do an Ironman this weekend, but I did get a little workout in!

Thursday morning started off with a Turkey Trot!

It was a perfect morning, the sun was shining, and it was a brisk 40-ish degrees. The run was a 5K on the Ocean City (NJ) boardwalk. It is flat as a pancake, with the ocean off to our side to cheer us on.

Have I said that I love the beach?? Gah, it is so beautiful!

The run got started a little late because they had a lot more people show up than they expected. For a small-town race, a turnout of 600 is pretty impressive!

I should have done a little warm up jog, but instead I stood in the sun to keep warm. I haven’t quite figured out my strategy for the 5K distance, but I think it probably should include a little warm up run. I’m also not sure how to pace myself for this distance. I know, I know, it’s only a 5K, I should just go out hard and hang on…

Well, I ran strong, and sprinted to the finish. I’m not sure my final time (results aren’t up yet), but I think I may have (barely) broken 25:00! That would be  PR for me, I believe! Whoot whoot!

I went home, cleaned up and got ready for mom’s feast!

Gobble gobble! It’s Turkey time!

Mom’s cole slaw, made from a family recipe. This is one of my favorite parts of the meal!

One of our guests brought a traditional Russian salad: carrots, peas, potatoes, cucumbers, bologna, hard boiled egg, and mayo. It was really tasty!

Multiple kinds of bread.

There were other sides too, I just didn’t get a picture of them individually. But, here’s my plate:

YUMMY!

Of course, there was pie! My mom made a pumpkin pie, and she bought a pecan pie too.

Clearly I was so excited about dessert, I forgot to take a picture before diving in. Whoops! One of our guests brought cranberry bliss bars too. They were really sweet, and I couldn’t finish that little piece without taking off all the icing. A bite was sufficient for a sugar fix!

I stuffed myself to the gills, and after clearing off the table, plopped on the couch and napped. I spent the rest of the day napping and reading. It was glorious.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I certainly did!

Question of the day: What was your favorite part of your Thanksgiving meal?





Thankful

24 11 2011

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I hope that you are having a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and yummy food!

What are you thankful for this year?

Here’s a few things I’m thankful for:

A family who loves and supports me.

Friends, both old and new.

The wonderful blogging community. Always so supportive and lots of fun!

Chloe, for teaming up with me to blog, and always being my sounding board. 🙂

The opportunities to travel

and the experiences I had there.

A job that I enjoy, whose mission I 100% believe in! And, it allows me to travel to some cool places. 🙂

And last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for my wonderful boyfriend Bill.

He always, always puts a smile on my face. I can’t say enough good things about him!

I’m home in Jersey for the holiday, so I’m off to help my mom cook! Enjoy your day!

Question of the day: What are you thankful for friends?