Homemade cranberry sauce

Sunday, December 18, 2011

I told you in my post yesterday that I made my entire Thanksgiving dinner from scratch this year. Most years I take shortcuts like buying premade pie shells and canned cranberry sauce, but not this year. I decided to go all out! Let me tell you, the extra work was well worth the effort! Everything was simply delicious. I even heard the phrase "this is the best everything ever!" That puts a smile on a cook's face...I promise you that!

Today's recipe is the one I followed to make homemade cranberry sauce. It's so simple & so much better than canned!

What you'll need:

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 lb (4 cups) fresh cranberries, rinsed

Combine sugar and water in a large saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Boil 5 minutes. (This creates a "simple syrup" and is what sweetens your sauce.) Add cranberries and cook and stir for an additional 5 minutes or until skins pop. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, stirring occasionally. Serve warm or cold.*

*To mold sauce, cook 10 minutes longer, or until a drop jells on a cold plate. Pour into a 4-cup mold. Chill until firm. To unmold, set mold into a large bowl of hot water to loosen from edge, invert onto serving plate.

Makes 4 cups.

sugar - $3.29/lb
cranberries - $2.56/lb
Total - $2.85

June? Really??

Saturday, December 17, 2011

I just realized that I told you WAAAAY back on June the 1st that I was going to start posting here again. I am so sorry that that hasn't happened yet but, as of today, I am feeling much more myself and I really, really, really, really will begin posting here again! In my defense, in that last post, I said "don't hold me to it", so at least I warned you that what happened was a possibility!

OK, that's lame, I know. I apologize for not posting since June. There's really no excuse for it. I promise to do better in the future!!

On THAT note, see you soon! I can't wait to tell you how Thanksgiving dinner turned out this year.....yummmmy! I made everything from scratch....even the cranberry sauce! And I did it all for less than $45! Go me :)

Have a great day everyone & Merry, Merry Christmas!

Hello lovelies

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Just thought I'd write a quick post to let you know that I plan on starting to post here again....soon. Possibly even tomorrow... Don't hold me to it though (lol) but I'll do my best! Love & miss y'all!

I haven't abandoned y'all yet

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Just wanted to let y'all know that I'm still kickin'. I know I haven't posted here in a while but eventually I will again.....I promise. Please feel free to browse through the existing recipes by going to my sidebar. Thanks! See y'all as soon as I can & as always....Happy Cooking!

Yes, I cooked. And it was more than just a frozen pizza. {Product Review}

Friday, January 28, 2011

So, if you read my last post, then you know what an incredibly painful journey I am on right now. You also know that I decided to take CSN Stores up on their offer to do another review for them. Like I told you on that post, Tim loved all the things we got from CSN Stores and would want me to keep working with them.

The last time that we looked through CSN Stores 200+ sites, we had narrowed down our decision to a juicer and an indoor grill. I decided that I would actually use the grill much more often than the juicer. If Tim was still here, I probably would have went the other way just because he wanted a juicer so badly. I'm not a big juice person. I like fruit juice but the juicer he was interested in was for vegetables. So... I went with the grill.

I got that same giddy feeling when the UPS man pulled up outside. It's a little like Christmas. A big jolly man in a sleigh bearing gifts... OK, so it was a tall man in a big brown truck but he had a gift for me so it's kind of the same.

The box it came in was ENORMOUS. I got a little worried that I wouldn't have room in my tiny kitchen but it turns out that it was a normal sized grill...

I got it all set up and then got my meat ready. Don't get too excited. I just made a burger. It was a lot for me to do though. I haven't really cooked since Tim died. Not more than the frozen pizza that I told you about in my title. I cooked ALL. THE. TIME. for my love but there just hasn't seemed to be any reason to do that just for me. A bowl of cereal or a ham sandwich has been plenty. Too much really, but I digress...

So I got my burger ready. I mixed some ground chuck with seasonings & then decided to mix in some shredded cheddar cheese. I've been seeing a commercial lately for a Smokehouse Burger that I know Tim would have loved (and I would have hated) and the cheese sounded good. I ended up adding a lot...

What was I thinking??


Following the directions, I preheated my grill and then added my burger...

I seared it first and then let it cook for about 10 minutes. It says to cook burgers for 6 - 8 minutes but I like mine well done. About halfway through the cooking time, I turned the burger so that I would have pretty crisscross grill marks.

Just look at all that fat running off my food and into the drip tray! That's gotta be a benefit.

When it was done, I realized the down side of adding so much cheese....look how it cooked up on top...
The bottom looked real pretty though...

Oh yeah, that's more cheese on the side there. Provolone. I am a cheese girl. So I added that and let it melt...

It was sooooooo good! It was juicy and gooey and delicious. Tim would have loved it!

Of course I could only eat half of it. My stomach must have gotten pretty tiny lately. And when I have a burger, that's all I want. The burger. No fixins. It was truly delicious though...

And look at how the grill marks melted into the cheese or ummmm vica-versa. Super deliciouso!

The grill was really easy to clean too. You just unplug it and put a wet paper towel in between the plates and let it steam about 30 seconds...

Then wipe up (using tongs to hold the HOT towel!!) and ta-da! it's clean! I'm really glad that I chose this item to review & I can see me using it often.


You want one don't you?

I know you do. You can get one today from CSN Stores site cookware.com for only $61.19! I think that's an awesome price and so worth the equipment you get. You should get one. Right now. You won't regret it. I promise!

And don't forget to follow CSN Stores on Twitter & become their fan on Facebook. Lots of good stuff to find out in those places!

And I promise I haven't abandoned y'all or this cookbook. I will get back here on a regular basis as soon as I'm able to do that. Just right now is very difficult for me. I'm sure you understand.

*Disclaimer: I received a $65 promotional code in order to do this review. If you would like to be a CSN Stores Preferred Blogger and review or give away great CSN Stores products, click here.*

Hello strangers

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I've thought for several days about this post. Most of you that follow me here, follow me on my other blogs and know why I haven't been here. For those of you that don't, my beautiful husband passed away on December 27th. He fought a long battle but in the end his precious body just wasn't strong enough to keep fighting. One of Tim's favorite things about this cookbook was my CSN Stores reviews. He would ask me starting at the first of each month if CSN had contacted me for another review. He'd help me go through their 200+ sites and ultimately the final decision for all of my reviews was made by him. He'd say stuff like "how about a laptop messenger bag?" or "how about a juicer?". He loved CSN Stores and all the goodies that they have. Which is why I accepted the chance to do another review when I was contacted last week. So stay tuned. I may not be back to "normal" posting but this one is for my baby. ♥  See y'all soon!

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