Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Orange Cranberry Sauce

My mother-in-law made this cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving & it was so yummy I had to ask her for the recipe.  She says it's easy, can be made ahead, and that she used a bit less sugar than called for because she likes her cranberries a bit tart.  I thought they were YUM, so you should use less sugar, too!  Thanks, Gramma Yori!

Orange Cranberry Sauce

1 pkg. (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin orange segments, drained, juice reserved
½ tsp. grated orange zest
Parsley sprig, optional

In pot, bring cranberries, brown sugar, reserved mandarin juice and ¼ cup water to boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries pop, 20-25 minutes. 

Cool: cover and chill 2 hours.  [I think she might have chilled it overnight - I'd sure think you could.]  Reserve 10 orange segments – chop remaining.  Just before serving, stir in zest and chopped segments.  Transfer to dish, arrange reserved orange segments on top of sauce.  If desired, garnish with parsley.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Kale Chips

We got this recipe a few years ago from our CSA in the newsletter, and I had to get it out again this year.  These kale chips are not at all like potato chips, except that they are salty & crispy & rather more-ish.

Kale Chips
1 bunch kale
1 Tbl. olive oil (approximately)
1 tsp. seasoned sale (or regular salt)

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Spray a low-sided cookie sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.

With a kitchen scissors or knife, remove the thick stems from the kale (and put in the compost bin!).  Tear the kale into small pieces - maybe and approximately 1.5" square? Wash, then use a salad spinner to dry them thoroughly... or use the towel trick*.

Place kale pieces on to a cookie sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with (seasoning or plain) salt.  Bake until the edges are brown but not burnt, maybe 10-15 minutes.  Keep a close eye on it at the end - you want crispy, but not crumbling-to-bits when you eat it.  Let cool very briefly, then enjoy!

* Towel trick: Put your washed greens into the center of a kitchen towel - the flour sack kind works well.  Gather up the four corners into one hand so you've got the greens-filled part hanging down.  GO OUTSIDE.  Start swinging the towel around like you'd swing a jump rope.  Be amazed as centrifugal force causes more water than you would believe to be driven out from the greens!  It might take a couple spins until you've built up enough speed, but oh, is it fun!  :)