THE CRANBERRY WAY!! CRANBERRY-FILLED CREPES

On my last shopping trip, fuzzy-headed me forgot to replenish my oatmeal. I didn’t allow that omittance to dapper my breakfast. I went sweet and tart with my flavors. I decided to prepare some whole-wheat crepes filled with home-made cranberry sauce.

Because cranberries are very tart in taste  a generous squeeze of honey and sugar  were added. Ingredients were simmered at low to medium heat in a small stock pot for until they burst and created a sauce-like consistency.

Sweet and tart-like sauce was filled in each whole-wheat crepe and then wrapped.

CREPES READY FOR CRANBERRY SAUCE FILLING
CREPES READY FOR CRANBERRY SAUCE FILLING

With a drizzle of cranberry sauce my crepes were done. It felt like Christmas in my kitchen as I downed a shot of fresh cranberry juice. Salud!! Ho! Ho!!

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CRANBERRY PUNCH (NON-ALCOHOLIC)

It was such a great treat to indulge in an afternoon non-alcoholic cocktail. These awesome berries are just in time for the holidays. I didn’t have to venture far as I had the red, tart and healthy  berries (cranberries) chilling in the refrigerator from the previous day. These were simmered on low heat for less than 25 minutes until they burst with glee.

In   a standing blender, a splash of water was added along with some of the simmered cranberries. To that I further added a little simple syrup and blended all the ingredients to a refreshing finish. Drink was garnished with a sprig of mint and a slice of grapefruit.

Salud!

THE VERSATILITY OF FRESH CRANBERRIES….FOR THANKSGIVING/BEYOND

I’m  excited and thankful for wholesome cranberries. These delightful berries are extremely plentiful during the fall and winter months. As a result, the cost for them is somewhat inexpensive. And, it’s during this time that I try to extend the use of them throughout the calendar year. Thankfully, these berries can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately three months and in the freezer for up to a year.

Based on scientific studies, cranberries are loaded with great amounts fibers, vitamins, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients. Because of their health properties, they are excellent for good heart health in that they lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body. Also, they aid in preventing the sticking of bacteria to the bladder. Thus, they play a big part in warding off urinary tract infection (UTI).

For me, I love the versatility of fresh cranberries. Some of the ways I like to use them are:

  • Sauce – There is no need to purchase the store-bought version when I can whip up a home-made version. It takes virtually ten minutes to come up with this tart/sweet treat. With a sprinkle of a little sugar a great sauce can be made to be had with turkey and chicken. In addition, it’s great on toast, crackers or with cottage cheese.
FRESH HOME-MADE CRANBERRY SAUCE
FRESH HOME-MADE CRANBERRY SAUCE
  • Martini (Alcoholic or non-alcoholic) – A refreshing drink can be had by simmering some in a stockpot. Cool and place in blender with water. If desired add a little grated ginger and squeeze of lemon. Sweeten with sugar to taste. Place a portion in martini shaker with ice along with vodka, gin or rum. Shake and serve in glass along with olives.CRANBERRY MARTINI WITH OLIVES

CRANBERRY MARTINI WITH OLIVES

  • Topping for Ice-cream – Ice-cream can be livened up and become more interesting by topping cranberry sauce as a tart yet sweet topping. I tried that a few days ago and the flavors and tastes set my palate on over-drive.
VANILLA ICE-CREAM WITH HOME-MADE CRANBERRY SAUCE AS TOPPING
VANILLA ICE-CREAM WITH HOME-MADE CRANBERRY SAUCE AS TOPPING

Guys, I’ve some more sauce on hand. I know what I’ll doing with same. Come Thanksgiving morn, I’ll be making some pumpkin/banana waffles. You guessed….instead of store-bought syrup, I’ll be topping and spreading fresh cranberry sauce.

Hmm, I can’t wait! Guys, as always, be kind to your loved-ones as well as your beautiful palates. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!