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Cranberry almond granola

 

In my head I am one of those people who gets up early and makes a great breakfast, even before work.  Sadly the reality is I am not.  I grab a granola bar or a bagel and eat it at work.  In the 45 minutes or so before anyone gets there, that quiet calm before the storm.  As I was eating a granola bar, I thought how easy this is to make, have it as a bar or just as a handy snack.  So I made cranberry almond, because that is what I had in the house. Quick, easy, not too bad for you, and really great on the go.  So until I am a cool person who gets up early and makes an awesome breakfast, a baggie of this will do

 

 

Cranberry almond granola

1 stick unsalted butter

2 T light corn syrup

½ cup brown sugar

2 ¾ cups rolled oats

¾ cup sliced almonds (can use hazelnuts or any nut that can be easily sliced)

1 cup dried cranberries

6 T all purpose flour

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a greased 9×9 pan with parchment or foil (bottom only)

Heat butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar on stove over low heat until combined

Mix oats, almonds, cranberries and flour into a bowl, adding butter mixture, stirring until combined

Place in greased pan, smooth top and bake for 25 minutes or until firm/golden brown

 

Let cool to room temp and cut into squares or crumble for over yogurt, or as a handheld snack 

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Cranberry muffins

Breakfast. I am not a huge fan, but I know it’s important. But brunch, I can get behind brunch.  And bacon, always up for some bacon. This is why I go to kickboxing, not so much for the workout, so I can eat bacon. But I digress-these cranberry muffins, they rock. My secret is orange zest, gives them just the faintest of kicks, to get you going for a long day, a slow lazy day, or any day.  

 

Cranberry muffins 

1 cup whole milk

2 lightly beaten eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract or paste (more on the paste in another post!) 

3 1/3 cups all purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 T baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

half stick unsalted butter cold and cut into small pieces

1 cup frozen or dried cranberries (can also use blueberries if you want)

1 T orange zest

2 T melted butter

1 T raw sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Line muffin tin with papers

In a small bowl, combine milk, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside

In a mixer with paddle attachment, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt for 1 minute on low speed

Slowly add butter chunks and turn to medium speed until mixture looks like coarse crumbs

Remove 1/2 cup of mixture for streusel

Fold in fruit and orange zest, add milk mixture and mix until just combined

Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 way full of batter

Add melted butter to remaining flour mixture and mix with a fork until combined

Sprinkle on top of muffins.  Add a small pinch of raw sugar on top of mixture for a crunchier top 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until center comes out clean

Cool and serve

Can be saved at room temperature for three days

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Take over

So I was watching the Daily Show. Minding my business, home on a Friday night while Mad is out with her friends. And it hit me-I had sunlight left, I needed to take some pictures. Grilled cheese. It’s grilled cheese month (people do roll their eyes at me frequently) and I am obsessed. I did a whole food day at work centered around this. Brie, smoked cheddar, gruyere, homemade cranberry sauce, spinach, the works. So I made two (hated one, the pretzel roll didn’t do it for me) and I went on the porch and started shooting. And I feel better. Because there wasn’t anything that could be said or done until that picture was taken. I am happy again, content that i got the shot I wanted. Grilled cheese-do it

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Easy cranberry sauce

So it’s grilled cheese month! This makes me happy to try new and old ways to make grilled cheese. Online I saw one for grilled cheese with cranberry sauce and spinach. I always seem to have cranberries in the freezer (I put leftover fresh ones in the freezer to keep them longer) so I made up a small batch of cranberry sauce. Here is the quick simple recipe I use:

2-3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
Handful of dried cranberries if you have them
Zest and juice of one medium size orange
2-3 tablespoons sugar

Put cranberries in a medium size pot along with juice and sugar, medium high heat to start
As cranberries soften and burst, turn heat to low, stirring occasionally
Mash cranberries with wooden spoon and continue to simmer on low for 10-15 mins
Remove from heat, and transfer to a heat resistant bowl or plastic container
Let cool and use with dressing, as a side, on your delicious grilled cheese, heaped on top of ice cream, or whatever else sounds good.

*note: adjust sugar, adding more if you like your cranberry sauce less tart. Cook and mash longer if you like a less chunky consistency

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