Easy Holiday Punch

Easy Holiday Punch

2 Qt Cranberry/Mango Juice

2 Qt. Pulp Free Orange Juice

2 Liter 7 Up

For Garnish

2 Mandarin Oranges

2 Limes

1/2 c. Pomegranate seeds

1/2 c. Fresh Cranberries

Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

In large punch bowl combine juices and 7 Up.  Add ice

Then slice oranges and limes.  Add sliced fruit, pomegranate seeds, cranberries and fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish.

  • This can easily be turned into a Holiday Rum Punch by adding Blue Chair Coconut Rum *

Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad

Dissolve :  1 Large box of orange jello in 1/2 c. boiling water

Add:  1/2 c. orange juice – pulp free

Let cool

Then add:

1 lb. of cranberries, finely chopped ( use a blender or food processor)

1 1/2 c. pineapple tidbits , drained

1c. chopped apple

1c. chopped walnuts

1/2 c. chopped celery

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

3/4 c. sugar

orange zest of 1 small orange

Mix well and chill overnight.

Enjoy!

Cheesy Brussel Sprouts

Cheesy Brussel Sprouts

Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

4 slices of Bacon

1 Large Yellow Onion, chopped 

1 clove Garlic, minced

2 lbs. Fresh Brussel Sprouts, cut in half

1 1/2 c. Whole Milk

1 c. Chicken Broth

4 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter

5 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour

3/4 c. Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1/4 Tablespoon Dried Thyme

Ground Pepper to taste

1 1/ 2 c. Grated Sharp White Cheddar

Paprika for Garnish

Step 1 :

Heat a large skillet and crisp cook the bacon.  Transfer to a plate and cool.  Pour off all but approximately 2 Tablespoons of the bacon fat from the pan.  Add the onion and minced garlic.  Cook until onion is translucent.  Scrape the onions and garlic into the bottom of a large shallow 9×13 baking dish.  Spreading evenly across the bottom.  Set aside.

Step  2:

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.  Bring large pot of salted water to a boil then add the sprouts and cook until tender.  Drain thoroughly and transfer to the baking dish.

Step 3:  

Combine Milk and Chicken Broth in saucepan Bring to simmer, remove from heat.

Step 4:

Melt butter in a large saucepan .  Add the flour and cook at medium heat for approximately 1 minute until golden brown.  Whisk in half of the hot milk and broth.  Heat and whisk for another minute or so until mixture is thickened.  Add the remaining liquid and cook for 5 minutes, whisking frequently.

Step 5:

Whisk in the parmesan cheese , mustard , thyme, salt and pepper.  Pour the sauce mixture evenly over the sprouts.  Crumble the crisp bacon over the top and then sprinkle evenly the white cheddar cheese.  Dust lightly with paprika.

Step 6:

Bake at 375 degrees in center oven for approximately 30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.

ENJOY!

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry

4 boneless chicken breasts cut into strips

2 c. chopped broccoli

2 c. sliced mushrooms

2 c. yellow squash

2 c. chopped carrots

1 red pepper, cut into small pieces

1 small red onion sliced

Cook chicken in one tablespoon of oil until cooked.  Add vegetables and cook until tender.

Combine and whisk in small bowl –

1/2 c. water

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 Tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tsp. chicken bouillon granules

1/4 tsp. red pepper

1 tsp. hot sesame oil

Simmer approximately 10-15 minutes

Serve over rice


Summer Salad

Summer Salad

8 oz. of baby spinach

8 oz of red leaf lettuce

1 c. sliced strawberries

1/2 c. blueberries

1/2 c. mandarin oranges

1/2 c. pecans or 1/2 c. almonds

3 oz. goat cheese crumbled

1 bunch green onions

1 avocado, peeled and diced

Dressing

1 c. vegetable oil

3/4 c. sugar

1/2 c. red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 t. paprika

salt and pepper to taste

Summertime Lemonade

Summertime Lemonade

This easy old fashioned recipe is my favorite.

1 3/4 c. white sugar

8 c. water

1 1/2 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Serve over ice and enjoy your summertime!

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