Kitchen Treaty http://www.kitchentreaty.com Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:53:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Cranberry Bliss Muffins http://www.kitchentreaty.com/cranberry-bliss-muffins/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/cranberry-bliss-muffins/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:05:37 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13904

How much do I love Starbucks and how often do we go there? Well, my toddler requests a stop almost daily, if that tells you anything. I’m not proud. But hey, at least she thought McDonald’s was a farm (truth).

Cranberry Bliss Muffins - Inspired by the famous Starbucks bars, these cream-cheese frosted muffins are studded with cranberries and white chocolate. The perfect breakfast treat for the holidays!

Starbucks is a weakness, for sure. And around this time of year, their cranberry bliss bars are also a weakness. A buttery blondie base studded with white chocolate and cranberries and then smothered in cream cheese frosting, more cranberries, and a white chocolate drizzle? Pure holiday nirvana.

Cranberry Bliss Muffins - Inspired by the famous Starbucks bars, these cream-cheese frosted muffins are studded with cranberries and white chocolate. The perfect breakfast treat for the holidays!

I allow myself maybe one or two per year, but that doesn’t mean I don’t dream about them otherwise. Or offshoots. Like Cranberry Bliss Muffins. I had to create them. It was my calling. My mission. My density.

Cranberry Bliss Muffins - Inspired by the famous Starbucks bars, these cream-cheese frosted muffins are studded with cranberries and white chocolate. The perfect breakfast treat for the holidays!

The muffins themselves are buttery and craggy, more dense than light, almost more moist scone than cake. With their cream cheese frosting and white chocolate drizzle, I didn’t want the muffin itself to be light and fluffy. Otherwise, they would be cupcakes! These are unmistakably muffins – but with frosting. And toppings. And awesomeness.

Cranberry Bliss Muffins - Inspired by the famous Starbucks bars, these cream-cheese frosted muffins are studded with cranberries and white chocolate. The perfect breakfast treat for the holidays!

A muffin with frosting – totally acceptable for the holidays.

A few recipe notes

The base of these muffins is adapted from the blueberry muffin recipe in a seriously incredible new cookbook, The New Best Recipe, from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated. These guys exhaustively test recipes until they come up with what, they feel, is the best version of each one. It’s a different sort of muffin recipe – no milk, only sour cream – but the result is rich and thick, even vaguely reminiscent of the blondies these muffins are inspired by. Be sure to follow the steps as stated – vigorously whisking the egg, beating it with the sugar, GENTLY folding the wet and dry ingredients together – or your muffins may turn out tougher than you like.

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A Thanksgiving Feast for (Nearly) Every Diet http://www.kitchentreaty.com/a-thanksgiving-feast-for-nearly-every-diet/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/a-thanksgiving-feast-for-nearly-every-diet/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:05:42 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13561

So you’ve got quite a cast of characters coming to the table this Thanksgiving. Dad’s a staunch meat-and-potatoes carnivore - forget the f-word, for him,”tofu” is the true four-letter word. Auntie Ashley is a vegetarian – dairy and eggs are fine, but no meat, please. Uncle Roger is a lifelong vegan (and marathon runner, of course). No animal products whatsoever! And young Sammy was just diagnosed with celiac disease – absolutely no gluten for the little guy.

Whew!

So what’s a host to do?! Whip up a fantastic and easy Thanksgiving dinner, that’s what!

I’ve posted several Thanksgiving recipes these past couple of weeks with the intent of rounding them up here, along with a few other classics from years past. Together, along with a few other incredible blogger recipes, they make up one terrific Turkey Day (or No-Turkey Day) feast for all. It’s doable – promise!

A Thanksgiving Feast for (Nearly) Every Diet - one meal for carnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free guests

Here’s what’s on the table:

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Fresh Raspberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Tart http://www.kitchentreaty.com/fresh-raspberry-cream-cheese-puff-pastry-tart/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/fresh-raspberry-cream-cheese-puff-pastry-tart/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:12 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13641

I love California. In wintertime, if it’s a good year, I fly down the coast in search of that remarkable golden light - the salve that gets me through these dreary Pacific Northwest winters. Even if it’s just for a few days, there’s something about being able head outside without a coat on, turn my face to the sun - and actually feel the sun – that fills me back up.

Fresh Raspberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Tart - Lush raspberries atop a fluffy lemon-vanilla cream cheese filling and a buttery golden puff pastry crust. This easy tart is sure to impress the guests at the holiday table. Only you need to know how easy it was to whip up!
Sponsored PostThe last few years, thanks to perpetual busyness and our immersion into the world of parenthood, we’ve seen a lot less of it. So what’s a sun-lover to do? Enjoy a little California at home, I say! Which is why I was thrilled to partner with Whole Foods Market and Driscoll’s to bring you this recipe for a Fresh Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart, piled high with a sweet whipped cream cheese, lined with ruby raspberries, and drizzled generously with honey.

Fresh Raspberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Tart - Lush raspberries atop a fluffy lemon-vanilla cream cheese filling and a buttery golden puff pastry crust. This easy tart is sure to impress the guests at the holiday table. Only you need to know how easy it was to whip up!

Driscoll’s raspberries thrive in central and southern California and Baja’s sunny climes, where they grow big, bright, and juicy, then they’re carefully transported to sun-deprived Pacific Northwesterners – the same people who may or may not burst through the doors of Whole Foods, escaping the torrential downpour, flocking to the display of luminescent California berries while the soundtrack of angels plays overhead. Oh, that’s just me? Well, carry on.

Fresh Raspberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Tart - Lush raspberries atop a fluffy lemon-vanilla cream cheese filling and a buttery golden puff pastry crust. This easy tart is sure to impress the guests at the holiday table. Only you need to know how easy it was to whip up!

Fresh Raspberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Tart - Lush raspberries atop a fluffy lemon-vanilla cream cheese filling and a buttery golden puff pastry crust. This easy tart is sure to impress the guests at the holiday table. Only you need to know how easy it was to whip up!

I love the idea of bringing sunny fresh raspberries to the holiday table. They bring vibrant color and a little surprise “oh!” – slightly unexpected, wholly welcome.

Made with frozen puff pastry and with relatively few ingredients, this tart is a cinch to put together. Make the components ahead of time – bake the puff pastry, whip up the cream filling – then assemble right before guests arrive. If you really want to assemble it a few hours ahead of time, it actually keeps rather well for even up to 4-5 hours, fully assembled, carefully covered, and refrigerated.

Either way, this raspberry puff pastry tart makes for a beautiful display and nearly transcendent eating experience. As in, if I close my eyes while chewing, I might even feel the California sun – even in the midst of the winter holidays.

Fresh Raspberry Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Tart - Lush raspberries atop a fluffy lemon-vanilla cream cheese filling and a buttery golden puff pastry crust. This easy tart is sure to impress the guests at the holiday table. Only you need to know how easy it was to whip up!

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This post was sponsored by Driscoll’s and Whole Foods Market via KitchenPLAY. Driscoll’s and Whole Foods Market compensated me for creating and sharing this recipe, as well as for the ingredients used.

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Sautéed Green Beans with Smoky Shallots http://www.kitchentreaty.com/sauteed-green-beans-with-smoky-shallots/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/sauteed-green-beans-with-smoky-shallots/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:05:14 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13725

I love green beans. I do not love green beans with bacon. I do appreciate the pairing, though - smoky crunchy deliciousness with tender-crisp sauteed green beans. I definitely get it. I just don’t eat bacon, being a vegetarian and all that.

So I thought that this year, I’d see about creating a baconless sauteed green bean recipe that mimics that classic pairing: Sautéed Green Beans with Smoky Shallots.

Sauteed Green Beans with Smoky Shallots - Tender green beans topped with smoky sauteed shallots instead of bacon. This vegetarian (and vegan!) side is a welcome addition to the holiday table.

Shallots, my friends. They look like little red onions with pointy hats. And they’re the key to smoky goodness in this classic holiday side.

Sauteed Green Beans with Smoky Shallots - Tender green beans topped with smoky sauteed shallots instead of bacon. This vegetarian (and vegan!) side is a welcome addition to the holiday table.

So what do you do with said shallots? Slice them up and fry them and season them, that’s what! I use coconut oil because it has a high smoke point and somewhat neutral taste – the bit of coconut that comes through only enhances the flavor of this dish, I think. Vegetable oil or canola oil would work, too.

And then I season them with smoked paprika. Smoked paprika is quite possibly the best thing in the spice cupboard - it lends a smoky, bacon-y taste without the meat (or fat). Smoked paprika is my homeboy, is basically what I’m trying to say.

Sauteed Green Beans with Smoky Shallots - Tender green beans topped with smoky sauteed shallots instead of bacon. This vegetarian (and vegan!) side is a welcome addition to the holiday table.

Some of the shallots get nice and crisp if you cook them long enough (just don’t burn them!). So – shallots cooked crisp + smoked paprika = almost bacony goodness without the bacon. I’m down.

Give those green beans a super-quick saute and top them with the smoky shallot crisps and most everyone will forget about bacon. Oh, who am I kidding? No one will forget bacon. But, for this one meal, I uphold that the carnivores – along with vegetarians and vegans – won’t care about it at all.

Sauteed Green Beans with Smoky Shallots - Tender green beans topped with smoky sauteed shallots instead of bacon. This vegetarian (and vegan!) side is a welcome addition to the holiday table.

Make-Ahead Tip

I like to trim and blanch the beans a day ahead of time. I just store the blanched beans in an airtight container or bag in the fridge, then bring them back out when it’s time to saute them shortly before serving.

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5 Freeze-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make Right Now http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-freeze-ahead-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-right-now/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/5-freeze-ahead-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-right-now/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:05:58 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13805

Over the years, I learned that a stressed out host makes for a lousy shindig. Because I was that host (sorry, friends and family!) So, over time, I changed. I chilled. In particular, these three things helped immensely:

  1. I simplified. As much as I want to make three desserts - one with flames, natch - it’s not worth losing my ever-loving mind to make it happen.
  2. I got myself a husband who sees to it that the house is spic-and-span so that I don’t have to worry about it. I seriously lucked out on that front.
  3. Make ahead, make ahead, make ahead. The freezer, in particular, is my very best friend. A best friend who helps make sure that I’m enjoying my guests, wine glass in hand, as opposed to sweating bullets and cursing quietly (or not so quietly) in the kitchen.

With its myriad of dishes – and large ones, at that – Thanksgiving is a prime candidate for the make-ahead strategy. Every year, I like to challenge myself to make as much as humanly possible ahead of time in early November (or even October). Man, does it help with Thanksgiving Day chaos.

With me?! If so, here are 5 Freeze-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make Right Now – yep, right now!

5 Freeze-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make Right Now

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Classic Red Sangria http://www.kitchentreaty.com/classic-red-sangria/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/classic-red-sangria/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:05:51 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13632

When we moved awhile back, we left behind a favorite restaurant - a small, local, mostly Italian eatery. We’d split a dreamy brick-oven quattro formaggi pizza – the perfect size for the two of us – and, buoyed by the fact that we were saving so much money on our simple shared dinner, we’d often splurge on a drink or two as well. My favorite? Their classic red sangria.

Classic Red Sangria Recipe - A simple (but potent!) red wine sangria with apples, oranges, allspice, and brandy. A splash of zesty ginger beer tops it off. Beware, this goes fast!

Ruby red, earthy, fruity but not too sweet. Most memorably, it was clearly spiced with something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Cloves? Allspice? Cinnamon? Maybe. I decided to start fishing for the recipe – or at least try to score a few hints - but man. They were seriously tight-lipped about their sangria.

I played dumb with a new waiter, pointing at the menu and asking, “Hmm. This sangria looks good. What’s in it?” I got some sort of generic answer. “Red wine. And … stuff.” I asked a waitperson who knew us well, but she was loyal to the restaurant. She offered just about the same amount of info – that is, nada. When a friend’s son began working there as a dishwasher, I thought maybe I finally had an in. A few weeks later, he reported back with something along the lines of the fact that the owner was indeed very secretive about his sangria recipe. No info.

Whatever man!

Classic Red Sangria Recipe - A simple (but potent!) red wine sangria with apples, oranges, allspice, and brandy. A splash of zesty ginger beer tops it off. Beware, this goes fast!

I’ve spent much of the last couple of years on a white sangria tear, but recently, I’ve returned to red. Good old classic red sangria, to be exact. The stuff that sold me on sangria to begin with, many years ago.

Please note: I’m not a sangria expert or anything – I’m not Spanish and I’ve never even been to Spain – yet! But I am a serious sangria fangirl. An enthusiastic one. Based on what I do know, the elements of a classic red sangria are citrus (usually orange or lemon), maybe some apples, a fruity (but not too sweet) red wine, some sugar, and possibly some brandy or other liqueur. Simple, delicious.

Classic Red Sangria Recipe - A simple (but potent!) red wine sangria with apples, oranges, allspice, and brandy. A splash of zesty ginger beer tops it off. Beware, this goes fast!

For this recipe, I ventured a tiny bit from the classic formula by skipping the sugar (I like to make up for it by adding ginger beer – plenty sweet – right before drinking) and – my secret weapon and I now suspect also the restaurant owner’s – a spoonful of allspice. The allspice adds a wonderful warm, spicy, and seasonal note along with the orange and apples, making for a glorious overall sangria indeed.

Classic Red Sangria Recipe - A simple (but potent!) red wine sangria with apples, oranges, allspice, and brandy. A splash of zesty ginger beer tops it off. Beware, this goes fast!

When I took my first sip, I practically did a fist pump. Or maybe I actually did – no “practically” about it. This stuff was very, very close to my restaurant fave. But I’m not going to keep my recipe a secret!

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Baked Beans http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-pumpkin-baked-beans/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-pumpkin-baked-beans/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:05:03 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13454

I decided this past summer that I was going to write an ecookbook. I was going to title it “Turkey Schmurkey” and it was going to contain 30 or so vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes that were so good, even the carnivores might not miss the bird – or at least, would be very happy to be served some of these dishes alongside.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Baked Beans - Vegetarian baked beans, dressed up for fall! An easy Autumn-inspired spin on the classic side makes these baked beans perfect for the holiday table. And the Crock Pot makes them even easier!

I started working on several recipes, and I even got so far as to wrap one up. Yeah. Just one. Turns out that in mid-July, it’s a lot easier to just throw up your hands and go hang out at the beach all day with your sun-obsessed toddler than to slave over a stuffing recipe. At least, for me, that was the case.

You may have guessed by now that this recipe for Slow Cooker Pumpkin Baked Beans is the one. You know, The One. The one completed recipe.

I’ve kind of got a thing for baked beans, and lord knows I have a thing for pumpkin. So, you know, this was a pretty natural happening.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Baked Beans - Vegetarian baked beans, dressed up for fall! An easy Autumn-inspired spin on the classic side makes these baked beans perfect for the holiday table. And the Crock Pot makes them even easier!

Turns out the pumpkin-and-baked-bean combo was surprisingly welcome in mid-summer, as baked beans always have a place at picnics and the like. But these are no ordinary baked beans, no no no.

By now you’ve surely surmised that these pumpkin baked beans have pumpkin in them. They’ve also got some rich, hearty molasses in them, taking a cue from Boston baked bean recipes. And … psst … pumpkin pie spice. Yep, a little cinnamon, cloves, ginger, even a little nutmeg. Trust me – it totally works.

They’re savory, but on the sweet side of savory, the way a good baked bean outta be. And, depending on how much cayenne you like, a little spicy too.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Baked Beans - Vegetarian baked beans, dressed up for fall! An easy Autumn-inspired spin on the classic side makes these baked beans perfect for the holiday table. And the Crock Pot makes them even easier!

These baked beans are indeed perfect for the Thanksgiving table. The flavors are spot on, and the beans are hearty fare especially for vegans and vegetarians alike. Plus, they cook up in the slow cooker – one less dinner item to have to fiddle with come dinnertime.

And hey, they might even have you and your guests declaring “Turkey, Schmurkey!” My (undone) job is done.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Baked Beans - Vegetarian baked beans, dressed up for fall! An easy Autumn-inspired spin on the classic side makes these baked beans perfect for the holiday table. And the Crock Pot makes them even easier!

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127 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes Everyone* Will Love http://www.kitchentreaty.com/127-vegetarian-thanksgiving-recipes-everyone-will-love/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/127-vegetarian-thanksgiving-recipes-everyone-will-love/#comments Sat, 08 Nov 2014 19:48:59 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13692

For weeks now, I’ve had this blog post on my calendar as “BIG THANKSGIVING ROUND-UP.” Bold words. All caps. And it is! Big, that is. The biggest round-up I’ve ever done. But totally worth it, because after drooling over all of these fabulous recipes from food blogger friends far and wide, I’m feeling seriously inspired for Thanksgiving.

I set out to gather links to mains, sides, sides that could easily double as mains, and all kinds of meatless Thanksgiving recipes that can easily be incorporated into your family feast. I specifically searched for recipes with relatively mainstream ingredients that even staunch meat-and-potatoes carnivores are likely to devour. Appetizers and soups. Main dishes, meatless stuffing, potatoes and gravy. Pasta dishes, rice, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and all kinds of veggies sides – green ones, creamed ones, irresistible ones. And salads, too. They’re all here. Except cranberry sauce because who would put meat in cranberry sauce?!

Here are 127 (yes, 127!) Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes that EVERYONE* Will Love. All caps. With an asterisk. Here’s the asterisk:

* Except for our picky toddler, or particularly selective people, or people with allergies, or or or. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that these recipes are about as far from “tofu bean sprout foo foo” (my guy’s words for weird vegetarian food) as you can get – vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes that are perfectly delicious and also happen to be meat-free. 

Okay! Let’s do this!

127 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes Everyone Will Love - Meatless stuffings, gravies, main dishes and sides galore! These vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes are made with relatively mainstream ingredients, sure to appeal to everyone at the table.

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Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes (with Optional Bacon) http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-loaded-mashed-potatoes/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/slow-cooker-loaded-mashed-potatoes/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:05:18 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13640

I start nearly every slow cooker recipe off by talking about how smitten I am with slow cookers, and I really want to start this one the same way. I guess when you’re in love, you want everyone to know. Repeatedly. And often. But I’ll attempt to hold myself back a bit and just talk about these Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes.

Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes (with optional bacon for the carnivores) - A seriously easy, cheesy Crock Pot mashed potato recipe.
Okay, but. Here’s the thing. Slow cookers, in all their gloriousness, have totally transformed how I make mashed potatoes. With the Crock Pot, they are so much easier to make! I LOVE SLOW COOKERS!

I think it’s out of my system now. But seriously – I never knew mashed potatoes could be so easy. I mean, they weren’t that tough before, but I hated all that peeling and the inevitable boiling-over that would happen on the stove.

With the Crock Pot, you cut up potatoes, add a little liquid and butter, and then let them cook. A little time with the masher along with some milk or cream and you’re good to go. I love how this method makes mashed potatoes practically effortless for big holiday dinners – one less thing to have to worry about come crunch time.

Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes (with optional bacon for the carnivores) - A seriously easy, cheesy Crock Pot mashed potato recipe.

I posted this recipe for Unbelievably Easy Crock Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes last year, and since then, I’ve been playing around with different potatoes and flavors. For this version, I decided to go whole hog. Without the hog. Unless you want the hog in which case you can add bacon to your serving – otherwise, they’re vegetarian.

Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes (with optional bacon for the carnivores) - A seriously easy, cheesy Crock Pot mashed potato recipe.

Oh, Crock Pot. I’ll never stop loving you. (((Hug))).

Ouch. Hot.

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Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce http://www.kitchentreaty.com/orange-maple-cranberry-sauce/ http://www.kitchentreaty.com/orange-maple-cranberry-sauce/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 12:05:27 +0000 http://www.kitchentreaty.com/?p=13545

Every year, one of the first things I make for the big Thanksgiving feast is cranberry sauce. For one, I usually like to create a new recipe or two for here on the blog. But also, homemade cranberry sauce freezes stunningly, so it’s a super easy thing to make weeks (or even months!) ahead of time, then I freeze it and forget about until Thanksgiving.

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce - This easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe is sweetened with pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Orange and cinnamon lend subtle seasonal flavor without taking over. Make now and freeze for Thanksgiving!

This year, I thought I’d try something a little different. See, I’ve gotten to the point to where I rarely use granulated sugar any more, instead sweetening my recipes with pure maple syrup or honey. I know that syrup and honey are still sugar – just different kinds of it - but I feel better using more natural forms as opposed to the refined stuff. Baby steps.

Conveniently, pure maple syrup is so quintessentially “fall” that it goes perfectly in a myriad of seasonally appropriate recipes. Like: Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce!

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce - This easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe is sweetened with pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Orange and cinnamon lend subtle seasonal flavor without taking over. Make now and freeze for Thanksgiving!

First off, a disclaimer. You actually can’t really taste much of the maple syrup in this recipe – just a hint. Part of the reason is because cranberries have such strong flavor that they overpower any maple subtleties. The other reason is that I use Grade A syrup, which is much lighter than the more-intense and much more flavorful Grade B. So keep that in mind if you make this cranberry sauce recipe.

The orange and the cinnamon, on the other hand, you can definitely taste – though not in an overpowering way. Orange zest and juice highlight the best of the cranberries. Meanwhile, simmering the sauce with a stick of cinnamon adds another festive note.

Orange Maple Cranberry Sauce - This easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe is sweetened with pure maple syrup instead of refined sugar. Orange and cinnamon lend subtle seasonal flavor without taking over. Make now and freeze for Thanksgiving!

Make it now, freeze it for later. That’s the very best thing about homemade cranberry sauce – other than the fact that it tastes incredible, of course!

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