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Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are the most popular cookies during the holiday Xmas season at my house. It is a shame that I never posted on my blog. The thing is I always thought that there are so many recipes online why would you even make mine. […]

Homemade Classic Marshmallow

Homemade Classic Marshmallow

If you told me a couple of years ago that I will make Homemade Classic Marshmallow, I would not believe you. I always thought I was not talented enough or patient enough to make my own. With that being said, I was not aware of […]

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Jellied Cranberry Sauce is not something that I was eating my whole life. My kids did have this sauce every Thanksgiving, for instance. My husband and I learned to enjoy it.

It is one of those dishes that both of us have not grown up with. It was rather strange to me that it was eaten with Thanksgiving Supper.

I must admit, we have never mixed sweet and savory together on one plate. At least not me. Although, cranberries are known well to go phenomenally with meat.

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I am still not able to combine it with my turkey or anything savory. Well, I just take a few tablespoons after a meal like a dessert or a palate cleanser.

It merely does not sit comfortably with my palate to mix it with other foods.

However, when it comes to side dishes, most people will agree that cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving dinner is a must.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

With that being said, I really enjoy the taste, pleasant aroma, tartiness, sweetness and texture of cranberry sauce. Therefore, I have decided this year to develop jellied cranberry sauce.

Many people enjoy canned one, and I must say that it is really hard to replicate that stuff. I have tried it before, of course, many times when we were invited for Thanksgiving. However, we have never served it on our Thanksgiving table.

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My oldest son, Aleks, took upon himself to make his own. For the last 6 years, we have been traditionally hosting Thanksgiving dinners, and Aleks would make his famous cranberry sauce. It is very delicious, and everyone always enjoyed it.

My jellied version is incredible. I was wrangling with the idea if I should share this recipe because it is super easy. However, my blog got an EASY word in the title, so why not share it?

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

I understand that not everyone knows what they are doing in the kitchen. So I want to show future cooks and beginners how easy it is to pick up a pot or skillet and make food yourself.

Most of the time you got to use your instincts and taste buds, rather than sticking to the recipe, you know. Sample or taste the food, feel it, touch it, and see if you like it or not.

Even in my own house, I argue with my kids if something is seasoned enough. To me, it is perfect, but they always add extra salt. We all acquire unique tastes.

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Nevertheless, I hope you like this recipe. It does not take a rocket scientist to make it. Just follow simple guidelines and it will taste amazing.

Besides, you can make it in the glass container and serve it. I just thought it looked delightful when I made it in the large muffin tin. It seemed approachable since most people do have muffin or cupcake tins.

What was I thinking?! Well, In my defense it looked cute and it was not all that hard to take it out. Just dip the bottom in the hot water, take a butter knife and go around, then flip on the platter.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Garnish with extra oranges, fresh cranberries, and pomegranate. Perhaps, a few rosemary sprigs or any other similar herbs.

I made my own sugar cranberries. You just have to boil cranberries in one cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar for 2-3 minutes. Take them out with the slotted spoon.

Allow them to cool down for 5 to 10 minutes, then dip into sugar. That’s it! A simple yet looks so decorative with cranberry sauce.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

If you make my yummy Jellied Cranberry Sauce, this Thanksgiving or the next, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking. I would love to see your creations and share them with everyone.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Yield: Makes 3 1/2 cups

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Chill Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 20 minutes

Must have a Thanksgiving side dish!

Ingredients

  • 12-ounce fresh or frozen cranberries, slightly thawed if frozen
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2- 1/4-ounce envelopes of unflavored gelatin (you may use other flavors if you wish)
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon allspice seasoning (it is a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg)

Instructions

  1. Bring cranberries, sugar, and water to a boil in a heavy saucepan, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until all berries have burst, 6-10 minutes depending on your stove.
  2. Start pouring into a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl and let stand until all juices have drained through about 10 minutes or so. If necessary, press on solids until there is enough juice to measure 3 cups, then discard solids or use them for muffins or similar. If you like it chunky then I would just mash it very well.
  3. Take one cup of drained cranberry juice out then stir together gelatin and let stand about 60 seconds to soften and dissolve. After it dissolves combine it with the rest of the cranberry juice mixture. Mix it well.
  4. Pour cranberry sauce into a lightly oiled mold/s and chill, covered with plastic wrap, until firmly set, at least 10 hours. You may use mason jars, glass containers with the lid or a decorative mold/s.
  5. To unmold, run the tip of a thin, preferably butter knife between the edge of mold and cranberry sauce. Tilt mold sideways and tap the side of the mold against a work surface, turning it, to evenly break the seal and loosen cranberry sauce. You may dip the mold of the container in the hot water to loosen it up on the bottom.
  6. Now, keep mold tilted, invert a platter over mold, then invert cranberry sauce onto a platter. If you are using mason jars, you could get smaller jars and serve each jar per guest as a serving size.

Notes

Cranberry sauce can be refrigerated in the mold for up to 2 days.

If you are low carb, and on a sugar-free diet, please use sugar alternative sweeteners.

If you do not have allspice seasoning, just mix together an equal part of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

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Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

Buttery Sweet Potato Casserole

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes are one of my favorite Autumn treats. It warms your heart and soul, and the pleasant aroma is just enchanting. I did not grow up with sweet potatoes. The first time I tried sweet potatoes I was 18 or 19 years old. […]

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

This post is sponsored by RITZ Crackers. All opinions are entirely my own.

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter RITZ Bars are easy, tasty and fantastic to serve over the holiday season.

I have made this type of no-bake bar many times. What I love about this recipe is how versatile it is.

You can switch the nut butter you use, of course, to satisfy your taste buds, and use crushed pretzels instead of raw almonds.

It is all about creating your own tasty holiday RITZ bar and using your imagination to the fullest extent. 

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

I partnered with RITZ Crackers to create a recipe that would be excellent for the holidays. I realized that I have never posted this rather charming dessert that my family and friends surely love.

Since I have three teenagers, RITZ Crackers are always in my pantry. Thankfully we have family size crackers in stores these days, so it is like buying in bulk, which I favor.

To be honest, I really like it because I can create quick bites, pack them in my kid’s lunch box, add an addition for a charcuterie board, or make a dessert using RITZ Crackers.

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

These No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter RITZ Bars are perfect for holiday entertaining. Not too sweet, swift to make, packed with great quality ingredients, and if I may add very delicious.

I urge all you, moms and dads, or grandparents to grab a box or two over the holiday season. Create mindful memories by making your own RITZ recipe with your beautiful kids and grandkids.

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Holiday recipes

I have always included my children in preparing tasty meals and sweet treats, especially over the holidays.

There is nothing more special. It has become a sort of tradition in my household so we cannot wait until the season is here.

Recipe

You can find RITZ Family Size and Large Snack Crackers such as Wheat Thins 16oz, Chicken in a Biskit 12 oz, Triscuit 12.5 oz, in-store at Walmart and via Walmart online grocery.

Rollback offer at Walmart Family Size RITZ crackers on Rollback for $2,98.

What a great way to save during the holiday season?!

Rollback offer at Walmart Family Size RITZ crackers

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No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars
Yield: 8 SERVINGS

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Ritz Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

These tasty bars are incredibly easy and tasty sweet treats.

Ingredients

  • 5 oz (143g) RITZ Crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup (45 g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup (113g) raw almonds, crush with a food processor
  • 3 oz (60g) granulated sugar
  • 6 oz (170g) almond butter
  • Topping:

Topping

  • 12-16 oz chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp almond butter

GARNISH:

  • Shaved chocolate
  • Almonds

Instructions

  1. Using the back of the fork crush crackers then mix with melted butter.P
  2. lace raw almond in the food processor or a blender and crush until you get grainy grounded almonds; add to the crushed crackers and butter mixture.
  3. Add sugar and almond butter. Combine it well.
  4. Line your baking down with wax paper or parchment paper. The best way is to brush the bottom and sides of the baking pan with butter or oil and line the paper over it so it sticks.
  5. Now transfer the crust mixture to the baking pan.
  6. Oil your hands and press the crust mixture evenly. Pack it very well to the bottom and a bit to the side.
  7. Begin making the chocolate topping; Melt chocolate chips according to the product instructions. When the chocolate is completely melted mix in almond butter.
  8. 7Spread evenly on top of the crust. I oil my took or a wider knife to spread it evenly and effectually.
  9. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Slice however you desire and enjoy!
  10. You may garnish with shaved chocolate and almonds.

Notes

  • You may use peanut-butter if you wish.
  • Use crushed pretzels instead of the ground almonds in the crust.
  • You may use any type of chocolate as well as sweeteners that are zero sugar.
  • Also, you may drizzle some extra almond butter on the top and swirl it before refrigerating.

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    Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

    Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

    Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

    You either love matcha or despise it. I love matcha, aka green tea powder. One of my favorite ice creams is Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate.

    We all know green tea powder is very healthy. It gives us energy without the anxiety, crash or jitters. Make us all younger as well as calms the mind and relaxes the body.

    Not to mention that green tea powder is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. I mean it is a powder house, so I do not have to add all the other matcha benefits.

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    Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

    When I made this ice cream, I had in mind healthy summer treat as well as matcha and chocolates caving satisfaction.

    My family was blown away with the pleasant taste of this homemade ice cream, especially my husband who is a matcha enthusiast as much as I am.

    I love the cross between mild sweetness and a slight bitterness from both matcha and dark chocolate.

    Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

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    Before glorious summer is over I genuinely wanted to share one more delightful ice cream. It is very simple, and all the ingredients accessible.

    I use keto-friendly sweetener which is a sugar alternative if you are following a low-carb lifestyle. We were supplementing three types of sweeteners for the last year or so;

    Monkfruit 1:1 Sugar Substitute by LakantoTruvia Baking Blend Sweetener, Swerve Granular Sugar Replacement. You may use regular sugar, of course.

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    Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate
    Yield: 2 Quarts

    Matcha Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Churn Time: 30 minutes
    Additional Time: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

    Simple and easy green tea (matcha) ice cream. It is very delicious and perfect ice cream for hot summer days.

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups heavy whipped cream (700 g)
    • 1 cups half & half (230 g)
    • 2 tbsp matcha, green tea powder (12 g)
    • 1 cup granulated sugar (I used keto-friendly sweetener) (200 g)
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • Pinch salt
    • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks (or chips), you may use chocolate shreds as well (175 g)

    Garnish

    • Dash of Matcha Powder
    • Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping 

    Instructions

      1. Freeze the ice cream container for at least one hour.
      2. Heat 1 cup of half & half with 2 tablespoons of green tea powder and sugar. Stir and simmer until everything is dissolved.
        Use a fine strainer and drain matcha and sugar milk in the bowl. This is just in case if there are any leftover matcha lumps.
      3. Now to that add whipped cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Place the mixture to the fridge for about 30 minutes to up to one hour. The ice cream mixture should be cold before transferring it to the ice cream machine container.
      4. After the mixture is cold enough, mix it well and transfer to a frozen ice-cream machine container.
      5. Follow instructions of your ice cream maker; mine is an old fashioned ice cream maker so I use ice and ice cream salt.
      6. Allow it to churn for 30 minutes, turn off the machine, then stir in chocolate chunks, shaved chocolate or chocolate chips.
      7. Transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container with a lid and freeze for a couple of hours before serving.

    Notes

    You may add any chocolate you prefer. Sometimes I use dark and sometimes milk chocolate.

    I added additional time for freezing the container and ice cream before it gets completely done. Technically you would need about 40 minutes to finish it, but freezing the container is important to step to start your ice cream, chilling ingredients as well as freezing finished product.

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