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Christmas Cranberry Chutney

Heather —  December 4, 2013

Christmas Cranberry Chutney

This is a simple recipe, yet the resulting chutney is so full of flavor and colorful!

Enjoy!

Nan’s Christmas Cranberry Chutney

2 cups fresh cranberries

2 cups sugar

3 Tbls. water

1 apple, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped (I slice very fine in cuisinart)

1 Tbls. orange rind

1 cup orange juice

1 cup raisins (use golden)

1.2 teas. ground ginger

1/4 teas. ground cloves

cook cranberries, sugar and water for 5 minutes over medium heat. Then add all ingredients and continue cooking at a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring often. Let cool. As this cools, it will thicken. You will get about 3 cups of chutney.

Cranberry Chutney

This goes very well with ham. Place into jelly jars and share with friends and family!

Christmas Cranberry Chutney

Heather —  December 13, 2012

Christmas Cranberry Chutney

This is a simple recipe, yet the resulting chutney is so full of flavor and colorful!

Enjoy!

Nan’s Christmas Cranberry Chutney

2 cups fresh cranberries

2 cups sugar

3 Tbls. water

1 apple, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped (I slice very fine in cuisinart)

1 Tbls. orange rind

1 cup orange juice

1 cup raisins (use golden)

1.2 teas. ground ginger

1/4 teas. ground cloves

cook cranberries, sugar and water for 5 minutes over medium heat. Then add all ingredients and continue cooking at a gentle simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring often. Let cool. As this cools, it will thicken. You will get about 3 cups of chutney.

Cranberry Chutney

This goes very well with ham. Place into jelly jars and share with friends and family!

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When I received our Classic Organic Gift Basket, I was surprised to see all full size versions of USDA Organic treats. What a delicious and healthy variety of snacks! On top of being good for you, the selection had a bit of everything, fruit, crackers, sweets…

I was really impressed with the items, some of which I had not even seen yet, even though I love to browse specialty food stores!

Just look what was in here (from their site):


· Blue Star Farm Organic Crackers by Partner’s – 5 oz. – Light, crispy, and flavorful, these certified organic crackers are sure to put a smile on the face of your favorite organic enthusiast!
· Organic Creamy Peanut Butter by Koeze – 17 oz. – Try this peanut butter once, and you will never go back to grocery store brands!
· Organic Strawberry Jam by Colorado Mountain – 6 oz. – Perfect when paired with the Blue Star Farm Organic Crackers that we have included in these organic gifts, this jam is absolutely delicious!
· Organic Vanilla Bean with Green Tea Sandwich Cookies by Late July – 9 oz. – These incredibly delicious, flavorful sandwich cookies are a revelation in gourmet organic flavor!
· Organic Assorted Fruit Candy Drops by Yummy Earth – 3.3 oz. – This perfectly portable organic candy is incredibly edible and brings sweet organic candy flavor wherever it goes!
· Coconut Bar by Oskri Organics – 2.2 oz. – Let the taste of the tropics transport you to a sunny beach with one of these organic coconut bars!
· Baked Granny Smith Apples by Bare Fruit – 2.6 oz. – This convenient snack pack contains all the rich flavor of the Granny Smith Apple in a convenient and travel friendly bag.
· Organic Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers by Late July – 5 oz. – These peanut all-natural, organic peanut butter sandwich crackers are the perfect bite-sized peanut butter snack!
· 3 Pepper Tortilla Chips – 7.5 oz. – These organic blue corn three pepper tortilla chips are a flavorful fusion of red, black, and white pepper and infused with a touch of onion, garlic, and tomato.
· Mild Salsa by Brad’s Organic – 16 oz.- This certified organic salsa goes perfectly with the 3 pepper tortilla that we have included in these organic food gift baskets!

The Classic Organic Gift Basket retails for $79.99. If you are looking for a special someone, or that hard to choose for someone, do take a look at Gourmet Gift Baskets. There are so many beautiful gift baskets, with a wise range of themes and prices, and still time to get shipped for Christmas!

I received the Classic Organic Gift Basket for my review. I have given my honest opinion.

When I first began buying organic and going gluten-free I felt lost in the grocery store. I wanted to have a personal chef whip me up delicious, healthy breakfasts and dinners.

I was overwhelmed with all the information on what was good for me.

  • Was natural good? (not really)
  •  Should I go vegetarian? (not totally for me).
  • Should I buy only organic dairy? (YES).
  •  Should I buy only organic meat? (YES).
  • Should I buy only organic fruits and vegetables? (we decided yes, but you can also make change more slowly by going by the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list).

Little by little, I began to feel a bit more knowledgeable about what I should buy and prepare for my family. It also took a long time to mess with the food budget to afford organics for a family of seven.

Do I feel it was hard? (Actually, I do. But TOTALLY worthwhile, and I feel it is becoming easier and you can even find more coupons!)

Everytime I find something delicious, organic and sometimes even gluten free, I get excited. When I first found Nature’s Path Cereal at Costco, I was thrilled. Something delicious, organic and not too pricy. Whoo! Seriously. I get excited.

Anyway, I have used many Nature’s Path products in the past few years. I recently asked them for a little treat for my readers for my Holiday Gift Guide, and they were kind enough to send some products and a cookbook to try out.

And for you, they are offering a bundle of Nature’s Path goodies to one U.S. reader for the giveaway!!

Sweet…and healthy!!

In my goodie box, we had several types of their cereal to try out. I was familiar with all of them, but I had never thought to use them in cooking! The little cookbook they included had some genius ways to use the cereals in recipes, like muffins and such. I especially liked a sweet potato one using the Flax Plus® Pumpkin Raisin Crunch so I made that one. It was so good—the kids didn’t love that one as I think they expected hot sweet potato casserole and this was cold(ish) with pecans and pineapple. My husband and I adored it! I will definitely use these more in cooking. Fantastic idea.

Yes, I *almost* forgot to take a picture! This was easy and very good.

So, go check out the website and see what organic cereals and snacks you would enjoy. They have bars, cereals, waffles, all sorts of things. You can find nutrition facts and such there and also read the minifesto.

I may not have a chef, but now I eat like I have one:) An easy way to eat better!

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Inside Out Coconut Peanut Butter Cups By Michelle, Diggins, MO (taken from Tropical Traditions Website)

By the time I heard about the peanut butter shortage, I already could not find my organic peanut butter at my usual store. Bummer!

But, every obstacle usually brings some benefit…and learning curve. {grin} So, when I got a chance to try another Tropical Traditions product I chose the Coconut Peanut Butter.

I figured my kids would like it and I might be able to cook some sweet things with it for the Thanksgiving Holiday. And, I like coconut and I was craving organic peanut butter.

The first day we had it, my daughter and I had Coconut Peanut Butter sandwiches (yeah, that wasn’t hard!) I really enjoyed the flavor. It was not as sweet as I expected – not sure why I expected sweet – but it stirs up to a nice texture and it so peanutty with a bit of coconut. I immediately began thinking of ways to cook with it. (This tells you an item is delicious, if I bother to cook with it!)

While I was searching for a recipe, a facebook friend who has lots of great recipes on her blog (aren’t they awesome??) told me to try mixing it with a bit of honey and coconut and dip it into chocolate, making little chocolate balls. You know, like all the Holiday Peanut Butter Balls—but filled with only organic things. Whooo! What a wonderful, easy Holiday Treat! I have dibs on the dark chocolate ones.

Then, I saw the recipe pictured above. NOW, that’s an easy Holiday Treat!  Either way, perfect!!

You can purchase Coconut Peanut Butter here (and they are having a sale right now, too!):  Organic Coconut Peanut Butter – 16 oz glass jar

And, I get to giveaway one 16oz. Jar of Coconut Peanut Butter!

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