Showing posts from November, 2013

Homemade Whole Cranberry Sauce for the Slow Cooker

A reader recipe! What first attracted me to this recipe: the convenience of the slow cooker. What keeps me coming back: it fills the house with a sweet aroma of cranberries, fresh ginger and orange zest! Great update! And now I've tried making this already-wonderful recipe with maple syrup, a natural sweetener. It works beautifully! Last fall, reader Karen Grosvenor responded to my complaints about slow cookers (see Easy Chicken or Turkey Tortilla Soup), suggesting her favorite slow cooker cookbook, Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. She even gave a head start by recommending the Overnight Steel-Cut Oatmeal (excellent!), Ratatouille, Applesauce, the Salsa Chicken (excellent!) and Easy Cheesy Ravioli Casserole, which she says, believe it or not, is better in the slow cooker than the oven.Karen also sent along this easy way to make cranberry sauce in the slow cooker, explaining, “My mother and I found this recipe for Homemade Whole Cranberry Sauce in Parade Magazine years ag…

Homemade Butterhorns
My Iowa Grandmother’s Recipe

My Iowa grandmother's recipe for Homemade Butterhorns – some people call them Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls, yes? – made with a rich yeast dough shaped in the familiar "cornucopia" shapes that so suit a Thanksgiving table. I like baking a mix of "mini" Homemade Butterhorns for Thanksgiving dinner and larger rolls for after-dinner turkey sandwiches! Plus, my thoughts on the book "Bread Matters" – it's up-ended many of my"truths" about bread-baking. So here’s my Big Question: What is Truth, anyway? (A Small but Pertinent Question: What in heck does truth have to do with Homemade Butterhorns? Read on.) Once upon a time, I minored in Economics. I even considered graduate school – until someone said I would “re-learn” four years of hard slogging. In Economics, there was no Truth, you see. And then my book club read the wonderful The Sparrow by author Maria Doria Russell. Oh! we were so certain we understood the “truth” of the story – until we r…