Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

I know that Thanksgiving cranberry time is now past, but bookmark this recipe for Christmas because — if you can’t tell by the title — it will definitely kick your holidays up a notch.

The credit for this one goes to my lovely sister, Sarah, who is the cranberry queen of our family. Every year, she and her husband Jeff (a.k.a. Gimme Some Oven’s talented web designer!) research creative new recipes to try for Thanksgiving. And once again, they did not disappoint. We all gathered at their place in Chicago this year for an all-day homemade feast, featuring a pomegranate-mustard-glazed turkey, yummy stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, blue cheese green beans, homemade sourdough and na’an, pumpkin cheesecake…and this orange bourbon cranberry sauce.

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Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites

The no-bake energy bite love continues!

After so many of you readers ate up (ha – literally!) the recipes for classic No Bake Energy Bites and Pumpkin No Bake Energy Bites, I thought it would be fun to make a red and green “holiday” edition of the favorite with these Cranberry Pistachio Energy Bites!

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Cranberry Bliss Cookies

‘Tis the season for cool mornings, warm coffee, and one of my other winter favorites — Cranberry Bliss season at Starbucks!

If any of you have ever tried their heavenly cranberry bliss bars laced with white chocolate and cranberries, you know the reason why these treats fly off the pastry shelves each day. So for my fall baking season this year, I decided to experiment and try translating this favorite into a cookie. Hence the name, “Cranberry Bliss Cookies”!

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Roasted Pear, Blue Cheese & Arugula Salad

Last weekend I spent the most beautiful Friday night celebrating the birthday of my good friend, Sarah. Instead of going out, though, we opted to enjoy a cozy fall night at home, and my friend Ally and I offered to cook. She happens to be a big fan of the Barefoot Contessa, so amongst our menu of soup, bread, apps, and an improvised homemade apple pie…I loved that a salad from Ina also showed up on the menu.

Indeed…it was this roasted pear, blue cheese, cranberry, walnut and arugula salad. (Only a few of those fit in the title!) When I arrived, Ally already had the pears prepped and ready to go. So while we finished cooking the rest of the food, these yummy creations roasted in the oven. And minute by minute, the house began to filled with the most delicious smell. Mmmm. :)

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“Medley” Muffins

Do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man? Actually, I do! His name is Steve. :)

He happens to be my good friend, a brilliant physical therapy professor, and the baker of his famous “medley” muffins.

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