Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cranberry love


The weather is getting cooler and we have been using the wood stove almost every night, it keeps the house toasty. When I walk outside of the house I can smell the burning of wood in the air...
I guess I have been taking a little bit of a break from my blog, I feel sometimes lost for words, but I have enjoyed reading a bunch of new blogs that I have found. I always feel inspired to make something I have never tried, and then I seem to fall back into the same old meals.....



We had thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago and I made this quick cranberry jam, its not super sweet and has a nice tartness to it. It would be nice with some roasted garlic on toast.YUM! The first batch of cranberries I picked up at the farmers market. Those were gone fast! On my way home several times I noticed that the elderly couple had there stand out at the end of there driveway selling cranberries so I stopped. $5.00 for a huge bag!!


quick cranberry jam



cranberry & orange muffins

There is so many things to do with cranberries, I think I am going to go the savory route next. I found some good ideas on the Martha Stewart site (I love her), this is where I got the idea to make a cranberry upside down cake, not to mention I had just read a post on Opera singer in the kitchen's blog, her gingerbread caramel pear upside down cake looks delicious! I had to adapt the Martha recipe to make it vegan. I used coconut oil instead of butter and added water, I also changed the baking powder to baking soda. I served it with coconut ice cream.

cranberry upside down cake

12 comments:

  1. I love cranberries — probably because I'm so attracted to sour tastes. The sight of your cranberry upside down cake made me decide it's time to get some cranberries into the freezer!

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  2. I love cranberry/orange muffins, got some crans in the fridge, now to cooking

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  3. YUM Kirsten! Such great looking cranberry recipes. Are you posting any of them? You should! I would totally go with your coconut oil substitutions. I would LOVE to make that upside down cranberry cake. :)

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  4. Fun, I love fall and all it's goodies, including cranberries! And actually, I'm trying a cranberry banana bread today. Are you going to post your muffin recipe? How did they turn out?

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  5. I adore cranberries! I also get a few bags and stash them in the freezer to enjoy for the rest of the year!

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  6. Oooooo, I love it! love it to bits! Great idea, thanks for sharing, we looooove cranberries!

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  7. I buy two HUGE bags of cranberries at Costco each fall. They last beautifully in the freezer and I use them for sauces, cakes, and crisps, all winter long.

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  8. Don't you just love cranberries! They have come such a long way since the days when they looked like the can they came in! Congratulations on making the top 9!

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  9. I love cranberry upside down cake! The last time I made it, I couldn't find fresh cranberries (that was for Thanksgiving too! Go figure!), so I subbed dried cranberries and cranberry jelly (I wasn't vegan at the time), and it worked out surprisingly well. I bet I could do the same with something similar as I still haven't seen fresh cranberries put out yet at my local store and now have a definite craving!

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  10. Thanks everyone for your awesome comments!

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  11. what an amazing blog you have! love all your food pictures..very inspirational!

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