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Fire and Ice – a Cocktail Recipe by quornflour

A while back I was visiting friends and they told me of this cocktail they had gotten somewhere. Now I couldn’t really remember what it was other than it was a martini and it had burnt orange oil in it.

So on a recent visit with them, I stopped at the liquor store and picked up what I thought should go in the drink. Apparently it was not the same, for starters, the one they had was a gin martini and I picked up vodka instead. But regardless, it was super delicious, and almost festive. Fire and ice is festive after all isn’t it?

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 orange
  • Cointreau
  • Vodka
  • Ice
  • Matches

We used a 16oz shaker for 2 drinks…

  1. Fill your shaker with ice
  2. Add 3 oz Cointreau
  3. Top with vodka
  4. Shake vigorously
  5. Slice the pith and zest off the orange
  6. Light match
  7. Bend peal over the flame aiming for the glass

Now I suspect you could also add the oil and then light the drink on fire, but I haven’t tried that…

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Cranberry Muffin Time: a Recipe by quornflour

I like muffins and breads.

I also like cranberries.

Here is a fairly simple Apple Cranberry muffin that is perfect any time of year, especially so around the holidays.

What happens fairly often, is I plan to have friends over for brunch and then at the very last minute I think “crap, I should make muffins.”

Sometimes I make them full on from scratch, but this time I didn’t have enough flour, but I had Bisquick so I kind of cheated. I am ok with that though, because they turned out super delicious.

Here is what you need for about 24-30 muffins:

  • 4 Cups of Bisquick
  • 2/3 Cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 Cup of milk
  • 1 bag of cranberries
  • 1 apple finely chopped (1/4 inch)

Now you need to throw it all together and bake them up.

  1. Heat your oven to 375⁰
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Bisquick, sugar, ginger and orange zest
  3. In a small mixing bowl beat the eggs then add the milk
  4. Mix the eggs and milk into the dry ingredients
  5. Fold in the cranberries and apples
  6. Grease and flour muffin tins or use liners
  7. Fill with batter
  8. Sprinkle sugar over top
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Eat these warm with butter if you can!



Kickin’ Cranberry Chutney: a Recipe by quornflour

One of my very most favorite things about holiday food is cranberries. I freaking L-O-V-E love them.

I like cranberry juice ok, but I love cranberry sauce. So much in fact I buy them and put them in the freezer so I have them months later. I make tons of extra cranberry sauce and can it so I can enjoy it in the summer. I even eat the canned stuff.

The other day when we were sitting around talking about having a charity lunch with the theme east meets west, I offered to make cranberry chutney. Ok, I also offered to make Curry Mussels, which are delicious, but since I already made them, it was not going to make much of a new recipe blog post.

I remember making some form of a cranberry chutney when I was in middle school maybe, but I wanted something with more of a kick, so here goes.

Remember I made this for a charity lunch, so I made a lot.

  • 24 oz (2 bags) of cranberries – frozen
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

You also need a blender or a food processor…

Zest the orange and the lemon, trim off some of the pith, you don’t need to remove it all, and if your fruits aren’t too pithy you don’t need to bother with it.

Then everything in the blender (or food processor) and whirr it up.

It is tart and sweet and then leaves a little kick at the end.



Orange Marinade: a Recipe by quornflour

It actually was not long ago that I did not even know how to cook a pork chop. From my childhood all I could really remember is dry baked fairly plain pork chops served up with applesauce. There was nothing wrong with them necessarily, they just were not very interesting as food.

This past year I stopped purchasing meat from the grocery store. As a result I am at the hands of a meat CSA, one that has a lot of pork. Luckily I am not anti-pork.

That said, the first time I got pork chops, I looked at them, scratched my head and said, “Ahhh? Hmm.” and then put them in the freezer.

A short while later TxK was visiting and we were making dinner. I asked her if she knew how to cook a pork chop, after she laughed in shame of me for not knowing how, she told me that it was pretty much the same as cooking a steak.

As a point of record, I am pretty sure she is also the person who taught me how to cook a steak on anything that wasn’t a grill.

I have since cooked a few pork chops and they were all delicious.

This go around I decided I would try something a little different and marinade them first.

Here is what I used:

  • 2 pork chops (I think you could also use this on any meat or even a faux meat)
  • 1 small naval orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of Lighthouse Freeze-dried red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Lighthouse Freeze-dried green onion
  • ¼ teaspoon of Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Peanut oil – if you are going to pan fry them (if you want to broil or bake this you can also do that for delicious results)

You are going to want these to marinade for at least an hour, so give yourself some time in advance.

  1. Place your pork chops in a glass container
  2. Zest entire orange, lemon and lime over the pork
  3. Cut each fruit in half and squeeze juices over pork
  4. Add garlic, onions, salt and pepper
  5. Cover pork chops and let sit for at least an hour
  6. Bring them to room temp before cooking
  7. In a cast iron skillet fill about a quarter to half inch of peanut oil
  8. Cook until juices run clear (160ᴼ is the recommended cooked temp for pork)
  9. Remove from heat, cover and let rest
  10. Serve warm

This will have a strong orange flavor goes very well with applesauce.



Super Tart Cranberry Spread by quornflour

Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving and turkey; they are also delicious in oatmeal, muffins, pancakes and dressings.

Sometimes you want your cranberries sweet sometimes what you are cooking them in is sweet enough.

Since you can always make them sweeter this recipe is for making them tart, you can add sugar as necessary later, but you cannot so easily remove it.

Here is what you need:

  • 2 lbs cranberries
  • 2 ½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cups honey
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • 1 naval orange chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 green apple chopped

In a five quart pot add the cranberries add water until the cranberries rise and you can see the water.

Add sugar, honey, spices and orange, cook on medium heat until the cranberries pop.

When the cranberries pop add the apple and cook for another 5 minutes covered.

Use on oatmeal, in pancakes, muffins, in apple pie, chicken or even add ¼ cup to the Lemon Dressing recipe for a cranberry lemon dressing.

If it is too tart for your particular use, just add honey or simple sugar syrup to it to sweeten as desired.

Can or freeze extra berries when you are done.




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