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We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy 2014!  Your continued support and enthusiasm for our cookbooks means more than you’ll ever know and our goal in 2014 will be be to come out with topics that we think (and hope) you’ll all enjoy.

Have a very  Merry from everyone at Best of Bridge!

Hot Cranberry Sipper

A warm welcome after skating, skiing, skateboarding or shoveling the sidewalk

Hot Cranberry Sipper
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Ingredients
  1. 6 whole cloves 6
  2. 2 3-inch (7.5 cm) cinnamon sticks 2
  3. 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar 125 mL
  4. 6 cups red cranberry cocktail 1.5 L
  5. 3 cups orange juice 750 mL
  6. 1 cup dark rum (optional) 250 mL
  7. 1⁄4 cup orange liqueur (optional) 60 mL
Instructions
  1. In a 31⁄2- to 4-quart slow cooker, combine cloves, cinnamon sticks, brown sugar, cranberry cocktail and orange juice. Cover and cook on Low for about 4 hours, until steaming hot. Using a slotted spoon, scoop out and discard cloves and cinnamon. If desired, stir in rum and orange liqueur. Set the slow cooker to Keep Warm. Serves 8.
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Christmas Morning Wife Saver

Superb and a Christmas tradition across Canada. Make it the day before and then simply pop it in the oven in the morning

Christmas Morning Wife Saver
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Ingredients
  1. 16 slices white bread, crusts removed
  2. 16 slices Canadian back bacon or ham
  3. 16 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  4. 6 eggs
  5. 1/2 tsp. pepper 2 mL
  6. 1/2-1 tsp. dry mustard 2-5 mL
  7. 1/4 cup minced onion 60 mL
  8. 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper 60mL
  9. 1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 5-10 mL
  10. 3 cups milk 750 mL
  11. dash Tabasco
  12. 1/2 cup butter 125 mL
  13. Special K or crushed Corn Flakes
Instructions
  1. Set 8 pieces of bread into a 9″ x 13″ (23 x 33 cm) buttered, glass baking dish.
  2. Cover bread with slices of back bacon. Lay slices of cheddar cheese on top of bacon and then cover with remaining slices of bread to make it like a sandwich.
  3. In a bowl, beat eggs and pepper. To the egg mixture add dry mustard, onion, green pepper, Worcestershire sauce, milk and Tabasco. Pour over the sandwiches, cover and let stand in fridge overnight.
  4. In the morning, melt butter, pour over top. Cover with Special K or crushed Corn Flakes.
  5. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour at 350 deg.F (180 deg.C). Let sit 10 minutes before serving.
Notes
  1. Serve this with fresh fruit and hot cinnamon rolls.
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Cranberry Pistachio Bark

A fool proof candy for christmas gift-giving

Cranberry Pistachio Bark
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb.(500 g) good quality white chocolate
  2. 1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries
  3. 1 cup (250 mL)shelled pistachios (you must buy the nuts in their shells – but do buy extra as you’ll have to bribe
  4. the pistachio sheller!)
Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Let cool to room tempeature. Roast pistachios at 350F (180c) for 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Stir cranberries and pistachios into melted chocolate. Pour onto foil-lined 10″x15″ (25 x 38 cm) edged cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, then break into pieces. Makes about 1 1/2 pounds (750 g)
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Christmas Salad

Christmas Salad
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Ingredients
Salad
  1. 8 cups spinach leaves 2 L
  2. 1 avocado, thinly sliced 1
  3. 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion 125 ml
  4. 1/2 cup dried cranberries 125 mL
  5. or
  6. 1 cup pomegranate seeds 250 mL
Dressing
  1. 1/4 cup cranberry juice concentrate 60 mL
  2. 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 60 mL
  3. 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard 7 mL
  4. 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper 1 ml
  5. 1/2 cup Canola or vegetable oil 125 mL
Instructions
To make salad
  1. Stem spinach, tear into bite-sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl. Place avocado and onion over spinach.
To make dressing
  1. Combine cranberry juice concentrate, vinegar, mustard, pepper and oil in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well blended. Drizzle over salad. Sprinkle dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds over salad, toss gently and serve 6 guests.
Instructions
To make salad
  1. Stem spinach, tear into bite-sized pieces and place in a large salad bowl. Place avocado and onion over spinach.
To make dressing
  1. Combine cranberry juice concentrate, vinegar, mustard, pepper and oil in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until well blended. Drizzle over salad. Sprinkle dried cranberries or pomegranate seeds over salad, toss gently and serve 6 guests.
Notes
  1. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1(Page: 85)
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