Hot Cranberry Sipper

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

Hot Cranberry Sipper
  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
  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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Halibut with Strawberry Basil Salsa

 The summery flavor of strawberries and basil lend a refreshing tang to tender halibut. This salsa is also good with salmon or red snapper

Halibut with Strawberry Basil Salsa
  1. Strawberry Basil Salsa
  2. 11⁄2 cups chopped fresh strawberries 375 mL
  3. (about 8 oz/250 g)
  4. 1⁄2 cup drained canned mandarin orange 125 mL
  5. segments in juice, chopped
  6. (see tip)
  7. 1 tbsp finely chopped red onion 15 mL
  8. 1 tbsp shredded fresh basil 15 mL
  9. 1 to freshly squeezed lime juice 15 to
  10. 2 tbsp 30 mL
  11. 1⁄8 tsp salt 0.5 mL
  12. 1⁄8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 0.5 mL
  13. 4 skin-on or skinless halibut 4
  14. fillets (each about 6 oz/175 g)
  15. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  16. 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil 30 mL
  1. Strawberry Basil Salsa: In a bowl, combine strawberries, mandarin oranges, onion, basil, 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 2 hours. Taste and add more lime juice, if desired.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or greased foil. Rinse halibut and pat dry with paper towels. (If the fish has been frozen and thawed, it will be quite wet, so be sure to dry it well.)
  4. Season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook halibut, skin or skinned side up, for about 2 minutes or until bottom is nicely browned. Transfer to prepared baking sheet, browned side up, and bake for 5 to 6 minutes or until fish is barely opaque and is just starting to flake when tested with a fork. Do not overcook. Serve halibut topped with salsa.
  5. Serves 4.
  1. Tip: You can use 1 or 2 fresh mandarin oranges instead of canned, if you prefer. Peel the mandarins and separate into segments. Remove any white pith and seeds, then chop.
  2. Teacher: Name the four seasons.
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Teacher: Name the four seasons.

Child: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar

Fresh Strawberry Sherbet

Definitely a frozen asset!

Fresh Strawberry Sherbet
  1. 2/ 3 cup Granulated Sugar 150 ml
  2. 1/ 3 cup Water 150 ml
  3. 5 cups Strawberries, Pureed and Chilled 1.25 L
  4. 2 TBSP Grand Marnier Liqueur 30 ML
  5. Grated Zest of 1 Lemon
  6. 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  1. Combine sugar and water in saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Cool and chill. Combine pureed strawberries, Grand Marnier, lemon juice and lemon zest and blend well. Add sugar syrup to strawberry mixture. Freeze in an 8-inch (20 cm) square metal pan. After mixture is frozen, about 3 hours, partially thaw and beat in a food processor. This breaks down the ice crystals and gives it a fluffy texture. Refreeze for at least 3 hours.
  2. Serves 4.
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Best-Ever Banana Bread

Day-O! Hey, Mister Tallyman, tally this one!

Best-Ever Banana Bread
  1. Makes 2 loaves.
  2. 1 cup butter 250 mL
  3. 2 cups granulated sugar 500 mL
  4. 2 1⁄2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 5) 625 mL
  5. 4 eggs, well beaten 4
  6. 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour 625 mL
  7. 2 tsp baking soda 10 mL
  8. 1 tsp salt 5 mL
  9. 1 tsp ground nutmeg 5 mL
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add bananas and eggs and beat until well mixed. Mix dry ingredients and blend with banana mixture, but do not overmix. Pour into two lightly greased loaf pans or a 10-inch (25 cm) Bundt pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes; test for doneness (toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean) and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Freezes beautifully.
  1. Tip: Freeze overripe bananas in their skins in a plastic bag.
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Thai Chicken and Mango Stir-Fry

Here’s a yummy yet easy dinner for guests that we’ve Thai’d and tested!

Thai Chicken and Mango Stir-Fry
  1. Here’s a yummy yet easy dinner for guests that we’ve Thai’d and tested!
  2. 1 cup frozen mango cubes 250 mL
  3. (see tip, opposite)
  4. 1 cup coconut milk 250 mL
  5. 1⁄2 cup chicken broth 125 mL
  6. 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice 15 mL
  7. 2 tsp soy sauce 10 mL
  8. 1 tsp packed brown sugar 5 mL
  9. 1 tbsp vegetable oil 15 mL
  10. 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 4
  11. cut into bite-size pieces
  12. 2 green onions, chopped 2
  13. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 1
  14. 2 tsp Thai red curry paste 10 mL
  15. 1 cup snow peas 250 mL
  16. 2 tsp cornstarch 10 mL
  17. 2 tsp water 10 mL
  18. 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 25 mL
  1. In a large bowl, combine mango, coconut milk, chicken broth, lime juice, soy sauce and brown sugar; set aside. In a large skillet or wok, heat oil over medium heat. Lightly brown chicken and, using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate. Add green onions, red pepper and curry paste to oil remaining in skillet and sauté for 1 minute. Return chicken to pan. Add mango mixture, reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Add snow peas and simmer for 1 minute. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to pan. Simmer, stirring, for 1 minute or until thickened. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.
  1. Tip: Frozen, ready-peeled mango chunks are now sold in most supermarkets, usually in 21-oz (600 g) packages. Keep a bag in the freezer and you’ll find ways to use mango in soups, sauces, desserts and smoothies. There’s no need to thaw them for this recipe.
  2. Variation: Reduce the chicken breasts from 4 to 2. Add 2 cups (500 mL) rinsed drained canned chickpeas with the mango.
  3. Speak the truth but leave immediately after.
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Here’s a yummy yet easy dinner for guests that we’ve Thai’d and tested!
Speak the truth but leave immediately after.

Fruit Cocktail Cake

A great last minute dessert. One family we know always takes this sailing  so now it’s called “Fruit Cockpit Cake”

Fruit Cocktail Cake
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 2 tsp. baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp. salt
  5. 1 – 14oz. can fruit cocktail with juice 398mL
  6. or crushed pineapple
  7. 2 cups flour
  8. Sauce
  9. 3/4 cup sugar
  10. 1/2 cup milk
  11. 1/2 cup butter
  12. 1 tsp. vanilla or 2 Tbsp. rum is a superb substitute!
  1. To make cake: Beat eggs. Add all ingredients, except flour, and mix. Add flour and mix again. Grease a 9 x 13” pan or a bundt pan and pour in mixture. Bake at 350F for 45 minutes.
  2. To make sauce: Heat sugar, milk and butter in saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour over hot cake. (Makes a lot, but use all of it! The cake will absorb it.)
  3. Serve warm with whipped cream or frozen vanilla yogurt. Keeps for several days refrigerated (if no one knows it’s there).
  1. Book Reference – The Best of the Best – Vol. 1 (Page: 297), The Best of Bridge (Page: 160)
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