Friday, November 30, 2012

Easy Thanksgiving Idea

 
This year I thought I'd simplify eating a Thanksgiving dinner at someone else's house. I brought an acorn squash, tossed it in the host's oven, and filled it with their delicious homemade cranberry sauce. The hosts also made a plant-based stuffing and I brought salad greens and dressing. It was a truly hassle-free Thanksgiving celebration.
 
 
The host's 13 year old son demonstrated a very easy napkin folding method he learned on Youtube.
 
 
I also brought some coconut milk ice cream to share. I don't like pie but I figured the vanilla would work for others with their pumpkin pie. The mint chip was really delicious and I'll be buying that flavor again this month.
 
 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Biscotti

 
 


I apologize for my long absence but moving back to CO took more effort than I expected . It was worth it though - I absolutely love western Colorado and can't wait for a serious winter. In the photos above it looks like a storm is brewing but alas it became warm and sunny again today. My new kitchen is tiny but we plan to do some remodeling in spring to add more cabinets and counter space. I'll show photos of the process when we get there.

I still cook and my new favorite recipe comes from the Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook (the second one by Del Sroufe). Here are the Cranberry Orange Biscotti. I only used half the salt and added 1 tsp grated orange peel.

 
I've been having difficulties finding lower fat cookies with a good texture but these really worked out well.  Most lowfat cookies I've tried end up cakey or spongy - in fact, the Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies in the same book turned out like that. The biscotti are not fat-free - they do use some almond butter. The recipe is HERE if you scroll down on the page. I'll definitely be making them again for my holiday baking. There's also an Anise Almond Biscotti recipe in the book I need to try as well.
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