Sunday, December 14, 2008

Simple Is Oh So Sweet This Season!

Often we give the gift of food to those we love and cherish most. Humans have a sense to nurture, and what better way to nuture a person's mind, body, and soul than with food? I'm a little bias in my response. This holiday season choose to be simple in your food selections. Make a bold, yet simple, statement with some of these homemade (made with love) gift ideas:
1. Fresh fruit baskets
2. Fruit breads
3. Toasted nuts or trail mixes
4. Granola or granola bars
5. Hot cocoa mix
6. Candied citrus zest
7. Stuffed date "cookies" (simply stuff with a nut of choice and dust with sugar) Reminds me of my grandfather!
8. Favorite dark chocolate bar paired with wine, port, or stout beer
9. Dried citrus zest
10. Citrus & champagne or wine vinaigrettes
This season, save your pennies, show your love, and share the gift of food with your friends & family!
Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe:
Heat oven to 350*F. In a mixing bowl, add together 2 cp. flour, 1 cp. sugar, 1 1/2 ts. baking powder, 1/2 ts. baking soda, 1 cp. dried cranberries, 1 Tb. orange zest, & 1/2 cp. pecans. In another bowl, mix together 1 egg, 2 Tb. Smart Balance Spread, 3/4 cp. orange juice, & 1/2 ts. salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until blended (avoid over mixing quick breads!) Pour into muffin cups or a cooking oil sprayed bread pan. Bake muffins for 12-15 minutes and bread for about 30 -40 minutes or until done in the center. Enjoy!

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