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Cranberry Orange Sauce for the Holidays

28 Nov

Cranberry Sauce is often overlooked and ignored. Perhaps most people are traumatized with the taste of canned Cranberry Sauce. Truth be said, there is nothing like homemade.

I love to eat it with the usual turkey, but it is also great for breakfast, on top of toast or oatmeal sprinkled with slivered almonds.

Here is the recipe:



2 whole star anise

2 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

2 teaspoons orange zest

1 ½ cups sugar (raw or refined, I like to use raw, or demerara to make it healthier)

2/3 cup water

2/3 orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed

24 oz fresh or thawed frozen cranberries


  1. Gather star anise, cinnamon and cloves in a 4 inch square of cheesecloth and tie it into a sachet, or use a spice bag.
  2. In a medium sauce pot, over medium heat combine sugar, water, orange juice, and orange zest. Add sachet and cook, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add cranberries and place a lid on top of pot. Let it cook until you hear the cranberries pop, approximately 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and taste it for sweetness. Add more sugar if you like. Let cook for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Place it in a container and keep refrigerated until is time to serve. This sauce can be reheated. It freezes well and it lasts about 3 months in the freezer.

Bom Apetite!

Creamy Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin for Thanksgiving

21 Nov

Who said Brussel Sprouts have to be awful? I am biased to talk about cruciferous vegetables (aka cauliflower, cabbage,cress,broccoli, bok choy, etc), because I love them all. But many people tend not to like their taste, and only eat them because of their amazing health benefits. They are high in vitamin C, soluble fiber, and potential anticancer properties.

Here is a recipe that I keep making every year, and it is always the star of the party. It doesn’t matter who comes for dinner, I always hear: “No thanks, I am not a Brussel Sprouts’ fan.” But I always insist,” Just try it, you will not regret it”…and guess what? They end up eating the whole thing, hahaha.

This is the one dish that I can never get enough, because there are no leftovers to tell the story.

So be brave, go ahead and try this recipe. I promise you will love it.

Creamy Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin

6 servings


  • 2 lbs Brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved through the stem end
  • 2 ½ tbs unsalted butter, melted

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