Curried Quinoa Salad w/ Dried Cranberries & Toasted Almonds

Curried Quinoa Salad w/ Dried Cranberries & Toasted AlmondsChisaya Mama—the Mother Grain of the Incas

For almost 6000 years, quinoa (pronounced keen-wa)—known as the sacred grain of the Incas—has been cultivated in the Andean mountain regions of Peru, Chile and Bolivia. And yet quinoa is not a grain Continue reading

CranAppleNut Muffins—Gluten-Free or Not

Cranapplenut Muffins (c) jfhaugenGot Cranberries?

Wahoo, here’s a great recipe for you if you remembered to freeze a bag or two of fresh cranberries last November or December. CranAppleNut Muffins are delicious. They have always been one of my favorites—even more so now that I’ve perfected a gluten-free Continue reading

Cranberry Apple Crostata

Cranberry Apple Crostata Ready for the Oven (c) jfhaugen

A Perfect Holiday Dessert

Not too tart and not too sweet,
A most delicious tea-time treat.
Easy to please and quick to depart,
A rustic, holiday open-faced tart.

I’ve wanted to prepare a Cranberry Apple Crostata (“a rustic, holiday open-faced tart”) Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving to One and All!

May You Have a Most Delicious and Enjoyable Thanksgiving Day! 

A Vintage Thanksgiving Card or Two Children with a PumpkinA Thanksgiving Poem

‘Twas the night of Thanksgiving, I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards, I tried counting sheep. Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Guide to Minimize the Stress

Braised Turkey w Fresh Herbs, Wild Mushrooms, Veggies (c) jfhaugen

An Action Plan for Preparing the Thanksgiving Meal

There’s much to do and make and prepare for the Thanksgiving meal—so here’s a guide and action plan I’ve prepared with tips and ideas to minimize the stress Continue reading

Triple-Delish Cranberry Sauce

Triple Delish Cranberry SaucePass the Cranberries, Please

The tart and tangy flavor of cranberries provides a festive counterpoint to the rich and savory turkey, stuffing and gravy. Their glossy and glorious redness brightens an otherwise Continue reading

Apples Baked in Apple Juice

Apples Baked in Apple Juice (c) jfhaugenThe Sun, The Rain and The Apple Seed

Such a glorious time of year. Yesterday afternoon I walked through a grove of deciduous trees with the sun pouring through the yellow and orange leaves bathing everything in golden light. Today, just picked apples are baking in our oven filling every room with the fragrance of cinnamon and spice. Continue reading