Cranberry Pork Rib Roast

Cranberry Pork Rib Roast

Move over turkey, there’s another succulent, juicy, easy to carve meat in town.  Cranberry Pork Rib Roast is an excellent way to entertain and impress this holiday season.  Flavoured with rosemary, mustard and garlic, it roasts up beautifully in a couple of hours.  Served with a cranberry apple sauce gives it a wonderfully delicious holiday flare that’s sure to impress.

I love pork rib roasts for the bones.  They provide a little extra fat and flavour, plus, they help to keep the roast moist throughout the roasting process.  This stunning pork rib roast is just as much a showpiece as your golden turkey, it’s easy to carve and perfect for 6-10 people, depending on size and how you slice it.  Pork and apples are a natural pairing, which makes the cranberry apple sauce the perfect accompaniment to this lovely roast.  Enjoy!

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Cranberry Pork Rib Roast
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6-10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
120 minutes 20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
120 minutes 20-30 minutes
Cranberry Pork Rib Roast
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Servings Prep Time
6-10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
120 minutes 20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-10 people 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
120 minutes 20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
Pork Rib Roast
  1. Preheat oven to 475℉. Pat roast dry with a paper towel and season generously on all sides with salt and pepper. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients until smooth and rub evenly onto the roast. Place roast on a large baking tray or shallow roasting pan fat side up. Cook for 15 minutes in preheated oven then reduce temperature to 350℉. Continue to roast for 90-120 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 145℉. The meat will continue to rise about 10℉ as it rests.
  2. Remove roast from oven and cover loosely with foil. Allow to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes before carving. For larger appetites, you can carve the roast into chops between the bones and serve. Alternatively, you can carve off the bones from the center loin, allowing you to slice the loin to your desired thickness. Cut the ribs between the bones and serve along side.
Cranberry Apple Sauce
  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan and sauté shallots for 1-2 minutes until starting to soften. Add cranberries, apple, 1/2 cup water, white wine, brown sugar, rosemary and ginger. Allow to simmer gently, stirring occasionally until the cranberries are soft and the apples are tender. This will take about 20 minutes and most of the excess moisture will be evaporated.
  2. Stir in jellied cranberry, cinnamon and salt, allowing the jellied cranberry to melt into the sauce. Adjust consistency with a tablespoon or two of water if necessary. The sauce can be made ahead and warmed gently for serving. Makes 1 3/4 cups of sauce.

Poached Egg and Kale Toasts

Poached Egg and Kale Toasts

I love eggs with greens, so when I was on the hunt for a nice lunch, I couldn’t think of what would be better than braised kale and eggs. Poached Eggs and Kale Toasts are not only quick and delicious, but a great way to eat your greens. Need more motivation to kale?  It’s crazy high in vitamin K, high in vitamins A and C and also a great source of fibre to name just a few. 

Curly leaf kale braised with shallots, red pepper and garlic get a bright finish with a splash of white wine vinegar.  The tender, yet still slightly chewy kale provides a good texture contrast with the soft eggs.  Crisp toast is the perfect crunchy base to soak up any juices and runny yolk. It goes to prove that eating well can be simple and delicious with only a few quality ingredients. Enjoy!

Recipe source for Poached Egg and Kale Toasts:  Compelled To Cook

Poached Egg and Kale Toasts
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Servings Prep Time
4 Toasts 15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Toasts 15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Poached Egg and Kale Toasts
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Servings Prep Time
4 Toasts 15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 Toasts 15 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: Toasts
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet, add shallots and garlic. Cook on medium for 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add kale, red pepper and water. Continue to cook, stirring often until kale is tender but still has some texture and all the water has been absorbed about 10-12 minutes. Stir in white wine vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  3. While kale is cooking, add 3" of water to a shallow pot. Bring to a gentle simmer and add 1 tbsp of white vinegar and a sprinkle of salt. Crack eggs, one at a time into the water. Cook for 4 minutes for soft eggs. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess moisture.
  4. Toast bread and butter if desired, top with a generous portion of sauteed kale and top with a poached egg. Sprinkle with chilli flakes if desired. Serve immediately.

Magic Hour Cocktail

Magic Hour Cocktail

Treats aren’t just for kids on Halloween!!  Adults need a little fun too and I was dying to try my hand at a spooky theme.  The Magic Hour Cocktail is a creamy, orange delight that tastes a lot like a creamsicle, ahem… like a “treat” Fun and delicious to shake up when the adult goblins come knocking on your door.

You’ll also love that this delightful orange vodka cocktail is dairy free. Yup, it’s coconut milk that makes it creamy and a little frothy.  A splash of vanilla syrup makes it extra dreamy and easy to drink.

Orange vodka is not a normal item tucked away in my liquor cabinet, it was a gift from my brother.  One day he just shows up with it, I think as a “thank you” for something my husband helped him with.  My memory fails me a little, but I’m guessing he won it or was gifted it himself, as he’s just not an orange vodka kinda guy, nor have I ever indicated I wanted or needed orange vodka.  But in the end, he gifted it to us…lucky me I’d say.  It’s not just any vodka either, but Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka.  Once he gets a taste of this tasty cocktail, he’ll wish he’d kept it for himself.  Enjoy!

Recipe source for Magic Hour Cocktail adapted just slightly from:  Grey Goose Magic Hour Cocktail

Magic Hour Cocktail
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 20 minutes
Magic Hour Cocktail
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Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cocktail 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 20 minutes
Ingredients
Vanilla Syrup
Cocktail
Servings: cocktail
Instructions
Vanilla Syrup
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once it reaches a full boil and sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool. Makes 1/2 cup syrup, or enough for 8 cocktails if using 1/2 ounce per. Will keep several weeks chilled in an airtight container.
Cocktail
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into glasses and garnish with orange zest if desired. Serve immediately.

Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta

Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta

Do you like lamb?  I certainly do, and I believe it’s a meat you either like or don’t.  I also believe that some people associate lamb with mutton, which has turned them away from it. Mutton is from the same animal as lamb, but stronger in taste and usually much tougher due to the age of the animal.  Mutton is meat from a sheep that is 1-3 years old, which yields a stronger, gamier taste, and is tougher due to the muscles working longer.  Lamb, on the other hand, is meat from young lambs that are less than a year old.  Young spring lamb is tender and milder in comparison to mutton.

 

My personal favourite in cuts of lamb is chops, specifically grilled chops, which are delicious with a mustard rub.  I also enjoy lean ground lamb and lamb shoulder.  The wonderful thing about lamb is that it can take on robust, bold flavours and pairs wonderfully with the tomatoes and olives in this Mediterranean style dish.  Saucy, rustic and full of flavour, Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta is a welcome change from regular beef meatballs. Perfect with rice or toasty bread!  Enjoy!

If you’re a lamb lover like me, you’ll also want to try Braised Lamb Shoulder. Fork tender lamb shoulder braised in a creamy mushroom sauce.

 

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Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta
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3-4 people 30-35 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 30-35 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Lamb Meatballs with Olives and Feta
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Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 30-35 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 30-35 minutes
Cook Time
45-50 minutes
Ingredients
Meatballs
Sauce
Servings: people
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. Add all ingredients except oil to a large bowl. Gently combine with your hands or a wooden spoon. Roll mixture into 17-18 evenly sized meatballs approximately 1 1/4 ounces each.
  2. Heat oil in a cast iron or oven safe skillet over medium heat until hot. Arrange meatballs in a single layer and brown on all sides, about 20 minutes. Remove meatballs to a paper towel lined plate and drain all but 1 tbsp of fat from skillet.
Sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.
  2. To the skillet add chopped shallot and garlic, sauté for 2-3 minutes over medium heat until soft, stirring often. Pour in white wine to deglaze the pan, stirring to scrape up any browned bits in the pan. Add chicken broth and allow to simmer for about 2 minutes.
  3. Using your hands, crush tomatoes and add to skillet along with oregano, paprika and pepper. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Add meatballs back to pan, stirring to coat with sauce.
  4. Place in oven uncovered and bake for 20-25 minutes until sauce is reduced, stirring once. Remove from oven and stir to coat with sauce. Sprinkle with feta cheese and olives, return to oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with chopped red onion and fresh oregano if desired and serve immediately on top of rice or with crusty bread.
Recipe Notes

-dampened hands help to roll meatballs.

 

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding

As much as I’m gonna miss summer, I can’t help but be happy about cooking up warm casseroles, holiday squares and hearty soups.  This golden and eggy Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding, with its flecks of vegetables and herbs is EXACTLY why I love the fall.  I could go on about brightly coloured fall leaves, pumpkins, and apple desserts, but in the end, this glorious casserole wins my heart this fall. 

It’s a dish I’ve made plenty of times, always with great results and never disappointing. The only sad thing is, it makes quite a lot, feeding 10-12 people.  Sad only because the only time I make it, is when I have enough company to warrant a casserole of this size.  So, with that being said, it’s perfect for a crowd, and can be prepped up to one day ahead, helping you manage your time when feeding a small army. 

If you’ve never had a savory bread pudding, you must give this glorious Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding a try.  It takes a bit of time to prepare, but worth every minute.  Enjoy!

Recipe source for Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding:  Adapted from Epicurious Savory Bread Pudding with Mushrooms and Parmesan Cheese

Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Savory Mushroom Bread Pudding
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Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Servings
10-12 people
Cook Time Passive Time
60 minutes 70-75 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉ and butter a 13"x9"x2" casserole dish. Slice crust from bread and cut into 1" cubes to yield 10 cups loosely packed cubes. In a large bowl, toss bread with olive oil, thyme, garlic and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Spread evenly in a single layer on a large baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes until golden, turning once or twice. Remove from oven and return bread cubes to same large bowl.
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet until foamy. Add celery, onions, green pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté until softened and most of the moisture has been cooked out, about 15 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, whisk together eggs, cream, spinach, salt and pepper.
  3. Pour egg mixture over toasted bread cubes, add sauteed vegetables, parsley and gouda, stir to combine well. Pour into prepared dish, spreading out evenly. Top with grated parmesan cheese, cover and chill for at least an hour (up to one day ahead) to allow bread to absorb the custard.
  4. Preheat oven to 350℉. Bake uncovered for about 60 minutes until set and golden. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 10-15 before serving.