Saturday, January 1, 2011

Scrumptious Saturday...Happy New Year

As the sun set on 2010, I looked out my kitchen window.  I had to capture it.  I find myself spending lots of time in the kitchen, cooking, cleaning, puttering while on the phone...I love that I have a window that looks over the sunrise, and another that looks over the sunset, as usually I get to see both.  My kitchen looks over the gardens and the chickens.  A nice reminder of where the food I cook comes (or could come) from. A big goal for next year is to grow a larger percentage of our food.  I'm already itching to get out there.

This time of the year we have so much cranberry sauce.  It's winter comfort food.  I love mixing it with chicken or spreading it on bread.  I planted 10 little cranberry plants last fall.  I can't wait to see what happens! I was reading Cooking Light, and found this appeals to my cranberry love, even though I am not a big drinker.

Cranberry Kir Royale
(from Cooking Light, November 2010)

1/2 C. whole berry cranberry sauce
3/4 C. Vodka
Mix and let sit in the fridge for 4 days.

Put a little in the bottom of a champagne flute and then pour on the champagne (OK sparkling wine... or whatever)

We have a tradition of having a picnic of duck on New Year's Eve.  This year we had Roasted Duck Adams County (the recipe is from the Bed and Breakfast cookbook of Gettysburg) as made at the Dobbin House in Gettysburg (my favorite dish I've had there.)  The whole recipe is quite convoluted so I will not write it here.  And as our picnic is late at night, I couldn't get natural light...and the pictures were too yellow to show.  Oh well, it was delicious.  As a side, I made bacon cheddar smashed potatoes.  
Everything is better with bacon.


  1. What a beautiful sunset. It looks like it is nestled next to the tree. Cranberry, yummy, it is one of my favorite berries. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. Seriously--bacon cheddar...oh! I know what I am making with my chicken this week!!
    Actually I will probably only be able to wait until tomorrow. We brought pork kidney (accidentally...thought we were defrosting jowls) to a fondue party last night...not my idea...but there were lots of mostly men huddled around a pot of boiling oil with kidney on a stick.

  3. I love the idea of a window that faces each direction, especially the kitchen one. I've never had a window over my sink until this rental house and I'm really enjoying it (even if I just stare at the brick wall of our neighbor's house). It's another little reminder of what we'd like in a house when we finally build our homestead. Happy New Year!

  4. What a beautiful sun. It's moments like that, that I love.


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