Monday, March 7, 2011

Menu plan and a recipe


Wow it was hard to find inspiration for this week's menu, I had a dry spell you wouldn't believe!!! I even thought of just no doing it, but the idea of asking myself everyday  "what should I make tonight" stopped me in my tracks. So I got all my cooking books out, even borrowed some at the library, and here's what I came with.

Monday : Penne with sausage, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes

Tuesday : The boys ask for a ThanksGiving dinner, so I'll make 2 stuffed turkey breasts, mashed potatoes and green beans, and cranberry sauce of course!!

Wednesday : Orzo with roasted vegetables to finish the turkey.

Thursay : Chicken chili with white beans

Friday : Leftovers...I'm going out

Saturday : Pizza

Sunday : Dinner at friends house

There you have it, I hope I helped some of you with my plan, if you have any good dishes you want to share, please let me know and I'll give you a spot on the Nest for you to post.

Now for the goodies. For long weeks now each time I open my fridge I can see a bag of fresh cranberries bought in december, so I guess it is more than a few weeks!! And finally yesterday after cleaning the fridge I decided it was time to make an honest cake out of those cranberries...So behold the most delicious cranberry crumb bars EVER!!!

Don't they look pretty!! Now if you are looking for a low fat recipe move over cause these aren't, au contraire butter is the star of the recipe..

First preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and butter a 9×13 inch pan

In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar, flour, almond flour, salt and baking powder. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. The dough will be crumbly.

yes, that's 2 sticks of butter!

You can also pulse the dry ingredients in a food processor with the butter until pebbly, and then mix in the egg until it all comes together

Pat half of the dough into the buttered pan.

In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch

The juice of 1/2 an orange and zest of 1 orange

And vanilla

Mix in the cranberries. Sprinkle the cranberry mixture evenly over the dough in the pan.

Add 1/4 tsp cinnamon to the remaining dough, then crumble dough over the berries. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until top is a light golden brown. Cool completely and chill in the refrigerator before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I tried one this morning, and I had to restrain myself from getting another one, because you's not reasonable. Hope you'll like them.

Ingredients :

•1 cup white sugar
•1 tsp baking powder
•1/4 tsp salt
•2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
•1/2 cup almond meal
•1 cup cold butter (2 sticks)
•1 egg
•1/4 tsp cinnamon
•juice of 1/2 of an orange
•zest of one orange
•4 cups fresh cranberries
•2/3 cup white sugar
•1 tsp vanilla
•1 Tbs cornstarch


Cecile said...

Miam, ça a l'air d'être une tuerie!! :-)

Karine said...

OMG looks sooo good