Food and Recipes

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

One of my favorite drinks is this tasty and refreshing Homemade Cranberry Juice with a splash of orange and lemon. As you know I am all about simple recipes that anyone can make. This one is no different. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

To say this recipe is easy is an understatement. Once I learned how simple it is to make I was mad at not adding this refreshing drink to me repertoire sooner. All you need is Cranberries, Water, Sweetener (preferably honey or agave) and Citrus to get an invigorating homemade cranberry juice. I used Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries for this drink because of their great quality.

If you follow this blog you may remember the easy cranberry oatmeal squares that I made recently using frozen cranberries too. Frozen cranberries are ideal to have in the freezer because of their convenience, versatility and overall nutritional benefits. 

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

Why not just buy cranberry juice you may wonder. In addition to the health benefits you will get from drinking cranberry juice, there are so many reasons why you should consider making your own cranberry juice: 

Reasons why Homemade Cranberry Juice is a Great Choice
  • You can control sugar content: Reading the nutritional label on store bought cranberry juice, or any store bought juice for that matter, you’ll notice the extremely high sugar content. It is absolutely scary how much sugar they put in those juices. This alone is my main motivation of making homemade cranberry juice. 
  • Homemade Juice has no preservatives: Another thing you will notice on the nutritional content of store bought cranberry juice are the preservatives added to the drink. If a product contains ingredients that aren’t natural or difficult to pronounce I tend to avoid it.
  • Cost Saving: A cup or two of Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries yields much more juice than you’ll normally get from store bought brands.

Frozen Cape Cod Select Cranberries

Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice

Hope I’ve motivated you to trying your hand at making cranberry juice at home. Don’t be afraid to experiment and incorporate other fruits in your cranberry juice as well. I would love to hear from you in the comment section on how your cranberry juice turned out.

Print Recipe
Easy Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar or half cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1.5 hours
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 8 cups Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
  • 12 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Agave Nectar or half cup sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Place water and cranberries in a large pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 and a half hours.
  2. Strain liquid into another large container using a fine strainer. Press with a wooden spoon to extract all the cranberry liquid.
  3. Stir in Agave nectar or sugar, orange and lemon juice. If using sugar you can bring it back to a boil to dissolve it, otherwise just mix without heat if using Agave.
  4. Remove from heat, pour into a nice juice container, cover and cool in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

We like ours lightly sweetened however you can add more sweetener if you wish. 

This recipe is an entry to the Cape Cod Select Frozen cranberry recipe challenge. 

Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Wow, another home-made bread! What is going on with me. The hubby and I have become quite the bakers since the stay at home mandate. Last week I made some flat breads and this week Marcus made some easy whole wheat bread. It has been very hard to find ingredients like yeast the last few weeks but it seems things are getting a little better as we were able to get some. We finally got some paper towels towels, which we were extremely excited about. 

This whole wheat bread is delicious and easy to make. We sliced it straight out of the oven while it was still warm, put a little butter on it and had it with a nice cup of coffee. Eating  bread fresh out of the oven is one of life’s greatest pleasures in my opinion. 

If you are intimidated by making bread, it isn’t as difficult as you may think. I have a few tips to help you achieve the best result with your homemade bread. 

4 important tips and ingredients for perfect home made bread: 

  1. Do not over-knead the dough: An easy way to tell if your dough has been kneaded enough is to test if you are able to stretch the dough at least 3-4 inches without it breaking. 
  2. Season well: When it comes to bread make sure you add enough salt. The first loaf we ever made tasted bland and it was because we used very little salt. The flour absorbs the salt a lot so be generous but make sure not to add too much either. We used a tbsp for this recipe compared to the a pinch of salt which we used for the disastrous first loaf. 
  3. Yeast: Using yeast always makes me feel a little intimidated because it is a live ingredient. This means that you need to get good yeast. Make sure the yeast isn’t expired; this is very easy to forget to check. To help your yeast thrive, give it some warmth, carbs (flour) and a little sugar. The yeast will do the rest.
  4. Patience: I am very impatient and I really hate waiting for anything to cook or marinade. However, when it comes to bread, the longer you let your dough sit, the better your bread will be. If you are tempted to put it in the oven after 30 minutes of sitting, don’t. Wait at least an hour or 2 hours to let the dough rise. 4 hours plus is even better if you have the time. 

 

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Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together; Salt sugar, flour and yeast
  2. Melt butter and add to coconut milk (Make sure mixture is lukewarm before adding to dry ingredients) Mix coconut milk mixture with flour mix and knead until dough is sticky and stretchy.
  3. Form dough into a ball and brush with canola oil. Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a towel and let the dough rest for at least an hour or until dough has doubled in size. The longer you let it rest the more complex the flavors. You can even store in the fridge overnight.
  4. Remove ball of dough from the bowl, poke holes on the dough with your fingers to release some of the gas build up from the yeast.
  5. Divide dough into 2 pieces and shape dough into desired bread shape. Please in baking tin covered with parchment paper and set aside for 15 minutes.
  6. Place in a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 45 minute till lightly golden. You can brush the top lightly with butter before placing in the oven.

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

It’s the middle of April and the mandatory stay at home law is still in full effect. Being home all day every day has definitely increased my creativity and sense of adventure in the kitchen. The other day we were out of bread for breakfast and there were no open grocery delivery windows so I had to think of a plan. The old me would have just gone somewhere else to get bread but the new me decided to make their own bread. I was pretty impressed how easy it was to make this no yeast garlic flatbread. 

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

I know what you are thinking. Making flatbread is not easy Agnes. It really is, and the secret is to use a food processor to mix your dough instead of kneading it yourself. Kneading is literally a deterrent for me when it comes to making any bread therefore eliminating that step makes the process 10 times easier. What makes this bread perfect is that it only needs a few ingredients and no yeast is required too. 

Another thing that makes this flatbread special is the addition of fresh garlic and onion powder to the flower mixture. This makes it super flavorful and almost tastes like the garlic naan that you get from Indian restaurants. I also used almond milk instead of milk and substituted yogurt with olive oil. Living in these COVID-19 days has taught us to make do with what we have and substitutions have become the norm. 

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

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EASY NO YEAST GARLIC FLATBREAD RECIPE
Easy No Yeast Flat Bread
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings
Flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Warm water
  • 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings
Flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Warm water
  • 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
Easy No Yeast Flat Bread
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients in a large food processor with double blades and process until dough combines into a big ball.
  2. Dust a large clean flat surface or counter top with flour. Form the dough into a ball and break it into 8 pieces then roll each small piece of dough into balls.
  3. Flatten each ball with a rolling pin until they are about 10 inches wide.
  4. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. Cook flatbreads and flip when bubbles start showing. Do an additional flip till desired color is reached, I love mine to have some brown spots. Will be about 2 minutes for each side.

Boston Restaurants Offering Take-Out & more during Coronavirus Crisis

The past month has been very different and we are all going through something that none of us have ever experienced before. Schools closing, working from home and staying in all the time has become the norm. I am appreciative as all we are being asked to do is stay home which is nothing in comparison to all the hard work the nurses, doctors and everyone out there are doing. The restaurant industry and other small businesses are facing very challenging times and now is a good time to support our local restaurants and businesses. 

Cusser's Roast Beef & Seafood.Boston Restaurants Offering Take-Out, Pick-Up & Delivery during Coronavirus Crisis

Here are some Boston restaurants that are Offering Take-Out & Pick-Up & Delivery.

Aquitaine GroupMicaela Cullinan, long time GM (The Queen of Tremont Street) along with Executive Chef Dolly Bourommavong will be offering the Metropolis Cafe menu and some neighborhood craves from Aquitaine and Cinquecento for take out and delivery. Metropolis Café (584 Tremont Street) will offer their takeout menu for in-store or curbside pick-up as well as delivery via GrubHub or DoorDash and Uber Eats. Please go to www.metropolisboston.com for the menu and more information. You can order online or call Micaela directly at 617-247-2931.

Anoush’ella Kitchen: With their neighbors and community in mind, Raffi and Nina Festekjian are keeping Anoush’ella Kitchen in the South End open during this time. Only for takeout, pick-up and delivery. They will be open from 11AM to 9PM Monday through Sunday. For menus and details please go to www.anoushella.com. Both the Fenway Time Out Market and MarketStreetLynnfield Anoush’ella  locations will be closed during this time

Alma Nove : Chef Paul Wahlberg and the Alma Nove team are offering a limited take-out menu as well as curbside pick-up and delivery within the town of Hingham, MA. See link for menu: http://www.almanovehingham.com/a9takeout

Wahlburgers: is doing takeout and online ordering through the Wahlburgers App or at Wahlburgers.com, curbside pick-up and delivery! 

Brassica Kitchen:The award winning Brassica Kitchen in Jamaica Plain is transitioning to TAKEOUT ONLY for the duration of the Coronavirus crisis. Brassica Kitchen will be offering their regular breakfast and lunch menus from 8AM – 4PM. Please call (617) 477-4519, ahead and place your orders to help insure small lines and appropriate social distancing! They will also be asking for payment over the phone to expedite your orders. For more details, menu, etc. go to www.brassicakitchen.com. and follow @brassicakitchen on social media for any updates

Cusser’s roast Beef & SeafoodTake Out Window is open . For more details call (617) 917-5193 or go online to https://www.moonbarboston.com/menu/cussers-take-out-window/ to order online via Chownow or the app Ritual

Anoush'ella Kitchen. Boston Restaurants Offering Take-Out, Pick-Up & Delivery during Coronavirus Crisis

Aquitane Group. Boston Restaurants Offering Take-Out, Pick-Up & Delivery during Coronavirus Crisis

Hope you are all staying safe and well. Let’s do all we can to support our communities during this time and thank you for visiting!

 

 

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower has been trending in the foodie world lately and for good reason. The vegetable is super versatile, low carb and nutritious. One of my favorite ways is to eat it like rice or cut it into steak like shapes and roast it. Making cauliflower rice is very easy and much cheaper than buying the pre-packaged one which can sometimes have preservatives added.  

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

2 Easy Steps to Perfect Cauliflower Rice:

  • All you need is a fresh and healthy looking head of cauliflower without too many brown bruises. Remove the leaves, cut off any brown bits and cut the head into 8 pieces.  

How to Make Cauliflower Rice

  • Place 4 pieces of cauliflower in the food processor at a time and hit the pulse button to gently break down the cauliflower. I find that I only need to hit the pulse button 3 times to achieve the perfect rice like pieces. This also depends on the type of food processor you have. 

How to Make Cauliflower Rice in Food Processor

After you are done processing the second batch the result will be a large bowl filled with cauliflower rice that you can use for any dish. You can even freeze it in batches for at least a week for quick weeknight dinners. 

3 Easy Cauliflower Rice Recipes:

  • Simple Herb Cauliflower Rice: Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon olive oil and and sauté 1 finely chopped medium onion with 2 cloves garlic. Add the fresh rice to onion mix and sauté  for about 4 minutes till cauliflower is cooked but not too soft. Add chopped parsley, cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice from half a lemon. Mix and serve immediately.
  • Cauliflower Rice Biryani: If you love spicy biryanis but want to switch things up or are trying to lower your carb intake, this is the perfect dish. All you need to do is substitute rice with cauliflower rice in your usual biryani recipe and voila! It really tastes so good. 
  • Cauliflower Fried Rice: Sauté onions, garlic and ginger in a large wok or pan with olive oil for about 3 minutes. Add sliced carrots, green beans, red bell pepper and saute for another 3 minutes. Lastly add the rice and roughly chopped bok choy. Add half a teaspoon sesame oil, 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce and a tsp oyster sauce. Cook for another 3 minutes and serve with protein of choice.

 

How to Make Cauliflower Rice
What are your favorite ways to cook cauliflower? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. Need another cauliflower recipe? check out my Hearty Vegetable Curry recipe and read about the benefits of cauliflower here.

 

 

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