Fresh Cranberry Sauce and Stress-Free Thanksgiving Help

Fresh Cranberry SauceHomemade fresh cranberry sauce, with its Thanksgiving signature sweet and sour flavor and mouth pleasing snap and pop, tastes much better than canned cranberry sauce and is just as easy to make as boiled water. Fresh cranberry sauce can also be made well in advance and keeps fresh for weeks in the refrigerator.

Here’s all you need to make fresh cranberry sauce. Note: you’ll see a carton of orange juice in the picture below. Cranberry sauce recipes usually call for water. Instead of water, I like using fruit juice – orange juice as shown or apple or any other juice – for added flavor.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce IngredientsClick any picture above or this link for an easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe. For complete stress-free Thanksgiving dinner help, click the picture below for a link to the Gotta’ Eat, Can’t Cook “Thanksgiving Help” page where you can find links to first-of-a-kind step-by-step Thanksgiving Dinner picture/video books as well has helpful and flavorful Thanksgiving tips.

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Kamut: Nutritious Great Tasting Ancient Wheat – Picture Book Cooking Directions

KamutEver since learning about flavorful, nutritious, and versatile quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) a few years ago, I’ve been looking for and experimenting with grains I’d never tried before. Recently, I found Kamut, which is a brandname derived from the ancient Egyptian word for “wheat”. Kamut, also known as khorasan wheat, is native to Afghanistan and Iran but is now grown in the US and Canada.  Read more »

Instant 5-Ingredient Salad Dressing – All in Pictures


Instant Salad DressingAll right! With Thanksgiving and a load of winter holidays well on the way, here’s a great, easy-to-make, and fantastically flavorful salad dressing you can make in under 5 minutes using only 5 ingredients.

Brief but funny note: I developed this recipe the first time I worked with a group of fellow military veterans. There was an outspoken guy among the group who said as I was talking about the teaspoon of both sugar and garlic salt I planned to use, “You don’t need that sh__(stuff)! I mean, we’ve got a lot of people here with diabetes and high blood pressure.”

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Pumpkin Pumped Whipped Cream – All in Pictures


Pumpkin Pumped Whipped CreamAmerica has gone nuts on pumpkins. Man, these days you can get pumpkin latte, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pumpkin. And I’ve barely scratched the surface.

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Microwave Oven Cooked French Toast – All in Pictures

Microwave Oven Cooked French ToastThe only downside to making French toast in the microwave oven is that you can’t get the slightly crisp crust on the surface of the bread the way you can when your cook French toast in the frying pan. But the positives way outnumber that one slight negative. For me, the coolest thing about making French toast in the microwave oven – aside from it’s fantastic flavor – is using the same plate to soak, cook, and eat the French toast from, which greatly cuts down on cleanup afterwards.

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Fresh Apple Pancake: Flapjack Alternative – All in Pictures

Fresh Apple Pancake

Nothing much better to wake up to than the smell of apples cooking quickly topped with a good shake of ground cinnamon, especially when there’s color in the trees – or snow on the ground.

The hardest part about making this fresh and flavorful apple pancake – that’s nothing like a syrup soaking, sugar high and crash inducing flapjack – is turning it over from fruit-side up to fruit-side down so that the fruit side of pancake can cook in the pan and then turning the pancake back to fruit-side up to serve on a plate. But, no problem. The step-by-step directions you can get by clicking any picture on this page show how to make those turns as easily and safely as possible using either a pan top (as shown below) or large plate.

Flipping Fresh Apple Pancake

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New Short Guacamole and White Bean Recipe Video & Updated Picture Book Recipe

Guacamole with White BeansJust posted a new short video that shows how to make guacamole with white beans, which both tastes great and provides a beneficial blast of dietary fiber.

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Thanks and a Toast to My Dear Ol’ Mom

Mom at Mark Hopkins, San Francisco My 92 year old mom died two weeks ago. Like I mentioned at her celebration of life last Saturday, which really was a celebration of her fiercely independent nature, compassion for others, and gutsy expression of free will right to the very end, Mom was strong and positive role model, mentor, and darn good friend.  As I’ve written here before, she was a pioneer both in medicine and as a well-rounded, frontier-loving world traveler.

Mom celebration of life displayMom had some terrific lines she used to lay on us as kids – and even as adults. “Better safe than sorry.” That one usually prodded me to do something other than what was prescribed. “Always bring a sweater.” Mom knitted us some gorgeous sweaters as kids, and if one of them, like the one shown below, was on me when I walked out the door, great. Otherwise, I’d be ok. “Put a nickel in it!” I never knew where that came from or where the nickel was supposed to go, but my brothers and I sure got the intent whenever we “lallygagged” behind her brisk and purposeful forward stride.

Mom made sweaterBut the one line that stands out most now is, “Wake up and die right!” I found that line a bit odd in my younger years, but I sure get it now. It’s all about living life full-on moment to moment and doing whatever you can to make a positive contributing difference wherever you are.

Well, Mom, that’s the deal. I get it, greatly appreciate every moment I got to share with you, and will keep your spirit alive in everything I do!

Lots of love, Mom! Thanks and cheers!

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Kid-Friendly Power Cinnamon Toast – All in Pictures


Kid-Friendly Power Cinnamon Toast

This plain or power cinnamon toast step-by-step picture book is a great, very easy way to help empower kids in the kitchen and keep them powered up for a good sustained energy burn.

Here’s all it takes to put it together – and, as always, there are just suggested ingredients. Let your – and your kids’s – imaginations run.

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Grafton-Mendon Ride and Post-Ride Lunch

Grafton-Mendon Ride ShotsThe pre-ride breakfast I posted here yesterday (below) kept me going no problem for a big smile 48.7 mile ride with good biking bud, Ken, out through Grafton and Mendon.

Pre-Grafton-Mendon Ride Breakfast

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