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Happy Thanksgiving, from our home to yours!

Blessings from our home to yours.

May your table be topped with food,
surrounded by family and friends,
and overflowing with conversation, caring and memories.

Thank you for visiting Our Sunday Cafe, we look forward to many more years of friendship.

Terry and Melynda

Cranberries, Orange Rind and a jigger of Gin...

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

I have always loved cranberries, in the same way as I love rhubarb. That tangy sour essence is made alive and magical by the addition of a bit of sugar or honey. Not a lot mind you, too sweet mixed with sour is not delicious, it is heavy and forced.

Living here on the peninsula I have become more intrigued with cranberries, from the harvest which is almost a dance on water, to the enjoyment of eating them. They are beautiful, unique and delicious. And a fresh berry will bounce, with a tiny rattle heard inside from the seeds. I was thinking about this sauce and thought I had a bag of frozen berries in the freezer in which to make it with.

Gifted berries made into a delicious Cranberry Dried Cherry Sauce.

However, the freezer proved me wrong! I had already used them in a delicious blackberry cranberry grapefruit jam. And while I love opening those jars to enjoy, I was now out of cranberries. I posted a little complaint on my Facebook page and a friend here on the peninsula reached out with a 5-pound bag I could have. And while I could simply have them, if I had a loaf of that delicious bread around, she would enjoy one in exchange. I immediately sent a reply, "are you home? we are headed that way." So we did.

Chunky, delicious, fruity cranberry sauce for your holiday table.

Cranberry & Dried Cherry Sauce, with Orange Rind and a jigger of Gin
by the seat of my pants
makes about 2 1/2 - 3 cups

1 c water
1/3 - 1/2 c sugar - only use the larger amount if you love sweet over tangy
dash salt
1 c dried cherries
1 - 2 T orange rind - I used some candied I have so I did use a full 2 T
1 pound cranberries
1 jigger of gin
Bring the water, sugar, salt, dried cherries and orange rind to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes.

Gifted berries made into a delicious Cranberry Dried Cherry Sauce.

Turn up the heat to boiling, add cranberries and Gin. Let mixture boil over medium-high heat 5 minutes, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until cranberries "pop".

Chunky, delicious, fruity cranberry sauce for your holiday table.

Remove from heat and rest until warm, refrigerate until serving time. The sauce will thicken upon standing and will keep longer than it will be around.....

Gifted berries made into a delicious Cranberry Dried Cherry Sauce.

While my serving container is not pretty, we have a three-hour drive for our Thanksgiving meal, and the white-capped mason jar seemed the best choice, the small bowl, however, will be breakfast with buttered toast!

Enjoy!

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A nice selection of Thanksgiving food suggestions!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…

We are just now getting over the community virus that has plagued us for more than six weeks, it seemed to have cycles of getting better and then rebounding. This has been rather bothersome, to be honest, and to say we are delighted that it appears we are healed is an understatement!

Our Thanksgiving dinner has been planned, all we have left is some shopping and then, of course, a bit of travel to go and be among family and friends. My offering to the combined buffet we shall set out for our group to enjoy is a Roast Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing and Rich Pan Gravy. If all I ever got to eat on this day is cornbread stuffing and gravy, I would be happy!


I look forward to the stuffing every year. Homemade bread, diced and toasted dry in the oven, the same with a pan of our favorite cornbread. The pan drippings enriched by the layer of chopped vegetables to lay the turkey upon for roasting. I think you get the idea...

What I did think I would do is highlight my favorites to share with you, because there are too many to put on our table this year and by sharing I can remember them again. I hope you give them a try. Just simple food, cooked with care and served with love. Exactly what a day of thanks, is all about...

From a selection of Thanksgiving foods to enjoy!
Green Bean Cobbler

Green bean casseroles are a must for so many families. This one is not like the mushroom soup variety (no disrespect intended, we still use a can of this from time to time), this one is even called Green Bean Cobbler, AKA The other green bean casserole. Delightful with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and a crunchy buttered crumb topping.

From a selection of Thanksgiving foods to enjoy!
Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns

So are dinner rolls. These Cottage Cheese Dinner Buns are very festive and so easy! Stir them up, let them sit a bit to proof then ready the dough for baking. They bake up quickly fresh and hot while you are making gravy. Don't forget to pass the butter!

From a selection of Thanksgiving foods to enjoy!
Cheese Garlic Dinner Buns

You may prefer this Cheese Garlic Dinner Buns or even these Whole Grain Dinner Buns. 

From a selection of Thanksgiving foods to enjoy!
Whole Grain Dinner Buns

This is a well-loved recipe!

From a selection of Thanksgiving foods to enjoy!
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream. Pumpkin pie is traditional, but this cream and rich tasting non-dairy ice cream would be perfect to share as well. Especially for those with food restrictions. It is not only delicious but offers that same great taste we all have come to enjoy and look forward to at Thanksgiving time.

From a selection of Thanksgiving foods to enjoy!
Pineapple Raisin Sauce, my mom's recipe!

If you also serve a Ham for your celebration, this Pineapple Raisin Sauce is a must.

From a selection of Thanksgiving foods to enjoy!
Braised Green Beans with Tomato Garlic and Thyme

And because you can never put too many vegetables on the table these Braised Green Beans with Tomato Garlic and Thyme. 

May your table be filled with food upon it, family around it and love in abundance!

Enjoy!

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Honey and Wheat Germ Bread, whole grain and delicious!

Welcome to Our Sunday Café, we are pleased you stopped by for a visit. Today we are offering another delicious recipe from our kitchen. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did…


The bread baking goes on! I needed a new package of wheat germ in order to make more granola and I decided at the same time to use some in a loaf of bread. A simple change to a favorite recipe is often the way to go. Take a look and let me know what you think!

Honey and Wheat Germ Whole Grain Bread. Another in my series of a "single loaf of bread". Working on our recipes to travel with.
Honey and Wheat Germ Bread
Update: this is our new "daily" bread, it is wonderful for toast, sandwiches, bread and butter on the side, french toast. I think you get the idea. I love that it is whole grain and high protein, especially for those mornings where there is not much time and you run out the door with toast in hand!

Honey and Wheat Germ Whole Grain Bread
by the seat of my pants
350-degree for baking

The day before:
1 c water
1 t apple cider vinegar
3-4 c whole grain wheat flour

Stir together, a few lumps are fine. You will want the consistency of a dough, not a batter.
Cover and let rest overnight.

The next day, add all ingredients to the ABM pan in the following order:

2 T water
2 t yeast - I use instant yeast for all baking
2 T oil
3 T honey
soaked grain dough, from the day before
1/4 c gluten flour
1/4 c wheat germ
1/2 c oats
1 t salt

Use the dough cycle to process into a dough.

Remove from the pan, shape into a loaf, place in prepared pan.

Let rise to doubled in bulk. Bake 30-40 minutes or until done in your oven.

Turn out to cool completely.

Enjoy!

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