Cranberry and Fall Recipes

Published: Fri, 11/04/22

The Cooking Mom
November 4, 2022
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Hi Cooking Moms, Dads & Friends,

I hope you had a great week! It’s been the most beautiful fall in Wisconsin. This week we had temperatures near 70 degrees. I’m lovin’ it. The trick or treaters sure did too! I can't remember a warmer Halloween night.

Now that Halloween is over it’s time to start thinking about the next holidays. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Now is a great time to start thinking about and planning your holiday menu. It’s always to fun make something different and really special for your family and friends. I’m not saying you shouldn’t make your family’s favorites, but I’m saying why not try something new this holiday season?

We LOVE appetizers in our house. You know the pre-dinner snacks and nibbles. This weekend get out your slow cooker and throw together my Cranberry Meatballs. We LOVE these! Crazy easy too. I make them all the time for game day and holiday get togethers. They are ALWAYS a winner. Just 5 ingredients!

Speaking of cranberries. Move over pumpkin spice. It’s cranberry time! If you are stuck in a recipe rut and looking to try something new for dinner, you gotta try my Cranberry Chicken Bake. Just 4 ingredients. It sounds kind of crazy but it’s AMAZING! Trust me on this. It’s fantastic served over wild rice.

I like to serve it with wild rice or better yet my Cranberry Almond Couscous. Couscous is so easy to make. And most kids love it. It would make a nice, healthy and pretty side dish for Thanksgiving too! Next week I’ll be on TV in Minneapolis cooking up my all time favorite recipes for Thanksgiving. I hope you’ll watch me on The Jason Show and Twin Cities Live Thursday November 10th. I can’t wait!

Why not fire up the grill this weekend? We’re still grilling! Celebrate the weekend with my Chicken Fajita Packets. Easy breezy and no cleanup!

Get the weekend started with my 8 Layer Mexican Bean Dip. It’s always a winner. Perfect for game day too!

For dessert, got leftover Halloween candy? We always seem to have it. Use it to make my Snickers Dip. I serve it with crunchy apples, graham crackers and pretzels for dipping. It’s a tempting no-bake dessert. Everybody will go nuts over it!

Another great way to use up that candy is to make my Fall Snack Mix. Just pop some popcorn, throw in some pretzels, candy corn, Reeses Pieces, and some dried cranberries and almonds, if you like. Put it in a large bowl and watch it disappear. Perfect for movie night or the big game. Click Desserts for more fall and holiday treats.

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