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Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktails

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Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktails

Cranberry Pomegranate Cocktails

Dazzle your guests at this year’s New Year’s Eve party by filling this sleek Infinity pitcher from Anchor Hocking with a vibrant cranberry pomegranate mixture that will welcome the New Year in good taste.

Simply stir together a few ingredients and you will be on your way to a memorable evening overflowing with fun. So raise your glasses and toast to the promise of great things to come in the New Year.

Here’s to good health, happiness, and prosperity.

Cheers!

CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE COCKTAILS

4 cups cranberry pomegranate juice cocktail, chilled
2 1/2 cups vodka
1/4 cup orange juice
Ice cubes
Pomegranate seeds (optional)
Skewers of fresh cranberries (optional)
In a large pitcher, combine cranberry pomegranate juice cocktail, vodka, and orange juice. Place ice cubes in glasses; pour cranberry pomegranate mixture over ice cubes. Stir in pomegranate seeds, if desired. Garnish with skewers of fresh cranberries, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and drinkware
Food Styling by Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara

Spiked Eggnog Punch

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Spiked Eggnog Punch

Spiked Eggnog Punch

Spiked Eggnog Punch

Spiked Eggnog Punch

Gather your loved ones, stir up a creamy concoction, and savor a cup of spiked eggnog punch brimming with old-fashioned goodness.

The tradition of sharing eggnog with those near and dear originated in England centuries ago. Served in small cups known as noggins, the rich beverage was spiked with a variety of alcoholic beverages. The custom continues today, and is made easier and safer, by simply picking up cartons of pasteurized eggnog from the supermarket instead of making it from scratch.

Just in the nick of time for holiday celebrations, this quick to prepare recipe for Spiked Eggnog Punch is a luscious crowd-pleaser. And using this Anchor Hocking Presence 18 piece Punch Bowl Set to serve guests adds a vintage touch to the celebration. The cups may be attached to the bowl for style and practicality—and will encourage them to have a cup of cheer.

So go ahead and indulge with family and friends in a festive potion that’s mingled with seasonal flavors. After all, this is a luscious way to celebrate the time-honored taste of the holidays.

And if you like this recipe, you’ll love the following scrumptious treat for Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes. Easy to make and filled with the flavor of the season, this mouthwatering dessert is perfect for celebrating the Yuletide. To get the recipe, order a copy of Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons

Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes

Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes

 

SPIKED EGGNOG PUNCH

2 (1/2 gallon) cartons regular or light eggnog
2 cups rum, brandy, or whiskey
Freshly grated nutmeg
Fresh, lightly whipped cream

In a large punch bowl, combine eggnog, brandy, and freshly grated nutmeg. Ladle into cups; top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of fresh-grated nutmeg. Makes 24 servings.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and serveware
Food Styling by Cynthia O’Connor O’Hara

Mini Brownie Trifles

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Mini Brownie Trifles

Mini Brownie Trifles

Looking for a decadent dessert that will impress family and friends at this year’s holiday get-together? Then get this cute Anchor Hocking Presence Mini Trifle Set, fill with layers of fudgy brownies and creamy pudding; top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings—and celebrate the Yuletide in good taste.

Using store-bought brownie mix is one sugarplum of a shortcut, and no one will guess how easy this recipe is to prepare. Get a jumpstart on preparation by making the trifles up to 24 hours in advance and store, covered, in the fridge. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

The mini trifle dishes are ideal for entertaining. When not in use, simply decorate with festive ribbons and fill with colorful candies. Whether you place them around the house or line them up on the holiday table, these miniature trifle dishes serve a multitude of purposes. So treat your loved ones to a decadent brownie dessert then make use of the dishes throughout the holidays. Now this is the sweetest way to help make the season bright.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas.

Pick up a copy of The Harried Housewife’s Cookbook for more easy holiday recipes.

MINI BROWNIE TRIFLES

1 (19- to -22 ounce) package brownie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brewed coffee
2 tablespoons water
2 eggs
1 (4-serving size) package chocolate instant pudding and pie filling mix
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix (from a 4-serving size package)
1 3/4 cups whipping (or heavy) cream
Whipped cream (optional)
Chocolate shavings (optional)
Fresh raspberries (optional)
Mint leaves (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, vegetable oil, coffee, water, and eggs. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixed. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack; cut about 3/4 of the brownie into 1-inch pieces.

Meanwhile, prepare chocolate pudding mix as directed on package for pudding, using milk; cover and refrigerate. In a large bowl, combine vanilla pudding mix and whipping cream. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy; cover and refrigerate. In 6 miniature trifle dishes, arrange 7 of the brownies in the bottom and up the sides of the dishes; cover with chocolate pudding. Arrange 5 of the brownies in similar style; top with the whipped cream mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours; top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings before serving, if desired. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves, if desired. Makes 6 miniature trifles (12 servings).

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and dishware

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

As seen on NEWSChannel 2 Friday, December 20, 2013

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

Take a trip back in time to Grandma’s holiday kitchen by baking this spicy and moist Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake. Dripping with a cream cheese glaze that’s dusted with flakes of edible white glitter, this aromatic cake will glisten like icicles freshly coated with a blanket of new-fallen snow.

The perfect treat to share with those near and dear, this recipe adds just enough pumpkin to lend a tasty twist to a time-honored classic. And placing this frosty-looking dessert on a cake plate like this simple yet stylish Anchor Hocking Presence Cake Plate with Dome will only add to the charm of an old-fashioned Christmas.

As the intoxicating aroma of familiar spices wafts through the air and conjures up warm reminiscences of Grandma’s kitchen, it’s gratifying to know that baking this cake will honor her—and create fond memories for generations to come.

PUMPKIN GINGERBREAD CAKE

2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening
1 egg
1 cup 100 percent pure pumpkin
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup molasses
Cream Cheese Glaze
Edible white glitter flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch fluted tube pan with shortening; dust with flour. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and cloves. In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, and shortening. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add egg; beat until combined. Add pumpkin, hot water, and molasses; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat until combined. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely; transfer to cake plate. Drizzle with Cream Cheese Glaze and sprinkle with edible glitter, if desired. Makes 16 servings.

CREAM CHEESE GLAZE

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until combined. Gradually add milk, beating after each addition, until glaze is of drizzling consistency.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and serveware

Coconut Cupcakes

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Newstalk Harried Housewife Coconut Cupcakes Recipe

Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut Cupcakes

Dreaming of a white Christmas? Then fill pedestals like this Anchor Hocking Presence 3 Tier Platter Set with layers of luscious coconut cupcakes and enjoy a winter wonderland of tasty confections.

Easy and elegant, these pretty cupcakes are terrific for entertaining. They will be a festive addition to the dessert table and will appeal to both children and adults.

As exciting as snowballs made with fresh-fallen snow, these moist and delicious treats highlight the merry shade of white that’s so welcome at this time of year.

Happy holidays!

For more easy recipes, pick up a copy of The Harried Housewife’s Cookbook.

COCONUT CUPCAKES

1 (4-serving size) package instant coconut cream pudding and pie filling mix
1 (16.5-ounce) package plain French vanilla cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
Easy Coconut Cream Frosting
Sweetened coconut flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 24 muffin cups or line with paper liners. Reserve 2 tablespoons pudding mix for frosting (see below). In a large bowl, combine the remaining pudding mix, cake mix, eggs, water, and oil. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; beat 2 minutes. Divide into muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost with Easy Coconut Cream Frosting; sprinkle with coconut flakes. Makes 24 cupcakes.

EASY COCONUT CREAM FROSTING

2 tablespoons instant coconut cream pudding and pie filling mix
1/2 cup heavy (or whipping) cream
1 (8-ounce) carton regular or light frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and heavy cream. Whisk for 1 minute. Stir in whipped topping and vanilla.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and bakeware

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sugared Walnuts

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Friday, November 8, 2013

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sugared Walnuts

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Sugared Walnuts

Sweet potatoes are a staple at the grand Thanksgiving Day feast, but why not make them ultra special by topping with a caramelized walnut mixture.

The ultimate in sweet potato goodness, this savory side dish is easy to prepare and perfect for both children and adults. The combination of cinnamon-spiced, sugared walnuts with sumptuous mashed sweet potatoes will complement the other Thanksgiving dishes.

And you can prepare the mashed sweet potatoes mixture up to two days in advance and store, covered, in the fridge. When ready to bake, make the sugared walnuts mixture and sprinkle over potato mixture. This classic Anchor Hocking Oven Basics 2 quart covered casserole makes clean up a snap since it can go right in the dishwasher.

When it comes to honoring tradition with familiar favorites, this recipe will ensure the Thanksgiving celebration is just a little sweeter.

MASHED SWEET POTATOES WITH SUGARED WALNUTS

MASHED SWEET POTAOTES
4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Salt and pepper to taste

SUGARED WALNUTS
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup chopped walnuts
For mashed sweet potatoes, place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover loosely, and gently boil until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. For mashed sweet potatoes, place cooked sweet potatoes in a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup butter, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, milk, and vanilla; mash until almost no lumps remain. Season with salt and pepper; transfer to prepared casserole.

For sugared walnuts, in a small bowl combine 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 3 tablespoons melted butter. Stir in walnuts. Sprinkle over potato mixture; bake until potato mixture is set and walnut mixture has browned, 35 to 40 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and bakeware

Spring Nests: Recipe for the Season

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Spring Nests

Spring Nests

Spring Nests

Celebrate spring and the joy of Easter by making edible nests that are just right at this time of year. Ideal for folks who like the taste of sweet and salty treats, these yummy nests are easy to make and can be filled with a variety of assorted candy.

From jelly beans to robin eggs, little ones will have fun decorating with their choice of colorful candies. They can make them for loved ones to share on Easter Sunday, or they can be a fabulous finale to any springtime dinner.

Whatever the occasion, these crowd-pleasing goodies will make celebrating the beauty of the season even sweeter.

SPRING NESTS

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 ounces high-quality white chocolate, finely chopped
4 cups pretzel sticks, broken
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3/4 teaspoon water
3 to 4 drops green food color
Assorted candy
Lightly coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Add marshmallows and white chocolate. Cook over medium-low heat until marshmallows and white chocolate are melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add pretzel sticks; stir until completely coated. Cool 3 minutes. Coat hands with cooking spray; press mixture onto bottom and up sides of prepared cups. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine coconut, water, and food color; toss to combine. Remove nests from cups; fill with tinted coconut and assorted candy. Makes 12 spring nests.