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Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons by Cynthia O’Hara

Packed with DIY Ideas, Holiday Recipes, DIY Recipes, DIY Cooking, and more, The Harried Housewife’s forthcoming book, Cooking, Baking, and Making: 100 Recipes and DIY Ideas for All Seasons and Reasons, will be available July 25, 2017. Pre-order now and save 43%!

Cooking, Baking, and Making book by Cynthia O'Connor O'Hara

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Here are some ideas featured in Cooking, Baking, and Making:

* Host a springtime luncheon and include recipes like Herbed Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and Smoky Bacon Deviled Eggs. Present these tasty tidbits on Tiered Serving Platters made with dishware you already have, or with dishes bought from the dollar store.

* Enjoy an alfresco get-together during summer with seasonal recipes like Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers and Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa. Make a pretty and practical Frozen Ice Bucket to chill a bottle of wine; serve wine in glasses decorated with unique Wine Charms that you’ve made for guests.

* Chase away the chills during the cool months of autumn with hearty bowls of Corn and Crab Chowder. Buy pot holders from the dollar store and use fabric glue to embellish them with autumn-inspired decorations. Use Embellished Pot Holders for handling the chowder and serve on No-Sew Placemats that are made from fabric remnants.

* Gather with those near and dear during the winter holidays and savor a taste of the season with Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes. Entertain with ease by setting up a Velvety Mashed Potatoes with Assorted Toppings Martini Bar. Give tasty gifts to those you love such as Homemade Bottles of Crème de Menthe.

* Make Custom Coffee Mugs and fill with coffee beans; place in festive gift bags and decorate with personalized Salt Dough Gift Tags—which also can be used as Christmas tree decorations.

 

 

Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

 

Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

Cranberry Cabernet Sauce

Jazz up your dish of cranberry sauce by cooking cranberries in a flavorful mixture that’ll lend a sophisticated touch to this Thanksgiving Day staple.

By simmering cranberries in a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and a few other ingredients, it’s easy to add a twist on tradition while still enjoying a classic.

Of course, your favorite red wine may be substituted for Cabernet Sauvignon, if desired. However you make it, this simple yet elegant dish will enhance the Thanksgiving Day celebration.

CRANBERRY CABERNET SAUCE

1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1/2 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, wine, orange juice, sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, partially covered, until most of the cranberries have popped, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Mash with a potato masher. Cool at least 1 hour before serving. (May be prepared up to five days in advance; store covered and refrigerated.) Makes 8 servings.

The Harried Housewife at Boscov’s

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

Join The Harried Housewife at Boscov’s Department Store at Sangertown Square Mall, 8555 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY 13413 on Saturday, November 5th from 9 to 4 to celebrate Boscov’s VIP Day!

Sample her seasonal recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes from The Harried Housewife’s RECIPE BOX and take advantage of Boscov’s biggest home sale of the season!

The day will be packed with fun, and will feature:

* Special Guests
* Great Food Samples
* Product Demonstrations

You also can register to win fantastic prizes!

Hope to see you there!

Butterscotch Caramel Apple Dip

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Butterscotch Caramel Apple Dip

Butterscotch Caramel Apple Dip

Butterscotch Caramel Apple Dip

Savor a taste of the season by whipping up a flavorful dip that pairs perfectly with orchard-fresh apples. Prepared with minimal ingredients, this recipe can be made in minutes and is filled with the taste of autumn.

It’s a yummy after-school snack and a delightful choice for fall gatherings. It also is ideal for making ahead. Prepare up to two days in advance and store, covered, in the fridge.

When it comes to enjoying the goodness of apples, this recipe makes it easy.

BUTTERSCOTCH CARAMEL APPLE DIP

1 (8-ounce) package regular or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butterscotch caramel ice cream topping
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Apple wedges, for dipping
For dip, in a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, ice cream topping, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Serve with apple wedges. Makes 12 servings

Butterscotch Crispy Treats

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Butterscotch Crispy Treats

Butterscotch Crispy Treats

Butterscotch Crispy Treats

Embellish the time-honored recipe for marshmallow treats with the yummy flavor of butterscotch for quick to prepare snacks that are perfect for a crowd.

Ideal for children of all ages, this recipe can be made at the last minute and is an excellent choice when it comes to easy back-to-school snacks.

With full schedules for both parents and children, this crowd-pleasing recipe is a timely treat.

BUTTERSCOTCH CRISPY TREATS

6 cups crisp rice cereal
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
3 tablespoons instant butterscotch pudding and pie filling mix (from a 4-serving size package)
1 (10.5 ounce) package miniature marshmallows
Butter a 9×13-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, combine cereal and butterscotch chips. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; stir in marshmallows. Cook until melted and smooth, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in pudding mix. Pour over cereal mixture. Stir until well coated. Press mixture into prepared pan. Cool completely. Cut into squares. Makes 24 squares.

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Cranberry Applesauce Bread

Hearty loaves of fresh-baked bread are welcome additions to holiday celebrations. And when they include merry-red cranberries, tasty applesauce, and aromatic spices, they’re even better.

Ideal for passing at the table, enjoying on Christmas morning, or to give as a hostess gift, this flavor-packed bread is a seasonal delight. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar just before serving to add the look of new-fallen snow.

Whatever the occasion, sharing home-baked bread with those near and dear is a delicious way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

CRANBERRY APPLESAUCE BREAD

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped fresh cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottoms of four 5×3-inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and baking powder. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, applesauce, sugar, brown sugar, butter, and milk. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in cranberries and walnuts. Divide batter amongst prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 33 to 38 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes 4 miniature loaves.

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

As seen on WKTV NEWSChannel 2 Harried Housewife Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce is good enough on its own, but the addition of cloves and cinnamon makes it even better. By simmering ruby-red cranberries in brown sugar syrup with a couple sticks of cinnamon and an orange slice that’s dotted with cloves, a dish of cranberry sauce is elevated to a new level.

A welcome addition to the Thanksgiving Day table, this side dish is an excellent choice for holiday entertaining. Perfect for making ahead, it can be prepared up to five days in advance and stored, covered, in the fridge. Sprinkle with finely grated orange zest just before serving for a refreshing finish.

Here are more Thanksgiving holiday recipes from The Harried Housewife’s RECIPE BOX.

From my family to yours… Happy Thanksgiving.

SPICED CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 medium orange
6 whole cloves
1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries
1 cup water
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 (3 to 3 1/2-inches) cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon sugar
Finely grated orange zest (optional)
Using a wooden skewer, poke 6 evenly spaced holes around the center of the orange; insert cloves into holes. Cut a slice out of the orange to include all of the cloves. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, water, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, and orange slice. Squeeze juice from ends of orange into cranberry mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, partially covered, until most of the cranberries have popped, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Remove orange slice and cinnamon sticks. Stir in sugar; mash with a potato masher. Cool at least 1 hour before serving. Sprinkle with finely grated orange zest before serving, if desired. (May be prepared up to five days in advance; store covered and refrigerated.) Makes 8 servings.