January 8, 2016

My Top Five Picks of 2015

Every year I pick my top five or so favorite recipes I have made this year in no particular order. This year is no different and they range from breakfast to soup to main course to dessert. If I had to choose my all time favorite I couldn't do it. Just depends on the day, but I have to tell you being the dessert lover that I am the cheesecake is killer.

l. Ella's Perfect Cheesecake:

2. Kathy's Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup:

3. Honey Lemon Salmon In Foil:

4. Morning Glory Muffins:

5. Chicken Lombardy:


December 26, 2015

Monterey Jack Cheese Ball

This is sure to be a hit for your New Years Eve festivities. 

I have been making this cheese ball for years and it's always a winner and I rarely go home with any left over. It's a good make ahead appetizer and very easy to put together. Here's a tip, you could make two balls out of this recipe and it would also make a great neighbor gift for next Christmas. Add a small box of crackers and you are good to go.

12 ounces cream cheese (that's 1 1/2 boxes)
2 cups grated monterey jack cheese
2 green onions, thin sliced (include most of the greens)
1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans (to roll cheese ball in)

Let your cheeses sit out for a while to get soft.

Put first four ingredients in bowl and blend together. Mold into a ball and roll into chopped pecans. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in fridge to set up. There now isn't that easy.

This is also one of my other favorite cheese balls. sugarrush.blogspot.com/2013/12/pineapple-cheese-ball.html


December 20, 2015

From Me To You

Merry Christmas from SugarRush

May all your New Year wishes come true.

November 25, 2015

Fresh Orange Cranberry Sauce

This is the cranberry sauce I make every year for Thanksgiving. It's so easy and only has three ingredients and no cooking. I usually make it a day or so ahead so I don't have to worry about it on the big day.

I use my food processor and it chops it up in 10 to 20 seconds or so.  It makes almost 3 cups but if you need more just double the recipe. Easy peasey.

One 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries (I use Ocean Spray)
1 navel orange (try to get an orange that has smooth thin skin)
3/4 cup granulated sugar

Wash and drain the fresh cranberries. Wash the orange and cut off the ends. Quarter the orange leaving the skin on and take out those little white pieces in the center.

Add the cranberries and orange quarters to the food processor and pulse for 10 second intervals until desired chop is achieved. Pour into bowl and add sugar. If you like it a little sweeter just add a little sugar at a time. Done. See how easy that was and you can say "I made this, no canned cranberry sauce for us".

Tip: Also great with some over cream cheese to use as an appetizer.