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Cran Raspberry Mimosas

Celebrate the New Year or enjoy for brunch these Cranberry Raspberry Mimosas are absolutely delicious! A festive cocktail recipe that will add JOY to any occasion.

6 cocktails

1 cup sweetened cranberry raspberry juice
1 bottle dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or cava)
fresh raspberries
fresh mint

Pour 1/4 cup (2 ounces) crane raspberry juice into each Champagne flute. Top with Champagne, a few raspberries and fresh mint.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Sparkling Pear Champagne Cocktail

This sparkling cocktail is the perfect way to ring in the New Year or any special occasion.

2 cocktails

2 oz pear juice (no added sugar)
2 oz Poire Williams (pear brandy)
8 oz chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco or Cava)
thinly sliced fresh pear, for garnish (optional)

Pour the pear juice and Poire Williams into two Champagne flutes. Top with Champagne. Garnish with fresh pear slices.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: French 75 Cocktail

Serve this celebratory French 75 Cocktail recipe, a bubbly treat for any occasion! Great for New Year’s Eve or any time you crave a bubbly toast!

1 cocktail

1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 oz gin
3 oz Brut Champagne

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the lemon juice, simple syrup & gin. Shake well & strain into a chilled champagne flute or coupe glass. Top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist & a few raspberries.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

There’s no reason why Thanksgiving recipes need to be complicated. Try this quick and easy appetizer: Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

6 servings

1 round (8 ounces) Brie cheese
1/2 cup homemade cranberry sauce (see notes for some recipe ideas)
top with toasted chopped pecans, walnuts or candied nuts (see notes)
your favorite crackers

Heat oven to 325 degrees F with the rack in the middle.
Place the cheese on a cookie sheet or bake safe tray. Bake 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has softened.
Spoon the cranberry sauce over the cheese, Bake for 5 minutes longer until the cranberry sauce is warmed through. Top with toasted or candied pecans.
Serve with crackers.

Try these cranberry sauce recipes:

Champagne Cranberry Sauce

Port Wine Cranberry Sauce

Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Maple Citrus Roasted Pecans

 

 

 

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes

A favorite side dish for fall & winter, this Maple Cinnamon Skillet Roasted Sweet Potatoes recipes is simple, healthy and delicious!

4 servings

2 sweet potatoes (should yield 4 cups cubed)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp black pepper
fresh parsley for topping

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
Rinse, pat dry and chop the sweet potatoes into 1 inch cubes.
Place in a 12 inch cast iron skillet in a single layer. Toss with the oil, maple syrup, garlic salt, cinnamon and pepper.
Bake for 25 minutes, toss with tongs. Bake for another 10 minutes.
Remove from the oven, top with parsley & serve.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Candy Corn Brownies

16-24 brownies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, whisked
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup unbleached AP flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup candy corn
Super Sexy Chocolate Frosting (link in notes)

Heat oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle. Grease a 13x9x2 baking pan.
Melt butter on the stove top or in the microwave.
Combine the melted butter in a medium bowl with the sugar and vanilla.
Add the eggs, incorporate well. Add the cocoa, mix well. add the flour, baking powder and salt. Combine well.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is not jiggly and the sides pull away from the pan.
Cool brownies completly in the pan on a wire rack. Cut brownies into the size you want them and layer on the Super Sexy Chocolate Frosting & more candy corn.

Get the recipe for Super Sexy Chocolate Frosting here: https://newmm2019.wpengine.com/super-sexy-chocolate-frosting-recipe/

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These Chocolate Chip Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars are everything a pumpkin lover could wish for and then some. Sweetened with brown sugar and pure maple syrup, these scream fall!

16 2

–crust
20 maple or vanilla creme-filled sandwich cookies
3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
–filling
16 ounces full fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
hot water
–topping
1/2 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with the rack in the middle. Line a 9X9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
Crust: Pulse the cookies in a food processor until they are fully ground, drizzle in the melted butter and pulse to combine.
Press this mixture evenly onto the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside and cool for 10 minutes.
Filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in the pumpkin puree, eggs one at a time until smooth. Beat in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt and flour until just combined.
Pour the batter evenly over the cookie crumble crust. Tap the pan once on the counter to release any air bubbles. Top the batter with the chocolate chips.
Place the pan in a roasting tray. Place in the oven, pour water into the roasting pan so its comes 3/4 of the way up the baking dish.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, the edges will be set and the middle a bit wobbly.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a rack. Remove the cheesecake from the pan using the parchment for easy removal.
Chill in the fridge for 3 hours before slicing and serving.

~ Marla Meridith

Recipe: Gingersnap Icebox Cake With Maple Whipped Cream

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Best Ever Swedish Meatballs

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Recipe: Vegan Peppermint Blue Latte

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Roasted Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

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Recipe: Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

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