Cranberry, Raspberry and Blueberry Wonder Woman Pie

Cranberry, Raspberry and Blueberry Wonder Woman Pie

I started a new section in the sidebar of this blog titled 'Fun Foods'.

Not that all food isn't fun—because it certainly is! As of late, I have found myself gravitating towards foods that are more "nerdy",  geometrically pleasing or delve into my graphic design background. Plus, these types of foods are a lot of fun to make and the feedback is incredibly more enthusiastic.

Pro-tip: If someone you know loves a certain character or game or movie etc., and you bake them something related to that favorite character, game, movie, they will be so overcome with joy you cannot help but smile as you make their unexpected dreams come true. 

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Cranberry Apple Ginger Pie

Cranberry Apple Ginger Pie

Honestly, the pear is only in there because I wanted to use it up. 

I made this pie twice, once per request of my coworkers who were hankering for pie and the second time because it was really good and I wanted to share it with Kristen, some friends and now you. 

My coworkers and I jokingly came up with the idea of a 'Pie Fund' where non-pie making coworkers would contribute money or ingredients to put in the next pie as incentive for pies to appear on a regular basis. This was kept up for a few rounds until we got more pies and other treats for work purposes. But, maybe after the holidays are over, this will resume. I would not object to having pie all year 'round. 

Next week, this will be my Thanksgiving pie. I'm generally the dessert girl when it comes to holidays and special occasions so bringing a pie is usually a must.

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Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Port Sauce and Pumpkin Gnocchi

Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Port Sauce and Pumpkin Gnocchi

Right here, right now, we're in the middle of fall with Thanksgiving upon us in less than two weeks.

Here, in Northern California, the weather has been beautiful, some days almost too warm to even contemplate it being fall. But, the leaves are changing and falling, the mornings bright and the sun sets as I leave for work, which is always a treat. 

In October, I took a half day from work to relax and spend the time cooking a meal that I wouldn't normally spend the time to make during the week. And, I also decided to try making gnocchi again. Several years ago, I attempted gnocchi (of the good ol' potato variety) and much to my disappointment, it fell apart when boiled. Ever since then, I have been weary of making gnocchi again and handling the generally pretty sticky dough even though wetter doughs often result in more moist cooked counterparts. Oh, the dilemma. But, I sucked it in and made the gnocchi anyways with the help of Kristen.

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Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Cranberry Streusel Muffins

Even though in this post I said I wasn't going seasonal, I think fall has finally hit me. 

Here are some things that have made me realize that summer is officially gone.

  • The first rain of fall arrived with gorgeous overcast window light and beautiful dew drops on all of the changing leaves.
  • My coworkers have returned to discussions of Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving and the temperature of the house we work out of.
  • I can now wear scarves without feeling like my neck is going to die.
  • Cranberries, apples, squash and Brussels sprouts have returned to my diet.
  • My birthday is in less than two weeks.
  • Kristen and I are already discussing what we are bringing to Thanksgiving. (Yes, we are a bit premature.)

To officially break into the large bag of cranberries I got from Costco, I made muffins. Also, I really needed to use sour cream that I had in the refrigerator. You know how the freezer and I work

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Cranberry Hot Cross Buns

Cranberry Hot Cross Buns

These have got to be the softest and fluffiest rolls I've made in a while.

These were made more out of an excuse to practice making bread rather than because Easter is so soon this year—March 27! Easter has never been a big holiday in my family but I've always loved the look of Hot Cross Buns.

There's only been one other time, I've attempted to make Hot Cross Buns. Like these English Muffins (still working on them, though), I first attempted to make Hot Cross Buns in my beginning days of making bread. They turned out dense and doughy because I had difficulties working with the dough. It was terribly sticky and my solution was to put in more flour which is of course why they turned out so dense. 

This time, I thought I was going down the same path again, but they were a huge success. Best, straight out of the oven and piping hot.  

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