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A few years ago, I was looking for a festive, fun salad to make for a holiday dinner. Coming across a recipe for a broccoli cauliflower salad it sounded good right up to the raisins.

I’m not so fond of raisins. Apparently the feeling is mutual. So we avoid each other at all costs. The last time I ate a raisin was when I was 8-years-old and my mom made me eat a bowl of Raisin Bran. I was so sick all day. And we happened to be in Disneyland. It goes without saying, I’ve held a long and ardent grudge against raisins.

I also wasn’t wild about the dressing used on the salad which involved onions (ick!).

So I improvised and this is what I came up with. Even Captain Cavedweller likes it and that is saying a lot!

The colors are fun and festive and really do look pretty on a holiday table.

(Yes, I realize it is a bit early to be thinking about Christmas but I am in the downhill slide of finishing up my Holiday Entertaining tips book so my head has been firmly entrenched in the holidays for weeks, now).

 

 

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad (Christmas Salad)

2 cups of fresh cauliflower, chopped into bite-sized pieces

2 cups of fresh broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces

1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup buttermilk ranch dressing

Cut up broccoli and cauliflower florets, stir in cranberries, sunflower seeds and dressing (I just use the bottled dressing, but you could make your own if you are feeling the need to work extra hard). Sprinkle a few extra seeds and cranberries on top in the center and serve.

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A few weeks ago I needed to make some cookies to take to a meeting and of course, seemed to be out of everything I needed to make the cookies I wanted. Feeling a bit inspired, I threw some miscellaneous ingredients together and ended up with a batch of pretty tasty cookies. I finally remembered what I put in the original recipe and made the cookies again this week. Although I have a hard time not eating the dough, these cookies are a little different with a great flavor.

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsps. cinnamon

1 1/3 cups flour

1/4 tsp. salt

3 cups oatmeal, uncooked

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts

1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, beat together butter and sugars with electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add to butter mixture; mix well. Stir in oats, cranberries, nuts and chips; mix well.

Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are set but not yet brown for soft cookies or 10-12 minutes and turning brown for crispy cookies.

Happy Entertaining and enjoy!

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