Sunday, January 13, 2013

Real Delicious Chai

You will never drink the stuff out of a box or happily order chia from coffee shop ever again, not after making this.  I wish I could remember where the recipe came from (somewhere online, she was a genius!) If you find this and it's your recipe, please let me give you credit! It's so good with just the right amount of spice and sweet.  You would be remiss to not try this.

1 TBL peeled chopped ginger root
1 cinnamon stick
3-4 peppercorns
1 tsp fennel seed
1/4 cup sugar
loose black tea (or two tea bags)
milk or cream

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil.  Add ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns and fennel seed.  Keep at a low boil for 3-4 minutes.  Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Add tea and simmer for 4 minutes. Strain into tea pot. Pour into cups and add milk or cream.  Drink and enjoy!

Pork Roast with Cranberries

This sweet and tart recipe for pork roast cooked in your crockpot is delicious and so easy - with just five ingredients! It was the perfect Christmas Eve dinner with so much else going on at the time the last thing I really wanted to worry about was cooking.  We paired this with mashed potatoes and Christmas green beans. Delish!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes


  • 1 (2-1/2 lb.) boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch


Trim fat from pork shoulder roast. Place in 3-1/2-4 quart slow cooker. Combine cranberries, broth, 1/2 cup of the cranberry juice cocktail, and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Pour over roast. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours.
When done, place roast on platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Pour juices from crockpot into medium saucepan. Combine remaining 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail with cornstarch in small bowl and mix well. Add to juices in saucepan and cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Serve with pork roast. 6 servings
Calories: 330
Fat: 15 grams
Sodium: 140 mg