Cinnamon Cranberry Poached Apples

Tiny poached apples served in sweetly spiced syrup infused with warming spices like cinnamon, vanilla, star anise and the tartness of fresh cranberries. 

Cinnamon Cranberry Poached Apples on Gourmande in the Kitchen Cinnamon Cranberry Poached Apples

These poached apples are just the thing for a simple family supper or a holiday get-together when you’re short on time.  Cooked fruit are one of the simplest of sweets but also the most comforting.

Sweet, spicy and just a little bit tart, it’s also the kind of recipe that’s just at home for breakfast as it is for dessert, and the best part is you can make them ahead of time since they only get better as they sit.  An overnight rest in the fridge gives the flavors a chance to mingle and infuse the apples even further.


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Creamy Baked Parsnips with Thyme

An easy, creamy side of oven-braised parsnips with thyme.

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Braising has a way of bringing out the best in certain vegetables.  Take parsnips, for example; yes, they’re wonderful roasted in a hot oven where they get all crispy on the outside, but braising them gives them a tender, creamy quality through and through that’s equally glorious.

I think it’s one of the nicest ways to serve parsnips, not to mention it’s pretty convenient around the holidays when you’ve got the oven going practically 24/7 anyhow.


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Travel Snack Ideas | Plus a $200.00 Giveaway to Abe’s Market

Healthy Travel Snacks

Snack ideas for traveling and a chance to win $100.00 worth of travel snacks AND a $100.00 gift certificate. I love to travel.  Scratch that…. 

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Couples Cooking | Calphalon Contemporary Stainless 8-piece Cookware Set Giveaway

Couples Cooking Calphalon Contemporary Stainless 8 Piece Set

Five good reasons to cook together as a couple and a chance to win an 8 piece contemporary stainless cookware set from Calphalon to get… 

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Chocolate Dip Ice Pops from Purely Pops | Q&A with the Author and Giveaway

Chocolate Dipped Ice Pop Recipe

A recipe for chocolate dipped popsicles and an interview with the author of Purely Pops Leanne Vogel. (Today kicks off 4 weeks of great giveaways… 

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Creamy Basil Parsley Dip

Creamy Basil Parsley Dip on Gourmande in the Kitchen

A cooling and creamy basil filled dip perfect for snacking. Known for its enticing fragrance and flavor, sweet basil loves hot weather and is perhaps… 

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Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

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This meal in a glass is bursting with berries, pineapple and greens.  As temperatures climb frosty drinks offer a welcome salvation from the heat, especially… 

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Spinach and Herb Cauliflower Couscous Stuffed Zucchini

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Zucchini boats are filled with a crunchy mixture of cauliflower “couscous” flavored with baby spinach and fresh herbs then topped with pine nuts. Zucchini has… 

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Fresh Mint Granita with Watermelon and Raspberries

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A scoop of cooling, fresh mint granita takes the sweet/tart flavors of watermelon and raspberries to new heights. A fresh and frosty treat that’s simple… 

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Spicy Mango Cucumber Salad Skewers

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Skewers of mango and cucumber dressed with fresh chili, lime and salt are an utterly refreshing collaboration of salty, sweet, tart and spicy tastes.  Here’s a fun… 

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Fig, Green Bean and Radicchio Salad with Hazelnuts

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Tender green beans, juicy figs and crunchy radicchio are tossed together with fresh herbs in this summery salad. Simple salads are a staple for me… 

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Chilled Tomato Peach Soup with Pistachio Basil Pistou

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Warm weather favorites unite in a refreshingly light and vibrant chilled soup. While a steaming bowl of soup is probably the last thing that comes… 

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