Friday, October 30, 2009

sunday dinners

It all started about 8 years ago. Every Sunday afternoon, my husband and I would get so caught up in complaining about not wanting to go to work, that we would end up ruining the last remaining weekend hours we had left. Something had to be done! So we decided we needed to get our minds off Monday and create a Sunday night tradition that we could look forward to. Sunday Night Dinners was born. Each week, we take turns making a fantastic dinner for one another. The rule is, it has to be something we have never made before. We've become much better cooks over the years because at least once a week we are trying new techniques and recipes. Whoever is in charge of cooking that week takes care of everything and at the end of the day, we're so busy eating a delicious dinner and drinking wine that we almost forget that the weekend is over.

In honor of our tradition, I'm going to share recipes with you on Fridays. Maybe you'll try one or two on a Sunday evening?

Cranberry Dessert Sauce
(Adapted from a recipe by Martha Stewart)

1 cup of fresh or frozen cranberries. (You do not need to defrost the frozen berries.)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup cherry brandy
3 tablespoons of water
vanilla ice cream

1. Put all the ingredients, except ice cream, in a saucepan and bring to simmer over medium heat.
2. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occassionally.
3. Let cool slightly, for about 10 minutes and keep warm.
4. Pour over servings of vanilla ice cream.

This is more delicious than you can ever imagine and perfect for the holidays. If you have leftovers, it may solidfy in the fridge a bit. It can be used as a jelly (perfect on leftover turkey sandwiches!) or just reheat it in the microwave and eat it with more ice cream!