What’s Cookin’ in the Parsonage?

It’s November – the time for turkey with cranberries.  I guess that’s what’s been on my mind, because my recent recipes have been filled with them!  They have such a fresh pungent taste that adds so much flavor to a recipe.  Why wouldn’t I love them?! 

One new dish I made for dinner is – Cranberry Chicken.  It’s one I pinned on Pinterest – along with a bunch more ideas of what to do with boneless chicken breasts.  The great thing is that it cooks up very quickly.  It was nice and moist since it finishes cooking in the sauce.

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Ready In: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Cost per serving: $1.00

1 Tablespoon cooking oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast fillets (Note below)
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 cup apple juice – I had orange juice, so that’s what I used instead – it worked great!
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse-grind black pepper
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. Combine cranberries, apple juice and chicken stock in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a gallon-sized plastic bag with zip top, mix flour, salt and pepper. Toss chicken breasts into bag and shake well until each breast is coated evenly with flour.
  3. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot add chicken and cook for 5 minutes each side. Remove chicken to a plate and keep warm.
  4. Pour soaked cranberries with juice and stock into the hot pan, reduce heat to low and scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Stir in mustard and add chicken back into pan.
  5. Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and sauce has thickened. Serve chicken with sauce atop.

Note: Breast fillets are simply chicken breasts that have been cut horizontally to be thinner and cook quicker.

Another new recipe I tried this week was a quick and light dessert – Cranberry and Apple Crumblefrom Cooking Light.  Oh, my!  This was so good, and only 211 calories and 6 gms of fat per serving!


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
6 cups sliced peeled Braeburn apple
1 cup fresh cranberries I used 1/2 dried and 1/2 fresh
1/3 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal.
This is how it looks before getting popped into the oven

3.  Combine apple and cranberries in a large bowl. Combine juice and remaining ingredients; pour over apple mixture. Toss well. Spoon apple mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with flour mixture. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown. Serve warm.

Add a few more calories and spoon on some ice cream!  Mmmm.

A friend of mine baked these Honey-Wheat Rolls for a meal we shared together.  They were soooo good!
This would make a great addition to your Thanksgiving meal!
She was sweet enough to share her recipe with us!


Honey-Wheat Rolls
1 cup warm water
2 pkgs. yeast
1 3/4 cup water
1/4 Cup honey
1 tsp salt
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
3 eggs
4 cups whole wheat flour (maybe a little more)
4 cups bread flour (maybe a little more)

Mix yeast in warm water.  You can add a couple teaspoons of sugar, if desired (sugar helps give the yeast a little boost in rising).  In a large bowl add the honey and the 1 3/4 cup water and mix.   Stir in the butter.  In separate bowl, beat eggs and add one at a time to water and honey mixture.   Add flours and mix in enough flour until the dough isn’t sticky.

Place dough into an oiled bowl, turning dough over to coat both sides with oil.  Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.  Roll out onto floured surface and cut into 2 dozen rolls.  Cover and rise again.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Brush with honey butter.

Have you been using any seasonal foods like cranberries or pumpkin to make new dishes?  I’d love to hear about it – either here on or the RefreshHer Facebook Page!

From my parsonage kitchen,

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