Mother Nature's white blanket falls silently on the earthen ground and resting on the trees with their branches bending humble in prayer of Thanksgiving for a time of rest. Snow sparkling in the moonlight bejeweled with thousands of diamonds on a moon lite night.
The smell of fall with its rustling of leaves in the wind and their dance of color or the rain raising up filling the senses with smell of Mother Earth being nurtured for her time of rest.
A Blessed Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you all.
I cut this recipe from Bon Appetit 1992 long ago
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- 2 lb
- navel oranges, plus 12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
- 1 lb
- apple, winesap, mcintosh, pippin or your choice, cord, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 1/4 c
- 1 c
- golden raisins
- 1 tsp
- cinnamon, ground
- 1/2 c
- orange juice, fresh
- 1 Tbsp
- orange liqueut
- 1 Tbsp
- freshly grated orange rind
- 2 1/4 c
- 1/3 c
- almonds, slivered
- 1/4 c
- 1/2 tsp
- 1/4 c
- sweet (unsalted) chilled raw organic butter, cut into pieces
- 1/4 tsp
- almond extract or pure vanilla extract
- 6 Tbsp
- ice water or more
- egg beaten with 1 tblsp. ice water
- powdered sugar for dusting
- vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
FOR CRUST ---THE DOUGH ALSO MAKES COOKIES
Grate enough peel from 1 orange to measure 1 tablespoon and reserve. Cut all peel and pith from oranges. Cut between membranes of oranges with small sharp knife to release segments. Cut segments into thirds.
Blend flour, slivered almonds, sugar and salt in processor until almonds are finely ground. Add chilled unsalted butter and blend in using 10 on/off turns. Add almond extract. With machine running add 6 tablespoons water and process just until moist clumps form, adding more water by tablespoons if dough is too dry. Gather dough together. Form 1/4 of dough into ball; flatten to disk. Form remainder of dough into ball; flatten to disk. Wrap both disks in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes. (Dough can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated. Before continuing, let dough stand at room temperature until slightly softened.)
Lightly butter cookie sheet, Roll out small dough disk on floured surface to 1-/8-inch thickness. Using 2-inch decorative cookie cutters, cut out cookies. Transfer cookies to prepared cookie sheet and refrigerate. Reduce oven temperature to 375 Degress F. Brush cookies lightly with egg glaze. Bake until light brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack and cool. (Can be prepared 8 hours ahead.