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Festive Pinwheel Cranberry Orange Cookies

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Looking for a deliciously simple treat to serve this holiday season? Check out this recipe for Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies, as adapted by

Cranberry-Orange Pinwheel Cookies (adapted from

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  • 1 cup of chopped cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh orange zest
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup of softened butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ of a cup of brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 cups of baking flour


  • First, add your cranberries, half of your orange zest, and walnut to a food processor. Mix these ingredients until they are well-blended, or small pieces of the ingredients are left. Chill in the refrigerator until needed.
  • In your mixer, cream your butter, brown and white sugar, and vanilla together. Once they are blended, add your baking powder, the other half of your orange zest, salt, and eggs.
    Once your mixture is fully combined, start adding in the flour. Only add the flour in a little at a time at a medium speed. Once the dry and wet ingredients are combined, chill the dough mixture for an hour.
  • When the dough is chilled for an hour, separate the dough into two sections. Roll out each half of the dough on wax paper, until each section is about ¼ inch thick. Spread half of the cranberry mixture on each section of the dough.
  • Once the filling is spread across the dough sections, start rolling the dough from the short ends of the rectangle. Guide the roll with the wax paper, and once complete, seal the ends with tape and place the log in the refrigerator to sit overnight.
  • When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Start by cutting each log into ¼ inch slices. Place on a baking sheet covered in wax or parchment paper, and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly gold.

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Turn your Thanksgiving Leftovers into Friday Magic with this Turkey Chili Recipe

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We understand what it’s like to have an abundance of leftovers the day after Thanksgiving. With the turkey, stuffing, and other sides, it’s almost like you can’t get away from the holiday no matter how hard you try! However, we have a secret to using those leftover turkey pieces and making it into Friday magic, or as we like to call it – Turkey Chili. Here’s the recipe for a great Thanksgiving leftover dish!

Friday Magic Turkey Chili


  • 2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ½ cup of chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 4 Cups leftover turkey
  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup of water or chicken broth
  • 1 can of light red kidney beans
  • 1 can of dark red kidney beans


Start by heating a large sauce pot with your 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add your white onion, and cook them until they are tender. Next, add your minced garlic to the pot until that is tender as well.
Next, add your chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to the vegetables, and stir until they have made a paste. Adding your spices before your liquid will help to grab any extra flavor that the oil has left on the pot and ensure that it sticks throughout your chili. After you’ve added your spices, you can add in your can of crushed tomatoes, water or chicken broth, and beans.  Let the mixture simmer for around an hour, partially covered, on low to medium heat. Enjoy over a bowl of leftover mashed potatoes or rice for a heartier meal!

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Wow Your Hostess with These Memorial Day Recipes!

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Memorial Day is only a few weeks away and that means it’s time to start planning what you’ll be bringing to a backyard barbecue or picnic in your neighborhood. It’s always good manners to bring something to delight your hostess. You really want your dish to stand out and when you want to serve up something special, let help. Here are a few of our favorite – and most flavorful – Memorial Day recipes that are sure to be a hit at your picnic or Memorial Day celebration:
Margarita Party Pie

1 ½ cups crushed pretzels

¼ cup white sugar

2/3 cup melted butter

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

¼ cup fresh lime juice

¼ cup tequila

4 tablespoons orange liqueur

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

2 cups of whipped cream

Fresh lime slices, for garnish

Directions: In a large bowl, combine pretzels, sugar, and melted butter. Mix well and press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Set aside. In another large bowl, combine condensed milk, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add strawberries. Fold in the whipped cream. Then, pour the filling into the crust and freeze overnight. Serve.
Root Beer Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup butter

1 egg

¼ cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon root beer extract

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/3 cup butter

1 ½ teaspoons root beer extract

2 tablespoons hot water

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, butter, egg, buttermilk, and 1 tsp. root beer extract. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Drop teaspoon sized pieces of dough on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. To make the glaze, mix confectioner’s sugar, root beer extract, and hot water. Brush on top of cookies. Serve.
Basil Shrimp

2 ½ tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup butter, melted

The juice of 1 ½ lemons

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

½ cup minced fresh basil

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

3 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and skewered

Directions: Mix together oil and butter. Stir in lemon juice, mustard, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove shrimp from marinade and grill until done. Serve.

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This posts marks the start of a regular feature on our blog: Our Favorite Recipes! We’re contacting some of our favorite food bloggers and asking them for a recipe to highlight on our blog.

We recently had the pleasure of meeting Michele from the Cooking With Michele blog.  Michele resides in the wonderful state of Colorado as well, in Denver to be exact, and has been cooking since age 5 in her Easy Bake Oven! Since then, she’s been a part of 10 different cooking schools, and is quite the talented chef. She selected her Lamb and Barley Stew recipe to share with our readers!

You can view the Lamb and Barley Stew recipe in its entirety, and it’s definitely BisketBaskets approved! It looks absolutely delectable, and you can assured we’ll be trying it out in our own kitchens soon, too. Let us know how you liked it, and be sure to try Michele’s other delicious recipes!