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The holidays are right around the corner, and we here at Residential Properties wanted to share with you a little view into our own holiday homes with some of our favorite recipes.
Sweet Tart Spicy Sticky.
- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (1/2 pound)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup golden syrup (or honey, as I used)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated
- Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a 9 x 9 inch baking pan.
- In a small saucepan, stir together the cranberries, sugar, and 1-2 tablespoons of water. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries form a thick, bubbling sauce, about 10 minutes. Half of the cranberries should be broken down with the other half relatively whole.
- In a separate saucepan, stir together the butter, brown sugar, milk, honey, and molasses over medium heat. Bring it to just barely a simmer and remove it from heat. Don’t let it come to a boil.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, ginger powder, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper. Stir in the butter/molasses mixture and then whisk in the eggs, one at a time until combined well. Stir in the ginger root and candied ginger.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Drop fat dollops of cranberry sauce on top of the gingerbread, evenly. Transfer to the oven and bake until the top if firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
My favorite side dish on Thanksgiving is Turnips.
I was brought up in an Irish household, not known for being the best cooks, but my Mom made the best turnips at the holidays. As she got older, we took over the turnip making at the holidays- orange turnip (had to be orange not white), a white potato, and a big carrot- boil and then mashed with butter and salt and pepper. While they tasted good they were never quite the same as my mom’s. She finally fessed up- she would put some bacon grease/fat in them in place of the butter!
My husband Jim makes the best stuffing on Thanksgiving! He is the chef at our house, while I do the cleaning up. He makes it with apples, walnuts, and raisins. I don’t dare ask the calorie count-I just do extra cardio exercising the week before Thanksgiving!
I love the flavor the apple and sausage adds to the stuffing. A family favorite.
- 1 bag of Pepperidge farm corn stuffing. (gold package)
- 1 bag of Pepperidge farm herb cubed stuffing. (red package)
- 2 packages of Jimmy Dean’s premium original sausage
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 medium onion (chopped well)
- 4 stack of celery (chopped well)
- 2 Delicious apples (chopped)
- Cook sausage and put on paper towel to get grease out. (spaghetti pot)
- Use same pot start melting both sticks of butter once melted throw onions and celery in.
- Cook until onions are translucent.
- Throw sausage and both bags of stuffing mixing it up.
- I boil water and start pouring hot water in and stirring until I get the right consistency I want.
HOT MULLED CIDER
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup orange juice
6 tbsp honey
3 cinnamon sticks (roughly ½ tsp each)
2 oranges in slices
½ lemon in slices
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tsp whole allspice
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp rosemary
1 bay leaf
4.5 gallons cider (½ gallon placed aside)
4 cups brown sugar
2.5 cups orange juice
2 cups honey
10 oranges in slices
2½ lemon in slices
5 tsp cardamom
¾ cup cinnamon
5 tsp whole cloves
5 tsp whole allspice
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp rosemary
4-5 bay leaves
3. Bring once only to rolling boil then reduce heat to simmering.
4. Allow to simmer covered for ½ hr then cool
5. Once cooled, return to gallon container(s). If using 4.5 gallons, top off with unmulled cider, using the ½ gallon placed aside.
SWEET POTATO SOUFFLE
One of my favorite recipes that I have made for years from New Orleans.
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 c evaporated milk
- 1/3 c butter or margarine softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbls orange juice
- salt to taste
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 c chopped pecans
- 1/3 c all-pupose flour
- 1/3 c butter or margarine melted
- Boil sweet potatoes until very tender. Peel and mash.
Combine with next 6 ingredients and fill casseroles. Freeze.
- For topping: combine next 3 ingredients, sprinkle (heavily) over casserole and drizzle butter.
- Bake at 350.
4 x’s it and it makes a boat load. You do not have to 4 x’s the crumb topping. 3 x’s would be plenty. YUM
JUMBO SHELLS WITH MEAT
A holiday at our house would not be a holiday without our stuffed shells with meat recipe. This is a recipe that my mother took off the Prince Jumbo Shells box when I was a kid and she began the tradition of serving them as the “pasta” course at both our Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dinners. It is a tradition that has remained in my household – my kids, Dennis and Katie love them and the tradition will likely will trickle down to their generation. We will, of course, be serving it at Thanksgiving this November! It is a nice change from stuffed shells with cheese as it is a meat mixture laced with a touch of sherry! Try it, you’ll love it!
- 1/2 of a (12 oz) package Prince Jumbo Shells, uncooked
- 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 lb. ground pork
- 1/3 cup minced onion
- 1/4 cup minced celery
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup cooking sherry
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
- 1 (26 oz) jar pasta sauce
- 2 cups (8 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
- Prepare pasta shells according to package directions; drain.
- In large skillet, melt margarine. Add beef and pork; cook until lightly browned. Add onion, celery, and garlic; cook until tender. Remove from heat; stir in sherry, Parmesan cheese, salt, and bread crumbs. Cool mixture for 10 minutes.
- Stuff each shell with meat filling. Pour half of pasta sauce in bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish. Arrange stuffed shells in dish. Pour remaining sauce evenly over all. Top with mozzarella cheese. Cover and bake in 350 degree F oven for 35 minutes. Refrigerate any leftovers.
BROCCOLI & CAULIFLOWER au GRATIN
Prep Time: 20min.
Total Time: 20min.
Servings: 10 servings, about 3/4 cup each
• 5 cups large broccoli florets
• 4 cups large cauliflower florets
• 1/2 cup water
• 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1/2 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
• 1-1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
• 10 RITZ Crackers, crushed
• 3 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
To assemble & make
- Combine vegetables in 2-qt. microwaveable casserole. Add water; cover with lid. Microwave on HIGH 8 to 10 min. or until vegetables are tender; drain.
- Microwave cream cheese and milk in 2-cup microwaveable measuring cup or medium bowl 1 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended when stirred. Stir in sour cream; pour over vegetables. Sprinkle with cheddar; microwave 2 min. or until melted.
- Mix cracker crumbs and Parmesan; sprinkle over vegetables.
SWEET POTATO PIE
You can assemble the night before, or prepare it early and put in the freezer and take out to cook the day of your dinner. Just cover with wax paper and saran wrap and it can go in the freezer for a few days. Then thaw on the counter and cook the morning of. This is something that you can go ahead and cook early and keep some foil on, and then just reheat before you eat. This is also a very large dish so if it is just for 4 or 5 people, cut in 1/2 and put in 2 qt casserole but if you are feeding a lot of people, then this is the amount to make and it is great the next few days with left overs if you have any.
- 2 large cans ( 40 oz) sweet potatoes – drain the juice and mash with mixer ( try not to get the one with heavy syrup if you can find it)
- 1 C sugar (you can half with splenda if you like)
- 1/2 C butter
- 4 eggs beaten
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 can evaporated milk ( skim evap milk is ok too)
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 C light brown sugar
- 1/2 C all purpose flour
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 C pecans chopped very fine – you can put in the blender or cut by hand or roll with rolling pin and keep in bag
- Melt the butter in the microwave and pour over the other ingredients already mixed until it makes a crumb type mixture (try not to eat all of this before you put it in the dish because it is great). This is the praline and it is good uncooked too.
- Combine all ingredients for the pie, mix well and spoon into large casserole or 9×13 pan (spray pan with cooking spray or butter), cover with crumb topping and Bake 350 for 30-40 min. Keep an eye on the middle to be firm. You may need a little extra time but just keep checking after the 40 min to make sure the middle has puffed up.
UH…AND THERE’S THIS AS WELL
I make this lime Jell-O mold with strips of bologna, and what really makes it special is the mayonnaise dipping sauce. It’s just mayonnaise but everyone says ‘Oh so good’ and ‘Better than mayonnaise’, and I have to laugh at them silently because they are eating lime jello with strips of bologna and mayonnaise.
-Chris Whirlow, Photographer
We don’t recommend making that last dish, but we do hope you have a happy and safe holiday, and that you share with us some of your favorite dishes this time of year.
Rhode Island is the perfect destination for Halloween. The local history and weather create the ideal conditions to enjoy a true Halloween. The question is how best to get the full experience of the holiday. Here are five things you can do to make the most of your Halloween in Rhode Island, creating a perfect mix of horror, history, and pageantry for all ages.
1. Roger William’s Jack O Lantern Spectacular
The Jack O Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo is a great experience for people of all ages. The atmosphere is perfect for fall with the lights of the pumpkins just about the only thing illuminating the path. Every year new themes are presented giving you a range of new artwork. It’s perfect for a date night or hanging with friends and family. Relax and take a stroll like it’s an outdoor museum. Don’t rush and take in all the amazing work that people have done. The attraction is open from October 5th until November 5th.
For tickets and scheduling please visit the website at RWPZoo.org.
2. Escobar’s Farm
Escobar’s Farm in Portsmouth, RI has everything you need for a complete Halloween. A large highlight is the themed corn maze that has a different shape every year. Past years have included Rhode Island Comic Con, the P-Bruins, and local landmarks. The farm also features hayrides, and a concession stand along with other themed activities. It is a great day outside for adults and kids while they attempt to solve the corn maze.
For schedules and special events please visit their website at EscobarFarm.com.
3. The Haunted Labyrinth
The Haunted Labyrinth is a haunted attraction that has been running for over 30 years in Cranston. They change the theme every year keeping it fresh. The lines generally move quickly. If things get too scary while inside, every room has a curtain where volunteers can lead you back out of the maze while the rest of the party continues on. If your child is the one that leaves a special pass is given to parents, so rest at ease while your heart rate spikes.
For a full schedule and pricing please visit their website at HauntedLabyrinth.com.
4. Field of Screams
Field of Screams is a fun outdoor haunted attraction in West Greenwich. Offering a fright in the fresh air, Field of Screams’ attractions include a fun and scary trip through a haunted house, a haunted hayride, and a haunted maze. Their newest attraction is zombie paintball where you can test out how ready you are for the zombie invasion as you blast the undead with a paintball gun. This is a fun way to breathe in some fresh air while screaming all of it back out.
For their full schedule and a peek at their attractions please check out their website at HauntedHayride.net.
5. Ghost Tour in Providence or Newport
There are ghost tours in both Providence and Newport where workers lead you around the historical districts showing off some of the oldest and most haunted places in Rhode Island and America. You will hear ghost stories and even if you don’t get a scare you get a tour of some beautiful historic neighborhoods in both cities.
What do you think of the list? Did we complete your Halloween or leave it in shambles? Comment below with some of your local favorites that you feel every one in Rhode Island must do.
Many of us love to fill our Sundays with football, but sometimes you just need to get out of the house or you are tired of your usual spot and are looking to venture out. Maybe you don’t even watch the game, but want a nice bar or pub to grab a good bite any day of the week. We’ve got you covered with this comprehensive lists of spots all across Rhode Island and even one in Massachusetts. The amount of TVs, quality of food, and local scenery were considered to make this list. Each county was given two spots in order to make sure no matter where you are there is a spot for you. The city of Providence has so many places to explore it got two of its own and an honorable mention. That is where we will start:
CITY OF PROVIDENCE
Located at 133 Douglas Ave on Smith Hill, down the street from the State House, this sports bar features multiple televisions, and plenty of space. You can barely tell this great establishment was a former firehouse built in 1902. There is an outdoor eating area and plenty of off street parking. Ladder 133 offers boxing and MMA viewing, and you can book it for your fantasy football drafts.
Visit their website at Ladder133.com to check out the menu or book your next draft
Nestled at 686 Admiral Street in the Northern section of Providence, The Abbey is bigger than it appears on the outside with its spacious interior and even bigger menu. The menu and food are large, delicious, and creative. A clear and concise burger menu shows you the burger and the ingredients along with which of their over 92 beers is the best pairing with it.
Visit their website at 92Beers.com to begin salivating.
Honorable mention: The Whiskey Republic
Many people know Whiskey Republic as the club that the guy from the Dropkick Murphys owns. While they do have club and DJ events, this bar, located near Wickenden Street at 15 Bridge Street, transforms on Sunday into a great place to watch the game. While most of the football season is in colder weather, in Rhode Island we love a good patio and waterview, even if we have to throw on a hoodie.
Visit their website and check out the view at TheWhiskeyRepublic.com
Brutopia is a craft beer lovers sanctuary located in Cranston at 505 Atwood Avenue. Brutopia was opened in 2014 and has its own brewing department headed up by Sean Larkin of the Revival Brewing Company. If you’re in it more for the food, Brutopia also features a colossal smoker to make delicious BBQ right on site. Either way, you can enjoy the cuisine inside in front of one of the HD TVs, or outside on the lovely patio.
To check out their brews and smoker, head to their website at BrutopiaBrewery.com.
Up in Northern Rhode Island there’s a spot to catch the game and work off the burger during halftime like they would in Miami or California. Gator’s Pub in North Smithfield offers a beach in the back where you can play volleyball casually or join their beer league. Along with the volleyball area Gator’s Pub offers casual dining and plenty of food while you watch the game.
Gillary’s Taphouse situated right on beautiful Thames Street in Bristol, RI features a bevy of events during the week, including trivia and live music, but on Sundays it’s all about football. Enjoy their 17 HD TVs as well as a buffet to get you through a Sunday whether your team wins or loses.
Check out their entertainment schedule on their facebook page.
Gridiron Sports Bar and Grille
This other Bristol County spot is in the Massachusetts Bristol County just over the border at 2416 Grand Army of the Republic Highway in Swansea. This is a classic sports bar with televisions behind the bar and on the wall, with classic pub eats and plenty of beer. The Route 6 location, along with the large parking lot, makes Gridiron a breeze to get to and stay at through the afternoon games all the way into Sunday night.
To get more information and check out their deals and specials visit their facebook page at Facebook.com/Gridiron.Bar.
The Woods Tavern
The Woods Tavern located in West Greenwich at 45 Nooseneck Hill Road #1. While the name says Woods, it is actually located on a main road allowing for an easy commute and plenty of parking for large parties. The interior has a great rustic theme while still having all the technology you need to watch the game. The Woods Tavern offers traditional pub food, and live entertainment, including bands and trivia.
For a list of events and a menu visit their website at TheWoodsTavern.com.
If you love wings and are bored of just choosing between Buffalo and BBQ, then Boneheads, located at 131 Washington Street, is the place for you. With tons of award winning sauces and rubs in different combinations ranging from sweet to spicy and everything in between, Boneheads will satisfy your wing craving no matter what your tastes are. Boneheads has plenty of craft beer options to wash all of it down. Boneheads features a music theme which extends to the wing menu that is reminiscent of a Billboard chart.
Check out the website and start thinking about which sauce you want now at BoneheadWings.com.
Mews Tavern in quaint Wakefield, RI is a beautiful place to watch the game with it’s wood interior that boasts 3 unique bars serving 69 beers on tap. The centerpiece to the establishment is the “Tree Room” (with an actual tree in the center of the room), along with the award winning food that occupies the menu will have you talking and raving while you discuss the game.
To see the tree for yourself and find out more info on The Mews Tavern check out their website at MewsTavern.com.
The Cornerstone Pub in Exeter is a beautiful casual dining experience on Nooseneck Hill Road that runs right alongside 95 making the commute here easy and comfortable. Cornerstone Pub boasts a 40 seat bar and large television screens making sure you can see the action no matter where you sit. Cornerstone Pub features well-made pub standards along with some creative dishes like the Mango Habanero Pizza.
To check it out for yourself please visit their website at CornerstonePubRI.com.
Tickets Bar and Grille
Tickets Bar and Grille is a local favorite having won a Newport’s Best Award for 7 consecutive years from 2008-2014 as a favorite sports bar. It’s no surprise that they won so many awards with their 17 flat screen TVs and fantastic menu. The main restaurant is on the first floor and includes a patio open from April to September while the second floor is the main sports bar. The restaurant includes pool tables, arcade cabinets, and a fantastic view of Easton Bay.
To find out more information and catch a glimpse of this great setting visit their website at TicketsBarandGrille.com.
Gas Lamp Grille
Located on historic Thames Street the Gas Lamp Grille opens right up to the street, allowing fans to drift into the eatery and watch the game or stare off to the Newport Harbor. Featuring fine foods and exotic drinks and large plasma televisions, the Gas Lamp Grille offers a high-end sports experience.
To check out their freshly prepared menu and find out more information visit their website at GasLampGrille.com.
Because commutes on Block Island aren’t exactly easy, we wanted to give New Shoreham a special selection for those visiting the Island as well as mainstays.
Poor People’s Pub
The Poor People’s Pub is a spacious place right on the main road as you come off the Island Ferry and offers a creatively delicious experience for tourists and mainstays alike. While here, check out their Mac and Cheese which is a menu favorite. You can get it in plain, with a few flavorful additions, or on one of their delicious burgers. Poor People’s Pub will give you a unique island experience on Sunday.
For more information and to check out the Mac and Cheese flavors and more visit their website at PPPBI.com.
STADIUMS AND MORE
Of course one of the greatest sports viewing experiences is at the game itself. The largest stadium in Rhode Island is Brown Stadium at Brown University, which has a seating capacity of 20,000. There are also teams and stadiums at URI, Bryant, and Salve Regina, but don’t forget your local high school team as well.
And of course the greatest and most comfortable place to watch the game is…..
Where you can do what you like, when you like, how you like. If you are looking to get out and try some new food check out the places listed above.
Disagree with the list? Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below.