Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

This is a recipe from my past. My Aunt Juanita gave this recipe to my Mom between 40-50 years ago. Losing my handwritten recipes was heartbreaking but I knew I had put the recipe in a school or church cookbook. My dear Aunt didn’t remember the recipe. I sure remembered it. You have two options, use sweet potatoes or yam patties. I used yam patties because that’s what my Mom always used. This old vintage recipe is a keeper.

Ingredients for Glaze:

2 big navel oranges, zest only

2 cups orange juice, I used pulp free

1/3 cup white granulated sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons corn starch

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook until thickened.

You may use raw sweet potatoes or frozen patties (if you buy or use frozen patties, thaw them before using in this recipe). It’s easy to find the patties at your grocery store during the holiday season. They freeze well too if you want to make this recipe for Easter.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

For raw sweet potatoes, cook in boiling water for 20 minutes or until tender. Cool, peel and slice. Place sliced in a baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the glaze over the slices and bake for 30 minutes.

For prepared patties, place patties in baking dish. Pour the glaze over the patties, bake for 30 minutes.

Mom’s Orange Jello Salad

I grew up eating this jello salad as a child in the late 1960’s.  My Mom made this salad a lot. This is definitely a 60’s retro recipe.  Back in the day, meals, especially holiday meals had jello salads on the table.  I usually do not like fruit in jello but since it’s crushed pineapple and mandarin oranges, I do make the exception here. You will find this orange jello salad tangy, light and refreshing. Enjoy this blast from the past.


Ingredients:
1 box of orange jello (6 ounces), you can substitute sugar free if you wish just use 6 ounces of dry jello

6 ounces of frozen orange juice concentrate, I could not find a 6 ounce can, they were all 12 ounces so, measure out 3/4 cup.  Make juice with the leftovers or put back into the freezer for the next jello salad

1 can of crushed pineapple (20 ounces), do not drain

2 cans of mandarin oranges (15 ounces), drained

Whip cream, optional
Pour dry jello in a 13 x 9 pan. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. I used a Pyrex measuring cup and microwaved it for about 3 minutes. Pour boiling water in jello pan and whisk until dissolved. Add your frozen orange juice concentrate.  I cut it up so it would dissolve faster. Next mix in your crushed pineapple, whisking to blend and lastly add the mandarin oranges.  Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set. This makes a great addition to any family meal as a side dish or even as a light dessert.

St. Nick’s Orange Cranberry Bliss Cookies

I had planned on baking cranberry and white chocolate chip cookies for Christmas. This recipe was inspired by my friend Nick, who was telling me about an orange cranberry cocktail. I thought orange (!)…what a great edition to my upcoming cookies. I thought of using white chocolate chips because my silly friend Lisa does not like chocolate chips.  Lisa and Nick, thank you for being my inspiration on these delicious cookies. I must say, these cookies remind me of a certain bliss bar sold at a popular coffee place. 

  
Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup vegetable shortening, I used the white Crisco

3/4 cups granulated sugar

3/4 cups light brown sugar

2 eggs, room temperature 

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries, I used Craisins

1 bag of white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a separate bowl, combine and whisk dry ingredients. Set aside. 

  
Blend together vegetable shortening and sugars. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix to combine. Lastly, add orange zest, Craisens and white chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoons and bake 8-10 minutes. Cool cookies completely and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!