Festive Curbanies Granola

Posted by Cranberry Connoisseur on

  • 7 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 7 oz. flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon maple flavoring
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Curbanies

In a large bowl combine oats, walnuts, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and coconut. In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter or margarine; add brown sugar, honey, oil, flavorings and salt until well mixed. Pour over oat mixture and stir to coat evenly. Pour in two greased 13x9x2 pans. Bake at 275 degrees F for 30 to 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes. (Best results if pans are rotated shelf to shelf during baking) When done baking, transfer granola into large bowl. Stir in 2 cups Curbanies. Cool, stirring occasionally. Store in air tight containers in refrigerator. Recipe yields about 10 cups.
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Curbanies Cookies

Posted by Cranberry Connoisseur on

Mix and set aside:
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream with mixer:
  • 1 cup butter flavored Crisco
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
Mix in:
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Stir in dry ingredients with wooden spoon
  • Stir in half bag of white chocolate chips (6 oz.)
  • Add one package CurbaniesTM 8 oz. (about 2 cups)
Bake at 325 degrees for 17 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen large size cookies.
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To Your Health

Posted by Steve Kipfer on

A growing body of scientific research verifies the positive influence of cranberries in a healthy diet. For many years studies have shown that diets high in fruits and vegetables reduced the risk of disease. The disease preventing effects of certain foods were early on attributed to the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, and later the antioxidants they were found to contain.

Very recently studies have discovered that fruits and vegetables are the source of yet another group of very important health promoting substances called phytochemicals. In the plants we eat phytochemicals are naturally responsible for the bold color, distinctive flavor, and noticeable odor that are characteristic of living foods. Generally foods that exhibit more of the natural color, flavor, and odor present in the growing plant result in greater health benefits to us when we eat them. Researchers have found that these biologically active substances called phytochemicals play an important role in a plant's genetically complex system for resisting disease.

Studies are helping us understand how these same substances act in conjunction with the human body's natural defenses to attack disease causing molecules which invade human body cells. It appears these important substances known as phytochemicals activate enzymes to whisk away harmful molecules before they have the opportunity to alter the way healthy cells function.

Specific substances in cranberries have been identified which have shown to make it difficult for bacteria and harmful chemicals to adhere and damage larger body systems. Numerous sources in libraries and on the web provide specific recommendations for including cranberries in beneficial ways that heal and encourage wellness.

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Posted by Cranberry Connoisseur on

Salad ingredients:
  • 6 cups broccoli florets soaked in ice water to chill and then drained
  • 3 cups red grapes
  • 1 pound bacon very crisp, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Curbanies (4 oz)
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
Combine salad ingredients:
Mix dressing ingredients in a separate bowl then add to salad ingredients. Best when refrigerated overnight to allow dressing and flavors to blend. This recipe easily doubles for larger groups.
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Curbanies Sunny Salad

Posted by Cranberry Connoisseur on

Salad ingredients:
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (salted)
  • 1 cup Curbanies
  • 8 slices of bacon fried and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (mild)
  • 1 cup red onion chopped 
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 table spoon lemon juice
Kept separate until 1 hour before serving:
  • 1 bunch broccoli cut in small pieces 
Mix salad ingredients and dressing together except broccoli pieces the night before serving. Keep refrigerated over night. One hour before serving add broccoli. Chill until served.
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