Tag: Christmas

Pear + Proscuitto Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese

Pear + Proscuitto Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese

When it comes to entertaining, I like to use a variety of recipes for appetizers:  some that will be brand new to my guests and some that are “safe” dishes. This one checks both boxes,. It’s “safe” because crostini of all types tend to be…

Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole                     (Gluten-Free)

Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole (Gluten-Free)

My mom has been making baked stuffed shrimp for Christmas Eve for decades. Growing up, it was the one time of year we ate that dish, and I always looked forward to it.  It felt like the open door to the Christmas holiday, I have…

Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly                      (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Oh, this jelly. 

I’ve been making this Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly for about a decade, every Christmas, and it’s my absolute favorite thing to give as a homemade gift.   

Cookies are fabulous, obviously, as a holiday treat, but it’s the most common food to receive so I figure why not bring something new to the table?  Everyone is always thrilled to have a delicious spread like this on their cheeseboards during the holidays.  It’s particularly good with goat cheese, and I’ve heard cream cheese makes a worthy partner as well.  

When I’ve been cooking all day, be it Thanksgiving or a dinner party, I want people to come to the table HUNGRY.  

This Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly is a forever holiday favorite because:

  1. It’s much easier to make than cookies, and requires less than 30 minutes of cooking time.
  2. It is always a unique gift to give, and impresses every time.
  3. It is the perfect balance of tart, sweet, and spicy making it an ideal holiday appetizer.
  4. It’s fun to make.  There is something so satisfying about throwing a handful of ingredients in a pot and watching it transform into this glossy, ruby red jelly before your eyes.
cranberry jelly

“what else can I use?”

  • I use these Weck jars again for this jelly, just like I did for the Feta Stuffed Marinated Olives.  They are great for storage, but also look nice enough to gift to loved ones which is what I like to do with this jelly.  
  • I call for pectin in this recipe, which does wonders to thicken the jelly fast.  It is readily available at supermarkets and on amazon.  If you don’t want to be bothered, you can omit it, just know that the texture will be less consistent and looser, more of a compote than a jelly.
  • I use fresno or jalapeno peppers in this since they are widely available.  I deseed them since I don’t like a lot of spice in this, just a background hit of heat.  Feel free to leave the seeds in if you want it to be quite hot.  
  • No cranberry juice?  Use 1 tablespoon of lemon juice instead.

This jelly will continue to firm up as it cools, so don’t worry if it’s a bit thin when you refrigerate it.  It will also keep for 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator, which makes it ideal for holiday gifting and entertaining if you’re like me and start the festivities prep in early December.

cranberry jelly

If you make this Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly, and I hope you do, please leave me a comment here with a rating, or post to Instagram and tag me.  I love to hear your feedback and share your creations!

cranberry red pepper jelly

Cranberry Red Pepper Jelly (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

The perfect addition to any Holiday cheese plate, this cranberry red pepper jelly is easy to make and sure to impress.
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 90 kcal


  • Heavy bottomed medium saucepan


  • 3 red bell peppers, finely minced
  • 2 Freso or jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely minced leave in seeds for extra heat
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup liquid pectin
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice or 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups cranberries, fresh or thawed if frozen


  • In a heavy bottomed, medium saucepan, combine red peppers, chiles, sugar, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir, dissolving the sugar as it cooks.
  • Add pectin and lemon juice and stir once to combine.
  • Reduce heat and cook at a simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Add cranberries and continue to simmer about 10 minutes more, or until cranberries start to burst and mixture begins to thicken. The jelly will thicken further as it cools.
  • Let jelly cool off the heat, then transfer to a jar and cover.
  • Refrigerate until cold and ready to serve.
  • This jelly will keep almost a month in the refrigerator.


Calories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 102mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 1023IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizers, Christmas, Holiday
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Easy Vegan Eggnog

Easy Vegan Eggnog

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Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pomegranate (Whole 30, Paleo)

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pomegranate (Whole 30, Paleo)

If you want a festive side dish for Christmas Eve dinner and green bean Christmas trees aren’t your thing, this is the dish for you. I like holiday meals to feel celebratory and seasonal, but not overly gimmicky.  Maybe it’s because I’m not terribly crafty,…

DIY Holidays:  Christmas Simmer Pot Home Fragrance

DIY Holidays: Christmas Simmer Pot Home Fragrance


We are in full on Christmas mode over here, and that means all the sounds, tastes, and smells we can get.  This Christmas simmer pot is like a potpourri made on your stovetop, covered with water and slowly releasing all of those festive smells into the air.

“What else can I use?”

  • If you don’t have rosemary, you can clip a few branches off of your Christmas tree instead.  This will give a pine or fir note (a nod to this favorite holiday candle) to the mixture that is really lovely.
  • If you don’t have cinnamon sticks, you can use some ground cinnamon in its place.
  • No whole cloves?  You can use ground, or omit.

For those of you who bake, you can certainly get those festive smells coming from your kitchen with my Frosted Gingerbread Blondies, too.  

What are you favorite holiday scents?

5 from 1 vote

Christmas Simmer Pot Home Fragrance

The easiest Christmas DIY, with a few simple ingredients you can make your home smell just like Christmas.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 hrs
Keyword: Christmas, Holiday, Home fragrance
Cost: $5


  • Large dutch oven or pot


  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks


  • Combine all ingredients in a large pot and fill with water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 3-5 hours, topping up with water every 30 minutes as needed to cover ingredients.
Frosted Gingerbread Blondies (Grain-Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Frosted Gingerbread Blondies (Grain-Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

I held off long enough, we are now in full Christmas mode over here and I’m not mad about it!  We bought our tree from our local Stew Leonard’s Christmas Tree Shop, who always makes it so easy.  As much as I love the idea…