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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Cranberry Sorbet

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Yes, I am still alive!  Any faithful readers may have noticed that I have not been posting as frequently lately, but for good reason.  I started my ER rotation last week and have worked the last 11 days in a row!  (I do finally get a day off this Friday, and I cannot wait!)  Thankfully it has been a very fun and interesting experience so far, which makes the long hours and crazy shifts much more bearable.  It has been really putting the hurt on my kitchen time though.  I’m lucky to have such a wonderful husband take over making dinners for the time being.  I have been able to squeeze in a bit of kitchen time and have some wonderful treats to share – now I just need the time to blog them!  Another issue is the fact that I am basically never, ever home during daylight hours anymore which poses quite a problem for taking good pictures.  My solution – a DIY lightbox.  It has been working wonderfully so far, and was so quick and easy to put together.  (More on this at the end of the post.)

Anyway, enough rambling – on to the sorbet!  My, oh my, this is some fabulous stuff!  I am normally not a huge fan of cranberry, but this is really fantastic.  The cranberry flavor is perfect – not overly sweet, but definitely not too tart either as many cranberry things can be.  I have a few bags of frozen cranberries in my freezer and though I have lots of other recipes I plan to try with them, it is tempting to just make them all into sorbet.  It’s that good.

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Cranberry Sorbet

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups cranberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup water

¾ cup sugar

1 ½ cups cranberry-raspberry juice

2 tsp. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur (optional)

 

Directions:

Heat cranberries, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan until liquid begins to boil.  Let boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and cover.  Let stand for 30 minutes.  Puree the mixture in a food processor or a blender, and then pass through a fine mesh sieve to remove any large bits of cranberry skin.  Stir in the juice and the liqueur.  Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Source: adapted from Use Real Butter, originally from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

A few quick lines about my lightbox: super simple to put together.  Basically all you need is five pieces of foam board, tape, two basic reflecting lamps and some natural light lightbulbs. 

light-box-1The lightbox (currently living in our guest room).

light-box-2It’s a great light source!

light-box-3See how dark it is when I’m taking these photos?  No longer a problem.  Make yourself a lightbox today!

  • http://familyfriendsandfood.blogspot.com Patsyk

    My husband made me a lightbox a few months ago (looks just like yours) – it’s a lifesaver when it comes to pictures at night!

  • http://dinneranddessert.wordpress.com Erin

    I’ve been wanting to make a lightbox for so long now. I’ve made some really good dinners lately, but I haven’t blogged them because it’s so dark by the time we eat and the pictures are awful! Maybe I’ll get around to it this weekend :) The cranberry sorbet looks great!

  • Amy

    mmm, I just saw some fresh cranberries at the store and wanted a recipe for them — thanks!! Love the lightbox, I have really been wanting to make one.

  • http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride Shawnda

    I love me anything cranberry – this is pure genius!

  • nikkigladd

    I bought my supplies to make my light box a few months ago, but haven’t gotten around to actually putting it together yet! I’m excited to do it and post about it soon, though. Yours looks great!

  • http://www.goodthingscatered.blogspot.com Katie

    I’ve had this on my to-do list for weeks now! I think after the third post in 1 day about it…something is telling me to finally make one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.blogspot.com Stephanie

    That looks so yummy! I wish i had an ice cream maker so I could make it. Love the light box. I sent a link to my hubby to see if he could make it.

  • http://www.lichtyfamilyblog.blogspot.com/ Maria

    I love the bright color! Your photos are gorgeous!

  • http://kathyandryan.blogspot.com Kathy

    Love your lightbox Annie!!

    I did notice that your pictures lately (especially the sorbet one) have been really cute ;) Nice job.

  • http://www.noodlenightsandmuffinmornings.blogspot.com Lindsey

    This looks delicious, I love sorbet year round and the cranberry flavor is so festive and season appropriate. Also, thank you for posting the instructions for the light box-I have been neglecting my blog for the same reason!

  • http://www.rookie-cookie.com Whitney

    I am coming clean. When I pulled up your site and saw the picture of the sorbet, I gasped. Yes, an audible gasp. I think that is a sign that I need to make this.

  • http://nami-nami.blogspot.com Pille

    I’m craving that sorbet right now!!! Great colour!

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  • http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne

    I definitely need to make one of these – could you tell me what the dimensions of your foam core board is – thanks!

  • http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com Leigh Anne

    Also wondering where you got your light bulbs and do you know what brand they are. I actually put one together today so don’t need the dimensions anymore but I bought what said were “nautural light bulbs but my pictures are still pretty yellow? Any tips?

  • http://www.crazibeautiful.com CraziBeautiful julie~jann

    Not only can u cook…but your pictures are great. Here’s a tip (if it helps ;). I use this lighting system….and I love it. perfect soft light, easy to move…
    http://astore.amazon.com/bakerella-20/detail/B000GWKYO4

  • Annie

    I actually don’t use the light box anymore at all, I tore it down! I now have a Speedlite for my Canon dSLR and it does a phenomenal job with lighting so I don’t have to worry about having natural light or not. I love it!

  • Kristen H

    I am in love with the colours in your room.

    That and your chocolate peanut butter cupcake recipe..

  • Julie

    Annie, where do you get “basic reflecting lamps”? I really want to make a lightbox but don’t know where to go for the lamps.

  • Annie

    They were from Lowes. I actually don’t use a lightbox anymore though, I find the lighting to be suboptimal.