thanksgiving

Pear, Apple & Cranberry Tarte Tatin

By: EatingWell.com Courtesy of: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Servings: 8

This ultimate fall and winter tart showcases the best fruits of the season: pears, apples and cranberries. Unlike other tarts, the tarte tatin is made upside down in a skillet. You start by cooking the fruit, then top it with the dough, carefully tuck in the edges and let it cook. When it's ready you invert the whole tart onto a plate. It comes out looking beautiful and is actually much easier than you might imagine.

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour, (see Ingredient Note)

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Filling

  • 2 ripe but firm pears, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 large apple, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Preparation

  1. To prepare crust: Place flour, oats, granulated sugar and salt in a food processor; process until the oats are finely ground. Add butter one piece at a time, pulsing once or twice after each addition, until incorporated. Add oil and water and pulse just until the dough starts to come together. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it a few times until it holds together. Form the dough into a 5-inch disk, wrap in plastic or wax paper and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  3. To prepare filling: Toss pears and apple with lemon juice in a large bowl.

  4. Place brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and ginger in a 10-inch ovenproof skillet; cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until the butter and sugar are melted and the mixture starts to bubble. Remove from the heat. Starting at the center of the pan, arrange the pear and apple slices in concentric circles, overlapping the slices and adding another layer until all the slices are in the pan. Scatter cranberries on top.

  5. Return the pan to medium-low heat and bring the liquid to a simmer (It might be hard to see the simmering—take a peek under the fruit or listen for the bubbling). Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and cook, gently swirling the pan occasionally, until the sauce becomes a thick, caramel-like glaze, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  6. Roll the dough out between sheets of parchment or wax paper into a 12-inch circle. Peel off the top sheet and invert the dough over the fruit. Peel off the remaining paper. Quickly tuck the edges of the crust down into the sides of the pan. Prick the top with a fork.

  7. Transfer the pan to the oven. Bake until the crust is just beginning to brown around the edges, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to release the crust. Place a serving plate larger than the pan on top of it and invert the tart onto the plate (It may take a light shaking to release the tart from the pan). Serve warm.

Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip
Prepare the crust (Step 1), wrap tightly and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Ingredient Note
White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. Store in the freezer.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 274, Carbohydrates: 41 g., Fat: 12 mg., Saturated Fat: 6 mg., Monounsaturated Fat: 2 mg., Protein: 3 mg., Cholesterol: 23 g., Fiber: 5 g., Postassium: mg., Sodium: 146 mg., Added Sugars: mg.

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Give Thanks & Pay It Forward with Fair Trade

Fair trade cinnamon producers in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Frontier Co‑op.

Fair trade cinnamon producers in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Frontier Co‑op.

This Thanksgiving, consider paying your gratitude forward. The holiday meal is the perfect time to consider swapping out a few items on your shopping list for fair trade certified products. You get to enjoy delicious food while supporting life changing projects for the farmers who produced it.

Fair trade standards ensure that farmers and workers are paid a fair and consistent price for their crops and labor in markets that can be unstable or are poorly regulated. The standards also guarantee appropriate working conditions, prohibit child labor and protect worker safety on the job. In addition, a percentage of a fair trade product’s sales go into a community account. Workers vote on how to spend the money, usually opting to fund community development projects like building schools or clinics in their communities.

It might seem like a small thing to buy fair trade certified sugar instead of sugar that isn’t certified, but every purchase adds up. If everyone swapped out just one item at Thanksgiving, the single largest food holiday of the year, imagine the impact we could have! Just like gratitude is a small thing that yields big rewards in our lives, fair trade is a simple idea with profound results. Food co-ops are all about empowering people to make a difference in the world with their food choices, that’s why you’ll find a great selection of fair trade items at your co-op.

Many fair trade certified products naturally lend themselves to a Thanksgiving menu. Look for fair trade certified staples like olive oil, sugar, molasses, honey, cinnamon and vegetable shortening as well as fair trade coffee, tea and wine, where available. Choose fair trade pecans to make this tasty cranberry pecan skillet stuffing and look for fair trade almonds for this traditional green beans amandine.

For those who like to bring whole grains to the holiday table, make fair trade quinoa the star of this delicious quinoa, squash and cheddar casserole or use fair trade rice to boost this savory pilaf. If you plan for leftover turkey, buy a little fair trade wild rice to make this classic wild rice turkey soup extra nice.

Depending on your crowd, fair trade products can make for good dinner conversation, as well. Most fair trade products have an engaging story attached that your dinner guests may also appreciate. Fair trade certification makes it easy for us to make a difference in the world, now that’s something to celebrate!

Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.

BA's Best Green Bean Casserole

By: bon appétit

Total Time: 60 minutes

Servings: 8

You can make your own fried shallots or onions, but French’s are astonishingly delicious and practically define this green bean casserole recipe (and you can find them at pretty much any grocery store). This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green beans

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced, divided

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • 4 large sprigs thyme

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1¼ cups whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 4 garlic cloves, finely grated

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • ¾ cup Boise Co-op Deli’s housemade fried onions

For the full recipe, check it out on Bon Appétit

Cranberry Relish

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 15

Cranberry relish is a holiday staple for many. Tangy and sweet, this is the perfect "make ahead dish," as its flavor improves when allowed to sit (in the refrigerator) overnight.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole cranberries, fresh or frozen

  • 1 pound Granny Smith apples, cored and finely chopped

  • 15 ounces canned mandarin oranges, drained and finely chopped

  • 10 ounces canned crushed pineapple, drained

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Preparation

  1. Pulse cranberries in a food processor until coarsely chopped.

  2. Transfer into a bowl and add pineapple, apple, and orange pieces.

  3. Add honey and spices and mix well. Taste and adjust as needed.

  4. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to develop. Bring to room temperature and mix well before serving.

To learn more about cranberries, click here! 

Nutritional Information

92 calories, 0 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 2 mg. sodium, 24 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 1 g. protein

Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.