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Baked brie with cranberries

This isn’t so much as a recipe as a public service announcement.

We were at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and they were stocked with all sorts of holiday goodies. I love their peppermint stuff as much as I love their pumpkin stuff. Trader Joe’s FTW. They had a ton of Thanksgiving-themed samples, from turkey and stuffing to pie and cider. The one thing I bought was this cranberry orange relish.


Pilgrim Joe’s — how cute is that? This stuff is killer. Tangy and sweet. Reminds me of everything that is delicious about the holidays. They were demoing it mixed with Greek yogurt, but my mind went to where it normally goes — cheese.

Hmmm, I thought, this would be delicious as a cheese topping. What cheese shall I use? Oh I know — brie.

Brie is a cheese with such a delicate flavor, I knew the tang of the cranberry would pair nicely with it. Warm and delicious baked brie on a chilly fall or winter night? Sign me up.

photoSome friends came over to watch football on Saturday night so I whipped this up. I only used part of the brie mostly because I didn’t want to mess up and entire wheel of brie. That’d be tragic. But it was a success and I highly suggest you run to TJ’s to get this relish before it goes away.

Baked Brie with Cranberries

Brie (either a whole or partial, depending on how much you want)
Cranberry Orange Relish

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2) Place the brie on an oven safe dish. Use a knife to cut off the top rind of the brie. Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes.

3) After 8 minutes, remove brie and top with the cranberry relish. Add however much you want. I probably covered the top with about 1/4 inch of the relish. Return to oven and bake for another 6 minutes.

4) Remove from the oven and serve with crackers or a baguette.

Friday Five: #foodpornfriday

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you blink and it’s Friday? And you know don’t where all the time went? Well that was me this week. Between our mini vacation and three packed days of work upon our return, Friday sort of snuck up on my. But I am going to make it up to you by sharing some pictures of amazing food porn. You’re welcome. I’m thinking about instituting #foodpornfriday, in the same vein as #throwbackthursday. Let me know your thoughts. UPDATE: It appears #foodpornfriday is already a thing. Drat. Oh well. I’ll gladly hop on the bandwagon.

dessert-cranberry-cobbler-018-med109000_vertCranberry cobbler. This would make a great Thanksgiving dessert (if you wanted to break from traditional pies). Recipe here from my go to girl, Martha Stewart.

MG_9256Grilled sourdough with herbed ricotta and marinated tomatoes. From Simply Delicious.

8483208657_5fd8fdef68Skillet Baked Stuffed Rigatoni from Heather Cristo. I have been eyeing this recipe for months. I might have a date with my cast iron skillet soon.

1205_edf_quiche_vertGoat cheese quiche with a hash brown crust, again from Martha Stewart. I made this last year for Christmas brunch with my brother and his wife and it was bananas awesome. You used an entire log of goat cheese. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Needless to say I am looking for an opportunity to make it again.


Nutella baklava from Epicurean Mom. Excuse me while I go eat a spoonful of nutella…