Normandy’s ‘Teamsgiving’

Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie…everyone knows the key dishes to the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. But, at our ‘Teamsgiving’, the perfect dish is whatever you bring to share. One of our crowd-pleasers this year was a yummy Cranberry Jalapeno Dip. Below is the recipe in case you want to add it to your Thanksgiving menu!

Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

• 12 oz. fresh, uncooked cranberries
• 1/4 cup green onion
• 1-2 fresh jalapeño peppers
• 2 Tbsp. cilantro (optional)
• 3/4 to 1 Cup sugar (according to taste)
• 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1/8 tsp. salt
• 16 oz. cream cheese (whipped)

1. Use hand food chopper to chop cranberries. (It is best to not use a food processor to chop these as the cranberries liquefy too much.)
2. Chop green onion, jalapeño peppers and cilantro.
3. In a medium-sized bowl, add chopped cranberries, green onion, cilantro and jalapeños.
4. Add sugar, lemon juice and salt on top of cranberry mixture and stir gently until blended.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight.
6. Take cranberry mixture out of the refrigerator and stir all ingredients together. Strain out all liquid using a colander with small holes.
7. Whip softened cream cheese with hand mixer until smooth (about 2 minutes) and spread cream cheese over bottom of a pie plate or 9×9 dish.
8. Pour cranberry mixture atop cream cheese and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.
9. Use a spoon to spread over Ritz crackers and enjoy!!

Happiness is Homemade

One of our annual traditions is a Thanksgiving Feast where everyone brings their favorite dish to share. Some recipes are passed down from generations and below is a classic example – Gingerbread Cookies.   ENJOY!

Soft Gingerbread Cookies


1 cup butter
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup molasses
4 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 beaten egg
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla

Instructions: In a saucepan combine butter, brown sugar, and molasses.  Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved.  Pour into large mixing bowl and cool 5 minutes.  Meanwhile combine flour, cinnamon, ginger, soda and cloves.

Add egg and vanilla to butter mixture and mix well.  Add the flour mixture and beat until well mixed.

Cover and chill at least 2 hours overnight.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes until done.

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