Cranberry Orange Cookies & Darigold’s Heat N’ Serve Hot Cocoa

Cranberry Orange Cookies and Darigold Heat N' Serve Hot Cocoa | TheSpicyBee

This post is sponsored by Darigold. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As the temperatures dip, and the days shorten, my choice of beverages tend toward the warmer options. Let’s be honest, once October ends, apple cider goes bye-bye and it’s hello, cocoa. I recently teamed up with Darigold to help spread the word on their new Heat N’ Serve Hot Cocoa. It’s a rich and thick cocoa, good on its own or topped with marshmallows or whipped cream. I wanted to try a different approach to sweets with cocoa and that’s how the idea for this post came about. At first, chocolate and mint pairings came to mind, however, with more time I decided that winter citrus seems to compliment this cocoa beyond any expectation. 

Darigold Heat N' Serve Hot Cocoa

This recipe for cranberry orange cookies is one I can see making for Thanksgiving, your work cookie swap, or if you’re expecting any particular bearded, red-suited man this December; yes, perhaps some for him as well. This cookie keeps moist even a few days in, and the frosting sets beautifully for handling later. I think the recipe could be adjusted to taste for the level of citrus and cranberry tartness, so have some fund with the ratios of zest. I include zest from the orange and fresh cranberries in both the cookie and the frosting–but it would be easy to keep all the zest in the cookie and top with cranberry jam or orange marmalade. A build-your-own-cookie bar could also be fun–festive toppings beyond the previously mentioned include: crushed roasted almonds, candied orange rinds, freeze-dried mandarins, chocolate shavings, and more!

Be sure to store this cookie in an air-tight container and avoid stacking cookies if possible, as even at set, the frosting is thick and could cause cookies to stick to one another. This cookie could be decorated as well. I could see some fun disco dust, homemade sprinkles, or dried cranberries. At the end of the day, the easiness of baking this cookie will have you gobbling up no less than 3 per sitting–you’ve been warned 😉

Cranberry Orange Cookies

 Cranberry Orange Cookies Paired with Darigold's Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 6 T Butter, softened
  • 2/3 Cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • Zest of 6-8 cranberries, grated
  • Zest of 1 orange, grated
  • 1 1/3 C all purpose flour
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 3/4 t baking powder

Frosting

  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 T butter, melted
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • Zest from 1 orange, grated

Cranberry Orange Cookies with Darigold's Heat 'N Serve Cocoa | The Spicy Bee

Method

Preheat oven to 350° F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet. Cream the butter, zests (both orange and cranberry), and sugar until light in fluffy. Incorporate in the egg until thoroughly combined. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Once mixed together, slowly incorporate the dry to the wet ingredients, switching between the dry ingredients and the orange juice until both are thoroughly combined within the batter. Drop onto your prepared cookie sheets 2 inches from each cookie and flatten using the back of a warm spoon.

Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies just start to hint at a golden edge. Avoid overcooking. Remove immediately to a cooling rack and cool thoroughly before icing.

For the icing itself, mix all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Let sit for 10 minutes to thicken slightly. Spread on cooled cookies. Serve alongside some Darigold Heat N’ Serve Hot Cocoa.
Makes 2 dozen

Cranberry Orange Cookies with Darigold's Heat 'N Serve Cocoa | The Spicy Bee

Feast Portland – It’s Here! Plans Friday?

It’s HERE! Feast Portland will kick off another year of amazing food and drink in less than 48 hours. Here I am surprised there are still tickets for the Grand Tasting left!! In the following words and images, I’m going to explain how much you’re missing out on, and by the end I think you’ll understand.

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The Grand Tasting takes up the entirety of Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. This specific event goes for two days during Feast, however, you purchase a ticket for the specific day you’d like to go. Saturday is already sold out, but a few tickets for Friday remain. the event on Friday spans from 1pm-5pm, and once you’re in, you’re in for as long as you’d like. Have I pointed out the forecast for Friday to you yet?

Um, gorgeous.

As for the square itself, it gets separated into quadrants with a central stage for interviews and performances. One area is dedicated to wine of all kinds–talk with the wineries about the terroir of their different vintages, all while sipping away. Wines are not the only drink to enjoy; Breweries, cideries, and many other bevies are also in attendance!

In case the sun starts to get to you, the largest tent is typically home to the most food. I highly recommend doing a full lap before you dive into a specific corner, and at this event, there’s flow enough that you won’t be suffocating in long lines waiting for a bite to eat. You’ll most likely be right in front, or in worst case (and the only worst case in my mind is if there’s something wrong with a beer line), you’ll be 2 people back. That’s it! Keep an eye out for little pop up restaurants with timed seatings or more hands on stations for entertainment.

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Food will of course abound–expect bites of all shapes and sizes, colors and textures–the best advice I can give is try a little of everything and don’t be afraid to talk to the vendors! They are some of the most wonderfully knowledgeable people about their practice. The thing some people think when they go to an event like this is that it will be like other festivals where samples are puny and vendors are hungry for a purchase–Feast is not this. What you will find though are coupons to try the product, or cards so that you can refer back to should you find something you absolutely love–bring a bag, there’ll be a lot to love!

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In another tent, you might come face-to-face with some local celebrities plating up a table reserved for you! What’s up Doug Adams?

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Finally, every year something shows up and literally blows your pants off. Last year it was Salt & Straw’s CHOCO TACO.

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If you manage to make it around the entire block and you’ve still got some extra time, I suggest a second trip for some wine, and then have a seat on the bricks near the stage. Take it all in–all the splendid art at your fingertips.

Do yourself a favor, schedule a long lunch for Friday, and snatch up some of the last tickets for the Grand Tasting–you will NOT be disappointed. Better yet? Take a half day, cuz you’re going to need a nap.

Irving Street Kitchen Fried Chicken: Takeout and Delivery!

Irving Street Kitchen Fried Chicken Portland

Ask me where you can get the best fried chicken in our glorious city of Portland, OR, and you’re going to get a few questions back from me:

  1. What do you normally like to eat with it?
  2. What parts do you like best (we talking wings, whole bird, etc.)?
  3. How long are you prepared to wait for it?

If your answers are: a. with all the fixin’s (mashed potatoes and gravy/collard greens/biscuits), b. whole chicken, and c. I would like to eat it in the comfort of my home–then have I got some news for you.

IRVING STREET KITCHEN DOES PICK UP FRIED CHICKEN.

If you’re not sure why I’m yelling, it’s because not only can you call as you’re finishing up the work day to order your chicken and fixin’s, but you won’t have to wait 45min on site (*cough* Reel M Inn *cough*) for your chicken to be fried up; it will be ready when you are ready to come pick it up! I enjoyed everything about my experience with Irving Street Kitchen so much, I had to share…and I don’t mean share with others in the moment, I mean share with you, my lovely readers, now that mine’s all gone 😀

Take out Fried Chicken from Irving Street Kitchen | TheSpicyBee

Take out Chicken from Irving Street Kitchen | TheSpicyBee

Take out Chicken from Irving Street Kitchen | TheSpicyBee

What I loved most about Irving Street’s chicken is how delectably crunchy and savory the breading is–it’s just right–and I do love that you can mix and match the optional sides to meet the needs of your family. This program is a lovely addition to some other spots (Woodsman Tavern and Mae (only available via her Instagram on Wednesdays), and I think will continue to hold its own nicely as it’s the only offering in NW Portland. 

Now that I’ve made you hungry–I’m sure you’re wondering how you can get your hands on some for yourself! You can order a la carte or in a family bucket format ($55) that feeds 4-6 people and comes with 1 whole bird, smashed potatoes, red-eye gravy, choice of slaw or collards, and 4 biscuits with butter (what you see above!). Picking up just for yourself? I highly recommend a half bird ($15) plus smashed potatoes ($4) and the red-eye gravy ($4). You can either order for pickup via ChowNow linked through Irving Street Kitchen‘s website or order via Caviar for home (or office!) delivery. 

Take out Chicken from Irving Street Kitchen | TheSpicyBee

Had I nearly forgotten to mention dessert? The butterscotch pudding–do not miss it ($9). It comes adorably wrapped in mason jars and tagged–it’s practically a gift!

Even more exciting, beginning September 22nd, Irving Street Kitchen‘s fried chicken will be available to-go (pick up and delivery) for LUNCH, in addition to the daily availability for dinner pick up/delivery – Fried Chicken Fridays for the win! #FCFFTW