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 Cran-Apple Crush 

It's not a crush. It's real love when it comes to this apple drink delicacy. 

Cran-Apple Crush Cocktail Recipe by Smarty Had A Party


They say when one good thing ends, something even better may be just around the corner! So, yes, beloved summer with your icy cold beverages that we love to sip outside under clear, sunny skies, you are missed, but fall brings with it that cozy ambiance. Think: walking under falling leaves, filling ourselves with heartwarming indulgences that keep our tummies satisfied, and staying snug sipping cider on these cool, crisp Autumn days. Leave it to Smarty to kick off the season with deliciously apple-sizing drinks!



Cran-Apple Crush Ingredients:

  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 10 cranberries (fresh)
  • 2 oz infused vodka **
  • 2 green apple slices
  • ice



    1. Combine simple syrup, brown sugar, lime juice, and 6 cranberries in a shaker
    2. Add infused vodka and ice, then shake
    3. Strain into Crystal Clear Hard Plastic Rock Glasses
    4. Garnish with thin apple slices and remaining cranberries


    * To make simple syrup:
    1. combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water (or any equal amounts)
    2. Let water boil
    3. Stir mixture
    4. After sugar has dissolved, let cool


    ** To make Infused Vodka:
    1. Using a double boiler on medium-high, cook 1 liter of vodka, 3 cloves, 5-star anises, 1/2 cinnamon stick, and 10 green cardamoms for ten minutes
    2. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap and let cool
    3. Keep refrigerated
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    Grilled Apples with Sweet Sausage Stuffing

    I love this time of year when the supermarkets bust out the big bins of deliciously fresh apples and fill one after another. Days become shorter, colder and our appetites change as well. We start to crave cozy, heartier, meatier, comfort food recipes, warming to both body and soul. So Smarty Had A Party has prepared a delicious recipe for you - Grilled Apples with Sweet Sausage Stuffing! Enjoy Smarties!



    • 4 large Gala, Rome, or other large baking apples
    • 1 cup apple cider
    • 2 tablespoons nut liqueur
    • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
    • 4 small cipollini onions, peeled
    • 3 large garlic cloves, skins left on
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • ½ cup walnuts
    • 6 ounces loose sweet Italian sausage
    • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
    • 4 teaspoons poultry rub (recipe below)

    Poultry rub



    For poultry rub: Mix everything. Store in a tightly-closed container for up to 1 month.

    Step 1: Light a grill for indirect medium heat, about 350ºF

    Step 2: Cut the onions in half through their equators, and then toss with the unpeeled garlic and oil in a bowl. Brush the grill grate and coat with oil. Grill the onions, cut-side down, and the unpeeled garlic directly over the heat until the onions are tender and the garlic is charred in spots, about 5 minutes, turning once or twice. Squeeze the garlic from its skins, and then chop along with the onions.

    Step 3: Put a large cast-iron skillet or heavy-duty roasting pan directly over the heat. Add the walnuts and toast until fragrant, about 5 minutes, shaking occasionally. Remove the walnuts from the pan and chop.

    Step 4: Add the sausage to the pan and cook until lightly browned all over, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove and set aside. Add the celery to the drippings in the pan and cook for 4 minutes, stirring now and then. Add the onions, garlic, sausage, and the poultry rub and cook for 1 minute. Scrape the stuffing into a bowl.

    Step 5: Cut the apples in half crosswise and remove the core from each half with a melon baller. Put the apples, cut-side up, in the skillet or a roasting pan. Fill the center of each half with the sausage mixture. Mix the apple cider, liqueur, vinegar, and sage and pour around and over the apples. Cover the pan with foil and put the pan on the grill away from the heat. Cover the grill and cook for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and cook until the apples are tender, 15 to 20 minutes more.

    Step 6: Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. Drizzle the apples with the cider syrup from the pan and serve.


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    New Orleans Beignets

    New Orleans Beignets

    Total: 4 hours, 48 minutes

    Yield: Makes about 6 dozen


    1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast

    1 1/2 cups warm water (105° to 115°), divided

    1/2 cup granulated sugar

    1 cup evaporated milk

    2 large eggs, lightly beaten

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/4 cup shortening

    6 and 1/2 to 7 cups bread flour

    Vegetable oil

    Sifted powdered sugar


    1. Make the yeast mixture: Combine yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tsp. granulated sugar in bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes. Add milk, eggs, salt, and remaining granulated sugar.

    2. Form a dough: Microwave remaining 1 cup water until hot (about 115°); stir in shortening until melted. Add to yeast mixture. Beat at low speed, gradually adding 4 cups flour, until smooth. Gradually add remaining 2 1/2 to 3 cups flour, beating until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl; turn to grease top. Cover and chill 4 to 24 hours.

    3. Roll and cut: Turn dough out onto a floured surface; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into 2 1/2-inch squares.

    4. Fry until golden: Pour oil to depth of 2 to 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 360°. Fry dough, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack. Dust immediately with powdered sugar.

    Blueberry Spiced Bread Pudding

    Blueberry Spiced Bread Pudding

    Yield: 6 to 8 servings

    Prep Time: 25 Minutes

    Cook Time: 50 Minutes


    Butter No-Stick Cooking Spray

    3 cups French bread cubes

    2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

    3 large eggs

    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1 cup milk

    1 (14 ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk

    1/4 cup butter, melted

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    HEAT oven to 350ºF. Spray a 8 x 8-inch baking pan with no-stick spray. Place bread cubes and blueberries into prepared baking pan. Mix well. BEAT eggs in large mixing bowl; stir in remaining ingredients. Pour evenly over breadcubes and blueberries, completely moistening bread. BAKE 45 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly and serve warm.

    Eva Longoria's Cranberry-poached Pears

    Try this cranberry infused recipe for a fruity dessert or as a sweet side dish. As they simmer, the pears send enticing wafts of fruit and vanilla through the air, a fitting invitation to a supremely elegant dessert I've also served these at Thanksgiving with the main course in place of traditional cranberry sauce. The tea bag adds undertones that complement or highlight the fruit in the simmering liquid - fruity or floral, depending on what you use.

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