What’s Happening Today – Dec. 14, 2016
Today on DelmarvaLife:
Spending time with the ones you love are what the holidays are all about. Enzo Vincent joins us in the studio today to tell us how he is spreading holiday cheer with random acts of kindness. Enzo does this each year and this year he is collecting pajamas for local people in need. Call Danielle at 302-745-4996 or you can mail/drop off checks/pj’s at 301 E Camden Wyoming Ave., Camden, DE 19934.
It’s easy to get caught up in the material side of the Christmas season, but as the holiday gets closer, everyone really starts to reflect on why we celebrate during the holiday season. Loving one another and reaching out beyond our walls to help one another is a year-round mission of Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford.
We learn about Delaware Botanic Gardens today on the show. It’s a garden you will be able to see year-round in Delaware, and it’s the first of its kind for southern Delaware. Sue Ryan, president of the board, and Gregg Tepper, director of horticulture tell us all about the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Dagsboro and when you can visit.
We’re making a wreath you can eat in the DelmarvaLife kitchen today with Chef Deborah Walker using cranberries, mandarin oranges, dried figs, and pomegranate juice.
Cranberry Pomegranate Wreath
2 (8-ounce)bags fresh cranberries
2 ½ cups cold water
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup pecans, halved
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup yellow bell pepper, seeded, and chopped
½ sweet onion, chopped
2/3 cup mandarin oranges, drained
1/3 cup currants
1/3 cup dried figs, stems removed and thinly sliced
4 cups pomegranate juice
2 pinches each cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves
couple pinches of kosher salt
14 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
unflavored cooking spray
fresh holly and winter greens as a garnish
powdered sugar as a garnish
edible gold dust as a garnish
1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine washed
cranberries, 2 cups water, ½ cup sugar, and cook covered just until
cranberries are done. You do not want them to pop. Constantly stir to keep
heat evenly distributed. Remove from stove and set aside.
2. In a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, cook pecans in 2
tablespoons butter until they have developed a nice crunch. Remove pecans
from pan and set aside on paper towels.
3. Using the same pan, sauté bell pepper, onion, currants, and figs for 3
minutes. Set aside.
4. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 cup sugar, 3 cups pomegranate
juice, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a saucepan over
medium heat; simmer, and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and
let steep for 20 minutes.
5. Place remaining 1 cup pomegranate juice, ½ cup cold water in a bowl and
sprinkle gelatin on top. Set aside without stirring until gelatin softens, about
6. Combine all the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Then strain the entire
mixture. Divide the pomegranate liquid portion into 2 even batches and the
fruit/vegetable/nut mixture into 2 even batches.
7. Spray bundt pan generously with cooking spray. Pour one batch of
pomegranate liquid mixture into the pan and carefully arrange one batch of
fruit/vegetable/nut mixture in the liquid. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until it
starts to set. Pour second batch of liquid pomegranate mixture on top of the
chilled mixture and again carefully arrange the second fruit/ vegetable/ nut
mixture on top. Refrigerate the completed cranberry pomegranate wreath
8. Run a plastic knife around the edges of the bundt pan and invert the
wreath onto a gold service plate. If necessary, set the pan in warm water to
soften the gelatin.
9. Presentation follows: place the cranberry wreath on a gold service plate.
Decorate wreath wit fresh holly and winter greens. A dusting of powdered
sugar and edible gold dust is the piece de resistance to a stunning dish.
Be sure to tune in today at 5 pm!
Our annual holiday giveaway is back! Every weekday throughout November and December, we’ll be giving out prizes. This year you could win a $1,500 Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines shopping spree at FurnitureLand and over 40 more great prizes to local businesses across Delmarva. Don’t forget to enter daily for additional chances to win! Enter here.
Not every child on Delmarva is fortunate enough to get Christmas gifts. That’s where WBOC’s Bless Our Children Campaign makes a difference. Our goal is to get enough money to local charities so they can buy a present for every child in need here on Delmarva. If you would like to donate and help, send your card and donation to Bless Our Children in Care of WBOC, 1729 N. Salisbury Blvd. 21801 or you can donate online at wboc.com.