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Let holiday recipes add flavor to your celebrations

Cookbook author and foodie extraordinaire Gina Ferwerda shared some great holiday recipes.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Cookbook author and foodie extraordinaire, Gina Ferwerda, joined My West Michigan to share some delicious holiday recipes.

Cherry-Lemon Cranberry Sauce

1 cup sugar (or your favorite sweetener)

1 cup (8 oz) NoMI Cherry + Lemon Sparkling Water

1 pkg (12 oz) Fresh Cranberries

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon (or some zest of a lemon and orange)

1/4 cup dried cherries

In a medium saucepan, dissolve sugar in NoMI Sparkling Water over medium heat. Stir in cranberries, almond extract, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil and cook for 10-12 minutes, frequently stirring. Take off heat and stir in dried cherries. Let cool, refrigerate until ready to serve.

Black Cherry Mimosas

Need a tasty cocktail for Thanksgiving or holiday weekend brunch?

(Serves 4)

8 black sweet cherries, stemmed and pitted (thawed, if using frozen cherries)

1/8 teaspoon almond extract

1 (12 oz) can NoMI Cherry Sparkling Water

Chateau Chantal Bubbly Cherry Wine

Roughly chop cherries and add to a small bowl, then mix in almond extract. Equally, divide cherry mixture among the bottoms of 4 champagne flutes. Add 3 ounces of NoMI Cherry Sparkling Water to each flute and top with Bubbly Cherry Wine.

Cherry Berry Lime Smoothies

After a long holiday weekend, here's a great smoothie to get you back on track!

2 cups frozen Cherry Berry Blend (or assorted frozen cherries and berries)

1 (12 oz) can NoMI Cherry Lime Sparkling Water, plus extra to serve

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 ripe banana, optional

Honey, to taste

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Add all ingredients to a blender or Vitamix, blend until smooth. Equally, divide mixture into glasses and top off with some extra sparkling water, to serve.

Heluva Good! Dips

The dips can be found in the dairy case of your local supermarkets, such as Meijer, Family Fare, and D&W Fresh Markets.

Heluva Good! Dips are fresh, creamy dips that come in bold flavors such as French Onion, Buttermilk Ranch, and Bacon Horseradish.

One of the most versatile ingredients for holiday entertaining is a delicious French Onion Dip.

You can set it out with a cruditè platter for your guests to enjoy, or use it as a creative condiment for your holiday recipes.

French Fried Onion Potato Soup

What to do with your leftover mashed potatoes and French fried onions from the green bean casserole? Make this delicious French onion soup.

(Serves 2)

1 cup leftover mashed potatoes

1/4 cup French Onion Heluva Good! Dip

1 cup French Onion soup

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup French Fried Onions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir mashed potatoes and dip together in a small bowl. Evenly divide mixture into two oven-safe soup bowls. Evenly divide soup over the potatoes, then sprinkle on the cheese and French fried onions. Heat in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Bacon Horseradish Turkey BLT

Heluva Good! Bacon Horseradish Dip

Bread, toasted

Thick-cut bacon slices, cooked

Leftover turkey


Tomato slices

Slather Bacon Horseradish Dip on one side of each toasted bread slice. Next add some bacon, turkey, lettuce, and tomato. Top with the other bread slice (dip side down) and cut in half.

For more information on Gina with Nom News, more of these recipes, or how to order her new cookbook, Meals From the Mitten, head to NomNews.com.

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