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Thursday, November 22, 2007

I love cranberries. I fear they are unreasonably maligned by the cranberry-haters of the world but since I have no evidence of actual cranberry maligning at hand, all I can say is they are delicious. Delicious, I tell you!

Here’s a cranberry recipe that I made to bring to dinner over at the lovely Powellhurst abode. I recommend trying it if you want something cranberrylicious, but are feeling slightly (only slightly) more ambitious than opening a can of cranberry jelly. It’s easy but seems fancy and tastes GREAT, which are all the hallmarks of a keeper recipe if you ask me. (it’s from Cooking Light 2006)

Cranberry, Cherry, and Walnut Chutney
Aside from making a stellar accompaniment to roast turkey, this chutney is great for gift giving: pack into a ribbon-tied jelly jar. It also goes well with roast chicken, pork tenderloin, or ham. [note from Jen: it also goes really well with just a SPOON.]

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup port or other sweet red wine
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup dried tart cherries
1 (12 oz) package fresh cranberries
2/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add cherries, and cook 1 minute. Stir in cranberries; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until cranberries pop. Remove from heat. Stir in walnuts, grated rind, and extract. Garnish with orange rind strips, if desired. Cover and chill. Yield: 16 servings (serving size 1/4 cup)

DELICIOUS! I also made a pie crust today which I’ve never done before. It looked hideous but tasted good, so that’s okay. Pie crust is interesting -- so few ingredients, but so many ways to screw it up! I am intrigued and will probably pie-crust my way into a larger pants size as I continue to experiment.

Long Shadows 2

It was cold and clear here today. This picture was from around 10AM -- the shadows seem all out of whack to me, but that’s probably just because when the days are short like this they are also usually overcast. What you can’t really see in this photo is that there was a full-on costumed soccer game (adults and kids) happening to the left which had not only Santa as a ref, but a guy in a grass skirt and a viking helmet. Everyone seemed to be having a good time which certainly radiated outward to other people in the park who were not playing soccer dressed as a taco. (I think it was a taco -- some of these costumes were difficult to suss out.)

I am currently thankful for so many things it would take me hours to try and list them all and I need to go to bed, so for now I'll say I’m thankful that there’s so much to be thankful for! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday/Thursday.
4 comments on "crantastic!"
  1. Morning is the best time of day for me to reflect on all the things I should be grateful/thankful/happy for as my mood usually switches to crazy crabapple by noon time. As far as cranberries are concerned I know only one thing-I have had the juice a few times and it makes my head puckery.

  2. I was interested in your talk about pie crust, since pie is my favorite dessert. I used to try out all sorts of different pie recipes...My granddaughter (10) made the pies for our Thanksgiving and as she explained, she did not understand the concept of pie crust and kneaded the dough. It was tough and all the fat mysteriously disappeared--as least as far as flavor was concerned. (I think I can see some on my hips. But maybe that is from watching Hairspray, afterward?) But her fillings were superb--pumpkin AND Cranberry apple. I am positive that she will master crust, too. ;-)

  3. mmmm... crabapple! I'm sorry the world is making you cranky these days, bbd.

    Patty, I didn't make the filling (my sister made a delish pumkin pie filling), but I am intrigued enough to enter the World Of Pie. I'll have some work to do to catch up to these 10 year old pie prodigies, though! Somehow I had it in the back of my head that I needed to handle the dough minimally, so my crust was flaky. It was just really ugly since I had to frankenstein it together. (although once it was baked you couldn't really tell.)

  4. Cranky is as cranky does. Or something like that.


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