cranberries

Berried in Pumpkin

For all its warmth, silky smashed pumpkin, mildly spiced and tucked into flaky crust, might as well be classified as health food. No matter how plentiful the turkey and Brussels sprouts, there’s always room for a velvety slice topped with whipped cream or served a la mode. Few Thanksgiving hosts challenge the pastry’s status as …

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Get fresh around the table

If you can’t walk the woods and gather fresh pine cones to get fresh around the table, freshen it up with cranberries. Add berries to candle holders, glass compotes, or your favorite crystal stemware. Get really fresh and embellish with a spray of evergreen, oranges and cloves.

Berry good grits

Cranberries earn their place at the table in November, but don’t restrict them to the Thanksgiving bird. Dress up grits instead and savor a sweet-tart burst over a mountain of cheesy bliss. Boost your intake of fruit for the day with a healthy antioxidant kick. Here’s what you’ll need to showcase your cranberries with grits: …

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Cranberry sauce smoothies

Reach into the refrigerator and recycle your leftover cranberry sauce with a festive take on smoothies. Blend this: two bananas 8 ounces yogurt 1 cup ice two tablespoons leftover cranberry sauce (We prepared the sauce two days ago with water, fresh cranberries, grated orange peel, and sugar.) Yield: Four small smoothies.

Ring in Cookie Season

It’s high season for cookie baking and the real treats often roll out in December. If you’re looking for an oatmeal-cranberry take on cookies, sample this recipe. Cookie cheers to Cookie Madness for exactness in preparation–fantastic batch served up in Austin! Drop by Cookie Madness http://www.cookiemadness.net/ and from there, skip on over to Oatmeal Cookie Guy’s …

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Carrot Cranberry Salad

After the kids peeled the carrots over the sink, Cookery Dad had to step in to fix the sink drain.  It seems as if a couple of enormous carrots accidentally slipped out of the hands of my helpers.  But the bulk of the carrots survived.  Here’s a recipe for one of our favorite carrot salads.  6 medium …

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