We survived all the food! All the sides! and all the leftovers (Hopefully!)
I wore the stretchy pants and the “Its My B’day” pin. And I got 98 Birthday notifications on facebook. To all of you who wished me a happy birthday on Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and My cellphone- THANK YOU SO MUCH! I def felt the love!
27 is gonna be awesome.
And now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I am going to give ya some of my holiday recipes. They are worthy of Christmas in case you need some ideas.
First up, Christmas Cranberries.
I hate cranberry sauce. Like really hate it. Of course, the only memories I have of cranberry sauce is the blob that fals out of the can every thanksgiving with its unnatural color and shape. I was a food snob at 5 when i saw that gelatinous thing! But my mother was given a sample of some homemade cranberry relish and the recipe to go with it. She loved and gave me a project.
Christmas Cramberries (recipe given to me by a friend of a friend and tweaked by me)
3 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 lbs fresh cranberries
1 Orange (diced with rind and all)
piece of cheese cloth with 5 cloves and 2 cinnamon stick
*optional: handful of dried cranberries
1/2 cup cognac
Give the cranberries a good rinse and if there are any undesirables in the bunch, chuck them.
Dice up the orange and set aside.
In a large sauce pot, combine water and sugar. Stir to combine and bring to a slow boil.
Wrap your cinnamon and cloves in cheese cloth and secure with a good knot. (i tied a sloppy knot and had some random strings in my sauce -_-)
When the sugar and water come to a slow boil, add cranberries, orange, cinnamon and cloves and cook over medium heat. Cranberries will start to burst. Stir frequently and allow fruit to cook for about 12-15 minutes.
When the sauce thickens and turns syrupy, add the cognac. Stir for another minute and remove from heat.
Fish out the cheesecloth bundle.
and store in 3 16 oz mason jars.
This cranberry relish has a very refreshing combination of flavors. the orange really brightens it up and the cinnamon and cloves ads a balance to all the sweetness going on. I enjoyed some smeared on a buttermilk biscuit, a bit on my turkey, and of course in a leftover thanksgiving sandwich!
makes a great gift too!