I LOVE CRANBERRIES!!! Cranberry everything. When they finally arrived at the grocery store, I bought several bags and the wheels started turning.
I started off with some cranberry sauce to complement the turkey we were having for dinner. I put the cranberries in the pan with a bit of water and waited for them to start popping.
Next, I added some agave nectar to sweeten things up a bit – honey or sugar works fine too.
And then I added orange zest – I can’t help myself – I add it to everything involving cranberries.
Yum, time to smash some of the berries against the side of the pan, leaving lots of chunks, and it’s done. All this cranberry deliciousness only takes a couple of minutes and Voila!
This sauce works well with so many things. It’s delicious on pancakes and waffles. And, for an easy seasonal dessert, I like to put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a slice of gingerbread or spice cake, drizzle warm cranberry sauce and add a dollop or two of whipped cream on top. Because we know everything tastes better with whipped cream. And we all know two dollops are better than one.
I also made some “cheater’s” cranberry orange bran muffins.
This was a box of Hodgson Mills bran muffins to which i added 1/2 cup of cranberries, a dash of orange zest and a sprinkle of cinnamon. They’re delicious served warm with a bit of fruit.
And, one more of my favorites – can you guess?
Yup, chicken salad with cranberries. I just make a simple chicken salad of chicken, celery, mayo and salt and pepper and throw some of those beautiful red gems in. I boiled them in a bit of water until they just popped and let them cool and then added them to the salad. I added a bit of agave nectar to balance the tartness of the berries.
And at the last minute, I had to do it….
I had to add a smidge of orange zest. I really love that combination! And it made delicious sandwiches with a bit of greens on toasted multigrain bread. Paired with a cup of soup, it makes a great lunch or dinner.
Of course, I make cranberry walnut bread every fall.
You can find my recipe for that here. It’s one of our favorites. I have a few more things I’d still like to try – oatmeal cranberry cookies, brussel sprouts with walnuts and cranberries and I just saw a recipe for shortbread cookies with cranberries and walnuts. What do you think? Sounds good, doesn’t it.
What’s going on in your kitchen this time of year? I hope you’re enjoying the bounty of this season as much as I am.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy cooking!