Cranberry Heaven

I LOVE CRANBERRIES!!!  Cranberry everything.  When they finally arrived at the grocery store, I bought several bags and the wheels started turning.

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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.

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Next, I added some agave nectar to sweeten things up a bit – honey or sugar works fine too.

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And then I added orange zest – I can’t help myself – I add it to everything involving cranberries.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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And, one more of my favorites – can you guess?

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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.

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And at the last minute, I had to do it….

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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.

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Of course, I make cranberry walnut bread every fall.

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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!

Susan
xoxo

Comments

  1. says

    There is simply nothing like fresh-made cranberry sauce … I buy extra bags at this time of year and freeze them for when they are no longer available at the store. Love the idea of adding fresh berries to chicken salad.

  2. says

    oh what a luscious post.
    in pictures and words!
    don’t you have a room i can rent in your house?
    maybe just a little corner of the basement? or attic?
    i’ll be as quiet as a mouse. only let me dine at your table!!!!
    XO♥

  3. says

    Susan, I don’t think I’ll ever look at cranberries the same again! I’m amazed that you have used them in so many recipes, but what’s really great is that it doesn’t look very hard to do. That sandwich looks delicious.

  4. says

    Yummm…… Okay this is why I follow your blog! You ALWAYS have something cooking in the kitchen that makes me want to get into mine and do the same! Well okay to be fair it’s not the ONLY reason because you are just a great read! I always look forward to what’s next whether it is a fun adventure, meditating, taking time off, cooking, sitting in your back yard… I love it all… You have a way with posting things that are very fun to read… Thank you have a great rest of your week!

  5. says

    You have me motivated to go right out and pick up some cranberries today! Each and every idea you have sounds delicious. Thank you!

    Jane x

  6. says

    These all look so amazing. I’ve never seen fresh cranberries sold around here, only frozen, but some things can be made from these. My favorite autumn dish is an orange pumpkin/sweet potato/carrot soup with chickpeas.
    Amalia
    xo

  7. says

    My bags are packed ….I am coming to your house! Every good cook needs a taster don”t they?!!!! Well it was worth a try. I just love your recipes and find myself at the grocery store after I’ve read one of your posts. So I am off to the store once again. Have a great weekend.

  8. says

    Walnuts have gotten so expensive. The grocery store had a big sale on them about 2 weeks ago and I loaded up / they are in my freezer. So I am certainly coming back here for the cranberry and walnut bread recipe. You just made me so darn hungry :)
    I have made a cranberry and orange relish? at holiday times but not too much else and now you have inspired me to try some other things.
    I just want Thanksgiving dinner right now after seeing this post, LOL!

    • says

      Hi Deb, Thanks for the tip on freezing walnuts. I never would have thought to do that. I’m anxious to make the cranberry walnut shortbread cookies but I’m procrastinating because I know I’ll eat way more than my share of them.
      Have a good weekend.

  9. says

    I love cranberry flavour things and cranberry things to eat! They don’t appear fresh here in the shops until Christmas, but I always buy a couple of bags and put them in the freezer to use through the year! All of your things look delicious! Happy Cranberries! xx p.s. don’t worry about the comments thing, I know that you read when you can! xx

    • says

      LOL. Yes, Amy, I’ m really enjoying them. And they’re so healthy, unless, of course, you’re adding a couple of cups of sugar to the recipe.

  10. says

    I also love cranberries – especially cranberries and orange together! Your chicken salad looks delicious. And so does the cranberry walnut bread. I think you should definitely try the shortbread cookies… Yum!

  11. says

    Thank you for the bread recipe. Just looking at it is so tempting. Mmmmmm
    In our kitchen: tonight: weight watcher shake in the bag chicken and roasted broccoli

  12. says

    Hi, Susan! I just had Sunday brunch. I am telling myself I am not hungry…but…this post is so full of yummy treats :) I really love cranberries, too, but have run out of my supply in the freezer and have not thought to look in the store for more to buy until now since you have prompted me. I really like the addition of orange zest with cranberries, too. I have fond memories of being given the task as a child of sitting at our kitchen table where Mom attached her little metal food grinder and putting cranberries and orange slices with the rind through the grinder to make cranberry relish. I think my mom just added some sugar when she cooked the relish, but left it plenty tart and tangy. When we lived in NY and my kids were young we visited my aunt and uncle near Cape Cod and they took us to the cranberry bog near them and we got to ride a train around it. Ahhh my age is showing cause I think I may have typed that to you before, but it is such a good memory it was worth typing again if I did :) I was so excited to discover a few years ago that there are cranberry bogs south of me in Oregon! I have not visited them yet, but that might be a fun adventure with my granddaughters sometime. We are getting some rain today! We still don’t have water in the front pond yet, but this rain should help. Happy Weekend to you and yours! xx

    • says

      HI, Gracie – You just brought back a wonderful memory of my mom – I remember that old grinder she screwed on the kitchen table. I think she spent half her life in the kitchen cooking and baking for us – everything always made from scratch. Thanks for the memory.

  13. says

    I love cranberry anything! I drink every morning and when this time of year rolls around, I’m either making pumpkin pies or cranberry bread :) Lovely post!!

  14. says

    A girl after my own heart..cranberries with orange zest? Of course! Is there any other way?!

    I’m going to the market tomorrow and you can bet I’ll be bringing home some cranberries thanks to you Susan.

  15. says

    I love cranberries and always add some orange zest and juice. We don’t have any in our shops yet. We aren’t allowed fresh cranberries until December here!

    • says

      Well, then enjoy them in December, Gillian. By then I will be using the ones that I froze because there is such a short window to buy them fresh. Have a great week!

  16. says

    Just exactly the recipe I was going to go looking for in a cookbook, and here is one I can print and put in my looseleaf cookbook! Thank you… I’m pleased! :)
    Mona

  17. says

    I adore cranberries too but now that I think of it have never seen or had them fresh. I love the dried ones in my granola and turkey is just made for cranberry sauce isn’t it! Mmm cranberry walnut bread sounds fab! Jan x

    • says

      There’s no point in eating turkey if there’s no cranberry sauce, Jan. The cranberry walnut bread is relish. I’m experimenting with a gluten free, sugar free version. I don’t want to sacrifice the yummy flavor, but I’m sure it’s doable. Take care!

    • says

      I use agave on anything that can use a pop of sweetness – I’m also trying to stay away from sugar. Thanks so much for stopping by, Selena.

  18. says

    Gosh I love reading the way you write!

    I’d love to hear your accent one day, than I can put a voice to your words :-)

    Love Sita ❤️❤️❤️

    • says

      Thank you so much, Sita. Having lived most of my life on Long Island, I guess you could say I have a typical New York accent. Have a wonderful weekend!

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