Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cranberry Fest Saturday

When I was growing up cranberries came in jelly in cans. I'm not sure that I really knew that the cranberry was an actual berry and that it could be used in any other way than the jelly in cans. Somewhere in the 1970s or 1980s cranberry juice appeared and then cranberry muffins. I'm not sure when I realized that the cranberry would surpass almost every other berry as my favorite. I still love strawberries and blueberries, but the cranberry holds a special place in my heart and I could eat them every day.

For something totally different than relish or muffins, I introduce -- courtesy of Martha Stewart -- chicken in cranberry sauce. I haven't tried this yet, but it's high on my list to try. I'm thinking of cooking this tomorrow evening. It looks so good and not too challenging.

Before our cranberry time slips away, inquiring minds want to know...What's your favorite way to enjoy cranberries? I pick the cranberry muffin, served with a mug of hot coffee. This is a treat that can cheer me on any snowy day.  

We had another beautiful day today. I spent the afternoon shopping with my college friend, Jane, and we had a great time. The store wasn't crowded, we weren't rushed and I loved having her with me to consult with. Bought two adorable baby presents and found some great Christmas serving pieces.

Hope you had a sweet Saturday!


LDH said...

Hello Buttercup!

Yes, I am a cranberry fan too. A friend gave me her recipe for an unusual cranberry relish many years ago that is made with Jell-O. It is sweet and tart and I love it.

We are super excited about our up-coming get-away. Thinking we might turn it into a two night stay if we can :) So far the weather sounds like it will be good after early week rain. I will keep you posted!

Lynda said...

That recipe does look good. I wonder how it would taste to bake the chicken in the sauce? Or maybe it would be a bit much?
Cranberries in muffins - - - orange muffins with finely chopped walnuts.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I hope you had a wonderful Tahnksgiving, Carol!

My family are not the biggest fans of cranberries beyond those found in baked goods. I've tried all kinds of fresh cranberry relish recipes and they want the canned jellied style kind

I recently bought a cranberry horseradish chutney at Stonewall Kitchens in Maine, and it tastes so delicious as a spread in a turkey sandwich. The whole jar is mine! :)

Loretta said...

Your recipe looks yummy...we aren't huge fans of cranberry and I only serve it with holiday meals, in muffins and cookies. All The Best! Hugs!

Maggid said...

Cranberry???? You betcha. A couple of years ago bakeries around here started offering Cranberry scones . . (yum!) I prefer coffee, too -
Next time I head out - I'm lookin' exactly for this - cranberry muffin or scone with coffee . . and, I'll pretend we get to sit and share. love & love, -g-


A cranberry muffin and cup of chai sound like just the thing. Of course the chicken looks divine. Cranberries are my favorite delicacy.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've been enjoying some White Chocolate/Cranberry flavored coffee this week and it is delicious. I really like them in just about anything and still do even love the jelly in a can variety.

Marie said...

That does look very good. I don't remember ever having cranberry sauce when I was a small child. I don't think we started using it until I was almost an adult. Having said that though, I have to admit that Cranberries are one of my favourite berries as well! xxoo

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

I love cranberry nut bread. The tartness of the berries mixed with the sweet bread is heaven!

I love your "about me" page. It sums up how I try to be -- grateful. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog -- I'm grateful to have found you. )

Marydon said...

Hope you had a wonderful holiday celebration, Carol. Harold is the only one that eats cranberries in any way, shape or form. I use them in cookies & the rest of them will eat them this way only.

Have a beautiful week ~