Cranberries!... the best part of Thanksgiving! Most people would disagree, I am sure, but for me, it's not Thanksgiving without it.
I remember the second Thanksgiving we were married, Anthony and I went to his family's Thanksgiving. The table was set, the food was out, everyone was seated, and the blessing was given. I'm sure it was a beautiful blessing, although I don't remember a single word that was uttered. That was 8 years ago, give a girl a break! What I do remember is opening my eyes and the first thing I looked for was the little dish of cranberry sauce. There's always a dish (or several in my family), isn't there? Maybe it's strange but the kind I like best is just plain old jellied cranberry sauce. Whole berry is great too, and even homemade is good but just give me a can of plain ol' jellied cranberry sauce and I'm happy... as a peach!
Anyway, there was not a single dish of cranberries in sight. It was forgotten, left on the counter somewhere, I was sure! It had to be, it was the only explanation.
Being that I was shy around them at the time, still am sometimes, I admit, I leaned over to Anthony and mentioned that I didn't see the cranberries anywhere.
He said, "Hey Ma, where are the cranberries?"
Do you know what she said? Any ideas? To my devestation and disappointment, she said, "I don't have any. Nobody likes them."
What? Nobody likes them? These people are mad!! I knew Anthony didn't like them but I had no idea that no one in his family liked them either! What had I married into? A very sad Thanksgiving, indeed.
Not really though, the company was great and it was a lot of fun. I just now know to bring my own can of jellied cranberry sauce when we have Thanksgiving with Anthony's family.
And that is my cranberry story. It's just not Thanksgiving without them.
Now, here's a recipe with cranberries in it. It's quite simple, really! This recipe was added to the regular Thanksgiving menu on my side, probably about 5 or 6 years ago. My aunt picked it up somewhere and I went nuts over it. LOVE IT!
1 bag of cranberries
1 c. sugar
1 pkg marshmallows
2 lg whipped cream
Add 1/4 - 1/2 c. water to cranberries and sugar in a blender and blend. Let sit for 1 hour. The cranberries have a natural gelatin in them so letting them sit allows it to firm up a bit.
Fold in whipped cream and marshmallows. There you have it!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.