picture of cranberry harvest (via unblog)
I'm so excited to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. I have some menu ideas that I'm really excited about. I've been pouring over the Thanksgiving editions of Martha Stewart and Bon Appetit, drinking them in slowly and thoroughly. Before I firm up the menu, I want to consult my guests-to-be. I think nearly everyone has some tradition or dish that makes Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for them. For my husband it's veggies (specifically carrots, celery and olives) and a dip made with cream cheese, Old English cheese and green onions. For me it's sweet potatoes topped with marshmellows and a special cranberry relish my mom made every year. It's really yummy, but it's also a recipe my mom had as a girl at her grandmother's house. What is your Thanksgiving "thing?"
Grandmother Gillespie's Cranberry Relish
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 orange, skin and all
2 tart apples, peeled and cored
1 1/2 c. sugar
Coarsely chop the orange and apples, mix with cranberries in food processor or blender. Do it in 2 or 3 batches. Chop to desired fineness. Add sugar, mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.