spectacular cranberries

my favorite, and my dad’s favorite, cranberries over plain yogurt and bananas

my dad made cranberries for thanks giving this year, and boy, were they something special. i don’t normally think  that cranberries are something to brag about, just a repeat condiment at the holiday table. i can’t believe i doubted my dad in this manner! i couldn’t stop pawing at these little jewels. i took home a half-gallon or so, and it took all of 3 days for me to polish them off. i had eaten them every single day until the jar was sadly empty. they are warmly spiced with freshly ground cloves and cinnamon, and sweetened with honey. there is some surprise flavor combination lurking in there, but i just can’t put my finger on it. i just know it draws me in to more. they are pleasantly tart, but sweet enough to eat as a light dessert. i have been enjoying them on chicken, in salads, on sandwiches with gluten-free bread, stirred into plain yogurt, and eaten straight out of the jar.

cranberries over pork tenderloin salad

do yourself a favor and make these cranberries for your holiday dinners, or even just to have sitting around to use up throughout the week. they are a healthy way to feel like you are indulging, and a welcome leftover to have in the house afterward!

this is a really big recipe, so if you are not making these for a party, i recommend cutting the recipe in half, or making the large batch and keeping a reserve in the freezer.

note, too, that juniper just LOVED these cranberries. i don’t let her eat sugar, but this was special. plus, it was brown sugar, so it has some antioxidants in it!

in my dad’s own words, here is the magic recipe!

large recipe:
3- 12 oz. bags of cranberries
3- 8 oz. cups of orange juice (any kind)
1- 8 oz. cup of packed unrefined brown sugar
1- tbsp. ground cloves
1- tbsp. ground cinnamon
Add cranberries and orange juice together and bring to a simmer.
Add remaining ingredients.
Simmer and stir occasionally until berries have all popped open.
Cool in refrigerator overnight or longer.  
Will keep in refrigerator 3 weeks.

*personal favorite: serve on top of whole-bean vanilla ice cream!
**other personal favorite: serve with yogurt!

my dad has always been a great cook. he can find a few random things lying around and turn it into a treat.

i learned to make frozen grapes from dad.

i learned to make rhubarb crumble from dad.

i learned how you can grill anything. ANYTHING.

i learned that, “hey, no time to bake the french fries? BROIL them!” actually works in a pinch.

i learned how amazing peanut butter and honey are when swirled around on a warm piece of toast.

i learned what a joy a cup of hot coffee, tanned with a splash of cream, can really be on a sunday morning, spread out with the news paper.

so the message is, people, listen to your dad. he’s got all kinds of tricks up his sleeve.

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3 thoughts on “spectacular cranberries

  1. Beautiful, thoughtful daughter you…with the Dad to have influenced all this in you and your generous posts…Thanks for sharing these thoughts and the father/daughter transmission of love and recipes. Heritage indeed!

    I miss my father very much..he taught me to appreciate, love and prepare the best popcorn, oysters, salmon and rainbow trout.

    • donna, you reminded me!
      i forgot to add all sorts of fish, meats (including bear!) and popcorn while watching jeopardy!
      thank you so much for sharing! i started to get a little emotional when reading your comment!

      • Now it is me who is getting emotional!…I think that with my Dad, it was Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” (sooo dating myself!!)…and how amazing to do BEAR together…We always did deer and elk jerky..but bear?…Wow and sniff…Aren’t Dads wonderful?..

        Your cranberry condiment is going to be my “Go-To” all-purpose addition to highlight so many dishes I plan on making over the holidays….savory as well as sweet …the vanilla bean ice cream sounds perfect..and using it in a rustic crumble with said ice cream…well..yum!

        But first, the pork tenderloin salad ..I cannot imagine a more delectable way to celebrate this spectacular sauce!

        Thanks again!

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