At least twenty family members will be at our house for Thanksgiving this year. My part is the turkey, potatoes, appetizer, and a pie. Since I’m tired of the same-o, same-o dishes, I’m asking the ladies to bring something different. Also, the other day I bought two holiday magazines and started going through them for inspiring ideas. And, boy, did I find some whoppers! I almost feel like cooking everything myself and surprising everybody with new family favorites. Here is the first recipe that enticed my palate, courtesy of Southern Living…
Recipe of the Week: Cranberry Apricot Sauce
1 c. sugar (or 1/2 c. Truvia)
1/2 c. fresh orange juice
1 tbs. red wine vinegar
2 fresh ginger slices, 1/4″ thick
1 cinnamon stick, 3″
4 c. fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 c. chopped dried apricots
1. Bring first 5 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan over med.-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in cranberries and apricots, and return to a boil. Reduce heat to med.-low; simmer, stirring occasionally, 10-15 minutes or until berries begin to split and mixture begins to thicken.
2. Remove from heat; cool 30 minutes. Discard cinnamon and ginger. Pour into a 3-cup mold; cover and chill 8 hours or until set. (If you don’t have a mold, a pretty bowl will do.)
(Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck)
Thought of the Week: Horrendous havoc tormented the east coast as Sandy moved up the shoreline from the Carolinas to punch New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Staten Island (deadliest-zone), and Connecticut. President Obama declared New York and New Jersey disaster areas almost before Governors Christie and Cuomo asked. The megastorm and its predictable devastation warranted such unprecedented quick response…While most of the country’s doorbells were rung by trick-or-treaters on Wednesday night, millions of east coasters’ doorbells could not ring. Halloween was canceled, 94 people have been killed (so far), and nearly fifty N.Y.C. babies defied the chaos and came into the world.