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December 1, 2008

Cranberry Ginger Jelly

Filed under: Fruit, Holiday, Side Dishes, Turkey, Uncategorized — Tags: — bettylou79 @ 9:20 am
As I mentioned in my previous post I was bringing rolls and Cranberry Jelly to Thanksgiving dinner. I saw this recipe on the Martha Stewart show and decided I would use that recipe! It was quite easy to put together. I was hoping that the jelly would set up a bit more but I think that was because I was thinking it would be like the Cranberry Jelly that comes out of a can. This was much tastier than the can stuff! On Martha’s show she warns that passing the mixture through a sieve will take some time and I couldn’t agree more! Give this recipe a try for your Christmas dinner. The bags of fresh cranberries freeze and thaw quite easily.

Cranberry Ginger Jelly

source: Martha Stewart


Makes about 2 cups

  • 2 (12-ounce) bags fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin


  1. Combine cranberries, sugar, ginger, and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Cover, and bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until berries have burst and softened, about 10 minutes. Pass through a sieve into a medium bowl, pressing on solids with a wooden spoon to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids.
  2. Meanwhile, sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup water in a bowl. Let soften 5 minutes. Add cranberry mixture; stir until gelatin has dissolved. Refrigerate, in an airtight container, at least 4 hours (or up to 1 week).

November 23, 2008

Apple Cranberry Crisp

Filed under: Dessert, Fruit, Holiday — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 1:02 pm

Yummy! I love fall because of all the yummy foods and desserts. Apple crisp is one of my favorite desserts. When this recipe popped up in my Google Reader from Annie’s Eats, check out her blog, everything she makes looks great, I knew that I had to try it. It also just so happened that I had two bags of fresh cranberries sitting in my refrigerator. Yahoo!! I just couldn’t pass them up at the grocery store. I’ll admit they were an impulse buy! I allow myself about 2 impulse buys per shopping trip and then I stick to my list!

I made this recipe for a few reasons, one was because it looked good (good reason, eh?) and the other was in honor of The Apple Cup. If you are from Washington state there is no way that you can not know about The Apple Cup, even if you didn’t go to either college involved in the football game. We have quite the cross state rivalry with this game. This football game takes place every fall and involves the Washington State University Cougars (Go Cougs!) who are in Pullman (close to Idaho) and the University of Washington Huskies, located in Seattle. The game takes place at one of the colleges and they switch every year. I did not go to either college but my husband went to Washington State University, so I am guilty by association. I would love to tell you that both teams are doing great this year but that is not the case at all. Neither team has won a game this year, at least in their conference. The are both Pac-10 schools, so your university may have played one of these Washington schools. Usually both teams are doing really well! So this game was really the match up of who stinks less! I’m happy to tell you that my beloved Cougars won the game 16 to 13 in double over time. This game was nerve wracking, and I wasn’t even there and didn’t even go to the school!

I adore the color that the cranberry’s make the apples. Such a fun pink color. Enjoy! Next time I’ll serve this with ice cream. Enjoy!


Apple Cranberry Crisp

source: Annie’s Eats


For the filling:

2 ½ -3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin

2/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tbsp. light brown sugar, packed

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

For the topping:

½ cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

½ cup rolled instant oats

¼ cup sugar

¼ cup light brown sugar, packed

6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted


Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter an 8×8” square baking dish. Set aside.

To prepare the filling, combine the apple slices and cranberries in a medium bowl. Add the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the melted butter and toss the ingredients until the fruit is evenly coated. Pour the fruit into the prepared baking dish in an even layer.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats and sugars, and toss with a fork until well combined. Add in the melted butter and mix until all dry ingredients are moistened. Crumble the mixture evenly over the fruit. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve warm.

Source: adapted from Use Real Butter

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