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Archive for October 7, 2017

RECIPE: Cranberry-Orange Mold

Cranberry Orange Mold
[1] Cranberry-orange mold; the recipe is below (photo courtesy Taste Of Home).

Cranberry Sauce
[2] Optional presentation in a glass bowl (photo courtesy Mackenzie Ltd).

Cranberry Orange Sauce In Turkey Shape
[3] Mold the sauce in a turkey pan from Nordicware.


We love cranberry-orange relishes, compotes, molds and sauces. A few years ago we asked: Why do we only make them twice a year, for Thanksgiving and Christmas?

This side is too tasty to save for one or two holiday dinners. So we started to make them as soon as the fresh cranberries arrive in stores (frozen cranberries also work).

Enjoy homemade cranberry sauce as often as you like, at any meal of the day: We serve it:

  • With grilled meats and fish.
  • With burgers and sandwiches.
  • With yogurt or cottage cheese.
  • As a dessert with sorbet.
  • With a red-themed Valentine’s dinner.
    Here’s a recipe from Taste Of Home, submitted by Carol Mead of Los Alamos, New Mexico.


    Ingredients For 12 Servings

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 cup cold water, divided
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 package (3 ounces) raspberry gelatin
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, divided
  • 2 medium apples, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium navel orange, peeled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • Optional center garnish: celery curls (or a mix of celery and carrot curls), shredded lettuce
  • Optional side garnish: sour cream, plain or slightly sweetened with an optional dash of cinnamon or nutmeg

    1. SPRINKLE the unflavored gelatin over 1 tablespoon of cold water; let stand 1 minute. Add boiling water and raspberry gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in the remaining cold water. Refrigerate until thickened, about 45 minutes.

    2. PULSE 2-1/3 cups cranberries, the apples and orange in a food processor until chopped. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in the sugar. Stir the fruit mixture into the thickened gelatin. Fold in the walnuts, celery and the remaining whole cranberries.


    3. COAT a 10-in. fluted tube pan, an 8-cup ring mold or two 4-cup molds with cooking spray (you can use a bundt pan in a pinch). Pour in the gelatin mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight or until firm.

    4. UNMOLD onto a platter and fill the center with celery curls. Serve the sour cream in a side dish or ramekins.

    NOTE: Some people call this type of recipe a salad, or a gelatin salad, because it’s filled with raw fruits and vegetables. If you fill the center with raw vegetables—shredded lettuce, carrot curls, celery curls—it makes the recipe a legitimate salad.



    TIP OF THE DAY: Halloween Party Wines

    For a Halloween party idea—or to augment the gathering you’ve already planned—look for holiday-themed bottles of wine. There are dozens of choices available nationwide—typically the winery’s existing wines with special labels.

    The Church Of Halloween presents 51 different wines with Halloween-theme labels. Some examples:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Bat’s Blood, Chateau du Vampire, Freakshow
  • Chardonnay: Bewitched, Ghostly White, Spellbound
  • Grüner Veltliner: Skeleton
  • Malbec: Skeleton, Voodoo Moon
  • Merlot: Bat’s Blood, Black Widow, Dracula
  • Mourvedre: Voodoo Moon
  • Pinot Grigio: Serenya
  • Pinot Noir: The Heretic
  • Riesling: Superstition
  • Rosé: Blackbird, China Doll (no arms or legs), Gothic
  • Shiraz: Kill Bin Bin, Strait Jacket, The Tentacle
  • Syrah/Petite Syrah: Phantom, Sixth Sense, The Tentacle
  • Zinfandel: Boneshaker, Phantom Poizin, 7 Deadly Zins
    The labels have great graphics. Even if you don’t buy the wines, take a look.

    Elsewhere, we found Evil Demon Bloody Shiraz, Haunting Ghost, Old Witch Cursed Merlot and Slayer Blood Red.

    No doubt there are others, available in a store near you.

    Save the bottles and refill them next Halloween, without the trouble of tracking them down.


    Bone Dry Cabernet Halloween Wine

    Halloween Chardonnay

    Spooky bottle of red, spooky bottle of white (photo courtesy Elk Creek Vineyards).




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