Cranberry relish and a wicked good smoothie

 

Are you ready for the holiday next week? Do you need to bring something and have no idea what to make? Or maybe you’re tired of the same old thing? Have no fear, here’s a cranberry relish recipe that is so tasty you’ll want to dish up a bowl and eat it with a spoon. 9944862_l

Cranberry Relish

12 oz bag cranberries, rinsed
1 or 2 oranges peeled and cut in segments (if large orange use 1, I use 2 mandarins or tangerines)
2 apples cut to fit in food processor
put all ingredients into food processor and pulse until desired consistency. I like it chunky so I don’t pulse long.
then add: 1 large can crushed pineapple in its own juice, drained
1 cup sugar

Mix and chill. stir every hour for 2-3 hours. best if chilled for several hours. You can make it the day before

P.S. It’s wonderful the next day as a smoothie base. Use 1/2 cup or 1 cup if you like it more fruity, add 1/2 c. yogurt or OJ, a handful of ice, a handful of spinach and blend – yum!

Hey apple…

ImageThe farmer’s market has apples. This morning I picked up Honeycrisp. Yum! Crunchy and mouth-watering with a bit of sweetness. I asked about Gold Rush. They were the variety I discovered last year and my new favorite. The vendor told me it was still a bit early (here in North Carolina) but they’d be ready in a few weeks.

What’s your favorite apple?

Welcome Fall Smoothie
1 apple cored and cut into slices
handful of grapes
1 c. water
inch piece of ginger, peeled (optional)
1/3 cucumber OR small handful of lettuce or spinach
blend well and enjoy!

The apples are coming

The farmer’s market had early apples this week. Early apples? Yep, some varieties are ready earlier in the year. They were small and tart and mouth-watering.

And made me look forward to fall. Last year at the farmer’s market I found an apple called GoldRush. It was heaven. Crisp and crunchy with just  the right amount of tang. I’ve never seen them at the grocery. Check out your local farmer’s market – who knows what you might discover -grins

What’s your favorite apple?

Cheers!