A Berry Holiday Treat
Contributed by: Arleen M. Kaptur
A tiny berry and so traditional! Its very color is perfectly suited to all Holiday mealtimes and home decor as well.
A string of cranberries mingled with popcorn,
dried fruit, baubles, and sprigs of holly or ever-
green add a nostalgic touch to your home. Dried
cranberries are fragrant and emit an essence that
reminds everyone who enters your home that the
true Holiday Season is here and is being celebrated.
A quick idea: put cranberries into the water in a
clear vase before adding your flowers and greenery-
instantly you have a Holiday accent!
There is the very basic cranberry sauce:
2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, 1 lb. (4 cups) fresh
Combine sugar and water in pan; stir to dissolve
sugar. Heat to boiling; boil 5 mins. Add cranberries;
cook till skins pop, about 3 mins. Remove from
heat. Serve sauce warm or chilled.
Basic, beautiful and a decorative touch of Holiday
Cheer to mealtimes.
Add a historical accent to your holiday meals with a
colonial drink called a shrub. The Pilgrims were proud
to serve this beverage and so should you -
Shrubs served in colonial days were fruit-based drinks
liberally spiked with brandy or rum - or whatever
spirited drink was at hand!
4 cups raspberry sherbet, softened, 4 cups cranberry
juice cocktail, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3 cups chilled
Spoon half of the sherbet into a blender. Pour in half
of the cranberry juice and half of the lemon juice.
Process until smooth. Pour into 6 glasses. Repeat with
remaining cranberry juice, and remaining lemon juice.
Carefully pour some of the ginger ale down the side
of each glass. Stir to muddle slightly.
A toast to you and your loved ones!
Cranberries - they generously give of their color,
texture, and essence for our enjoyment and our
Holiday meal plans. Don't forget our fine-feathered
friends - string a few garlands, along with some
popped corn for them as well.
However you use cranberries
©Arleen M. Kaptur 2002 November
Wishing you and all your loved ones
a truly Memorable, Enchanting, and
totally wonderful Holiday Season
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