Cranberry and All Berry Lovers

CarolAJ
Hosted by Carol Junkins
Group active since Sun, Jul 24, 2011

I have always loved all berry recipes, but cranberries are my favorite. The "Kitchen Crew" has named me the Cranberry Queen now !!! haha The first Ocean Spray building started in my home town of Hanson, MA.
This group is for all berry recipes as we can interchange them in any recipe.
Berries are so healthy for you as well. Believe it or not I can pick blueberries right in my home town as well.
Berries are a great anti-oxidant as we are all learning. So lets get baking some of the many recipes here to choose from and can make during the Holidays. I grew up in New England. Please add any recipes for main meals, desserts, drinks, sauces, puddings, appetizers.



 

Turkey and all the Trimmings from New England

CarolAJ
By Carol Junkins - Monday at 6:59 PM

TURKEY AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS

Wine, Mussels & Squash at TableThe classic Thanksgiving menu of turkey, cranberries, pumpkin pie, and root vegetables is based on New England fall harvests. In the 19th century, as the holiday spread across the country, local cooks modified the menu both by choice (“this is what we like to eat”) and by necessity (“this is what we have to eat”). Today, many Americans delight in giving regional produce, recipes and seasonings a place on the Thanksgiving table. In New Mexico, chiles and other southwestern flavors are used in stuffing, while on the Chesapeake Bay, the local favorite, crab, often shows up as a holiday appetizer or as an ingredient in dressing. In Minnesota, the turkey might be stuffed with wild rice, and in Washington State, locally grown hazelnuts are featured in stuffing and desserts. In Indiana, persimmon puddings are a favorite Thanksgiving dessert, and in Key West, key lime pie joins pumpkin pie on the holiday table. Some specialties have even become ubiquitous regional additions to local Thanksgiving menus; in Baltimore, for instance, it is common to find sauerkraut alongside the Thanksgiving turkey.

Most of these regional variations have remained largely a local phenomenon, a means of connecting with local harvests and specialty foods. However this is not true of influential southern Thanksgiving trends that had a tremendous impact on the 20th-century Thanksgiving menu.

Hearty Thanksgiving Postcard with Native and English Woman
"Hearty Thanksgiving Greeting" Postcard, c. 1910. Collection of Plimoth Plantation.
Corn, sweet potatoes, and pork form the backbone of traditional southern home cooking, and these staple foods provided the main ingredients in southern Thanksgiving additions like ham, sweet potato casseroles, pies and puddings, and corn bread dressing. Other popular southern contributions include ambrosia (a layered fruit salad traditionally made with citrus fruits and coconut; some more recent recipes use mini-marshmallows and canned fruits), biscuits, a host of vegetable casseroles, and even macaroni and cheese. Unlike the traditional New England menu, with its mince, apple and pumpkin pie dessert course, southerners added a range and selection of desserts unknown in northern dining rooms, including regional cakes, pies, puddings, and numerous cobblers. Many of these Thanksgiving menu additions spread across the country with relocating southerners. Southern cookbooks (of which there are hundreds) and magazines also helped popularize many of these dishes in places far beyond their southern roots. Some, like sweet potato casserole, pecan pie, and corn bread dressing, have become as expected on the Thanksgiving table as turkey and cranberry sauce.

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Cranberries !

CarolAJ
By Carol Junkins - Friday at 6:53 PM

I have lots of cranberry recipes perfect for Thanksgiving ~ I am going to make my Cranberry Cream Torte like I do every year and maybe my Swedish Apple Pie

My Grandson Russell ~~

CarolAJ
By Carol Junkins - Nov 10, 2014

Can you believe my Grandson Russell, hasn't spoken a word and he just turned two years old? We were all worried but know he is a smarty, understands everything you say ! (sometimes to a fault however) haha Well my daughter and son-in law took him out to dinner the other night ~ and when the waitress placed the food on the table ~~~ he said Thank you !!!!! hahahha unreal ~ what a blessing he is ~ his first words !!!!

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Oh no ~~~Snow !!!!!

CarolAJ
By Carol Junkins - Nov 2, 2014

This is my skylight freezing here and sooo windy ! yikes ~

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Cranberry Season

Fairy62
By Jean Fisher - Nov 1, 2014

I have two bags of cranberries in the freezer from after Christmas last year. I need to make something with them. It will be time to buy fresh before we know it. Thanksgiving season is sneaking up on us.
Have to make room for about 6 more bags. Love those cranberries!!