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Happy December to everyone.

This week I was at a loss as to what we could discover about food-when I received an e-mail from Ocean Spray.  Now honestly, I’m not one for canned cranberry sauce when you can buy a couple of bags of fresh and make your own whole version that is far tastier and healthier in a few minutes.  

Really you can-even putting a bag through a few pulses in a processor and adding chopped celery, walnuts or pecans, some freshly chopped oranges and their zest with barely enough sugar or honey to taste provides a very different and tangy raw relish.  Put the berries into a pot with some orange or apple juice and there’s another version.  Add some chopped apples or pears to the mix before bringing the mixture to a boil and voila-yet other cooked versions.  You could easily add the chopped apples/pears to the raw mix with a dash of lemon juice as well.

Dried cranberries make a great addition to the mundane chex or nut mix.  For texture-try a very different turkey burger or even hamburger and add some chopped fresh cranberries to the patties.

Here are some facts on jellied cranberry sauce I bet you weren’t aware of:

There are 200 cranberries in a can of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce.  

Jellied cranberry sauce (the log) is most preferred by consumers totaling 75% of overall cranberry sauce sales.

When the log was created in 1912:  

  - William Howard Taft was President of the United States

  - The Red Sox won the World Series

  - New Mexico and Arizona became states

  - The Titanic sank  

Some other ideas?  Check out the Ocean Spray site for ham glaze, a fancy brie dip for parties, shrimp cocktail sauce and even a cranberry infused chocolate fudge cake.

The ideas are endless-

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