Wednesday, November 25, 2009
turkeys, berries and oranges
One of our traditions, both in my family and with my daycare friends, is to make cranberry orange relish the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. It's a quick easy recipe and is really good. I especially like it smeared on a turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving. My recipe is scribbled on little piece of scrap paper and I can no longer remember where I first got it from. I could have picked it out of a cookbook, recieved it from my Mom, or even from a magazine. Usually I use my trusty food grinder but when I took it out, it was rusty and I just wasn't sure it was safe to use. Instead we used my mini cuisenart food processor. Truth be told, while the food processor made the job easier, I like making the relish with the food grinder. I don't know why...makes me feel all pilgrimish or something, not that pilgrims used food grinders but, whatever. Anywho...here's the recipe
Cranberry Orange relish
1 cup fresh cranberries
1 Tbsp finely grated orange peel
3/4 to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
peel orange and separate into sections.
put orange and cranberries into food grinder or food processor and grind into coarse pieces
add sugar and zest and mix well
See, told you it was easy.
We also made these fun little turkeys too. Red, orange, yellow, brown and black paint, a white piece of paper and a teeny triangle piece of orange are all you'll need. Children dip their hands into the red, orange and yellow paint and print them onto the paper in a fan shape. Let this dry. Then paint the child's foot and print it on top of the handprints with the toes facing down to the bottom of the fan. Dip a finger in black paint to make the eyes and a thumb in red to make the wattle. glue on the triangle for the beak. This guy is so cute you won't be tempted to cook him up for your Thanksgiving dinner!