Still wanting more……Cranberries!

Thankfully the Christmas season is over, the season of MORE. More food, more parties, more fun, more stuff, more wanting!

Please don’t miss understand, I love Christmas. I cherish each moment spent with friends and family. Preparing gifts to give, cooking meals to share and mostly reflecting on the greatest gift of Jesus. His birth, his life, his love and how we are here because if it.

Today the New Year is still fresh. A time of cleaning out the old and making plans for the new. Dreaming big dreams. It feels good to have a fresh start.

However, there is one thing I’m not ready to give up and find myself wanting more of: Cranberries!IMG_9124-7_07_46PM

I love Cranberries (the fresh ones, never been a fan of the can stuff). In the past my favorite was the Cranberry Bread (you know the one, the recipe on the back of the package). Then there’s always room for cranberries on my sweet potato casserole. But now thanks for Pintrest and my food blogger friends there are so many other ways to enjoy them, and enjoy them I have!

So as the “fresh Cranberry” season comes to a close, I thought I would share a few favorites with you. Maybe you can still find some in the store if you find them pleasing.

As soon as the red beauties show up I start making  Cranberry Ginger SconesIMG_9140-7_07_48PM

I came by this recipe from my friend and food photographer Denise Woodward in a piece she wrote for  Eat Boutique

You should check out her personal blog:  Chez Us 

By the way, these are sure to be on the breakfast menu at The Hatton House

Then comes the Spiced Cranberry Sauce with apricots.Thanksgiving-8-11_42_57AM

I originally found the recipe in a Cooking Light magazine several years ago. These days we tweak it a bit, sometimes adding mangoes or nuts. I usually make enough for our Thanksgiving dinner of 30 or more, extra to share with others and at least one jar for our refrigerator. I highly recommend it on Turkey sandwiches any time of year and it adds a spark to oatmeal on these could winter mornings.

Another form Denise at Chez Us, which instantly became “a must have” around our house. “Sugared Cranberries”IMG_8806-11_42_47AM

I made these for the first time last year.IMG_6721

This year, I bagged them up with ribbon and shared them with my Book Club ladies.

They are wonderful to garnish a chocolaty desert or a yummy cocktail but our favorite way is to just keep a bowl on the table and pop them in your mouth! They don’t last long.

Two new ones this year:

This Spiced Winter Cranberry Cake from a sweet blog called “The Year in Food”

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We only made it once but will keep it for next year. It was great with coffee and perfect for our Gluten free friends.

Last but not least by any means! Cranberry Cake from The KitchnIMG_9088-Edit-11_42_55AM

Being a big hit at our house, I can’t even count how many times I made it. Mostly in decorative gift size pans and shared it with clients and friends. Christmas morning I baked it in a 10” spring form pan. It didn’t last long with the crowd of family at my parent’s home.

I find myself still craving it so I made it once more yesterday. This time in small little loaf pans so we can eat one and freeze a few for later. Notice the little heart shaped pan? I wonder if it would be as good with cherries for Valentines?IMG_9076-11_42_53AM

Well, thanks for wadding through my cranberry obsession! If any of these sound tempting you might still be able to find a few fresh ones at the market. Just click on the links above in blue.  I’d love to hear how you like them or if you have any other wonderful ways I might try cranberries next year! Feel free to drop me a comment!

Until next time.