Cranberries for Christmas
By Nancy Finch, Food Columnist
Eat them. Drink
them. Sauce them. Salad them. Or, hang them on the Christmas tree!
What could we possibly be talking about but cranberries?
If you eat them as is, you wont eat more than one. This isnt like popping a
strawberry in your mouth. But, in muffins, bread, juice, sauce cranberries are not
only good, but wonderful for adding color to your plate, your table or your tree.
Were suggesting some ways to use cranberries to enjoy yourself or for gift
giving. Cranberry Vinegar? Well, why not? Raspberry vinaigrette is quite the rage. Give
friends a bottle of your own homemade cranberry vinegar and some good olive oil for an
easy, and inexpensive, gift combination. Just dont tell how easy to make cranberry
It may be named "trail mix," but Margarita Cranberry/Peanut Trail Mix is
great for gifts or for your holiday party table. Dried cranberries add color and a piquant
taste to this distinctive and tasty mix.
And again, for gifts or your own holiday party punch, how about Cranberry Wassail? If
you want to go the gift route, use colorful, beribboned mugs with the wassail recipe and
packaged spices as part of your gift. For your own party, the cranberry wassail is cheery
red, spicy and, if you use the brandy, gives a nice little warming kick for a cold
And while youre doing all that cranberrying, let the little ones thread berries
on heavy thread for their addition to the tree.
Directions: Heat oven to 250 degrees. Using skillet, heat peanut oil. Stir in
tequila or lime juice, cayenne pepper and Margarita mix, mixing well. Add peanuts,
stirring until coated. In large roasting pan, combine remaining ingredients, except for
dried cranberries. Stir in peanut mixture, coating well. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15
minutes. Remove from oven. Stir in dried cranberries. Add salt to taste. Spread on paper
towels to cool. Store in airtight containers. Makes 12 cups.