Grateful Dread

Posted by on Nov 17, 2012 in Thanksgiving | 4 comments

Grateful Dread

MP and I are on a holiday road trip to Montana. Thursday began too early for description.  He called me, "Chuckie" at one point.

After breakfast recovery in Las Vegas we began talking about Thanksgiving sides from our childhood.

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Remember the Jello made in the  9  x 13 Pyrex dish?   Our salad , green Jello with crushed pineapple was gelled on the bottom --then topped with sour cream and another layer of red Jello with canned cherries .  It was the first dish entrusted to me as a girl.  The sour cream layer was key to the red one.  Green and pineapple set.  Sour cream layer set.  Pouring on the red Jello was a developed skill because if the sour cream flaked it was a semi-defeat.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce is not part of my families table fare.  I do remember watching it slide out of the can, lined and shivering,  on to a glass plate somewhere.

aka The Grateful Dread

Thanksgiving is less than one week away and I have part of my kitchen in the back of the Jeep.

I prepared our Orange Cranberry Sauce at home.

Combine one cup of  fresh orange juice with one cup granulated sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 5 whole cloves.

When the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar is dissolved, add 12 ounces of rinsed cranberries.

Within a minute or two the berries will come to a full roiling boil and begin to

pop, pop, pop.

Don't walk away.

After 5 minutes turn off the heat and add the zest from an orange and a lemon.

In addition to one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice and

2 tablespoons of Grand Mariner.  The berry mixture will bubble up and-- settle down

Cool the mixture completely; then, store in the refrigerator.

Spiked cranberry sauce...

What's your secret?




  1. 11-17-2012

    We love this cranberry sauce…the best part of Thanksgiving.

  2. 11-18-2012

    What a childhood without J-E-L-L-O! Ours was orange jello with crushed pineapple topped with something whip? Then chopped walnuts and shredded cheddar cheese…sound disgusting right? I’m almost tempted to recreate it this year, two of my brothers are coming down for Thanksgiving. Mmmm maybe not.

  3. 11-18-2012

    I haven’t thought of this for years, but we always started holiday dinners (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter) with an appetizer concoction called “Grape Blizzard”. It consisted of orange sherbet swimming in pool of grape juice, always served in my mom’s fancy crystal. Strange, no? But as a kid, I loved it! Perhaps because it felt like we were eating dessert first. Oh, and let’s not forget the interesting fruit/whipped cream/coconut ambrosia.

    I’m wondering if our kids look back and chuckle at our Bon Appetite recipes? I’m kinda laughing right now. 😉

  4. 11-19-2012

    Sweet stories…let’s ask those questions of our families!


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