Pickle My Cranberries – Reminiscing & a Recipe

Tis the season to PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR!!  I always get a little giddy this time of year –  It’s like Christmas for caterers! And the family thing… always makes me shine a little brighter. I’m grateful that eating well has been a long standing, nourishing tradition. That’s my G – pa, back row, second from the right. ancestors

I love it when all the moms are in the kitchen. aunties

Especially Chef Ma (making baked beans).

mom cooking

So have fun this holiday season with all your cousins.


Or your pretend cousins.

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Here’s a little something different than the usual recipe to try with your cranberries this year.

Pickled Cranberries  – prep time 30 minutes

 4 cups cranberries

1  cups apple cider vinegar

1  cups granulated white sugar

2 cinnamon sticks – about 3 inches long

3 ginger coins – about 1/4 inch thick

1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground clove

1/2 teaspoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns

Wash cranberries and pick over for any stems or bad berries.
Combine vinegar and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil with cinnamon sticks, ginger coins, nutmeg, clove and peppercorns.
Once brine is boiling vigorously, add the cranberries. Stir to combine and cook for 5-7 minutes, until the cranberries begin to pop and the brine has returned to a rolling boil.  This is a quick process, overcook and it quickly becomes a relish. Remove pot from heat. Allow to cool and pick out the cinnamon stick and ginger coins.  The pickled cranberries can be preserved in a water bath or kept in the refrigerator in a clean jar indefinitely. The juice is great in salad dressings.

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Thanksgiving Pick-up Menu

Every year I say I’m not going to offer take away for the holiday. I’m going to close and take a pre-holiday family day. But then a client calls and I can’t say no cause they really need my help, and I make a menu for pick up!

Here it is!

Pick up before 11 am, The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 25th.

Food goes out cold, with re-heating instructions.

Entire menu (with the exception of the bacon) may be vegan.

And I’m adding a pecan crust to those sweet potatoes.

Place orders by Monday, November 23rd – 10a, but earlier would be nice for us.


Oh, and of course our other menu items are available.

While I’m on the subject, here’s a few selections from our holiday offerings. Let’s talk about your party shall we?  Give us a call! Drop us a line. We’re ready for you!

Check out our other menus for more ideas.