Attempting to walk off 24 hours of tryptophan at every meal.
This was a great holiday. We had a lovely dinner at my place followed by drinks at the Nalezytys', who were hosting their annual Thanksgiving blow-out. I think all our breeder talk bored Heather and Amy, though they did decent job feigning interest in our in-depth discussions of ear tubes, c-sections, and blocked milk ducts, and I imagine with so many kids it was a little like having drinks at a dog pound for them. But it was still perfect to me.
Also perfect were Heather's holiday lasagna and this recipe for the best cranberry sauce ever. I've eaten several spoonfuls by itself. Delicious!
Garlicky Cranberry Chutney
Susan Stamberg calls this recipe "my truly favorite cranberry side dish." It's from Madhur Jaffrey's cookbook East/West Menus for Family and Friends (Harper & Row, 1987).
1-inch piece fresh ginger
3 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper [At least double that is good, too]
l-pound can cranberry sauce with berries
1/2 teaspoon salt (or less)
ground black pepper
Cut ginger into paperthin slices, stack them together and cut into really thin slivers.
Combine ginger, garlic, vinegar, sugar and cayenne in a small pot. Bring to a simmer, simmer on medium flame about 15 minutes or until there are about four tablespoons of liquid left.
Add can of cranberry sauce, salt and pepper. Mix and bring to a simmer. Lumps are ok. Simmer on a gentle heat for about 10 minutes.
Cool, store and refrigerate.
This recipe for stuffing would have been amazing had I not burned it. I especially like the numeric rhythm of the ingredients.
VenturaMom's-Mom's Holiday Stuffing
1 C raisins
2 boxes of Mrs. Cubbison’s cubed herbed stuffing
3 onions diced
4 apples cubed or diced
5 celery stalks diced
Sauté all (except Mrs. Cubbison’s) in 1 stick of margarine or butter until onions are translucent.
Add both boxes of Mrs. Cubbison’s stuffing to a large covered casserole dish.
Pour 2 cans of chicken broth over stuffing, making sure to get it evenly dispersed.
Add sautéed stuff and mix well.
Bake for 1 ½ hours at 325 (covered for 1 hour, uncovered for final 30 min.)