by Debra on November 3, 2010

Musical pairing – Linger by The Cranberries

I don’t know about you but I’ve never been a fan of cranberry sauce from a can.  Ever. Every single Thanksgiving holiday you could find some sort of small serving dish with a blob of jiggly, jello-like substance with the texture of sandpaper, sitting somewhere on the table – usually next to the olive and sweet pickle tray.  Who on earth decided this was good eats??

You know exactly what I mean: grab a can opener, remove one end of the can completely, flip the whole thing upside down onto a small serving dish, cut the other end of the can and voila, the entire ruby-red congealed mess slides out all wiggly-like – complete with perfect ring indentations from ridges on the can and a small amount of red liquid oozing onto the plate.  And who can forget that awful sucking sound as the whole log releases from the can – Mmmmm, right?  Am I right? You totally know I’m right.  And then that lump of jigglyness dares you to take a taste. And every single Thanksgiving, I would slice an ever so tiny amount onto my plate thinking this would be the year, this would be the year my tastebuds would finally cross over into adulthood in which I would fall madly in love with cranberry sauce from the can.   People, I am here to tell you that never happened.

Oh yes, I tried different brands, I bought fresh cranberries and made my own, I even thought buying ‘whole cranberry’ sauce in a can would swing me over to the dark side of loving canned cranberry sauce . . . but alas, the love affair was just not meant to be.  Then a couple of years ago, I discovered Trader Joe’s Fresh Cranberry Relish – could this be the answer??  Total score!  No congealed, sandpaper-like yukies in the container; I even picked up extras to have as a salad because this my friends, not only contains fresh cranberries, but oranges as well:  chunky, sweet-tart bites of cranberries and oranges – now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!  I was all set to deconstruct that container when my sister-in-law brought a cranberry dish to Thanksgiving dinner last year – it was almost identical to the recipe I’d fallen in love with from Trader Joe’s.  And now I’m going to share it with you – come on over to the dark side of cranberry orange relish lovers!

Are you a cranberry sauce lover?

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