While wife Jan usually makes the cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, this year she was really busy with work. She and daughter Eilene went for a walking tour of the Devon coast and came back with a love for the taste of elderflower. I decided to adapt her recipe from last year to include her new favorite liqueur.
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This is not a “Native American” recipe, as in a recipe that any Native American tribe would make this dish. It is more in terms of the Native American ingredients—turkey, wild rice and cranberries—included in the recipe. As follower of my blog may realize I am very fond of hand-pies, so this is more in line with what the British colonists might come up with in the 1700’s.
While I have many recipes that I tinker with, wife Jan has her own dishes with which to play. She really likes cranberry sauce, but she is still looking for the perfect recipe—sauce 1, sauce 2, sauce 3. She felt that sometimes adding ground spices left some of her sauces “gritty.” This Thanksgiving she decided to use a cocktail of spice/fruit flavored liqueurs.
My wife, Jan, went to Fresno to visit family and friends just before Christmas. One of her friends orange bombed me with 40 perfectly ripe, 3 inch navel oranges—enough to make almost 20 jars of marmalade. I have already made and given away this year’s Christmas batch. What could I do to use them up without them just sitting on my shelf?
Adapted from a Washington’s Green Grocer recipe
What is a Thanksgiving turkey without the sauce? Jan read recently that while many of the ingredients of an American Thanksgiving feast had a New World origin, the culinary aesthetic was definitely Old World. The serving a tart fruit sauce with greasy roasted meats comes straight from the (European) Middle Ages.
Adapted from a Fiber One recipe
Miriam and Chris have gone off carbohydrates so, of course, they gave us what they did not plan to eat anymore. One thing they gave use is something we would never think to buy for ourselves—Fiber One cereal. I do not generally eat a bowl full of bran rods for breakfast, so Jan looked up a recipe for muffins. Their recipe was too sweet, but I adapted it to our tastes.
Jan used to make the cranberry Cumberland sauce from the Moosewood Cookbook, but our copy seems to have taken a walk at some point. This year she found something close on My Recipes. Using the ingredients she had on hand and her own preferred technique, it is more of a handshake rather than an adaptation of the recipe she found.