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Old 04-03-2007, 08:46 PM   #21
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ginger-orange cranberries, that sounds so good. Anything special you do? I have some cranberries in the freezer that I'd love to use..Would love an idea on amounts, please

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I'm glad you think it sounds good, kads! It's really, really, easy. I always make a huge batch because they're so good with/on all sorts of things and last a very long time in the fridge.

2 c white sugar
4 c cranberries
2 c water
Grated fresh ginger and orange zest (grated with a microplane, if you have one), to taste. (I'm a bigger fan of ginger than I am of citrus so I use more ginger and just enough citrus to cut through)

In a deep pan, combine sugar and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar, and boil for 5 minutes. Add cranberries, ginger and orange zest. Return to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally until mixture begins to thicken. Cool to room temperature and refrigerate, covered, overnight.

I always let the mixture cook over the heat longer than I think I should. It seems to take awhile to thicken. No two batches are ever the same, but if I had to guess I'd say it's a good 20 minutes. Just stir often.
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Old 04-04-2007, 12:00 AM   #22
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My children dictate the menu each year, this Easter, it will be before hand,prosciutto,tapenade,basil on toasted crisp baguette rubbed with evoo and garlic,gorgonzola cream put into belgian endive leaves and topped with toasted walnets,my dad's avocado dip and thinly sliced sour dough bread, if time permits dried apricotsstuffed with some cream cheese and walnuts then drizzeled with honey. A sprial sliced ham basted with honey,butter,cloves,cinnamon and a little oj or pineapple juice, au gratin potatoes, roasted asparagus with evoo,salt and pepper and then wrapped in a slice of parma ham and shaved parmesan on top, fruit salad, homemade rolls,chocolate cream pie and cream puffs..

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Good gracious that sounds good. And what time would you like us to be there?
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Old 04-04-2007, 02:42 AM   #23
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Set another plate ..I'm on my way. LOL
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Old 04-04-2007, 02:55 AM   #24
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Good gracious that sounds good. And what time would you like us to be there?
We dine at 6 come with a big appetite

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Old 04-04-2007, 02:56 AM   #25
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Old 04-04-2007, 03:20 AM   #26
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We are going out, for lunch, to a Chinese or Italian restaurant.
In the evening, I will make a Greek salad.
I will also make a cake, from a receipe that somebody on Discuss Cooking gave. It is a cinnamon cake. I will also add coffee and brandy liquir and walnuts and nutmeg. To serve, I will pour some Baileys Irish cream over it.

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Old 04-04-2007, 05:20 AM   #27
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We are invited to friends' home for dinner. It will be about 18-20 of us and I think they are preparing Ham. The rest of us are waiting on our assignments, but the hosts are out of town. Hope they let us know soon, so we can shop and prepare whatever it is they want us to bring.
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Old 04-04-2007, 07:52 AM   #28
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My menu is almost set in stone....almost.

Smoked Tomato Dip (Kadesma's)
Cranberry Crab Spread

Green Salad with Pear/Port Reduction and candied walnuts

Duck breasts
haven't picked a side for this yet

Lemon Buttermilk Pie
Strawberries macerated in honey & lime

I'm cooking at a friend's home and raiding his wine cellar while I'm at it... :)
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We are going to my sister's house for dinner - yeah! Baked mostaccolli and ham, broccoli cauliflower, salad, rolls - lots of desserts and appys too.
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Old 04-04-2007, 03:57 PM   #30
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I saw an Angel food cake that looked so good....

Cut the cake into thirds
20 0z. can of crushed pineapple drain
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup thawed cool whip
mix pudding with the pineapple juice
add the cool topping
frost the layers and top with fresh fruit. ( like blueberries and strawberries)

that does sound good, Marge. thanks for the idea!
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