If your camera roll reflects what matters most, then prior to July 25, 2014, dog faces and pretty produce topped my list of favorite things. When I opened the camera roll to upload these photos of cranberries and such, my focus had clearly changed… their is a baby that now monopolizes just about all of my waking (and some of the sleeping) hours. She has taken claim to the majority of my thoughts and ramblings, triggered about a million extra prayers that constantly flow in thankfulness and pleading for her well-being, my Google searches are less recipe-hunting, more “how to protect an infant from germs on a plane…”, and certainly and most definitely the camera roll is now dominated by her little peach of a face.
Back to the cranberries.
I bet Lambert loves them one day.
But really the cranberries…
There are only so many things you can do with a fresh cranberry, and I want to use them for all they’re worth during their short season. This is my second Costco-sized bag, and my 3rd version of this salad. Have it by itself, or add chicken for a festive holiday salad sandwich. It’s tart and crunchy and forgiving, so a little more of this or that depending on what you have in your frig will work.
Here’s to front-loading your Christmas Eve with something light and fresh in order to make way for the feast ahead!
Currently cooking at our house for Christmas… in order of my 3-day-long cooking to-do list:
Better Homes and Gardens’ Five-Minute Fudge (done. made. sitting in the frig with a spoon-full missing.)
Jack Allen’s Pimiento Cheese (a snack for kitchen hover-ers)
Wilton’s Roll-Out Cookie (don’t skip the almond extract!)
The Pioneer Woman’s Lasagna (for Christmas Eve – tried and true, no fail)
Jack Allen’s Jalapeno Cornbread Dressing
Old-Fashioned Ham with Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze
Jack Allen’s Sweet Potato Bourbon Gratin
Martha Stewart’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Orange Butter
The Pioneer Woman’s Southern Biscuits (actually bought lard for these. what!?)
The Pioneer Woman’s Caramel Appie Pie (made this a month ago and my parents requested it again for Christmas… I add cinnamon and don’t even worry about using the caramel)
Cranberry-Maple Waldorf Salad
- 3/4 cup fresh cranberries, quartered
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 large celery stalk, chopped
- 1 honeycrisp apple, chopped
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (Nancy’s, whole milk yogurt is my all time favorite)
- 1 heaping Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon orange juice
- a healthy pinch of salt
*I like a quarter-inch dice on the produce, so all of the ingredients fit onto your spoon for the perfect bite every time!
- Combine all ingredients (add the orange juice directly onto the chopped apple to prevent browning), mix well, and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow flavors to combine.