Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Perfect Holiday Dish

Who doesn't love a great new recipe to add to their holiday collection? A few weeks ago, Hatquarters' resident baker, Foodilicious Debbie, brought in a bowl of cranberry goodness that gave everyone the warm holiday season fuzzies. She was taste-testing the recipe to see if it was good enough to make it to the holiday table, and we assured her that it was. 

The next day, Debbie noticed that some Hatter were already talking about planning their holiday meals, so she thought it might be fun to do a Red Hat Society recipe swap for the holidays. Here's what she had to say:

 Although it's food season all year-long, some people especially love when this time of year rolls around and EVERYONE seems to fire up their stoves to whip up and share new recipes! Comfort food is once again in vogue and words like "ooey" and "gooey" are commonplace. In other words, we're in recipe heaven. One flavor of the season that never fails to evoke a sigh of pleasure is that of cranberries. Whether drizzled warm atop a favorite cheesecake or submerged into a blend of apples, oranges, cherries and spices, cranberries add the perfect holiday touch to every dish they are included in. What’s your favorite holiday recipe or food memory?

1 Orange, peeled, remove membrane, chopped
1 large Golden Delicious Apple, peeled, cored, chopped
¼ cup Orange Juice
1 package fresh cranberries (12 oz)
1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups sugar
½ cup golden raisins OR dried cherries (I like the dried cherries)
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a large a saucepan, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 to 8 minutes, or until cranberries are bursting.
Chill until serving time. Freeze surplus in small containers. Makes about 4 cups of chutney. 

We hope this will be the first of many holiday food blog posts. If you have a recipe that you would like to share, please send it to and we will feature them in upcoming RHS Publications like the Friday Broadcast.  

Did you know that Hatters love to share recipes on the Red Hat Society's Members-only discussion forum, the  Queen and Members Board? Yes, they have shared everything from Cranberry Mayonnaise to Homemade Ginger Snaps just this past month. If you are a Member of the Red Hat Society, you can access these recipes here

Not a Member yet? We can't wait to have you playing in the Sisterhood. There's only one! Join the fun today!

1 comment:

  1. This is no ordinary fresh cranberry sauce! It's beyond yummy and if you make it, everyone will say, "Wow!"

    That's official! From Jo, Lady Cranberry