Wednesday, November 22, 2006

From The CEO's Kitchen

After flying combat mission up and down the Interstate this morning in preparation for Black Friday (when the retail stores break into the black for the first time in the year) or Physical Therapy this afternoon, I have been assailed by people who cannot cook for a recipe they can make to take to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, for those in the States. Fear NOT, this is easy, and you need not spend a fortune by buying expensive wine, although you owe me for this one. Big time.

Go to your local grocery store and buy the following:
4 cans of jellied cranberries
1 can of cubed peaches
you can get them sliced if you want to cut them up into smaller pieces
1 can pitted Bing cherries
1 can Mandarin oranges
1 can Bartlett pears
i small jar McCormick ground ginger

one can of almost any other fruit you'd like to add.
Here's where it gets tough. You really need a couple of tools. You can get by with 1 large bowl, 2 is better. Remember, we're going to dump 4 cans of cranberries in to start. Think a couple of quarts please. And a strainer. A 3" paring knife, and a spoon to stir this up with, think a large wooden slotted spoon, please. Doesn't have to be wood, use your imagination. We will need a refrigerator.

Now, this is really easy, I have made the list so that you don't overlook little things. Really. I figure everyone has a can opener.

Open the cranberries and pour them into a large bowl. Put it on the side.
Drain the first can of fruit of all of its juice. When the juice is gone, add the fruit to the cranberries. Repeat the process until all of the fruit has been added without its juice to the cranberries.

If you bought pear halves, for example, cut them into smaller pieces before adding them to the cranberries.

Add two to three teaspoons of the ground ginger to the cranberries and stir thoroughly. Taste. If there is no tangy taste, add another teaspoon of ginger and stir. Refrigerate overnight and take with you the next day. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil or saran wrap before leaving the house. Taste first. you should like it before you take it.

If you want to see a real food pro work with cranberries, Alison
my bloggy sister, started last night with a post called Sweet Jewels and will be revealing her "Plan" tonight. The basic recipe can from a friend of hers who covered hers with chocolate, so there's a lot more exotic food out there to be eaten!

Any other favorites?


rebecca said...


WanderingGirl said...

I am totally going to try this for the holiday party at work! Now, if I can only get the secretary-who-won't-try-anything-new to try it!

The CEO said...

Secret Girlfriend- blogging from home I see! Do you order it in pr make it yourself, for Thanksgiving?

The CEO said...

WG- don't tell her about the ginger, just ask her if she eats fruit. Muhaha!

Claudia said...

Happy Thanksgiving CEO...I'll be eating with friends and relaxing...

Alison said...

Happy Thanksgiving! So you mix jellied cranberries with tons of other fruit? Hmmm. That's a new Idea to me.

My other Thanksgiving post is up now; thanks for the linkage. :)

Crankster said...

Sounds outstanding. I bet it would be great with pound cake.

The CEO said...

Claudia- How nice of you to stop around! I'm glad you won't be alone tomorrow!

Alison- my bloggy sister, sure mix the fruit and put in what you like, Dice up bananas, or put in mango. The ginger cuts the sweetness. No one expects the tangy flavor and they just keep eating it and saying, what is that taste, i can't figure it out. I tell them and they don't believe me. i come home with an empty bowl.

Crank- it would work fine on pound cake. Now if you want to be a little risque, add some apricot brandy to the mix and see if you like it. You might not want to let George have too much though. She'll be out cold.

mist1 said...

I just used my mandarin oranges to soak in vodka. Do you have any other recipes that call for vodka drenched mandarin oranges? Otherwise, I'll just eat them.

The CEO said...

Mist- you can either use the oranges with the vodka, or use other fruit, there's no rules. Mix fruit you like with the cranberries, add ground ginger to taste, and chill. Pass the oranges, please.