Everyone may know someone like my friend Carol. Carol does everything well. Whether it be gardening, flower arranging or cooking, she does each task with ease and expertise. Many of my favorite recipes over the years are Carol recipes.
Christmas time at Carol’s house brings joy to your heart. All of her skills rally to make each Christmas unique and special. She opens her home to family and friends. She has some recipes that are are always part of the Christmas tradition. Family and friends know that these will be served Christmas day. Cranbrosia is one of those recipes.
A number of years ago, Carol shared the recipe for cranbrosia with me. Once I tried it, it became a traditional dish for Christmas day at my home. My old recipe for cranberry salad was retired and cranbrosia took its place.
2 c fresh cranberries. coarsely chopped
1 c granulated sugar
1, 11 oz can mandarin oranges, well drained, preserve juice
1, 8 oz can pineapple tidbits, well drained, preserve juice
1 c shredded coconut
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 c sour cream
1 c whipped cream (not cool whip, please!)
Combine cranberries and sugar, mix well to dissolve sugar. Add oranges, pineapple, coconut to cranberry mixture. Combine reserved juices and measure out 3/4 cup into a small saucepan’ sprinkle gelatin over juice to soften. Place over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to boil. Add to fruit mixture. Fold in sour cream then whipped cream. Chill until firm, overnight.
This is very pretty in a crystal bowl and served from there or it can be molded.
~ Ann Meadows
Lord of the harvest, the Psalmist reminds us: “To taste and see that the Lord is “good” We also need to taste and see that foods, strange or unknown to us, can be good too. We thank you for the ability to taste to experience bitter, salty, sour and sweet. And to we have yet “To taste and see that the Lord is good” let us trust the Lord will not disappoint us. Amen.