grandma’s cranberry chutney
November 26, 2013 § 1 Comment
Eventually, I will get all of our family recipes up onto this site, so that we can have a virtual recipe box. This is the first of many, and I think, possibly, my favorite thing to cook this time of year. It makes your mouth pucker and helps everything taste livelier. Turkey, stuffing and cheesy potatoes, which can be so rich and flat on their own, benefit especially from some cranberry zing.
Back to the recipe box. We move around so much, we modern people, and I can’t always take Grandma’s recipes with me. This year, of course, everything is mixed up because of the impending human. If I were doing Thanksgiving with my parents in Connecticut, then the box would be right there, nestled between a dozen cookbooks and stacks of papers and old tchotchke, in that corner of the kitchen known simply as “the credenza.” (Say it in a baritone.) Although it also houses beautiful blue stemware and several propped up china plates, this corner shelf has ended up a repository for all of those doodads one uses at the kitchen table: cell phone chargers; tissue boxes; instructions manuals; rubber band balls; dogeared Hammacher Schlemmer catalogues; SAT prep books from 2001. I worry that the recipe box might get swallowed by that heap. Best to preserve it.
Because I’ve been having low-grade labor pains for 2 weeks now and feel that I could, at any point, end up in a hospital bed, I decided to make the cranberry chutney today. And I’m so glad I did–the whole house smells like a holiday, which makes the sensation that there is an intermittent jackhammer in my lower back somewhat less unpleasant. Also, everything tastes better on day 2.
In a funny aside, this morning I typed “Does labor feel like___” into my search engine. (What was I thinking?!) The second option bing gave me was, “Does labor feel like bones breaking?” All I can hope is that I get to enjoy this and all of the other members of the Thanksgiving feast before the drilling / bone breaking becomes so powerful that I lose my appetite. Can you imagine anything worse than the loss of an appetite on Thursday, November 28th?
Cranberry Chutney1/2 c apricot or peach preserves1/2 c firmly packed brown sugar1/4 tsp cinnamon1/8 tsp ginger1/8 tsp cloves12 oz package fresh or frozen cranberries1 medium-sized pear, peeled and cubed1 medium-sized apple, peeled and cubed1/2 c golden raisins1/2 c coarsely chopped walnutsIn a medium saucepan, combine preserves, brown sugar and spices and bring to a boil.Cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.Add berries, fruit and raisins and cook over medium heat for about 25 minutes, or until thick.Add walnuts and cool.