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Just a heads up that I'm going dark for several weeks. I may still update posts/challenges but there will be no new content, not even Thursdays.

My Mom died and I'm taking each day as it comes, plus helping my Dad go through her stuff.

Jan 16 update: Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, is in the hospital for bypass surgery

Feb 19 update: MIL is home now :-D and slowly getting better. I'm still helping my Dad with Mom's stuff but since my brother is out of town, I'm spending 4 nights at his house every week for a month. It's MUCH closer to Dad's and they do meals together and hang out.

Mar 8 update: I'm having a blast with my Dad. MIL has gone back to the hospital

Mar 29 update: MIL is home but not doing well.

Apr 9 update: SIL is nurse and has taken time off work to care for MIL who is basically receiving hospice care at home.

I'll see you in May . . . April 23 update: My Mother-in-law, who I call Mom, died yesterday.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Favorite Seasonal Recipe - Cassie's Cranberry Salsa

My brother went to an RV park on vacation. He already had a space number so he parked his 5th wheel and walked up to the office to check in. By the time he got to the back of the park where he was parked, he had made five new friends and had two dinner invitations.

I thought the story was funny and was sharing it with other family. My daughter starts laughing and her boyfriend is going "she does that". Daughter is all "I make friends in the line at the grocery store" and my husband points to me and says "so does she!"

After that, you should understand when I say that I wanted to share a recipe with the waitress from dinner tonight. I gave her my blog address and told her I'd just post it figuring she wouldn't want to give me her email address.

The recipe may look familiar to some of you as I'm sure I posted it somewhere on here, I just didn't label it well. I also used it for the Christmas recipe exchange last year. Dang, I'll need a new recipe for this year.

My niece (not SIL) made this one year and it was fabulous. My husband has taken it to work functions and the foodie in the group raved. She served it at a party and loved watching everyone try to figure out what was in it. No one guessed the red was from cranberries, it isn't overly sweet and the jalapeño gives it a nice kick. It is super simple and no cooking! I've started grabbing a bag of cranberries as soon as they show up, just in case. And if . . . . "gosh darn, I've got to use these up before they go bad" happens, well, they're good.

I'm not a food blogger and the picture is crap. Plus cranberries aren't in season so I can't have a do-over.
recipe as I got it . . .
Cassie's Cranberry Salsa
Chop and mix together:
1 package fresh cranberries
1/2 Jalapeño, without seeds
1/2 bunch green onion
2-4 tsp cilantro

Stir in:
1/2 tsp cumin
3/4 cup sugar

Mix well and serve over Cream Cheese and eat with crackers.


My adjustments:
I've used a blender and food processor to chop stuff up. The blender needed a little water, my food processor didn't get small enough pieces. Now I have a NutribulletRx and I love it!

The salsa comes out the color of the cranberries so you'll want to make sure they're a nice red (my bag of old berries came out dark, I haven't tried frozen ones). I add more jalapeño, without seeds, skip the green onion and cilantro.

The NutribulletRx still needed a little water but that might be a layering problem. I just threw everything in (no more dicing peppers!) and ran it through a cycle. I'm going to go ahead and throw the green onion in next time and experiment with the layering. None of us like cilantro so that will still be left at the store.

Perfect.

My cracker of choice is Wheat Thins. I grab a second set of ingredients if I'm making this to take somewhere, just in case we eat the first batch.

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