It's Cranberry Season!

This might come as a shock to you, but I wasn't always a professional artist. In fact, there were years when my creative talents were geared more to making a home than making art. Creativity will NOT be stopped. It simply must seep out through the pores of a creative person (I believe we are All creative in our own ways).

Cooking and baking were once my main passionately creative outlets. That's why I enjoy sharing my recipes with the you. 

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat cranberries! I like fresh cranberry muffins,  fresh cranberry bread,  fresh cranberry relish, and fresh cranberry sauce.

Fresh! That is the key word! The Cranberries MUST be FRESH. And that only happens once a year. Now!

Every year I wait for cranberry season to arrive — it is frightfully short here in Hawai‘i!

The folks at the grocery store are beginning to know me as the cranberry fanatic. I ask for them weeks before they are here, knowing full well they will be gone before December first rolls around. That is why I buy up and freeze bags of Fresh Cranberries every year. 

You HAVE tasted Fresh Cranberries, right? Yes, they are tart, AND they are filled with vitamin C and fiber. They are the “good-for-you, healthy fruit.”

Try my recipe for Foolproof, Fresh, Hawaiian-style Cranberry Relish and you will be hooked — I promise. 

Foolproof, Fresh, Hawaiian-style Cranberry Relish

1 Cup Orange Juice

½-1 Cup sugar (I use ½ C, but you can use up to one cup)

1 Bag Fresh Cranberries

¼ Fresh Pineapple cut into bite-size pieces (substitute 1 small can of pineapple OR 1 apple OR 1 orange)

½ C chopped Mac Nuts (walnuts are a good substitute)

Cinnamon to taste

Bring the juice and sugar to a boil and add the remaining ingredients. Turn heat to medium, and cook for ten minutes, stirring every few minutes. Watch your stove, you don’t want this to boil over! Enjoy!

Remember, if you live here in Hawai‘I, Please save a few bags of fresh cranberries for me. I haven't stocked up just yet!