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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Supper--Cranberry Jello Salad

As you can see, Katya was anticipating her Christmas supper last night!

She has been with us now long enough that it seems our traditional holiday foods are familiar to her, and she likes them. So no, she isn't scared at all, even though it may APPEAR that way in the photo below!

Katya was happy to sit and wait and study the candles while the rest of us were bringing the last things to the table.
I'm not sure, but I think her favorite holiday food is our cranberry jello salad. She certainly is keen to make sure she gets a generous portion each time we have it!
I'll be kind and share, just in case you want to try it too!
Cranberry Jello Salad
Make up 1 box strawberry or cherry Jello with scant water
1 heaping cup chopped cranberries
I can crushed pineapple in juice
diced apples, celery, and chopped nuts to taste
sugar to taste (1/4 cup or less?)
Mix all and chill well.
I will have to tell you that we always have to make up way more than this--we generally make up two large boxes and add accordingly more ingredients. We like our jello PACKED with goodness, so lots of apples and celery and what not go into the salad. We didn't have any nuts yesterday, so for the first time ever made it without nuts, and it was almost just as good without as with! So now you know . . .  It looks really pretty served in a clear glass bowl. I think we have fixed this dish for about every Thanksgiving and Christmas for probably most if not all of our married life. The children think no Thanksgiving or Christmas is complete with out it.
Do you have a "must have" holiday dish you would like to link to?! If so, put a link to the rcecipe in your comment!


Lynn B said...

We make something almost identical Hope Anne. Ours has halved red grapes where you have apples and celery, and the cranberry part is actually a can of whole berry sauce. It is SO good. We also have it every Christmas and Thanksgiving! Our other favorite is sweet potato casserole with streusel topping. Everyone enjoys it, even if they don't normally care for sweet potatoes. Recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-casserole-ii-3/

Milena said...

Oh yes, I have a few holiday dishes that are definite "must haves". So I totally understand your feelings for your cranberry salad! But mine are all Swedish and goes along with our holiday dishes, so I don't think they're of much interest to you :-) Except maybe the green cabbage one that goes along with the baked ham? Just let me kno and I'll try to translate how I make it.