Cranberries are notoriously underrated.
Growing up, I was probably exposed to cranberries much more than the average person. My mom would always make herself glasses of sparkling water and cranberry juice and, wanting to emulate the super cool person that was my mom, I would drink it too. We threw dried cranberries on every salad we could make. And Sunday chicken dinners were always accompanied by the canned cranberry sauce.
As an aside, what was your stance on the whole jelly vs. whole berry thing. And yes, I am making this sound like a WWE-style battle royale, because quite honestly, in our family, that's what would happen. My dad hated the texture of the whole berries, while my mom absolutely loved them. We would rotate between the whole berry and the jelly, you know to try and keep the peace. But the peace was never kept. Cranberry sauce can be SUCH a polarizing debate. Personally, I prefer the texture of the whole berry, but there's something so nostalgic to me of being the kid who would mash their turkey and potatoes with the cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving.
Did anyone else do that? No just me?
And it's not just because of those ocean spray commercials that I feel the cranberry gets a bad rap. You know, with those two dudes sitting in the bog pitching how great cranberries are in a drink. As much as I think they are hilarious, they limit the scope of the cranberry's potential. Now to all of those who say that people love dried cranberries or cranberry juice in their cosmo, I would say that is a brilliant stepping point. However, I would like to make the case for the fresh cranberry. I think people are afraid of the berry. They don't know what to do with it. It's not like other berries, where you can just pop em or throw em on anything. No, it has to be coddled and loved. And like all the things you coddle and love, it gets SO MUCH BETTER.
So here I present the case for the cranberry. I feel that the pumpkin must be dethroned and the cranberry is the way to do that! And I kid you not, it's as easy as carrying your food processor to the counter (and when you're as short as I am and the food processor is on the highest shelf of your kitchen, believe me that this is the toughest step.) You don't even have to PEEL THE ORANGE in the sauce, it's that easy.
The sauce does not have to be just for this oatmeal though. Slather it on yogurt. Throw it on ice cream. Top your toast with it. Heck, serve it with your Thanksgiving meal. I'm just here to help you out and make your life easier. And when you don't have to cook another thing for Thanksgiving, that means you get to have another slice of pie. Simple time management.
cranberry orange sauce makes 2 cups. oats serve 1.
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