Recipe – Spiced cranberry sauce

B says this was the star of our Thanksgiving dinner. Deep, complex flavor, with what some might think was too much cardamom. Not us.

Spiced cranberry sauce in jelly jar in foreeground, pears, fruit bowl in background


Spiced Cranberry Sauce

1 pound fresh cranberries, washed
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
Zest and flesh (not the white pith) of 1 navel or juice orange; flesh chopped fine
1 ripe pear, cored, chopped
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom

Combine cranberries and vinegar in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until cranberries start popping.

Add rest of ingredients, bring back to a boil, then lower heat to barely simmer. Cook, continuing to stir often, until sauce is thickened, 10-15 minutes.

Let cool to room temperature then refrigerate.

Pearl Jam – Crazy Mary

“that what you fear the most”

Beth Orton – Central Reservation

“no future, no past”

Tibetan Singing Bowls

Tibetan Singing Bowls

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month

“The greatest silence in modern history fell on November 11th, 1918. The last shells were fired by batteries on both sides just before 11am. Over four bloody years, artillery had come to dominate the battlefields and more than a BILLION shells had been fired across the trenches that extended 400 miles from the Belgian coast to Switzerland. Even today, an “iron harvest” of hundreds of tons of unexploded munitions is gathered every year from French and Belgian farmland. Of the more than four million soldiers who died on the western front, most were killed by shells.”

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Bonnie Bishop – Little by little