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Cranberry Dessert Recipes

Cranberry dessert recipes are my favorite dessert recipes. Well, I like chocolate too. But serve me a cranberry dessert and I’m happy. And in autumn, folks tend to cook more with cranberries and give cranberry desserts and breads as fall harvest gifts. This is a good thing!

I wasn’t always this fanatical about cranberry desserts, cranberry breads, cranberry rice dishes, cranberry sauce, cranberry chutney, cranberry everything. I think my zeal has something to do with moving to Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is the leader in cranberry production and I can easily get awesome cranberries. Don’t be fooled into thinking a cranberry is a cranberry. Different climates grow different tasting cranberries and different processing companies dry and sweeten them with different methods and recipes. I like my cranberries tart, flavorful, and not sickly sweet.

I’m conscious of the health benefits of cranberries, and so as a parent, I’m always looking for ways to feed them to my children. My family would naturally tire of cranberries if my cranberry recipe repertoire was limited. But it isn’t. Keep reading for my newest find: Champion Cranberry Bars, and links to my other favorite great cranberry dessert recipes.

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Cranberries, Cranberries, Cranberries; Easy Chicken Recipe Goes Gourmet With Cranberry-Orange Sauce

If you are what you eat then I will soon become a cranberry. I snack on sweetened dried cranberries; I add them to recipes for color, tartness, sweetness and chewiness. Whether they be main dishes, salads, rice, cakes, or pies, cranberries always seem to make them better. And today is a very good day because 10 pounds of sweetened dried cranberries arrived at my door. For the first time ever I’m saving money on my cranberry addiction by buying my cranberries in bulk.

Cranberries in bulk

In past posts I raved about the health benefits of this little red fruit, but did you know that Wisconsin grows more cranberries than any other state? The cranberry is Wisconsin’s state fruit. In fall, Wisconsinites pilgrimage to cranberry bogs to watch the harvest and sample the latest in gourmet cranberry concoctions. In my cupboard is stocked a particularly grand concoction modestly named “Cranberry chutney”.

Now some people adore chutneys and others despise them. But this cranberry chutney surprises those people wary of chutneys. It makes them taste twice, and then three times and more. You can enjoy it on a cracker and say you’ve made an hors d’oeuvre. But I found a new way to devour it. Heat the cranberry chutney with some orange juice and and a few seasonings and pour it over chicken or pork and that chicken or pork becomes a gourmet meal. Click on “continue reading…” for the recipe and more.

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How to find comfort when the Arizona Cardinals bump the Green Bay Packers out of the play-offs: gather with good friends to eat fine food. That’s what we who are did last evening at the home of Linda Remeschatis, founder of our 10-year-old Internet company. The party was a celebration of the hard work we all did to get gourmet Wisconsin foods, books, art, music, crafts, and Wisconsin clothing to people across the country who value the high-quality products created by Wisconsin artisans. 

Even though initially planned as a post-holiday season, company party, the party fell on a Packer Sunday, so in true Wisconsin-fashion when we entered the house Sunday afternoon, we took our seats in front of the TV. Ready to recreate with beer, wine and pickled herring rollmops, we fixed our eyes on our team. Not all of us were true Packers fans, however. An Illinois-transplant was present; he’s the spouse of one of our newest, prized co-workers. He’s a die-hard Bears fan and initially stood uncommitted to either Packers or Cardinals. But our pro-Packers exuberance rubbed off on him so that at the game’s final heart-breaking fumble, he too felt our pain. 

I’ll tell you now, it’s a good thing we had all that great, gourmet, Wisconsin food to eat. It was prepared by the Wisconsin artisans with whom we partner. The smoked pheasant, duck, and salmon raised our spirits despite the Cardinals’ repeated scoring. We savored the Wisconsin, artisanal cheeses, summer sausages, creamed herring, and cranberry chutney delivered to our tongues on Potter’s amazing organic crackers. We dined on salads, party meatballs, and shrimp. With such a scrumptious spread, nobody could get too down about the fate of our Green Bay Packers. Yes, it was the great food and fine company which kept our spirits high during that roller-coaster of a football game.

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