November 21, 2008

Cranberries - Part 3


My neighbor, Phyllis, is a postmaster and a very busy woman. Last week she brought me a bowl of her Cranberry Salad -- two weeks before Thanksgiving! It seems that, like so many busy women, Phyllis is extremely organized and has mastered the holidays with a little bit of planning ahead.

When cranberries appear in the store, Phyllis buys them and makes up the Cranberry Salad she takes for family holiday gatherings. Her version can be frozen, so it's perfect for making ahead of time. The clever part though, is how she freezes it in her holiday dishes -- ready to pack up and take to dinner anywhere, anytime. Phyllis says she lets the dish sit out for a while and then fluffs it up a bit and it's ready when they put dinner on the table.

How smart and easy is that!

PHYLLIS'S CRANBERRY SALAD
(from her Grandma Smith)

Grind or chop:
1 pkg. fresh cranberries

Add:
1 1/3 c. sugar

Add, stir and then let set:
1 small can crushed pineapple

Add:
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 small container Cool Whip (4 oz.)
1 - 1 1/2 c. chopped pecans

Mix all together and place in a pretty dish, ready for serving. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer. Remove about 1 hour before serving and enjoy.

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