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Time for Cranberries in Everything

By Cathy Strange, November 16, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Cathy Strange
The holidays are knocking at our door and thinking of turkey dinners with friends and family brings up seasonal flavors that linger in my memories. One was always the cranberry dressing. My mother loved it and forgot it nearly every year in her focus on the main parts of the meal. It was always a bit of a joke and now I remember with fondness how much that made me love cranberry even more. Nowadays there are so many ways that cranberry can be incorporated into the holiday menu and I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you.

Cranberry Cheese

I know, everything is about cheese with me (but not really!). Years ago, we decided to try a new cheese produced in Wisconsin. The cheese was from a third generation producer in Keil, Wisconsin that did a fantastic job with fruit flavors (and other non-flavored cheeses as well). Henning’s Cheese Company, with Kerry and Kay at the helm, worked with Whole Foods Market to refine the recipe and determine the appropriate aging. This seasonal cheese, free of added growth hormones, is beautiful to look at with all of the cranberries showing in the cheese and is also tasty. I love it melted on leftover turkey sandwiches, open-faced is the best. Let’s not forget the Wensleydale with Cranberries cheese either. This cheese from England is totally different in texture and flavor from the cheddar. The Wensleydale is like eating a cranberry cheesecake. Try it for dessert! Here are a few other cool products that I should mention as I am journeying down cranberry road: Cranberry Chutney I love these chutneys and there are some great producers out there. One of my favorites is from the New England Cranberry. Big chunks of cranberries with a clean, bright and tangy flavor are sure to please. Whether on sandwiches or used in a reduction sauce on pork tenderloin, these will keep everyone coming back for more. Cranberry Hazelnut Raincoast Crisps A tasty handmade cracker from our Canadian neighbors. This is no ordinary cracker! Nice plump cranberries that you can taste in every bite. These are so unique and will truly get you into the holiday spirit. Try for dessert with a dollop of mascarpone! Cranberry Beer Oh yes there is! From our friends at Sam Adams, this beer has been in production since 1990. I know there are many who do not like fruit beers but this is different. Using weissbier yeast during primary fermentation, this beer is distinctly cranberry in flavor and aroma. This selection is great to have at a holiday gathering to add a twist to the regular offerings. Harpoon makes a great cranberry beer also! Fresh Let’s not forget to add fresh cranberries to our shopping basket. I love the recipe on our website for Cranberry Sauce with Candied Ginger. Stuff this in holiday brie and you will be the hero at the next holiday feast! And here’s a whole slew of cranberry recipes, from holiday breads to relish and stuffing. How do you like your cranberries? Got a unique cranberry treat? I’d love to hear about it.
Category: Cheese, Holidays 2010




Justine Kubica says ...
Hi ! I happened to use cranberries in a punch recipe: Instead of using canned cranberries & ginger ale, I substituted with a bag of cranberries, boiled them down, added a large carton of coconut water, & a small bottle of pineapple juice. There were many compliments on it... pretty tasty non-alcoholic - natural punch. Ok, if you like, add some vodka : ) Happy Thanksgiving !
11/17/2010 8:14:50 PM CST
Elana says ...
Does Whole Foods in Fort Lauderdale carry the Sam Adams Cranberry beer? It is my absolute favorite and have been unable to find it here in South Florida!
11/18/2010 6:53:57 AM CST
Diana says ...
Irene's Cranberry Biscotti, so yummy and only 20 Calories!
11/18/2010 9:51:35 AM CST
bepkom says ...
Elana: Our product selection varies from region to region. The best thing to do is contact your local store and ask the beer department if they carry it. Thanks!
11/19/2010 2:57:40 PM CST
SusieBeeOnMaui says ...
Amazing Cranberry Cake: http://eatlittleeatbig.blogspot.com/2010/11/recipe-for-nantucket-cranberry-pie-cake.html
11/29/2010 1:33:56 PM CST
kate in atx says ...
If you like Cranberry Cheddar, we have three delicious recipes featuring this cheese you might like to check out: Cranberry Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2890 Grilled Cranberry Cheddar and Ham Melts http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2901 Cranberry Cheddar Sausage Bites http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2625 Enjoy!
12/01/2010 5:30:41 PM CST
Peter says ...
From where within the USA do these cranberries'related products originate? I'm curious, since it may very well be a good salesproduct even overseas, since people tend to prefer the taste of cranberries in particular (potential runner-up for great futuresales)
09/01/2011 9:08:52 AM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Peter Your question has a very peculiar answer. Cranberry production tends to be pretty regional so the answer varies depending on when you happen to be standing in the US. Wisconsin is the largest producing state for us but the is also significant production in New England (Mass) and the Pacific Northwest (OR, WA and BC) that we try to place in nearby regions. Weather and subsequent yield are also factors in who gets what- if for example, New England has a light harvest we will put in into our North Atlantic and North East regions and supply the other eastern regions with fruit from another geographic area.
09/02/2011 3:25:44 PM CDT
teisha says ...
I were looking for the whole cranberreries at the market stores and it's late October and not availiable yet the store will be savon stores and the market
10/22/2013 2:55:04 PM CDT
Beryl Block says ...
i love the Wensleydale cranberry cheese. can u pls tell me about how many calories it has by ounce or someway? thx
05/15/2014 9:48:55 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BERYL - Since our exact product options differ between stores, check with your local store to see if they can contact the vendor to find out this information for you!
05/15/2014 3:51:29 PM CDT