WARNING! COOKING CRANBERRIES MAY BE DANGEROUS!
Nov. 5, 2013 7:28 am
Updated: Nov. 11, 2013 7:34 am
Hello home cooks!
Have you planned your Thanksgiving meal yet? This site makes it so easy and fun! Just point, click and cook!
Are you spending the holiday with your family? Are you driving or flying? Someone has to get you there if you're taking a plane, so I'll be working this holiday season. If you see a flight attendant with a big scar on her forehead, that might be me.
My days off fell early this November, so I decided to cook the entire meal this week. Planning was quick thanks to Allrecipes.com.
For the first time ever, I decided to make cranberry sauce from scratch using fresh berries. The recipe looks easy enough.
But let me tell you, I wish the good people at Oceanspray would put a warning on the bag: COOKING CRANBERRIES CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!
I put the ingredients in a saucepan, turned on the heat and started stirring. As the sauce heated, the most delightful, fruity aroma wafted up from the pan. I leaned over to smell and then....
Those little buggers EXPLODE! In fact, they can shoot molten-hot juice clear across the kitchen! Be very careful. You might consider wearing protective goggles, when cooking cranberry sauce this year.
My other Thanksgiving cooking tips include thawing the bird a day or two earlier than planned, and making your desserts one day ahead.
The Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake was a delight. I was very happy with the results.
So now that the stressful cooking is over, I'll be making Kraft Leftover Casserole and focusing on what the holiday is really about: Friends, family and being grateful for my many blessings.
I'm especially glad this year to be back home in America. I do miss some things about Abu Dhabi (where I was based for four years.)
The people are friendly and hospitable. The United Arab Emirates is an exotic blend of old and new civilization.
Living in the Arab world was a great adventure. I especially miss the food.
Wherever YOU are this holiday, I wish you and YOUR family a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving. Cynthia