I had no idea Ralph and I have been living such a quiet life. Having our daughters home for the holidays happily turned our house upside down! Extended family, the girl’s friends and our friends have been making a constant pilgrimage to visit our little prince.
Coen completely changed our Christmas. I’ve shared lots of stories with you about my family’s love of story telling, how we spend hours around the dinner table after meals catching up with one another or how we steal precious moments for secrets. This year, every conversation was about Coen. From morning to night, we marveled at every moment of his day. I’m not really sure what we talked about before he was born but it was surely not as much fun as discussing how bright he is or how his cooing sounds like he’s saying, “Grammy.” I’m teasing, of course, but having a baby in the house was magical.
With New Year’s Eve just days away, I want to share an easy, quick, over-the-top recipe for you to make if you’re planning on having a party. My post is not as full of picture because I’m sitting with an ice pack strapped to my shoulder as I type. When I over-use my right arm, I end up in trouble. Suffice to say, I can hardly lift the baby! Of all the treats I’ve prepared over the holidays this CRANBERRY HORSERADISH SAUCE was my favorite. I’d tasted a commercial version earlier in the season and loved it so I made some to serve with cheese and paté on Christmas eve. This is my recipe.
CRANBERRY HORSERADISH SAUCE
1 (12-oz) bag fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish, including juice [NOT CREAMED]
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
Zest and juice of 1 orange
- Bring sugar, orange juice and water to a simmer in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved.
- Add cranberries and simmer, uncovered, stirring berries frequently with spoon, until berries break down and sauce thickens – 5 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add orange zest and grated horseradish. Stir well.
- Serve sauce warm, at room temperature or cold.
THE LOVE: Adjust the amount of horseradish according to how hot you like your food. The amount I used gives a medium heat.
Thanks for reading.
Photography by Michelle Hooton