Bring This to Thanksgiving Dinner and You’ll Be Everyone’s Favorite

Cranberries three ways -- salsa on the right.
Cranberries three ways — salsa on the right.

We’re a week out from Thanksgiving Eve, so it feels like the right time to re-share my all-time favorite seasonal appetizer recipe. Put this on your shopping list before you head out this weekend — it’s an easy, delicious way to make yourself a popular guest or host.

Cranberry Salsa

1 ½ cups cranberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 scallions, chopped
½ cup cilantro
juice and zest of one lime
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 teaspoon chopped, fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt

Chop all ingredients together in food processor. Let flavors blend for an hour or more. Serve with brie and water crackers.


If this seems familiar, it’s because I originally posted it back in the first year of this blog’s existence as Best. Thanksgiving. Appetizer. Ever.

Recipe is courtesy of my former coworker/current friend Mary, who got it from… somewhere else.

Cleanup in Aisle One

Ever have one of those days where messes seem to find their way to you? That was my today. First thing after getting to work, I discovered that my lunch — leftover lentil soup — had leaked all through the bag I had carried it in, though I didn’t notice until it had continued leaking all over my desk.

Yay, fun!

Fast forward to the end of the workday, when I went to pack up to go home and found out that the homemade applesauce I hadn’t eaten at lunch had tipped over and all the liquid oozed out, soaking my lunchbag, and (you guessed it!) getting all over my desk. Continue reading