Friday, November 21, 2008

A Little Thanksgiving Recipe Contest

I got to thinking all things cranberry when it occurred to me that Blue Sky Alpacas has some yummy tasting, I mean sounding, yarns. More specifically, one named Cranberry! Then I got to thinking that it might be fun to have a little contest, and because I have a connection with BSA, I have managed to wrangle up 2 hanks of their wonderful Worsted in Cranberry (with a copy of their Reversible Hat Set pattern, I do believe) and, for a second prize, 1 hank of their Brushed Suri in Sweet Potato Pie (perfect for the free Keyhole Scarf pattern on their website!) Don't they sound like perfect additions to holiday meals?
This will be easy (especially for you foodies), just post a favorite recipe with cranberries or sweet potatoes on your blog, with a link back here (don't forget to stop back here to let me know about your post), by midnight Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) and I'll either pick 2 random winners, or I'll pick by the best sounding recipe- I haven't decided yet! (Winners to be announced the following Monday.) Now bring on the recipes, I'm needing some culinary inspiration...
Happy knitting-
ali
eta: the blogless can leave a recipe (or link) right here!
PS- On a sad side note, we lost our dog Thursday night. It broke my heart to see how devastated the kids were. I never really considered myself a dog person, but I do believe I will miss her just as much as the kids. Abby was part Newfoundland and part Husky, which made for a large and lovely mix. I think she got her beautiful face from her Husky side and her bear-like size from her 'Newfie' side. She was huge, she ate a lot, she shed a lot, and occasionally knocked over small children, but we loved her, and we'll all miss her, a lot.

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21 Comments:

Blogger Jocelyn said...

I'm really sorry about your dog. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you and your family right now.

As for the contest, I'm *sure* you didn't mean to discriminate against the blogless, right? Here's a link to a recipe for Cranberry Turtle Bars that I have probably made a dozen times. Definitely among the most requested (and deservedly so). Delish!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cranberry-Turtle-Bars-105743

11/23/2008 7:21 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Oh, I'm sorry about your dog, Ali. We're working with a new puppy since we lost two dogs in the past year. It's no fun, that's for sure. Maybe some wonderful new recipes will cheer you up!!

11/23/2008 8:18 PM  
Anonymous kim said...

I'm so sorry about your dog. I've been there, and the loss is immense. I'm sure you have many great memories of her.

11/23/2008 10:08 PM  
Blogger Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Sorry to hear about the kids' dog, Abby. She looks really sweet and I'm sure you'll all miss her.

As for a recipe ... my favorite every year is a Cranberry Apple Crisp.

http://www.oceanspray.com/recipes/Cranberry_Apple_Crisp.aspx?id=289&nid=9

11/24/2008 8:01 AM  
Blogger Knittymama said...

Oh, I'm so sorry to read you've lost your dog. That's always so tough on the kids especially.

11/24/2008 3:06 PM  
Anonymous madalyn said...

I recently made this coconut rum sweet potato pie for a dinner party:

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=520647

It was absolutely delicious, and a fun take on sweet potato pie!

I'm so sorry about your dog. Pets really do become part of the family...

11/25/2008 12:53 PM  
Blogger km said...

I'm not sure I'll have time to get a post up on my blog...but here's the recipe I was telling you about before. I actually couldn't find my recipe card so I looked online. I'm so glad I found it. YUM. http://www.bigoven.com/34856-Sugared-Cranberry-Trail-Mix-recipe.html

11/25/2008 5:02 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. :(

Sadly, I don't have any recipes with those ingredients. :(

11/25/2008 5:54 PM  
Anonymous twistedinstitches said...

So sorry about your dog...we're going to be going through that here soon as well...not looking forward to losing our friend Butch either. Yours looks very sweet--she was well loved too.

I am offering CRANBERRY HOOTYCREEKS guaranteed to knock your post turkey ZZZ's out...

http://twistyourstitches.blogspot.com/

11/25/2008 9:09 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wait - does this count for a recipe?!

11/26/2008 7:24 AM  
OpenID entknits said...

I'm sorry to hear about your dog.

My favorite use of sweet potatoes is to coat them in olive oil, spices, and herbs, and bake them, as shown here. For cranberries, I like to cook them down a bit and then substitute them into my standard banana bread recipe. (They're a bit too wet if I don't cook them first.)

11/26/2008 7:39 AM  
Blogger Turtle said...

So sorry about your 4 legged family member.

Such a good idea for a contest! Will be fun to look at all the links.

http://turtleslakeknitting.blogspot.com/

11/26/2008 8:11 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hey! Found you from Chris... So sorry about your dog!

Here's my cranberry contribution...passed to me from Andra (and to her from somebody else...) and posted on my blog back when (no pics and no comments because I pulled the posts from the old host) http://knitnzu.com/?p=18

It's so easy, I'll repeat in the comments,

Preheat oven to 325. Put a bag of cranberries in a pie pan (wash or pick over if you want). Sprinkle about 1/2 cup sugar over the berries. Melt a stick of BUTTER (I do in pan, can do in microwave), then add 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 2 eggs, stir. Spread this over the cranberries. You can sprinkle a bit more sugar on top. Bake 50-60 minutes. If the berries are frozen it may take a bit longer.

11/26/2008 12:47 PM  
Blogger theblondeknitter said...

sorry about Abby, we'll miss her too.

on a happier note, i've posted on my blog and linked back to ya. so do you get an extra entry for 2 recipes?? just curious...
:D

11/26/2008 2:33 PM  
Blogger ikkinlala said...

I'm so sorry about your dog.

I'm not sure if I'd call this a Thanksgiving recipe (it might be more useful in the spring), but it does use cranberries so I hope it will count. My mom and I modified a recipe this spring and ended up with:

Cranberry Rhubarb Squares

Filling: Combine 3 cups rhubarb (cut into 1/2-inch pieces), 1 cup cranberries (frozen work fine), 1 1/4 cups sugar, and 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch in a pot and cook until thick. Stir in 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Crust: In a separate bowl, cream together a scant 1 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar. Add 1/4 tsp salt, 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/4 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp baking powder and mix.

Pat 2/3 of crust mixture into a greased 9x9-inch pan. Add filling and sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes. Cool before cutting.

11/26/2008 7:04 PM  
Blogger psalm127 said...

I am sorry about your dog. I feel for the kids. I know how much our dog is loved by them and how it would affect them if she was gone. We will pray for the healing of little hearts.

As for cranberry reciept. Humm I don't think I have one but if I find one I will post it. Well then there are those cranberry scones. I will have to find it and post hopefully in the next 24 hrs. ha ha

11/26/2008 8:58 PM  
Blogger trek said...

You know, if you can make it with a white potato, chances are pretty good you can make it with a sweet potato. Such as Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Recipe with OJ

Recipe with Chipotle

Sweet Potato Waffles

Sweet Potato Biscuits

11/27/2008 7:56 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I don't know if I can post this on my blog because of copyright, but my mom found this recipe in our local newspaper and made it for our dinner today.
http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2008/nov/19/182055/do-ahead-make-what-you-can-before-thanksgiving/

It's Cranberry Pie and it was amazing! At first we all thought it was cherry pie, but it tasted better than cherry. Simply awesome with whipped cream or ice cream, and Mom said it was super easy to make.

11/27/2008 7:37 PM  
Blogger Aunti Em said...

I found one from Kraft that was a hit yesterday.

Here's the link: http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/recipes/spiced-cranberry-dip-107841.aspx

11/28/2008 8:25 AM  
Blogger 5elementknitr said...

I blogged about 2 cranberry desserts and some Sweet Potato and Apple side dish stuff.
It's here:
http://5elementknitr.blogspot.com/2008/11/cornucopia.html

Hope your family is doing well!

11/28/2008 5:46 PM  
Blogger MaryjoO said...

I still miss our dog after a year, so I know what you are going through. Getting out the Xmas stockings was very hard, so brace yourself! I can't wait to finish moving and get another great pet!

My recipe is on my blog -- we have been passing this recipe out to friends for years!
http://fibersandtravel.blogspot.com/

and thanks for the generous offer of yarn -- to whoever wins!

11/28/2008 8:23 PM  

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