Thursday, October 24, 2013

Holiday Progressive Dinner - Grandma's Cranberry Salad Recipe

*Disclaimer - I received Corelle products to facilitate this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Adventures in All Things Food & Family reviews, all opinions and experiences are my own. 

Welcome! I hope you will grab a cup of your favorite warm beverage and hope along through our Holiday Progressive Dinner Series - 5 great blogs, a complete meal each week.

This week's sponsor is Corelle. I'm so excited to start with them. I believe, great dinnerware sets the table for the perfect meal.

Corelle is a brand of dinnerware I grew up with. Durable, sophisticated and perfect for either a holiday meal or leisure Saturday breakfast with many great patterns and styles to choose from. I selected the new Boutique by Corelle Swept Dinnerware Set. I was looking for something simple and timeless.

White dish sets can be boring, but this set has a lovely and simple wide rim embossed with wavy lines. It reminds me of the lines left on the beach after the tide goes out. I love it.

Though I enjoy fancy dishes and stemware, with 3 small children I need my set to be durable and easy to care for. In addition, my busy schedule requires all my dishes to be dishwasher and microwave safe. These dishes are also break and chip resistant  This will come in handy as my son learns to load the dishwasher.

I love that the dishes are lightweight enough for my 4-year old daughter to handle easily. They stack neatly in my cupboard and most impressive is the perfect coffee cup size. Just right for morning coffee or hot spiced cider in the evening.

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Corelle was a tradition on my family's table and my selected recipe this week is a long-standing favorite with my husband's family. Holidays, for me, are all about traditions, family and memories - past and present. I am excited to kick off my first post with this family favorite.

Be sure to continue reading, you don't want to miss the Corelle giveaway at the end of this post.

Holiday Progressive Dinner 
Week 1 Recipe Links

Cheese Fondue at The Gunny Sack

Grandma's Cranberry Salad at Adventures in All Things Food

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake at Flour on My Face

This week I came bearing salad. 

Growing up, my family went the plain cranberry route. Sometimes we had whole berries, but usually the jelly variety. Nothing exciting. When I started joining my husband's family for the holidays, I was introduced to his Grandma's Cranberry Salad.

It never lasted long and was always a big hit. It was the first recipe I asked her for after my husband and I got married. For my husband I wanted to keep the tradition alive.

This dish can be made several days ahead of time and stored in the freezer till your guests arrive. I love recipes that I can make before the actual holiday.

Here in Oregon we have some beautiful local cranberries. If you like making your own fresh cranberry sauce, like I do, go ahead and use that. Otherwise you can also use the canned whole berries. I won't tell.

There are just 7 ingredients, but lots of flavor. I love simple dishes, don't you?

Cranberries mixed with a little lemon juice, then folded in with the sweetened heavy whipped cream, nuts and pineapple.

Layer the cranberries on the bottom and then top with the cream mixture. Cover and freeze. Let it thaw just enough so it will come out of the mold before serving. Sprinkle with a few more chopped nuts for plating. Voila!

I served up my sweet salad on the new Corelle dishes. I think it was a perfect pairing.

Are you ready to dive right into the recipe?

Grandma's Cranberry Salad
You Will Need:
  • 1 can whole cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream, whipped
  • 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Mix together the cranberries and lemon juice. Spread evenly in a loaf pan or freezer safe pan.

Then mix the remaining ingredients together and spread over the cranberries. Cover with wrap and freeze till firm. 

Before firm let the Cranberry Salad sit out long enough to invert and release onto a serving dish. Garnish with more walnuts and enjoy.

Giveaway Time!!

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