Thanks for Thanksgiving and Grandma’s Cranberry Fluff

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We know this Thanksgiving is different this year for so many across the country. We hope, whether via Zoom family chats or a small get-together with your Pod of people you’ve spend time with – that your day is filledwith family, friends and food!

And since you know I LOVE me some tasty treats – I’m going to share a few of my favorite recipes with you.  I’d love it if you shared your favorite recipes with me – send me an email back with the recipe and we will make an Always Be Boutique Recipe Book!  

This first recipe is a family tradition that my Grandma Nancy made every single Thanksgiving that I can remember.  When I moved with Al to NY and lived away from my family for 13 years, I LONGED for holiday food that MY family made. Don’t get me wrong, my in-laws make some amazingly delicious food, but it wasn’t the same as the comfort foods from home.  I always missed the comforts and traditions of “home” more than ever around the holidays.  

 Grandma Nancy’s

Cranberry FLUFF

  • 1 c. sour cream
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 cans whole cranberries
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1 c. chopped pecans (optional but amazing)
  • 1 container whipped topping

1. Cream together sour cream, cream cheese and sugar.

2. Mix in cranberries, pineapple, and pecans

3. Fold in whipped topping

4. FREEZE.  Remove from freezer about 1 hour before serving to soften slightly

This is the recipe as I wrote it down while speaking on the phone with my Grandma.  I’ve had it saved in my recipe binder in a sheet protector for about 15 years.  I could rewrite it and throw this out – but I can’t. Every year when I look for the recipe, I start to panic if I think I can’t find it (that’s totally what happened this morning as I searched for it to add it here). It’s funny how some things just have too many memories attached to fix.  I love my splotchy note.  I can reall exactly where I was sitting, my old land line phone with a curly cord, and me asking Grandma to share it with me. I hope you love the recipe and that it brings some joy to you and your family. 

Recipe #2 is one of my favorite quick soup recipes.  The recipe was given to me by a family I nannied for while I was going to college.  Ann, the woman I worked for, made me this beautiful gift basket with all the ingredients for the recipe I had raved about when I made the two kids their lunch one day.  It’s from a stunning book called, Recipes from the Night Kitchen

Carrot Soup with Ginger Cream

1Tbsp Butter
1 onion, chopped
2 lbs carrots, chopped
pinch ground cinnamon
8 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 tsp. fresh ginger
1/2 c. Heavy Cream
1. Melt butter over low heat

2. Add carrots, onion and half the broth

3. Cook covered until vegetables are tender, about 15-20 minutes

4. Add cinnamon, chicken stock and ginger

5. Bring to boil.

6. Reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes

7. Puree, gradually adding remaining broth and cream.

** sometimes I add some garlic, too.  

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