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Salad with turkey and cranberries

Shortly after Thanksgiving, I was still craving Thanksgiving food. I just felt as though I had not consumed enough turkey. I knew that Christmas was a short time away and that Eric’s dad would have turkey on Christmas, but I needed a hit of tryptophan STAT.

I was wandering around Target one day — as one is wont to do — and found the wheels spinning in my head as I browsed the grocery aisles. I left with everything to make a salad that tasted just like the holidays — and it was delicious. I’ve eaten in for quite a few lunches as of late, and I have yet to tire of it.

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It is a way to enjoy the flavors of the holidays without all the guilt — and whenever you want. So enjoy!

Salad with turkey and cranberries

Lettuce (I used my beloved herb lettuce mix)
Turkey (You could use deli turkey. I used the carving board kind. Or use leftovers.)
Cheese of your choice (I used mozzarella, but goat cheese would have been tasty.)
Dried cranberries
Fried onions (the type you top a green bean casserole with)
Salad dressing of your choice (I used an oil and vinegar combo)

Combine all the ingredients and eat immediately. It is really that simple.

 

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Baked brie with cranberries

This isn’t so much as a recipe as a public service announcement.

We were at Trader Joe’s over the weekend and they were stocked with all sorts of holiday goodies. I love their peppermint stuff as much as I love their pumpkin stuff. Trader Joe’s FTW. They had a ton of Thanksgiving-themed samples, from turkey and stuffing to pie and cider. The one thing I bought was this cranberry orange relish.

cranberry-orange-relish

Pilgrim Joe’s — how cute is that? This stuff is killer. Tangy and sweet. Reminds me of everything that is delicious about the holidays. They were demoing it mixed with Greek yogurt, but my mind went to where it normally goes — cheese.

Hmmm, I thought, this would be delicious as a cheese topping. What cheese shall I use? Oh I know — brie.

Brie is a cheese with such a delicate flavor, I knew the tang of the cranberry would pair nicely with it. Warm and delicious baked brie on a chilly fall or winter night? Sign me up.

photoSome friends came over to watch football on Saturday night so I whipped this up. I only used part of the brie mostly because I didn’t want to mess up and entire wheel of brie. That’d be tragic. But it was a success and I highly suggest you run to TJ’s to get this relish before it goes away.

Baked Brie with Cranberries

Brie (either a whole or partial, depending on how much you want)
Cranberry Orange Relish

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2) Place the brie on an oven safe dish. Use a knife to cut off the top rind of the brie. Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes.

3) After 8 minutes, remove brie and top with the cranberry relish. Add however much you want. I probably covered the top with about 1/4 inch of the relish. Return to oven and bake for another 6 minutes.

4) Remove from the oven and serve with crackers or a baguette.