Wednesday, April 3, 2013

cranberry salad

after reading my today's post on letter c, you may think i do have a theme---i assure you i did not plan it this way--as a matter of fact, i kinda feel like i am cheating today---but oh well--you guys know how i love to talk about menus-

this Easter, i hosted as usual the dinner and egg hunts----for those of you who read regularly, you know, i am a little chooky about my menu planning---this time it was no different, maybe no worse though

but one dish, i pretty much didn't waver on, was the "cranberry salad"---and let me tell you, it was the hit of the day, second only to my "dil's" green bean casserole---with my banana dream cake, coming in a close third---

the salad consisted of bagged italian blend greens, mandarin oranges, almonds and of course the dried cranberries----i dressed it with strawberry vinaigrette----i will certainly add this to my repertoire

my main item was country ham biscuits---along with scalloped potatoes----i added those fried onion rings to the potatoes this time and i really liked them this way--not sure they were well received though

there was my candied sweet potatoes, cabbage---and a kinda strange corn dish, that i made up---sounded way better in my head----fried corn with pineapple and green pepper----not terrible--just not much flavor, even after loads of butter and seasonings-

as i don't want to make these a-z blogs too long, i will let ya go---




oh did i tell you, it was pouring raining--hence the hunt was inside

78 comments:

  1. Ok, you're going to have to stop with this food because you are making me hungry! :) That salad sounds amazing. Actually, all of it does! But I will definitely try that salad when everyone comes home next weekend!

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    1. haha, i know, i think it's because i am writing in the mornings, when i haven't had much to eat---you know, i was really surprised by the salad's wide appeal!

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  2. Can I come to the next event? The food sounds delicious and the picks look like everyone is having so much fun!

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    1. sure you can come--we pretty much open it up to anyone who wants to come---haha thanks mary :)

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  3. The salad sounds wonderful! It's a good thing I ate breakfast before reading your post. ;)

    Happy Wednesday!

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    1. haha, it was pretty good--esp. liked the dressing--thanks dana :)

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  4. I'm thinking next year I will do a food theme. Put all that money spent on culinary classes, 'just for fun', to work.

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    1. that would be great---you went to school for it--how cool---i will look forward to next year, denise :)

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  5. who is that silly person in the last pic who looks like a kid at Christmas? Love it :)

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    1. haha i know--that is my silly son colin! thanks:)

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  6. Wish I'd been there. I love everything on your menu except I wasn't sure what a Banana Dream cake is and loving ANYTHING banana, I googled it. YUMMMM

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    1. yeah, it was really like a trifle but easier---wish you had been here too, i sure you would have added to a fun day--thanks teresa :)

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  7. I believe dried cranberries should always be in a salad like that. Yum!

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    1. yeah, it made me a believer too, thanks joy :)

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  8. Lynn, I'd love to try your cranberry salad. The description along has my stomach growling.
    Lovely photos, BTW.

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    1. let me know what ya think----thanks susan--robyn quickly put them on here this morning before she left for work---they really weren't the best haha :)

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  9. The cranberry salad sounds delicious - I'll try it. Dried cranberries are so versatile - I add it to everything - from my morning oatmeal to Thanksgiving stuffing to salads. Never tried the fresh ones really.

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    1. yeah, you know, i don't think i have really had the fresh ones either--oatmeal with them--now i will try that! thanks :)

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  10. Are you going to share your recipe for the strawberry dressing? Sounds delish!

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    1. well it was just the bottled store brand, i have to tell you--thanks isis :)

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  11. We eat a salad almost every night, and I always throw in a few dried cranberries. I also love the dried cherries, but they're twice the price. I think food is a fine theme : )

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    1. i would eat a salad every night--i just love them---yeah i thought about using the dried cherries, sometime--i think i would maybe like them better--thanks joyce :)

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  12. Hi Lynn,
    Oddly enough I picked cranberry in my C post as well - sort of :)

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    1. seriously--i gotta go ck you out--why do i have a feeling i will be surprised jp ;)

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  13. Glad a litte rain didn't stop the show! Looks like everyone had a great time!

    Just the word Cranberry delights my tastebuds! I don't like dried cranberries at all. However, I've never tried cooking with them. I might try that sometime!

    Great one for the letterv-C Lynn!

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    1. yeah i am not a huge fan of eating them as is but i like cooking with them or just throwing them in a dish---yeah, we had fun even with the rain, although it got a little louder than usual! thanks betty :)

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  14. Oh my Lynn, you are making my mouth water! It all sounds so good, especially a banana cream cake!

    The egg hunt looks fun, even though it was pouring :)

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    1. thanks theresa---i did miss the great pics i am able to get outdoors, but this was a special day in many ways :)

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  15. Yummy salad - I used raspberry vinaigrette yesterday when poaching sole filets for dinner. It's so handy and really adds something to a dish.

    Indoor Easter egg hunts are the cleanest! :) :)

    Jenny @ PEARSON REPORT

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    1. sounds great--i love fish! yeah it was a little cleaner, and more places to hide them jenny :)

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  16. The salad sounds delicious, and you have a beautiful family. Looks like everyone had fun.

    Julie

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  17. There was much fun being had at your house! All the food had me thinking about eating.

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    1. i think everyone did have fun and i am hungry now too susan :)

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  18. Hunts are good Anywhere - Hurray Cranberries -
    I like how you think.
    -g-

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  19. It seems you just throw all the ingredients up in the air and they land delishously. You toss them up in your head, at any rate. What a fun day.

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    1. haha, that is kinda the way i am--thanks joanne :)

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  20. Sounds like you had a real blast at your house. Your corn dish doesn't sound so bad... Maybe hot peppers would have spiced it up a little bit... LOL my Hubs is Italian and he like hot in everything.

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    1. hmmm maybe you are right--the hot ones would have been noticed! we did have a nice day thanks so much :)

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    1. awwww thanks, it's relatively new dani :)

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  22. Your main dish sounds so yummy! How far from Florida are you?? lol

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    1. haha just a skip and a hot--come on by marie :)

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  23. The rain served as a plum on a piece of cake. Added more flavour to the entire scenario. Sounds like you had quite a fun! :)

    Karthik from India.

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    1. you are right it did add---thanks karthik :)

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  24. Looks like it was a great Easter and the food sounds delicious. I want to come next year.
    Thanks, for looking at my goose.

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  25. Your Easter menu sounds wonderful! Are you writing about food for the A=Z? That's a tasty theme. :-) I'm random w/ my A=Z posts, my life is too crazy. Looking forward to your letter P - maybe pie? :-)
    from The Dugout

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    1. haha could be mare--but no it just happens to be about food so far, no plans either :)

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  26. Looks like a wonderful fun day and your menu sounds full of lots of yummy delights!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier :)

    Kate
    The Tales of Me.

    P.s I'm always happy to talk/hear about tasty food.

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    1. haha i always like to hear about food too kate---thanks for popping by :)

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  27. My late mother in law made the best cranberry salad. I miss her. We didn't have our egg hunt this year for the first time.

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    1. awww i'm sorry you didn't have it---sounds like you were very close to your "mil", susan, what a blessing--sure would like to know more about her cranberry salad :)

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  28. For once we had sun on Easter. But, alas, all the young'uns were scattered like an egg hunt across the country this year! Did have a delightful day at church when my son showed up! Love your pictures and food descriptions! Yummy day!

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    1. oh how wonderful to have your son with you at church!! thanks donna :)

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  29. Looks like a great family time. Good eats, too.

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    1. haha yeah it was pretty nice--thanks d.g. :)

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  30. Thank you for sharing those wonderful photos. That last one made me laugh!

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    1. i am glad you liked them christine--yeah that's colin, he makes a lot of people laugh haha :)

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  31. Sounds delish, can you stand in for me at the diner so I can have a weekend off for once? So glad all went well - C ya!

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  32. looks and sounds wonderful at your place!!

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  33. The salad sounds yummy! I love cranberries. Sounds like you had a wonderful time that day! We grilled at home, and I made homemade potato salad and baked beans. I asked my oldest son how he like the beans, he said, "Fine, mom, but they were missing something." I tasted it and found I forgot the brown sugar (hehehe) An easy fix. I added it immediately since it was hot, and that worked fine. (Guess getting old makes for a good excuse, senility, dementia, whatever!) Nice post.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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    1. mmmm i thought about making potato salad, even had a new recipe for it---i am intimidated by it for some reason--would you give me your recipe---haha i am sure, you just were so busy and forgot :)

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  34. I love cranberries, but they don't sell a lot of them here in Texas. I guess it is too hot. Your salad sounds delish!

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    1. well these were dried--wow, that hot air sounds really good :)

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  35. Mmmmm...I love cranberries, but they only have fresh ones when it's Christmas and Thanksgiving time.

    Hi from Nagzilla bloghopping A to Z

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    1. these were the dried ones and i usually use canned whole sauce at Christmas and thanksgiving--thanks nagzilla :)

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  36. Eight years ago on Easter, it was pouring rain here, and my sister was in labor. I hid the eggs inside our house, with my kids understanding that if Uncle B called to say the baby was here, we were leaving right away, eggs or no eggs. They were ok with that, super excited to meet their new cousin!

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    1. well did the hunt go on?----a day you will never forget huh, michelle:)

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  37. Cranberry, corn and cabbage, great!.How about an A to Z diet divided into weekly letters. The twenty sixth week how about Zucchini, Zabaglione, Zesty salad and Zwiebrek. I guess you'd need your stomach lined with asbestos for the 24th week.

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    1. haha, yeah today, i broke my food stuff--but great ideas!!

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