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Fresh Cranberry Relish

If you ask ten different people what their favorite food is for Thanksgiving there’s a good chance you could get ten different answers.

Ask my youngest daughter and you’ll probably get one of two answers.  She’d either say her Grandma’s homemade rolls and strawberry jam or fresh cranberry relish.

I don’t remember having cranberry relish or sauce on Thanksgiving growing up.  If we did I’m betting it came from a can.

Fresh cranberry relish is a staple on Thanksgiving at my in-laws house, and like my daughter, it has become a favorite of mine.  The cool thing is it’s really easy and inexpensive to make.  A couple of bucks and 15 minutes and you’re done.

Here’s the recipe I use, modified slightly from the one you’ll find on Ocean Spray’s website.

Fresh Cranberry Relish


1 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries (rinsed and drained)

1 Honey Crisp Apple

1 Navel Orange


Use a food processor to evenly chop the cranberries. You may need to do it in batches depending on the size of your food processor. Chop until the pieces are about the size of a grain of rice and put into a mixing bowl.

Wash, core, and quarter the apple.  Chop it up in the food processor and then add to the cranberries.

Wash the orange and cut into 6 – 8 pieces removing any seeds.  Next, use the food processor to chop it, peel and all.  Add to the mixing bowl and stir into the apple and cranberries.

Now stir in sugar to taste.  I start with 3/4 cup and add more if needed.

Cover and refrigerate.  It makes 3-4 cups and keeps up to 2 weeks (but you’ll probably eat it all way before then).  You can also freeze it.

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Root Beer Pulled Pork

If you’re looking for an easy way to make pulled pork for sandwiches, this is it.  There’s only 4 ingredients, it takes just a few minutes of prep time, and the end result is delicious!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A crock pot

Pork Roast (I like to do 2 at a time.  Usually about 3 pounds a piece.)

A 2 Liter bottle of root beer

1 package dry onion soup mix

1 or 2 bottles of your favorite BBQ sauce

Here’s what you do:

Put the pork in the crock pot.  Sprinkle with the soup mix and pour in the root beer.  You don’t have to use it all.  In fact, you should save some for root beer floats to have after you enjoy your sandwiches.  

Root Beer Pulled Pork in Crock Pot

Cover and let it go on low for 8 hours or so.

When it’s done cooking drain the liquid and use 2 forks to pull the pork apart.

Now you can choose to put the pork on a bun and top with BBQ sauce… or you can mix the BBQ sauce with the meat in the crock pot. If you choose the later option I’d let it sit on warm for a half hour to get everything heated through.

I prefer to leave the meat “dry” and let everyone choose how much sauce they want.  Plus, I think the meat freezes better when it isn’t pre-sauced.

That’s it!  Pretty easy, huh?

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Unsloppy Joes

My girls and I love to cook.  We love watching cooking shows almost as much.  Recently during a cooking show we saw a commercial for Pillsbury Grands Biscuits showing a recipe for “Unsloppy Joes”.

Basically, it’s a refrigerator biscuit filled with sloppy joe meat. You can find the actual Pillsbury recipe here.

Unsloppy Joe - Filling

We all agreed that it looked easy and delicious so we thought we’d give it a try.

Unsloppy Joe - Ready to fold

As typical we used the recipe as a guideline.  We decided to leave out the chili powder.  I did have a little trouble getting a full 1/3 cup of filling in each one although I bet with a little practice I could make it work.

Unsloppy Joes - All Done

We had enough sloppy joe mix to make all 8 of the biscuits with enough left over for one sandwich for lunch the next day.

Everyone loved them… even my daughter who isn’t much of a meat fan.  We’ll definitely make these again!  We even talked about how we could do something similar swapping the sloppy joe filling for taco meat.

We make a similar recipe with refrigerator crescent roll dough filled with a mixture of tuna, Italian dressing, and cheese.  It makes a fun twist on tuna melts and goes great with a bowl of soup.

Unsloppy Joes a paired with a lettuce salad and mixed veggies made for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Do you have a favorite recipe that uses refrigerator biscuits as an ingredient?  Leave a comment.  I’d love to try it.

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