Cranberry Relish & Holiday Greetings

When I think about the holidays, one of the first things that come to mind are traditions. For me, traditions are the things that make holidays special. They were the things I looked forward to the most, and the things that made some of my best holiday memories.

For me, some of my favorite holiday traditions were dressing up for Thanksgiving Day and going to hear Handel’s Messiah each December. For Scott, a big, special meal is what set the day apart.

We grew up in homes with completely different takes on holiday celebrations. But we both agree that there should be special food to look forward to eating just during the holidays.

There’s no question that good food and happy holidays seem to go hand in hand, no matter the culture or which celebration is taking place. It seems like everyone has a favorite taste of the holiday to share, and of course we are no exception!

If you were to drop in to our home for the holidays, one of those special dishes that you’d find on our table is Scott’s Cranberry Salad. It is a refreshing, delicious and very healthy in the middle of a season that is often known for its overload on sugar and candies. But it is so very good that once I make a big bowl full, we make the most it!

We eat it for breakfast. We eat it with lunch. I eat it with yogurt. Scott likes it with toast.  However we eat it though, we relish every bite.  We hope you will too!

So this holiday season, we wish you many happy days of family, precious memories and good food. From our home to yours, may your days be merry and bright and may all your holiday dishes be just right.

With Love,

The Brankshires

Cranberry Relish


  • 12 oz of fresh Cranberries (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1 med.  Apple, cored and quartered
  • 1 med. Orange, peeled, segmented & de-seeded
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, packed in juice
  • 1-3 tbs sugar of choice
  • 4 dates
  • 1/2 cardamon or a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional)


Wash fruit and place all ingredients in the blender in two batches.

Chop coarsely or blend into a semi puree (your preference!).

Chill and serve with vanilla yogurt and a sprinkle of homemade granola.



  1. It’s a blessing (a quirky one, but GOOD!) how traditions and foods are so comforting and cosy! Thank you for sharing a peep into your home at this time of year. Cranberry Relish sounds like a yummy companion to yoghurt!

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