One Christmas, my husband—a Navy chaplain for 20 years—had to spend the holiday overseas, away from our two children and me. He asked that I send him this recipe so he could have a taste of home.
Steamed Cranberry Pudding has been in my file for more than 30 years. It was passed on by a fellow teacher who was retiring. Her family had long enjoyed it, using their own homemade sorghum molasses as a special ingredient.
Chuck and I now live in a log home in a wooded area.
I turn to this recipe frequently because I can prepare it a day ahead—it's so convenient when company's coming. And with only a trace of fat, the fruity side dish is nutritious and delicious.—Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
"Any time I get together with friends and family members, they ask me to bring some of these yummy muffins," writes Gretchen Zoch. The Boiling Springs, North Carolina reader relies on cranbereies to dress up her homemade banana muffins.
I have a passion for cooking, and it's probably my grandmother I can thank for it. She was a marvelous cook who could really stretch a food dollar.
All the same, I've had my share of trial and error over the years. Shortly after we were married, my husband and I were invited to a family picnic. I made the prettiest potato salad you'd ever hope to seen. There was only one problem with that dish I was so proud of—I hadn't cooked the potatoes!
While this cranberry sauce is simmering, the wonderful fragrance of the spices brings back happy memories of when my mother made it for the holidays. My husband and three sons are glad I’m carrying on her tradition!
I first discovered this recipe at Christmas a couple years ago, but it's a great way to use frozen cranberries throughout the year. I help out at the elementary school our three sons attend and am active at our church. It seems I'm always baking a batch of these moist bars for some event.
-Bonnie Nieter, Warsaw, Indiana
Chopped cranberries and orange peel give this coffee cake bursts of tart flavor, but a cream cheese layer on top sweetens it nicely. It's so lovely, you'll want to serve it when company comes.
-Nancy Roper, Etobicoke, Ontario
This best-of-the-season dish adds to the beauty and bounty of any holiday spread. Whether served warm or cold, it's a delectable fruity treat for the taste buds as well as for the eyes when it's presented in a clear glass bowl.
-Carole Dishman, Hampton, Virginia
THIS IS a wonderful dessert for fall, when both cranberries and apples are in season. The fruits are quite compatible in flavor and color, and they help make any table look festive and inviting.
A dear friend from California shared this recipe with me years ago, and it's always been a big hit whenever I've served it.
-Martha Sue Stroud, Clarksville, Texas
I created this recipe 14 years ago by combing a couple of recipes from my collection. A friends suggested I add even more cranberries. Now there's a big burst of tart cranberry and lots of crunchy nuts in every piece.
—Dawn Lowenstein, Hatboro, Pennsylvania