Fantastic Fridays: CRANBERRY Night!

This one's for the ladies! Spring's not here yet but you can pretend it is with today's theme: CRANBERRY!! Before starting in the kitchen, put on some girly music (Cindy Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun will definitely do!) and make Barbie Slipper cocktail. Hopefully a refreshing little buzz will make cooking even more fun!

Then proceed to whip up some Cranberry Coleslaw. Toss in some Tyson's Pre-Cooked Chicken Strips to make it a full (and easy!) meal.

And for Friday night's sweet tooth, Cranberry Cream Cheese Brownies will leave you satisfied! (For the boys, you might have to make dinner yourself tonight! And please, you don’t have to resort to beer and pizza!)

Interesting facts about CRANBERRIES:

  • The cranberry gets its name from Dutch and German settlers, who called it "crane berry." When the vines bloom in the late spring and the flowers' light pink petals twist back, they have a resemblance to the head and bill of a crane. Over time, the name was shortened to cranberry.

  • During the days of wooden ships and iron men, American vessels carried cranberries. Just as the English loved limes, American sailors craved cranberries. It was the cranberry's generous supply of vitamin C that prevented scurvy.

  • Legend has it that the Pilgrims may have served cranberries at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. (Let's give a little thanks to cranberries!)

  • If you strung all the cranberries produced in North America last year, they would stretch from Boston to Los Angeles more than 565 times.

We are happy to have Hanna Skeppner on board this semester as an intern for As a Swedish-American, she has many exciting ideas to add a new twist to our old faves. Hope you enjoy her recipes and tips!

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