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#1 Shaina

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 04:30 PM

Ok, so I need to use this stuff up before it goes bad! Help...

1) Real cranberries - bought them on a whim last week and have NO CLUE what to do with them. Do I have to use my food processor to chop them up, no matter what I make? (I hate using my food processor.)

2) Pumpkin. No soups, we're sick of it. And can't be dairy.

3) Butternut squash. No soups, no kugels.


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Posted 06 December 2011 - 05:35 PM

Steam or roast the squash and pumpkin and make them into a sauce for pasta.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 05:40 PM

i think the cranberries work as a topping on cheesecake, but yeah i think you have to blend them (waiting for shuli to step in...)
I love to use pumpkin in my chicken soup and cholent on shabbos. Oh and i recently saw a recipe that uses pumpkin in brownie mix. I think it was canned but i'm sure you can sub with the right amount of cooked.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:14 PM

No problem. I'll be right over.

On a serious note -- cranberries: make a sauce. Recipes are all over online, but my mother makes a good one with whole cranberries and sugar and not sure what else, simmered for a while.

Pumpkin -- muffins. I posted a recipe before I'm pretty sure.

Squash -- cook till soft, mash up, and add honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves (or whatever types of spices in that genre you have) to taste. If you have maple syrup, you can use that too (I'm allergic, so if I'm invited, skip it for me :p)
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:39 PM

Steam or roast the squash and pumpkin and make them into a sauce for pasta.


Interesting... would this taste ok on whole wheat pasta?

i think the cranberries work as a topping on cheesecake, but yeah i think you have to blend them (waiting for shuli to step in...)
I love to use pumpkin in my chicken soup and cholent on shabbos. Oh and i recently saw a recipe that uses pumpkin in brownie mix. I think it was canned but i'm sure you can sub with the right amount of cooked.


Pumpkins in cholent?? Oh my. I dunno if I'm that brave!

I'm intrigued by these pumpkin brownies though. Will google.

No problem. I'll be right over.

On a serious note -- cranberries: make a sauce. Recipes are all over online, but my mother makes a good one with whole cranberries and sugar and not sure what else, simmered for a while.

Pumpkin -- muffins. I posted a recipe before I'm pretty sure.

Squash -- cook till soft, mash up, and add honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves (or whatever types of spices in that genre you have) to taste. If you have maple syrup, you can use that too (I'm allergic, so if I'm invited, skip it for me :p)


I'm always so mad at myself for using $ from my food budget for useless things, so that's why I have to make something quick! :)

Cranberry sauce isn't really gonna work with my current diet. I'm wondering if I should make some sort of whole wheat muffins with them...

Pumpkin muffins is a good idea, thanks! I already have a recipe I like.

You'd just eat the squash in a mush? That might be good actually. Will try!

(To make this a real imamother thread, if you're allergic to maple syrup, does that mean you wouldn't be able to use fenugreek?)
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 06:48 PM

Ok, so I need to use this stuff up before it goes bad! Help...

1) Real cranberries - bought them on a whim last week and have NO CLUE what to do with them. Do I have to use my food processor to chop them up, no matter what I make? (I hate using my food processor.)

2) Pumpkin. No soups, we're sick of it. And can't be dairy.

3) Butternut squash. No soups, no kugels.


And that's my imamother thread of the day! :)


Cook the pumpkin and squash with sauteed onions and spices, blend it and add it to a traditional bloody marry recipe. I never tried it but it sounds good in theory.

Make a smoothie with the cranberries.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:07 PM

Make a smoothie with the cranberries.

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Do you know what a cranberry is?

Shaina - can you make traditional cranberry sauce with splenda (for your diet) and freeze it? It goes well with most poultry or can be used with dessert.

Cranberries, orange juice, sugar/splenda, little lemon juice. Boil/simmer till syrupy. Add more sweetener if needed.

No blender etc needed. Just boil/simmer and prep is about a minute, literally.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:12 PM

Yeah, I love cranberry sauce with poultry.

The squash mush I ate at someone's house. I liked it and started making my own. I don't do it completely mashed, but with chunks. Kind of like mashed potatoes.
I have no problems with fenugreek -- I'm not sure I'm allergic; it may be a food sensitivity only.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:16 PM

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 07:55 PM

:nea:
Do you know what a cranberry is?


Is it a type of phone?

I meant to say that it can be used to make smoothies along with other berries, bananas, yogurt and what not.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:18 PM

I meant to say that it can be used to make smoothies along with other berries, bananas, yogurt and what not.

Not really.
It's nothing like "other berries"

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:27 PM

Does anyone eat them raw?
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:36 PM

Does anyone eat them raw?

I'm sure someone does, but it's rare. They're ridiculously tart, the flavor needs cooking to get out, and they'll cause stomach upset raw.

That's why I'm pretty sure DQ just didn't know what they were and is now backpedaling :p

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:38 PM

No butternut squash soup? Are you crazy?
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:39 PM

No butternut squash soup? Are you crazy?

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I love buttenut squash soup. I've had it a million ways/times, but this one time in a fancy restaurant they served it with popcorn as croutons (fancy places do this and it's quaint and charming. Cheap places do it and it's tacky). It was actually great!

(I do also eat it just roasted plain - it's great)

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 08:45 PM

I think there is an apple kugel recipe that uses real cranberry
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:09 PM

I'm sure someone does, but it's rare. They're ridiculously tart, the flavor needs cooking to get out, and they'll cause stomach upset raw.

That's why I'm pretty sure DQ just didn't know what they were and is now backpedaling :p


How's my backpedaling going? I think I'm pretty good at it.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:12 PM

Ok, so I need to use this stuff up before it goes bad! Help...

1) Real cranberries - bought them on a whim last week and have NO CLUE what to do with them. Do I have to use my food processor to chop them up, no matter what I make? (I hate using my food processor.)

2) Pumpkin. No soups, we're sick of it. And can't be dairy.

3) Butternut squash. No soups, no kugels.


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i don't know - i love smoothies with cranberries, because the tartness offsets the sweetness of the other fruits. (then again, i use frozen cranberries, so maybe it's different...)

so, barring other information, i'm gonna say smoothie, and just roast the squash with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and it's delicious.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:21 PM

i don't know - i love smoothies with cranberries, because the tartness offsets the sweetness of the other fruits. (then again, i use frozen cranberries, so maybe it's different...)

so, barring other information, i'm gonna say smoothie, and just roast the squash with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and it's delicious.

ok - but if you're doing it for the tartness, how many do you need for a smoothie - a dozen of them?

I can use a pint of blueberries or strawberries in one smoothie.

She's got more than a small handfull of cranberries. Surely you don't use a bag's worth in a smoothie or even 5. If you do, then you're weird.

(well, you're weird regardless. Ever since that "jewish tv show" I think of yechiel refael menachem whatever his name was from lakewood when I see your posts :) )

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 09:43 PM

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