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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Macys Day Parade ~ a Thanksgiving Tradition

Ahh Thanksgiving! One of my personal favorite traditions on Thanksgiving is to wake up and watch the Macy's Day Parade and get my holiday TV time before the men folk take it over for football. The Macys Day Parade began in 1924 and still continues to this day. This parade balloon photo from the 1930's is just one of quite a few which can be found on a wonderful blog; Swapatorium 'A Journey Through Junkland'.

Another one of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving is to cook! This year we are spending it with family so I don't have to dress the turkey. I'm bringing a couple of side dishes and a dessert.
Am I the only one who loves cranberry in this family? It appears so. Well then, make mine homemade! This year I've found a fabulous new cranberry recipe which couldn't be easier or more yummy! And to help make my selection easy, we have a Meyer Lemon tree in our backyard. If you've never tasted one I highly suggest trying one. The lemon is on the sweet side, not puckerific like most lemons and has a wonderful aroma to boot!

Cranberry Pomegranate & Meyer Lemon Relish

3 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup pure pomegranate juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh meyer lemon juice
2 Tablespoons grated meyer lemon peel
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Stir everything but the parsley in a large saucepan until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, simmer until berries begin to burst, stirring often about 10 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in parsley. Cover and chill until cold.

Wishing you all a safe wonderful gastronomic Thanksgiving!

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