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Cranberry & Brie Puffs

These easy, festive puff pastry bundles of brie and cranberry sauce (or raspberry jam, or fig preserves) are delightful party appetizers.

Yield: 12 puffs Total time: 35 minutes

Mom’s Cranberry-Avocado Salsa

Salsa is standard party fare, but this fresh, holiday-themed version with chopped jalapeño, red onion, avocado, cranberries, and cilantro is a delightful surprise. It went quickly when mom took it to a recent holiday get-together.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut squash is one of my favorite foods, and I love any opportunity to make it the star of a meal. For this dish, roast diced butternut squash with maple syrup and dried cranberries, and then dress it with a mixture of apple cider vinegar, shallots, and Dijon mustard. Combine with arugula, walnuts, and Parmesan cheese.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Curried Chicken Salad

Chop chicken (grab a rotisserie chicken at the market), grapes, apples, and pineapple. Add shredded carrots, curry powder, and toasted almonds for a truly special chicken salad. Serve on wheat bread, with crackers, or in pita pockets.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Cranberry-Spinach Salad

An easy salad of spinach, dried cranberries, and mandarine oranges.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 15 minutes

Jeanne-Marie’s Stuffed Pork Chops

These chops are smothered in a mixture of bacon, onions, apples, and cranberry sauce, and then baked.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 2 hours

Cranberry Pie

This double-crust pie is filled with cranberries, sugar, orange zest, and orange juice. I made this pie one Christmas intending to take it to the family celebration, but found out too late that there were already a lot of pies on the menu. I froze it and served it for Valentine’s Day instead. Even having been frozen, it was still amazing.

Yield: 8 servings Total time: 3 hours

Spiced Cranberry Sauce

Don’t work hard to create the perfect holiday dinner and then un-can a jelly loaf of cranberry sauce to serve with it. This recipe made from fresh cranberries and spiced with cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg is the real thing.

Yield: 10 servings Total time: 1 hour

Dried Cranberry Coffee Cake

I’m not a fan of raisins, so I often substitute dried cranberries for them in recipes. This coffee cake is especially good.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Cranberry Margaritas

This frozen margarita with cranberry juice, frozen cranberries, lime juice, and Grand Marnier is tart and refreshing.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 10 minutes