Wednesdays Unplugged – Alphie’s Cranberry Salad



"Whenever you see darkness, there is extraordinary opportunity for the light to burn brighter." ~ Bono


NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!


After nearly a week in sunny San Diego for the National Realtor Convention, the cool and dark was a reminder that winter is coming… and the Paris terrorist attacks were a reminder that I was also traveling on 9/11. Our youngest granddaughter has become a game lover… and the rest of our family of game lovers is happy to comply… Clue was the game of the week.


It's hard to believe next week is already Thanksgiving, and it got me waxing nostalgic. I remembered a cranberry salad that my mother often made for Thanksgiving which involved grinding cranberries in a food grinder. I never really cared for it… I was the odd kid who didn't love whipped cream and marshmallows, but I thought it might be fun to pull it out and try it this year… figure I can 'grind' the cranberries in the Cuisinart. The recipe came from the 1963 Calvary Cookbook of Calvary Lutheran Church Women of Grand Forks, ND but I expect she was making it before it hit the cookbook. You can tell it is an old recipe when can size is 'Number 2' rather than ounces. This is more likely to be considered a dessert than a salad these days. (NOTE: my cousin's husband contacted me after publishing this and she he remembered his wife making this salad with the addition of walnuts… as soon as I heard that I remembered my mother did the same and added them below!)


  • 1 pound cranberries, ground
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 bag miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 pint whipping cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

Grind cranberries, add sugar and chill for several hours. Add pineapple, marshmallows and whipped cream. Chill in a bowl.

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Email - Minneapolis Realtor Who Cooks


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