November 22, 2012

National Cranberry Relish Day

"I was never unusually squeamish; I could sometimes eat a fried rat with a good relish, if it was necessary." - Henry David Thoreau

It's National Cranberry Relish Day!

Sponsored bySahale Snacks

Admit it: as a kid you were completely enamored with cranberry sauce... both the deep, crimson hue and the perfectly circular, ridged slabs were absolutely mesmerizing especially against the earthen tones and misshapen spoonfuls of other Thanksgiving dishes. And if you're like me, you're probably still besotted (in England I lived off baguettes filled with brie and cranberry relish).

What a more perfect food to celebrate today (on actual Thanksgiving day) than the humble cranberry, which was one of three fruits native to North America (the blueberry and the Concord grape are the other two). The Algonquin Indians - the first to harvest cranberries - used them for food, medicine (cranberries are awesome for bladder infections, heart health, and ulcers just to name a few), dye, and even as a symbol of peace.

Cranberry sauce/relish is very easy to make. And the leftovers are AWESOME in a grilled peanut butter sandwich... seriously. If you're heading off to your first Thanksgiving as a contributing adult or were just lucky enough to have not drawn the short straw for "turkey prep" this year at your family's megafeast, making a cranberry relish from scratch is a great first dish to make.

To jazz it up and really impress your family (unless you're into the canned, jellied goo... no judgement here, friends) try topping it with something like a nut. Today I'm using Sahale Snacks "Almonds with Cranberries, Honey, and Sea Salt," because who doesn't like a little cranberry with their cranberry?! These nuts are irresistibly good. They're meaty with a sweet glaze and a salty finish (two flavors that always belong together, in my opinion). There hasn't been a Sahale product that I haven't loved yet - they're a company that really understands flavor and texture profiles!

Sahale Snacks is a company that's passionate about their products, their people, their customers, and the communities they live in. They operate on three basic principles: 1. Snack better ("make incredibly great tasting and healthy snack foods for busy people"), 2. Work better ("create a positive workplace where diverse and motivated employees feel energized and rewarded"), 3. Live better ("build a principled and financially successful company that embraces the differences in people while promoting a shared culture of living well and doing good."

Living well and doing good? Isn't that what the pilgrims essentially had at heart when they came here to start over again? I think, yes.

Happy National Cranberry Relish Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.