Thursday, November 27, 2008


I get very sentimental and irony-free on Thanksgiving. I say uncool things like: I'm so grateful for everything little thing in my life. And I'm thankful for living in a country that is made up of such generous and wonderful people. Not being a natural born American, Thanksgiving was something I came to later than sooner, but I have embraced it with the zeal of a convert.
I don't get those people who harrumph about the Holidays, especially Thanksgiving. What's not to like? It's a uniting national holiday that cuts across religious divisions and political orientation. It celebrates the bounty that is in our lives, and asks us to examine the little (and big) blessings that fill our days and often go unnoticed and unappreciated. And there's some really good eating involved- sounds like a winner to me!

Cranberry Chutney
In a med. saucepan combine 1 c. water and 3/4 c. sugar, bring to a boil. Add 2 c. fresh cranberries, 2 cored, peeled, and diced apples, 3/4 c. apple cider vinegar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, mix and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 15 minutes. Serve at room temperature.


Alexa said...

Hi Rachel,
I am like you: Thanksgiving takes on a special meaning for me, perhaps because I've earned my citizenship or simply because it is all about generosity. I didn't know that you weren't born here. Where were you from originally-- If you don't mind me asking?

rachel said...

Hey Alexa,
Thanks for your feedback. I'm from Sydney, Australia. I was born there and went back for middle school and highschool. Great place! I highly recommend visiting.

Apples and Butter said...

I love your thoughts on Thanksgiving. It's such a great holiday. Wish I'd found your chutney recipe before the holiday. Next year!