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November FLAVORS: Cranberry-Orange Relish

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration. 

This month I’m featuring the story and recipe of artist Gretha Linwood. I told her that I wanted to use cranberries and oranges, but she could come up with any recipe she likes. And she did…for the holidays!

Here’s the still life. I like the cranberries and orange but it needed something “green”…

Cranberry-Orange Relish, 12″x 12″x 1″, acrylic on cradled panel, $285 © Annie Salness

…so I added some “green” from our jasmine plant.

from the 2018 Flavors calendar…

My sister makes this recipe for our family’s Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, she is “required” to bring it every year! It’s from the Everett Herald November 19, 1989 issue. I have a sneaking suspicion that since she has sent the recipe to me, my sister will expect me to share in the duty of bringing it to the family table.

—Gretha Linwood

 Cranberry-Orange Relish

1 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped in food processor

1 whole seedless orange, with peel, finely chopped in food processor

1/3 c. orange brandy (my sis uses Grand Marnier)

1/2 c. water

1 c. sugar

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp. ground cloves

Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Chill and serve as side dish. Makes about 3 cups.

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Gretha has been my friend since 2009. We were in a co-op gallery together and she visited me in the hospital after my stroke. She does beautiful plein air pastel paintings.

15×18 pastel painting of a stream in the high desert near the town of Diamond, Oregon, clear blue sky, grasses and shrubs

18”x12” plein air pastel paint at Sauvie Island, Wildlife Refuge, Oregon, clouds, distant trees and hills

Here is the lovely Gretha. We often meet up at the athletic club and take laps around the track and talk art!

Seen more of her beautiful work here.

Annie Salness Artist

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