I love cranberries. I drink straight cran juice frequently, causing old roommates to think I always had a urinary tract infection*. Previous to college, I had never had cranberry anything, I don’t think. We didn’t have traditional side dishes with Thanksgiving, and so the only “cranberry sauce” I have ever seen was that on tv which came out of cans. I did not understand how anyone could like this, and I have never been a fan of the gelatinous, so I never sook out cranberry anything.
Then one day in my college cafeteria I had cranberry juice. I love everything sour so it was love at first sip. I still do not understand why you would combine cranberries and meat (except for maybe sauerbraten), or why you would sweeten tasty tasty cranberries to the extent that is in most cran-sauce, but I am excited to see them in stores. And I am super excited to have a lot of cranberry mimosas on Thanksgiving. Num! The only cran-jelly I’d be into is cranberry jello shots, however, Thanksgiving doesn’t lend itself to crazy parties in my experience.
*Maybe TMI, but I have never had a UTI, mayhaps due to this cran-love?