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Holiday Cranberry Salsa

YOU GUYS. I just watched the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show online. It was like torture. Except torture isn’t the right word. Why? Because I’m pregnant. I mean, before I was pregnant, there’s no way I could ever look like them, but now that I am ‘with child’….puh-lease. There is NO hope. Absolutely no hope. Maybe I’ll watch it for motivation once I’m ready to get back into shape post baby OR it’ll just make me thoroughly depressed. Either way I’ll keep you posted. You’re welcome.

On a side note–Justin Bieber performed at the show. Does that just seem wrong to anyone else? What is he? Like….13?! And a foot shorter than all the models…that make me chuckle. Just sayin’.

Those paragraphs had nothing to do with this post. Excuse this pregnant hormonal lady. MOVING ON…

So, this salsa is weirdly wonderful. Sweet, but a little spicy. Juicy and salty with a little crunch. And super festive. Throw this out at a party and people will try it and then not be able to stop eating it. Why do I know this? Because it’s exactly what happened at Thanksgiving this year with my family. I got a lot of “what is this?” and then a lot of “wow, this is good!

Umm, hello! Of course it’s good :) Who do you think I am?

Anyways, this is the bomb and takes no time at all to whip up…especially if you have a food processor! Here’s how you do it:

Start by chopping up some onion, pineapple and pomegranate arils. Why do I chop them? Putting onion and pineapple in the food processor means a stronger and watery salsa. If that’s what you want to go for, by all means–throw everything in. Totally up to you. Whatevs.

Now, we’ll throw a few fresh cranberries and a big bunch of cilantro into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until it’s the size you want. I went pretty fine….because I like pressing buttons. Not even kidding.

So, once that’s all done, pour it into the bowl with the rest of the ingredients and stir.

Squeeze in the juice of an orange along with some salt and pepper. That’s it! Serve with chips and enjoy! Mmmmm…..

Now, time for a giveaway!

Well, my wonderful new friends at Cuisinart want you to own one of their awesome 12-Cup Elite Collection Food Processors. I’ve been playing and experimenting like crazy with my Cuisinart and have fallen in love with it!

Why I love Cuisinart:
-It comes with a small bowl and a large bowl so depending on how much you want to shred or chop, you can in a small or big bowl–> love that!
-You can be done chopping something in literally 20 seconds. This recipe I’m sharing with you today is crazy fast because I used my Cuisinart.
-My Mom has owned her Cuisinart Food Processor for as long as I can remember and still uses it weekly and it runs great! Her favorite thing to do is buy huge blocks of cheese on the cheap, shred them and freezes them in small portions that she can pull out any time. Grating is a BREEZE!
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RULES: Contest only open to US Residents only {sorry international friends!}. Winner will be chosen at random and contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. All opinions expressed here are my own…as always.

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Holiday Cranberry Salsa

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups cranberries, washed and stems picked out
1 bunch cilantro, washed
2 cups pomegranate arils
2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
juice of 1 orange
salt and pepper, to taste
1 jalapeño, chopped {optional}

Directions:

In the bowl of a food processor, measure out cranberries and tear up cilantro leaves, removing the stems. Pulse until chopped, or desired consistency is reached. Pour into a large bowl and stir with remaining ingredients. Stir and refrigerate until ready to serve. Spoon into large bowl and serve with tortilla chips.

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  2. Love that you feel like that about Bieber. I can’t stand him!

    This salsa is also so great and festive.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I am desperately in need of a new food processor!

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  6. The recipe looks delicious….& thanks for another giveaway!

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    Great giveaway and interesting combo with the salsa! Might have to give that a try :)

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  10. I’m with ya girl about the Victoria’s Secret models… The best part was when they were all talking about how difficult dating is … Give me a break! :o)
    Love your recipes! You rock!!!!!!
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  13. I get your emails, lovely recipe using fruits of the season!

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  14. Looks yummy!!! love the mixer :)

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  18. This recipe looks delish!

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  19. This sounds so good. I actually like that you didn’t blitz everything- I’m totally a texture person and I bet it’s awesome with all the ingredients in varied sizes and shapes!

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  20. I watched the VS show as well – kind of make me just want to eat more cookies, because i will never look like that so why try!
    Yeah, not sure why Bieber preformed, he is like 13, and so wrong to check out the models the whole time!
    And Bruno Mars is like 5′ 4″, and just looked tiny! Although, at least he is an adult!

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    • Kellie — December 6th, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

      Actually Bieber is 18 lol. I would MUCH rather watch Bruno Mars though…he is a shrimp like me…but he is taller than me LOL

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  25. Thanks for the opportunity to win a food processor. I have been actively looking for one so this would be perfect!! Happy Holidays and the best of luck everyone!

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  26. OMG….my teenage son made me watch the VS fashion show! After two kids there is no way possible for my body but I did find the whole thing entertaining! Especially watching the 10 year old Bieber singing to the girls who were all easily a foot taller than him! LOL

    Love the recipe…such a fabulous idea for the holidays. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Lauren — December 8th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      OMG! YES! He is seriously so itty bitty!

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  29. I receive your emails. This looks so fresh and light. Yum.

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  31. So there I was pulsing almonds last night when my food processor DIED. Kaput. Will never work again (it was 15 years old after all). Fast forward to this morning when I open my email… HELLO Cuisinart giveaway. OK, so we Canadian folk don’t qualify but that didn’t stop me from heading over to the Cuisinart website and checking out this beauty. I do believe I’m in love.

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  33. I love mango salsa, this looks amazing! I’m an email subscriber 😀

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  35. OMG, Bieber on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show was so weird! Especially since he kept checking out the models’ booties! Come on Biebs!

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  37. Yum :) Love any salsa with pineapple in it!

    Subscriber and yay for food processors! Haha :)

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  40. This salsa looks awesome! How many pomegranates did you use to get 2 cups of arils?

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  43. I like the salsa recipe – festive and original!

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  47. I had this a couple years ago and have been dying for the recipe. Thank you!

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