Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cemetery and Cranberries

I must have passed this old church hundreds of times but never thought of it as a photo op

nice shadow and the sky really is that blue
It is Bethel United Methodist Church located in the Tottenville community of Staten Island, NY.  There is a small cemetery with tombstones dated in the 1800's and some earlier.

This tombstone is lying down flat and sideways.

This headless statue caught my eye.  There has to be a story behind this!

This sign also caught my eye

Unfortunately, I was not permitted to take photos inside.  People were enjoying a roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings prepared by the ladies' auxiliary.  They also sell baked goods, preserves (all edibles made with cranberries), crafts, children's toys and Christmas items.

The coordinators of the festival go to a cranberry bog in New Jersey to buy the berries.  They sell them  1 lb/$2.  I bought two pounds.  I also bought these sugar-free cranberry orange muffins.  Not bad with a cup of tea.

Angel of Hospitality
My favorite side dish - cranberry sauce - can be made ahead, it only gets more flavorful sitting in the fridge.  This recipe is a compilation of different add-ins and flavors I have experimented with over the years.  The addition of the apple turns it into a jelly rather than a sauce, so either add it right before serving or omit.

My Favorite Cranberry Sauce

1 pound fresh cranberries, washed
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
juice and zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
2-3 whole cloves, stick them on a large strip of peel so easy to remove later
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped (optional)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, Triple Sec or Chambord (optional)

Place the cranberries, sugar, juices and zest, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and cloves in a pot, bring to a boil.  If necessary, add up to 1/3 cup water (I did not).  

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer 10-15 minutes.  Most cranberries will pop , some won't.  Remove from heat and when cool, stir in walnuts, apple (it will firm up from the pectin), and liqueur if using.  

Keep in the fridge in a glass bowl, covered.  This will be transferred to my turkey compote dish, photos later.

I will be joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday's Letter C, Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday, 2805 for Potpourri Friday, and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.



  1. Che bel postoBarbara!Mi scriverò la tua salsa di mirtilli perchè non conosco questa ricetta!Un bacione,Rosetta

  2. LOL at cemeteries and cranberries in the same post - nice!
    xo Cathy

  3. It's amazing how we go about our everyday lives and don't take that second look at places and things that seem so ordinary. The shadow on the church and that blue sky were captured so beautifully.
    The cranberry sauce looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. What a very fun C post! I love cranberries and just might have to try your recipe. hugs, Linda

  5. The festival sounds like fun and cranberry sauce looks great Barbara! I love the tip about sticking the cloves in the orange peel-enjoy:@)

  6. Loved your C post! I really enjoy walking through old cemeteries and it's just about time for cranberry sauce! Your recipe looks delicious.

  7. Homemade cranberry sauce is awesome!

  8. Well, your post title certainly caught my attention! I love old cemeteries. There is just such a bittersweet beauty about them. I make my cranberry sauce just like you - isn't it gorgeous?

  9. Cranberry Sauce: brought to you by the letter "C"! Yay! It sounds yummy -- I've clipped and saved it!! I enjoyed your tour about town today; thank you for sharing. And if you ever do find out the story behind the headless statue, I'd love to hear it! Hugs! :)

  10. I used to take photos in old cemeteries too I think they are interesting. That cranberry recipe looks delicious.

  11. I've always been drawn in by old cemeteries...just something mystical about them.

    And thanks for the recipe. Sounds yummy! :)

  12. I would have enjoyed walking around that church cemetery. I love old cemeteries and could stay for hours.

  13. I like the old cemeteries, too. How fun to go to a cranberry festival! Your sauce looks yummy.

    Thanks for your sweet comments on my Christmas post :)


  14. I wish I knew the story behind that interesting headstne, too, Barbara!

    The cranberry festival sounds like a fun event. I like to make cranberry chutney, but my kids always liked the canned jelly style sauce the best! ugh!

  15. That is quite the combination. I love cemeteries~the older ones have such beautiful artwork. That poor statue.


  16. I MUST try that recipe. I have tried a lot of cranberry sauces over the years, but this one sounds very different.

    For some reason, I love to visit historical cemeteries. I am just like you in that I wonder about the stories.

  17. I love the taste of cranberry and make my own cranberry sauce every year!

  18. Hello Barbara:
    Strange as it may seem, we rather enjoy wandering through cemeteries where, combined with a great feeling of peace, there is, more often than not, a sense of history. Here in Budapest we have the most magnificent one which is rather akin to wandering in a very large park. Perfect for autumn colour and wonderful in the snow!

    Your receipt sounds very good indeed.

  19. One of my grandsons and I love the cranberry sauce about as much as the turkey. :))

  20. Your homemade cranberry sauce looks awesome! When we lived near Charleston, SC we used to visit old cemeteries.There are some amazing ones there.

  21. I always have a jar of cranberry sauce in my fridge; really am interested in your version with an appple and nut; thank you.

  22. Dear Barbara,
    Oh,"Cemetery and Cranberries"!!!
    C-post. Things caught your eyes were so intriguing.
    The sugar-free cranberry orange muffins looks so delicious and healthy. And I LOVE the Angel of Hospitality very much, full of warmth in her♡♡♡
    Hoping you are having wonderful week and doing well, my friend xoxo Orchid*

  23. Churches and cemeteries are real peaceful places. Enjoyed your pics from the church.

  24. I'm curious about the statue with the missing head too! I hope it's not missing because of some prank!

    Those cranberries look delicious :) Thanks for sharing the cranberry sauce recipe. I'm still debating if I should make Thanksgiving dinner this year since it's only the 3 of us...

  25. cranberry sauce...the best part of a turkey dinner, if you ask me! And cemeteries...such interesting places...if only the grave markers could talk, no? Wonderful post. Thanks. :)

  26. Your cranberry sauce looks wonderful. I wonder what happen to those grave stones at the cementery.

  27. What a cool slice of Americana. And I love the cemetery. (Don't ask me why, I enjoy visiting them.) They are so peaceful to me...and I like reading the headstones and imagining the people and their lives.


  28. Oh, your cranberry recipe looks good! Enjoyed your post... interesting subject. I guess I better start thinking about my menu for Thanksgiving. We discussed getting a take out meal but I'm leaning towards cooking but not a turkey. Too much for just the two of us.

  29. Your sauce is very simular to mine but I add celery and cherry jello.

    Hope you and your clan have a fantastic Thanksgiving.

    God bless and enjoy this wonderful day!!! :o)

  30. Since I discovered the versatility of cranberries, I've been collecting the recipies: cranapple cobbler, coffee cake with cranberries, cran muffins, etc.
    OF COURSE I'm going to copy yours too (and I'm curious about the turkey compote):):)

  31. Barbars, Beautiful post. We had a Bethel United Methodist Church across the street from my school. Many, many years ago. We had our school pics made on the front steps of the church. Thanks for bring back memories.
    I've got my cranberries, though not as fresh as yours. Your recipe sound good.
    Hava a great one, Ginger

  32. Hi Barbara! Churches, Cemeteries, and Cranberries! Love the "Cs" :)
    I love olden churches and love to stroll through olden graveyards and read the headstones.
    I've never made homemade cranberry sauce, I just go to the store and buy the can!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  33. Walking through an old cemetery enables us to connect with the past and remember those who have gone before...always so sad to see a toppled headstone...those old carvings are so beautiful.

    We eat cranberries throughout the year...never tire of them and love adding even dried ones to a big salad. But the best is the sauce during the holidays!

  34. I've always enjoyed going to cemeteries and taking photos! It really humbles you and makes you think of our history. Great post, my friend! ♥

  35. Hello, Barbara F..

    Awe inspiring your works...

    Thank you for your love and sincerity.
    Have a good day.

    The traditional celebration, with kimono infants.

    Japanese colored leaves, in heartwarming space.

    The prayer for all peace.

    From Japan, ruma ❀

  36. My family always thought I had this goolish fascination for cemetery's because every new town I go looking for them, to walk through...
    I've been in the one you spoke of in Staten Island because we have g-grandparents there...
    Nice post
    Happy Holiday's

  37. Lovely pictures, Barbara! Those muffins look delicious! Have a great weekend!

  38. lovely post and great sause. thank you hugs

  39. Bravo just a really great photo op spot for sure...nicely done...and oh now I need some cranberries!!! Oh yeah!

  40. I love visiting old cemeteries and reading the old headstones. Last summer we visited the cemetery in Beaufort, NC where Blackboard lived for a while. One of his former "wives" is buried there. It's rumored that he murdered her when he tired of her. Another grave was of a little girl who died at sea and was buried in a rum keg. Your post was very interesting!

  41. Hi Barbara, I find cemetaries fascinating. Oh, the stories those old stones would tell, if they could. The cranberry muffins look outstanding. I'm going to make a banana zucchini bread that also contains cranberries soon. I have quite a bit of zucchini in my freezer and need to use it. Have a happy Thanksgiving, Barbara!
    Blessings, Beth

  42. Here in Fishkill there is an old Dutch Reformed Church with headstones in Dutch...from the 1700's..
    by the way, I am hungry as I write this.

  43. I love cranberries, look amazing!! gloria

  44. What a pretty church - and what a great little town.
    There's no substitute for real cranberry sauce!

  45. I would love to know the story behind the statue!

  46. Cranberry sauce recipe printed! Sounds wonderful.

  47. I love visiting you ~ I always enjoy the tours of your little corner of the world. I make fresh cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, but this year I will be using YOUR recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it with us! Have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  48. Very nice! I love visiting old cemeteries. The headless statue is very interesting!

  49. Stunning photos! You do so well with the alphabet my friend. The cranberry sauce is one of my favorites...used to put Amaretto in it. I haven't hosted this meal in awhile but love all the dishes that are usually served.


  50. I'm fascinated by old cemeteries, so I especially enjoyed your photos there. Looking at the tombstones makes you wonder about all the stories that could be told.

  51. Barb, What fun you must have had at the Cranberry Festival! I am so very thankful for the great cranberry recipe! I love love love cranberry sauce! I am absolutely making this recipe for Thanksgiving! Thank you soooo much!
    Happy Thanksgiving, friend!
    xo Yvonne

  52. It's neat how something that you see everyday, has so much interest. There's a lot we take for granted. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

    - The Tablescaper

  53. Those cranberries are really fresh! I make an easy cranberry relish my mom always made. It would really be good with super fresh berries.

  54. A cranberry festival!?!

    Lucky you!

    What fun that would be! And we like that kind of relish, tart and puckery.

    The headless angel really does feel like it has a story to tell, doesn't it?

    I will have that running through my mind all day now I suspect!

    Thanks for a clever link for the letter "C".



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