A Perfect Day For Red

I'm really sleepy, so this post is not going to be too long. The Red Sox won!! Before they won in 2004, I had only hoped that I would live to see one championship. Just before I died. That's all I thought I could hope for. Never in a million years did I think I would live to see two. You just never know. It's strange having them winning so much. Nice but strange. Well, being on the T will be so much nicer now. There will be a lot of good vibes spilling over for the next few weeks.

And speaking of red. This post is my entry for the Garden-Cook Event on Paulchen's Blog. This month's theme is cranberries.

Garten-Koch-Event: Cranberries

Quincy is not far from cranberry country. When I was a kid, my parents took me and my brother on a tour. I had planned to drive down and do another tour, take some pictures and get some freshly harvested cranberries. Well, it didn't happen, but I've had cranberries on my mind. When I saw this event, I thought I would be fun to participate. I bought some dried cranberries from the store, which taste really good sprinkled on cereal or mixed in yogurt. I also used them in another recipe that I'll be telling you about within the next week or so.

For this blog event, I wanted to use pumpkin too, so I adapted this recipe called My mother's pumpkin chocolate-chip cookies from The Boston Globe. I used cranberries in place of chocolate-chips and substituted some wheat flour for regular flour.

Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup wheat flour [*correction* It should be 1/3 cup wheat flour.]
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, and pumpkin. Stir in flours, salt, soda, powder and spices. Add cranberries and nuts and stir until combined.

The original recipe is supposed to make about 3 dozen cookies. I was getting ready to watch the Red Sox play tonight before I baked these, so I wanted to finish quickly and just made four large cookies. I'm saving the rest of the cookie dough to bake tomorrow, or whenever I get a chance. I scooped out a 1/4 cup of cookie dough for each cookie and baked for 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven on a cookie sheet.

These cookies are delicious! They are very cakey though and rise a good deal. I may try them with half as much baking powder and soda next time. I usually prefer cookies that are flatter and on the chewier side. Let me know if you try these. Enjoy! And congratulations Red Sox!!!!

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Asha said…
Go Red Sox!:))
Cranberries are a great selection for Nov. Cookies look yum.
Red Cranberries and Red Sox, celebratory cookies!! Ejoy. Happy Monday!:))
Swaruchy said…
Cheers to Red Sox :-))
The cranberries look fresh and thanks for the recipe...sounds interesting...a nice way to celebrate their victory :-)
Tera said…
I love, LOVE cranberries!!!
Suldog said…
I'm surprised there's never been some sort of tie-in between the Red Sox and Ocean Spray. They're both so quintessentially New England.

Yay Sox!!!
Lisa Johnson said…
asha - Thanks! Happy Monday to you too!

sirisha kilambi - I just made a correction to the recipe. I finished baking the rest of the cookies and realized the mistake! ; )

tera - Me too! ; )

I hope that all those people who don't like chocolate like this recipe. That's you Aviana!! ; )

suldog - Arrrgh!! I'm not surprised. Sorry to growl. I cannot believe you said that brand name. I was trying really hard not to vent about them in this post. I actually contacted them about a bog tour. I was directed elsewhere as the tour was only for media. I guess they don't take food bloggers seriously. Notice that my link to cranberry country was not to them.
starry said…
I love cranberries too. I am happy the red sox won,even though I am here in california.
jac said…
I am going hate you for making my mouth so watery . LOL
starry said…
You have been given an award.please check my blog.
amisha said…
hey there. sorry i haven't been commenting as much as usual... trying to catch up over here (story of my life these days!!) but i have been missing my visits here...
these new cookies sound so good... perfect for turkey day! i adore cranberries and really want to try making my own sauce this year.
Cynthia said…
Yayyyy! The Red Sox won!

That's a nice combo, Anali - pumpkin & cranberry.
Mizrepresent said…
OMG, they look wonderful, and soft and chewy...there you go again making me hungry.

btw, you have been tagged, check out my blog.
Lisa Johnson said…
starry nights - Thanks for the award! I'll get it soon! ; )

jac - Don't be a hater! ; )

amisha - I can imagine things are very hectic. Mid-terms must be coming up soon and I cannot believe how quickly Thanksgiving is sneaking up on us!

cynthia - I'm now searching for a World Series sweatshirt. I liked the fall combo. I'm not into the cold weather, but the fall flavors are kind of nice.

mizrepresent - I've been eating them all myself! That was not my intention. I just found myself not bringing them to anyone else! It may take me a bit to get to the tag, but I'll definitely get to it. : )
Lotus Reads said…
I thought so much of you, Anali, when I read the Red Sox had won! Boston must be celebrating hard! :)
Lisa Johnson said…
lotus reads - Thank you! I think most of the celebrating is over at this point. Everyone was sleep deprived!
Thanks for joining the Garden Cook Event!
The round up (http://foodblog.paulchens.org/?p=1063) is online now and please don't forget to vote (http://foodblog.paulchens.org/?p=1062) for your favourite entry!

Lisa Johnson said…
astrid, kashim & othello - Welcome Astrid! You're welcome and thanks for letting me know. I'll get there in just a bit!

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