It Must be Thanksgiving

Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish should be thick, creamy and shocking pink. Photo Credit: Avie Schneider/NPR

How do I know this? Because this morning an annual tradition occurred on my radio. That’s right  Susan Stamberg clues me in annually, on NPR, that Thanksgiving is upon us when she (and her guests) recite “Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish.” The tradition has been ongoing since before I was born, more than a decade before actually and while the recipe itself sounds awful, even Stamberg admits this, it is something I always look forward to. By the way, the relish doesn’t look so hot either, but Stamberg insists it tastes fantastic.

Each year the flamboyant radio personality (if there can be such a thing) does her best to repackage her annual tradition of passing down Mama Stamberg’s recipe, and she does a stellar job.

From my 2009/2010 postings on the topic:

Each year right around Thanksgiving I somehow manage to be listening to NPR when Mama Stamber’s recipe is featured. And each year it is more delightful in story telling than the year before. Take Susan’s 2008 election year themed recitation for example or the 2007 football fake out. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, reminding me that family goodness is around the corner, not to mention delicious food. Apprehension aside, Thanksgiving is the true kick-off to a spirited month of celebrating with family and friends. When all is said and done, all the hype, late nights wrapping gifts, fighting long lines at the mall and the delicate balancing of your social calendar during the busiest social season of the year, its worth it and you’re left with nothing but happy memories.

Last year I thought Stamberg had all but out-did herself when her annual recitation featured the rap stylings of Coolio. Listen to the “Ghetto Gourmet” Coolio recite Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish Recipe, which Coolio has re-dubbed it Mama Stamberg’s & Coolio’s Wild Cranberry Pink Out.

Not to be out done, and keeping with her constant desire to change things up, this year Mrs. Stamberg’s Relish Goes To Washington, with two former chefs who worked at the world-famous residence located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Pastry chef (and possible French comedian) Roland Mesnier and executive chef Frank Ruta — both of whom have served in the White House almost as long as Stamberg has been sharing her mother-in-law’s relish recipe — help share the ingredients and directions on preparing the Pepto Bismol pink relish.

Time for turkey, almost!

Listen to this year’s report: Mrs. Stamberg’s Relish Goes To Washington

Related: Please Pass the… Jellied Cranberry Sauce (Nov 20, 2010 blog posting on the topic)

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