AIMEE'S CRANBERRY SALAD

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This is one of those wonderful, "hand-me-down" recipes.  My precious Aunt Earlene gave this recipe to me, and she learned it from her mother; my Mamaw Jackson.  (My Great-Grandmother).  I wrote it down one day while we were on the phone, exactly as Aunt Earlene told me, but this year I lightened it up, quite a bit.  This is so wonderful and is great for Thanksgiving, because it really feeds a crowd!

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries; (use the whole bag, actually)
  • 2 packages of red jello; raspberry, strawberry or cherry
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup Cava (I used Freixenet Cordon Negro)
  • 3/4 cup sugar (instead of 2 cups)
  • make jello with the sugar, following package directions
  • 2 oranges, cut into pieces
  • 2 apples cubed
  • small can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup of pecans 

Pulse cranberries in the food processor.  Dissolve jello in hot water, then add sugar.  Mix all ingredients together and let it congeal in the refrigerator.