Weather: -8 degrees, the full moon is about to set over Cook Inlet
What I’m listening to: On This Winter’s Night, Lady Antebellum
Pomegranates have a special place in my memories of childhood in Southern California. There was something so undeniably fun about breaking them open and picking out the sweet, juice-bursting, finger-staining, ruby seeds and eating them one by one. And homemade pomegranate jelly was as commonplace as strawberry jam.
Because of their color (and because they’re in season), I love pomegranates used in holiday preparations – that pop of deep red on the table. They bring texture and sweetness to dishes, both savory and sweet. They’re so good for you, too. This is festive and pretty as a holiday side dish, with warm, complex flavor from the spices and golden raisins, with a distinct brightness from the fresh cilantro.