Fresh Cranberry Beans with Olive Oil & Garlic

1 lb fresh cranberry beans, shelled (about 1 1/2 cups)
6 whole garlic cloves, peeled
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, to taste
1/2 tsp. fresh thyme
2 cups water
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. salt, to taste

Cook garlic in olive oil over medium heat, tilting the pan so the oil is deep enough to cook the garlic evenly. When garlic starts to turn slightly golden, add red pepper flakes and thyme; cook another 2-3 minutes, until golden. Add shelled beans, mixing well to coat evenly, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add water, bay leaves, and salt. Boil about 5 minutes uncovered, then turn down the heat, cover, and simmer until beans are tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Serve over rice or with nice crusty bread.

From Locally Famous Cook Colleen Smith, who plans to try it again this week with fresh black beans. She found it at May I Have That Recipe

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Beyond cranberry sauce

Tradition dictates that this is when I should post a recipe for cranberry sauce, but since the internet already has approximately two cranberry sauce recipes per sauce-eating adult on the entire planet, I’ll just say that there’s no reason to eat the canned stuff if you’ve got a source of good cranberries since it’s about as difficult to make as chocolate milk, but start with no more than half the sugar or other sweetener in the recipe and work up.

Instead, here are a couple of intriguing recipes from Olympia’s Bloom Creek Cranberries, who plan to be at the Olympia Farmer’s Market at least through the next couple of weeks.
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Kathy’s cranberry fudge

1 1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (1 bag Bloom Creek cranberries)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Boil cranberries and corn syrup on high 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 3 Tbsp. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Add remaining ingredients and stir vigorously until thick and glossy. Pour into a plastic-lined 8×8-inch pan, cover, and chill until firm.
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Felix’s cranberry pork chops

Mix equal parts cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce. Spoon over pork chops and bake at 350F until done.

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