So what fruits and vegetables does Betty recommend for December?
Cauliflower, cranberries, and avocados!
At first I kind of wondered why cranberries were the December fruit when I really associate them with Thanksgiving in November, but then I read the menu for the December Ladies' Luncheon, and felt a little slow that I hadn't figured it out earlier:
I'm not going to say what the reason is right away so you can figure it out too. So what else can I say about the December Ladies' Luncheon?
- I picked it partly because I like ending full circle. I started the year with a different ladies' luncheon menu. Apparently poultry with dairy was a requirement for these menus, along with a fruity dessert.
- I guess the souffle makes the menu pouffy enough to be sufficiently feminine, and the cranberries are bright enough that cooks won't have to break out the red food coloring so everyone will know it's lady-food.
- I love the late fall/early winter fruit bowl full of pears, apples, grapes, and citrus. It's even in harvest gold!
- The recommendation for serving cranberry ice as an appetizer combines TWO of the produce-of-the-month selections: cranberry ice in avocado shells! Now if we served cranberry Santa in an avocado sleigh on a snowdrift of mashed cauliflower-- it would smell revolting and Santa would melt all over, but we'd hit the trifecta!
And in case you still haven't figured it out-- even with the cranberry's pairing with pistachio ice cream or an avocado shell-- it's December's pick because it works so well in the red-and-green color scheme. I guess cranberry is the flamboyant cousin on the staidly brown Thanksgiving table anyway. Moving it to December so it can really party only makes sense.
So this is it-- goodbye to Betty Crocker's Cooking Calendar, freer of oppressed cranberries and friend to avocados.