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Pork Rind Cranberry Sauce–Again!

I’ve posted this story several times and get asked about it every year if I don’t post it on time. So, here it is…..again.

A number of years ago (seems like a couple of years but I think it’s been fifteen), my hair stylist said she was making cranberry sauce for Christmas dinner. She said she had a very unique recipe that involved adding pork rinds. I was startled and said, “Doesn’t that give it an odd texture?” She said no, that it only added to the flavor. We discussed the idea of unusual recipes and I decided I would give Pork Rind Cranberry Sauce a try.

As I was walking out the door I turned to ask her, “How much of the pork rinds do you put into the cranberry sauce?” She said, “Only a fourth of a cup or so. I just get the small bottles of port wine and use about half of a bottle.”

Oops. Port Wine, not Pork Rinds. I never told her about my misunderstanding, but I’m glad I checked again.  Life can be like that!



December 23rd, 2013 Posted by | Life and Work | 4 comments


  1. I laugh at this every year, so don’t stop writing about it. I just now sent it to my mom, because she makes something with port wine…not cranberry sauce though. Merry Christmas, Tina. Love you! D and M.

    Comment by denise k | December 24, 2013

  2. Hello Ms. Tina, Merry Christmas and very happy 2014! I’ve been reading your posts, trying to catch up to date. This one is really funny!

    Comment by Cruzin | December 24, 2013

  3. I have a bunch of examples of recipes I’ve misunderstood, but I usually messed them up first, before I figured out I was mistaken. One time I put four cups of sugar in something that only was supposed to have 1/4 cup! I misread it, so I can’t blame anyone but myself!

    Comment by S.C. | December 24, 2013

  4. So, you haven’t ran away to join the Foreign Legion. Glad to read you again. Your New Year’s resolution should be to write more often. I don’t have anything to read at work when I’m supposed to be working. I remember this story from year’s past and always laugh, but I still think you should try it with pork rinds.

    Comment by smartaleck | December 26, 2013

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