Sunday, November 18, 2007

cranberry sauce

WASHINGTON: A new study has found that cranberry sauce might help in fighting E. coli bacteria, which are responsible for a host of human illnesses.

The study, conducted by Terri Camesano, associate professor of chemical engineering at WPI, and team that includes graduate students Yatao Liu and Paola Pinzon-Arango, found that compounds in cranberries were responsible for making cranberry sauce a possible antibacterial agent.

In the study, the team used atomic force microscope and other sophisticated tools to examine how a group of tannins, called proanthocyanidins or PACs found primarily in cranberries, interacted with bacteria at the molecular level.

The analysis found that the compounds prevented E. coli from adhering to cells in the body, which is a necessary first step in infections, in several ways, which includes- the chemical changes caused by cranberry juice creates an energy barrier that keeps the bacteria from getting close to the urinary tract lining.

The direct measurements showed that the adhesive forces between E. coli and cells of the urinary tract were greatly reduced when at least a 5 percent solution of cranberry juice cocktail is present.

Also the study found that E. coli grown in cranberry juice or the isolated PACs were unable to form biofilms, which are clusters containing high concentrations of bacteria required for infections to develop.

Camesano said that the finding indicated that the benefits of cranberry juice would increase its consumption, which is good.

The study is issued in FAV Health 2007 and in AgroFOOD industry hi-tech. Don't feel like cooking a big turkey dinner? Many area restaurants are set to serve Thanksgiving dinner for you with all the traditional dishes from roasted turkey to stuffing to pumpkin pie.

Some of the restaurants listed also offer Thanksgiving to go.


Be certain to check the hours of serving, as some restaurants have specific seating times. Most require reservations and most prices do not include tax and gratuity.

Here is a sampling of what's being offered at area restaurants.

The Brookshire Restaurant: Four-course menu including turkey with sage and onion stuffing, Camembert gravy and apricot compote; Atlantic salmon with sautéed spinach, garlic creamed potatoes and spicy tomato chutney and asparagus; prime rib with rosemary au jus, creamy horseradish sauce and Yorkshire pudding. Young children's menu available. Noon-7 p.m. 600 E. University, Rochester. 248-453-8732. $42, $21 ages 5-12.

Diamond Center: Roasted turkey with giblet gravy, herb dressing, honey-glazed ham, roasted sirloin au jus, mashed potatoes and candied yams. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 46100 Grand River, Novi. 248-348-5600. $22.95, $18.95 seniors, $12.95 ages 5-12, younger than 4 free.

Dimitri's on the Avenue: Roasted turkey and trimmings, smoked Virginia ham, mostaccioli with marinara, salads and desserts. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 14316 Michigan, Dearborn. 313-584-1515. $12.95, $7.95 ages 2-10.

Elite Kosher Catering Inc.: Thanksgiving to-go, all items are certified kosher. Non-diary (lactose free) and gluten-free items available. Place order Friday. Order ready for pickup 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 21. 6800 Drake, West Bloomfield. 248-592-0200. Single dinner packages start at $19.95. Family turkey dinner packages start at $69.95, plus side dishes.

Forté, a Birmingham Restaurant: Classic Caesar or Woodward salad, choice of whitefish, short ribs or turkey dinner, along with pumpkin cheesecake or apple pie. 2, 4 and 6 p.m. seatings. 201 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham. 248-594-7300. $29.95, ages 12 and under $15.95.

G. Subu's Leather Bottle: Thanksgiving fare, noon-5 p.m. 20300 Farmington, Livonia. 248-474-2420. $15.95, ages 8 and under $9.95.

The Gatehouse Grille: Oven-roasted turkey, beef sirloin with mushroom bordelaise, baked ham, baked chicken, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 4161 N. Adams, Rochester Hills. 248-608-7830. $25, ages 13 and younger $12, ages 5 and younger free. Carryout on pre-order basis $30 per person. Order by Mon.

Gino's Surf Banquet Center: Buffet, roast turkey, homemade stuffing, candied yams, bread pudding, baked cod, creamy whipped potatoes and more. Turkey to go also available. Reservations required. Noon-4 p.m. 37400 Jefferson, Harrison Twp. 586-468-2611. $18.95 adults, ages 4-10 $8.95.

Lazybones Smokehouse: Thanksgiving-to-go, dinner (serves 8-10) made from scratch Thanksgiving morning. Applewood smoked turkey or deep-fried Cajun turkey, smokehouse slaw, ambrosia salad, bread stuffing, cheddar creamed corn, green bean casserole, cranberry-orange relish, cornbread, pumpkin pie. Pick up orders between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thanksgiving. 27475 Groesbeck, Roseville. 866-671-0221. $99.99 if ordered by Mon., $109.99 after Mon.

Lily's Seafood: Southern deep-fried turkey, honey-cured Virginia ham, house-smoked salmon, oyster cornbread stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce and dessert buffet. Served family style. Noon-8 p.m. 410 S. Washington, Royal Oak. 248-591-5459. $19.95, ages 6-12 $9.95, 5 and younger free.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, caramel sweet potatoes, cranberry relish and pumpkin pie. Regular menu and carryout packages available. Noon-9 p.m. 2850 Coolidge Hwy., Troy. 248-637-7508. $21.95, younger than 12 $12.95.

Meriwether's: Traditional Thanksgiving fare. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 25485 Telegraph, Southfield. 248-358-1310. $19.99, ages 10 and younger $9.99.

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino: Wolfgang Puck Grille Thanksgiving dinner features a la carte dinner menu items plus specials of butternut squash soup with apple compote and cardamom crème fraîche, roasted turkey plate with sage stuffing, garlic potato purée and giblet gravy; and pumpkin cheesecake with gingerbread and citrus-cranberry relish, 3:30-9 p.m. 1777 Third St., Detroit. 877-888-2121. Prices vary.

MotorCity Casino: 2901 Grand River & Lodge Freeway, Detroit. 313-237-7711.

• Thanksgiving buffet, Iridescence restaurant, assorted holiday salads, seafood raw bar, carving station with turkey and baked ham, bread stuffing, candied yams and assorted holiday desserts. Noon-midnight. $21.

• Thanksgiving dinner, Iridescence restaurant, three-course menu. Squash soup with chestnut purée, smoked turkey breast with leg confit, pumpernickel and cranberry bread pudding and pumpkin cheesecake, 5-11 p.m. $36.

New Seoul Garden Restaurant: Thanksgiving Korean style, traditional Korean/Japanese cuisine, noon-10 p.m. 27566 Northwestern, Southfield. 248-827-1600. $10-$20.

The Oak Room Grille: Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, noon-8 p.m. 7200 S. River, Marine City. 810-765-3210. $14.95, 10 and younger $5.95, prime rib $17.95, jumbo shrimp dinner $15.95, assorted desserts $3.95.

One Under Banquet Facility: Cold salads, cranberry relish, carved oven-roasted turkey, sliced honey-baked glazed ham, butternut squash and ravioli with pesto cream sauce. 11 a.m. 35780 Five Mile, Livonia. 734-464-5555. $16.95, $15.95 seniors, ages 5-10 $8.95, 4 and younger free.

Prime Time Restaurant: Roast turkey, soup and salad, fresh vegetables or potato, home-baked bread. Steaks and seafood will also be offered separately. 1:30-8 p.m. 28001 Harper, St. Clair Shores. 586-777-5000. $13.95, $7.95 children.

The Rhapsody: Turkey and traditional trimmings. Additional menu items also available. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 14315 Northline, Southgate. 734-283-9622. $13.95, $4.95 children.

Ritz-Carlton: Thanksgiving buffet/dinner, traditional Thanksgiving fare at the Plaza in the afternoon, a la carte menu (priced separately) at the Grill restaurant in the evening. 1-2:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Nov. 22. 300 Town Center, Dearborn. 313-441-2000. $65, $30 children.

Royal Park Hotel: Dinner buffet, menu items: Salads, seafood, pasta station, warm breads and rolls, carving stations and hot food tables featuring herb-roasted turkey, roast prime sirloin, fresh tandoori-roasted Atlantic salmon and desserts. Traditional Thanksgiving menu items and children's buffet also available. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 600 E. University, Rochester. 248-652-2600. Buffet: $45, ages 5-12 $22.50.

Rugby Grille: Four-course meal including pan-seared Norwegian salmon, applewood-smoked prime rib or roast turkey with all the trimmings. Noon. 100 Townsend, Birmingham. 248-642-5999. $68 for roast turkey, $72 Norwegian salmon, $75 prime rib.

Seldom Blues: Thanksgiving brunch buffet with breakfast bar with eggs, sausage, gravy and biscuits, bacon and waffle station. Fresh fruit and cheese bar, carving station with herb-crusted prime rib au jus and roasted turkey with cranberry sauce and gravy. Buffet items are honey-baked ham, sourdough stuffing, bread pudding and glazed brussels sprouts. Chilled seafood bar and assorted desserts. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit. 313-567-8734. $46, ages 5-12 $23.

Sportsmen's Den Restaurant and Lounge: Thanksgiving buffet with roast turkey and stuffing, honey-glazed ham, rosemary chicken, mostaccolli with meat sauce, side dishes, salad and cole slaw and pumpkin pie. A limited dinner menu will be offered. Noon-6 p.m. 15001 Sibley, Riverview. 734-479-4800. $13.95, ages 3-10 $7.95.

Steak and Ale Restaurant: Traditional turkey dinner with salad bar, soups and desserts. 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. 40347 Ann Arbor E, Plymouth. 734-453-8080. $16.99, $6.99 for children. Prime rib, $21.99.

Tribute Restaurant: Dinner includes roast turkey with traditional accompaniments, pan-seared black cod and jumbo asparagus, king crab cake, tomato fondue, yellow tomato Béarnaise grilled beef tenderloin, potato gratin. 1 and 4 p.m. seatings. 31425 W. Twelve Mile, Farmington Hills. 248-848-9393. $75 per person. Children accommodated upon request.

Vintage House: Roasted turkey breast, roast Angus sirloin, ham, stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, imported cheese and crackers, desserts table and cash bar. Reservations recommended. 1 p.m. 31816 Utica, Fraser. 586-415-5678. $17.95, ages 10 and younger $9.95.

Waves: Buffet: Harvest butternut squash soup, salads, turkey with stuffing and giblet gravy, chef-carved prime rib or beef, Parmesan-crusted chicken breast, wild mushroom risotto, shrimp and scallop primavera, roasted wild salmon with creamy horseradish lentils, mashed Yukon gold potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie. Reservations recommended. Noon-7 p.m. 24223 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores. 586-773-3279. $18.99, ages 5-10 $7.99, 4 and younger free Cranberry sauce
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Cranberry sauce is a sauce or relish made out of cranberries, most commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner in North America. There are differences in flavor depending on the geography of where the sauce is made: in Europe it is generally slightly sour-tasting, while in North America it is sweetened.

The most basic and simple cranberry sauce consists of cranberries boiled in sugar water until the berries' skins pop and the mixture thickens. Some recipes include other ingredients such as orange juice or zest and flavorings such as cinnamon.

Cranberry sauce is often eaten as food in conjunction with turkey for Christmas or Thanksgiving in the US and Canada, and it is only rarely eaten or served in other contexts. Despite being called a sauce, cranberry sauce is most often consumed as a food itself, not as a garnish for other food items.

Commercial cranberry sauce may be condensed or jellied and thus shaped like a cylinder due to the shape of steel cans that often contain the sauce, or it may be loose and uncondensed. Some commercial brands of cranberry sauce may not be appropriate for vegetarians as they may contain gelatin.

[edit] Trivia
At the end of the song Strawberry Fields Forever, singer John Lennon can be heard repeating a phrase which, to many listeners, sounds like "I buried Paul". In fact, close listening of studio tapes (released unauthorized by former manager Neil Aspinall) reveals he actually says Cranberry Sauce. Lennon confirmed this in a 1980 interview, stating it was a kind of "icing on the cake" of the weirdness of the song, where anything he might have imagined saying would have been appropriate, and had no special meaning.

Comedian Neil Hamburger, performing to hostile crowds on Tenacious D's 2006 world tour, would not leave the stage of large venues such as Madison Square Garden until he had gotten the entire audience to chant the phrase cranberry sauce several times.

Cranberry Sauce is essential for the turkey-stuffing-cranberry Pilgrim sandwich popular in New England.


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