transfat is man madeYes, this year the news that Trans Fats will soon be banned from foods, hit us this week. What is it and why should we care?

In a word—synthetic. It is a man-made fat that seemed like a good idea when butter was too expensive to put in shelf-stable foods. Now we know that natural fats are definitely better for our hearts, aim to eat 1 gram or less Trans Fat a day! Olive, safflower, nut oil and avocado oils are great, but still 100-120 calories per tablespoon.

Where is Trans Fat found? Many food companies have already changed their recipes to reduce or eliminate it, but still check the ingredient list for the word "Partially hydrogenated". Some margarines, cookies, frozen fried foods and pie crusts may still contain it. Which leads us to the biggest pie eating day of the year-Thanksgiving!

My mom makes a really great apple pie, but the key is that we enjoy small portions of it. We also balance some of our heavier foods with lighter recipes.....which leads us to the recipe for:
Fresh and Zesty Cranberry Relish

1 bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and tossed in a food processor with
1-2 chopped, oranges (de-seeded, but include the juice and rind)
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon really fresh ground cardamom (and more if you like, of course)
Pulse all in the processor until all are finely chopped or minced.
Place in a glass jar a few days before Thanksgiving so the flavor blend.