Vote Spicy Cranberry Sauce

One last post about politics for awhile...

I don't even know how to tell this story because it isn't mine to really tell. Rich is forty six years old and has never voted until this year. Period. Never voted. It's as simple as it sounds. Never voted. Scary, huh? When I met him I was stunned. You could have knocked me over with that proverbial feather. For years after we got married, I tried to get him to register to vote. I begged, I pleaded, I nagged, I bartered sex. Nothing worked. He was not going to vote until....

Until, he said, he found someone worth voting for (you know where this is going but at the time in 2000 no one could see what was coming). I was discouraged and sad. He has a job where he can vote, in an election, for his boss. I used that for reasoning. I remember saying something along the lines of "Dude, how many times do people get to pick their boss? Vote. Most people would love the opportunity to vote for their boss and your wasting it." This line of reasoning didn't work. Nothing did. God, do you know how much I wanted to smack him around just to knock some sense into him? Then, in 2004, Rich saw Obama on TV speak at the DNC. My husband, the man who had to find someone worthy of his vote said, 'If this guy runs for president. I'll vote.' I remember thinking 'Yeah right.' When Audacity of Hope was published, I wrapped up the book with a voter registration form inside. Then the excuses came, 'I'll only vote if he wins this primary or I'll only vote if he wins the Democratic nomination'. Well, that wasn't going to cut it with me. I goaded him with, 'You must not really believe in him. How's he going to win if you don't vote for him in the beginning? Welsher. Liar.' He voted. He's voting on Tuesday. Yeah, you know who he's voting for. I don't want to hear about how Obama is a socialist or taxes or whatever because this post isn't about that. I don't care who my husband votes for. I care that he finally took part in something I believe so strongly in. This post is about how my husband found inspiration, he found someone that he feels is worthy of his voice, of his passion. I never thought that that was going to happen. Everybody needs to find that whether it be a person, a book, a hobby, a cause.

He's voting on Tuesday and I'm very proud of him.

This cranberry sauce is sweet, sour, tangy, spicy. Just like my Rich but I honestly couldn't tell which one I like better.

Spicy Cranberry Sauce:

1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
1 12 oz package of cranberries
1 tablespoon of sriracha
zest and juice of one blood orange

Combine water, sugar, sriracha, and zest and juice of a blood orange in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; add cranberries and bring back to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time.


noble pig said...

That's great! I'm excited for him, everyone has a choice, a vote, a chance to make things different. Glad he wants to excercise it.

Sharon said...

First of all your cranberry sounds amazing. Second, kudos to you for getting your husband to vote. Count me as #2 who has never voted but voted early for a special candidate who inspires me! :)

katie said...

I did not vote in the 2000 election. I was young and high from the clinton years, figured it didn't matter. Well, I will never make that mistake again.

ntsc said...

What is sriracha?

I did not vote in 68 even though 21 as I didn't turn 21 in enough time to register. Also I couldn't see that much difference between the candidates as neither had any intention of bringing the troops home (I was in the Regular Army but never in Vietnam). Little did I know.

Haven't missed a contested election or primary since.

Paid too high a price to miss.

Sarah said...

Krysta, I am so glad to hear that you persisted all those years in encouraging him to register to vote (that could not have been easy!). I am even gladder that Rich will be voting this year. As someone who has been volunteering for one of the campaigns for over a month now, who has knocked on hundreds of doors, talked to hundreds of voters, and spent entire days in the hot sun answering the questions of voters in the six-hour early voting lines here in Florida, I have been encouraged to see that most people feel that voting matters. It is the one thing that makes us American: the right to vote, no matter who you are or what you believe. Go to your precinct on Tuesday and cast your ballot!

verivaine said...

Snifff....got a little teary. You guys are awesome...I had no idea. And PLEASE make me the sandwich...I will love ya forever.

aka VV

Cheryl said...

That is soo cool! I am also about the vote and finally got my 36 year old nephew to vote! That sandwich looks freaking amazing, my favorite sammy!

melissa said...

I never voted either. I'm voting tomorrow for the first time!

Go Rich!

Thanks for the recipe. I have a bag of cranberries right now and I wanted to do a sauce. LOVE the idea of making it spicy with sriracha.

QueenofPlanetHotflash said...

Way to go Rich.. let Your opinion be heard

cook eat FRET said...

i'm in love with your sandwich

we all need to stand up and be counted.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I think I've said before that Obama wasn't my candidate. Hilary was. But you betcha I'm voting for Obama! Although I was pulling for our nation's first female president, I've been inspired by how many people are inspired by Obama. And I'll be just as proud to elect our nation's first black president.

melissa said...

My mom voted for the first time ever this year. I don't know how I'm her daughter. I'm all about the vote. Even my younger girls know that moms favorite line is If you don't vote You don't count.

Mental P Mama said...

Yay Rich!

Hillary said...

Yay for him voting! That cranberry sauce sounds spectacular with the addition of sriracha sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

Stacey Snacks said...

As usual, it's all about the sandwich! Nice looking sandwich, lady!

We are a divided household this year, one voting for O'biden, the other McPalin.

Glad your hubby is voting for the person he believes will do the best job!

Aggie said...

Love your post Krysta! And I love that sandwich!

Cakespy said...

The sandwich is equally awesome as the fact that you've gotten one more voter out there! :-)

Amber said...

I didn't vote for the first few years after turning 18, until I thought about there being a time when women were not allowed to vote. That just pissed me off to no end. As my daughters said, that is just stupid. And now I vote because as a woman I have a voice and it is of value. Then when I thought about all the people in other countries who walk for days and risk their life just for the chance to cast their vote, how could I take my vote for granted. I don't always vote on every issue. And sometimes my point is that I got up off my butt to purposely NOT pick someone. I am with your husband, I see peace, hope, change and unity. But no matter who wins, I hope they do a good job. They are getting a big mess to clean up, God bless them.
Now, on another note...I have read your blog a couple times, I think I have read everyones a couple times. But you are in Stockton? I am in Turlock. You are probably the only food blogger who knows where that is. Anyways, if you get this way, let me know. It would be lovely to meet you and know someone in the blogging world with some of the same interests. Oh, and I am normal.
Long comment I know but there was a lot to say.
Nice camera, I wouldn't have a clue how to use it. I still put my eye up to the big screen on my digital like it is the old kind. I laugh every time.

Lisa said...

Nice story...and that sandwich looks delicious. I am so glad that election season is over and cranberry season is here!

MrOrph said...

I think that it is excellent Krysta, that you guys are voting. I'm a politics junkie since I cast my first ballot over 20 years ago.

Grace said...

give your hubby a pat on the back for me, would ya?
meanwhile, that's a fabulous-looking sandwich, and the cranberry sauce sounds delicious. leftover thanksgiving food is usually better than the original :)

Anonymous said...

So glad Rich is voting.... So glad the day is finally here!

SaintTigerlily said...

The Boss and I gave each other major high fives after voting this morning. Go Rich!

giz said...

Yayy for Rich - before you know it, he'll be taking over the kitchen. Today the U.S., tomorrow the kitchen, isn't that how it goes??? Maybe I'm just confused.

Debbie said...

What an uplifting today it is!

I loved the turnout. I loved how so many of our young people cared and voted. I loved how excited they were just to be able to vote in this election and their absolute joy when Obama won.

We are expecting a lot from this man - more so than most other presidents. We are hoping to come together as a nation ... and I'm hopeful he can take us there.

Mommy said...

Okay - Blow me away.

First, you get a man to do something he promised.

Then you hit me with a cranberry recipe, WITH SRIRACHA.

I love Sriracha. There is a burger at a place I love called the Rooster I get because it has Sriracha glaze & homemade sweet pickles.


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