Jana’s Phenomenal Cranberry Dip

by | Dec 4, 2023 | All, Appetizers, Blog, Food and Cooking, From the Kitchen, Life Lessons | 2 comments

This blog is not really about Cranberry Dip. It is a story of community and kindness given in the least likely places, with the bonus of a friend sharing a recipe. Over the past two years, I have found friendship, hugs, and love in many places.  My local Stewart’s shop in Niskayuna has a special group of people who work there.  They are engaging, kind, and always ready to give a hug.  Some mornings, I take a walk under the guise of needing coffee when, in fact, I am looking for a chat, hug, and always a laugh.  Jana and I were chatting about Thanksgiving and treats to share with family and friends on one particular Sunday morning.  She mentioned this dip, and I was intrigued. I think you will be, too.  So here is my guest blogger, Jana, and her take on Cranberry Dip.

Cranberry Dip a la Jana

Jana is fun and outgoing and shared her thoughts with me as she included her recipe in the email:

This is in no way an original recipe.  I always have to modify and add my own spin on things. I had made a version of this last year, and it was a hit! While I was making it this year, I realized I didn’t have lime juice.  Not wanting to make another unnecessary trip to the store, I looked around for a substitute. There was my big bottle of lemon juice that sat on the door of my fridge.  It would do, but I wanted to make it a bit more special.  Then I spotted the basket of fruit on the table.  Clementines! Cranberry and orange go so well together. I had already decided it had to work. I went ahead and used the zest and juice to replace the lime that I had used originally.  It was just what I needed to elevate the recipe to the next level.  And will now be a regular part of our holiday season. I hope you try and enjoy it!

What you need:

1 (12oz) package fresh cranberries

2 green onions

2 jalapeños- de-seeded (or leave in if you like the heat)

1/4 c cilantro (you can add more or less depending on heart)

2 clementine (zest and juice)

1/2 c sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 (8oz) package of cream cheese + 2 Tablespoons heavy cream


What to do:

1) Add green onion, jalapeno, and cilantro to a food processor and pulse. Add cranberries and pulse till desired consistency.  (I like mine pretty fine)

2) Pour into a bowl. Add zest, juice, sugar and salt. Mix and cover. Set in fridge for a minimum of 1 hr.- overnight is best!

3) Soften the cream cheese before you’re ready to serve.  Whip cream cheese with heavy cream (you’ll thank me later) and spread it on the bottom of a pie plate. Drain off excess juice from the cranberry mixture (it can be used for a delish cocktail) and place on top of cream cheese.

4) Serve with your favorite crackers and enjoy!

I think I’ve got all the ingredients and directions down properly.  Fill in any gaps you may find.

Happy Snacking!  Your favorite Stewart’s chicka,


Interested in being  a guest blogger? Email me at pastaonthefloor@yahoo.com. I would love to share your recipe or story.


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  1. nancy ross bellamy

    Jana is a dear person. Her husband is my nephew. You are correct she is always smiling and ready with a hug. She is so kind to my sister in law also. Thanks for sharing her dip ..

    • Karen

      Thanks Nancy. The pleasure is all mine!


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