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  • Dried cranberry

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    Dried cranberriesDried cranberries are made by partially dehydrating fresh cranberries, a process similar to making grapes into raisins. They are popular in trail mix, salads, and breads, with cereals or eaten on their own. Dried cranberries are sometimes referred to as craisins due to the name's similarity to raisins, though the word "Craisin" is a registered trademark of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. and cannot be officially applied to dried cranberries from other manufacturers. Most commercially produced dried cranberries contain added sugar. They may also be coated in very small quantities of vegetable oil to keep them from sticking together, and with sulfur as a preservative. Natural food stores tend not to use these additions. Many home recipes for dried cranberries involve allowing the cranberries to sit overnight in a water and sugar solution, prior to freeze-drying or air-drying. This can deprive the cranberries of some natural nutrients that would be contained in fresh cranberries.

  • Michigan salad

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    A Michigan salad is a type of green salad popular at restaurants in the Detroit area and other parts of Michigan. It is typically topped with dried cherries, blue cheese, and a vinaigrette dressing. Some recipes use dried cranberries instead of cherries, add other kinds of fruit such as apple or mandarin orange, omit or substitute the blue cheese, and/or add walnuts or pecans.

  • Jello salad

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    Jell-O salad (also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a salad made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or more rarely, other vegetables. Other ingredients may include cottage cheese, cream cheese, marshmallows, nuts, or pretzels. These salads were popular in the 1960s. Because of its many elements, the result has speckled bits of color against a colored gelatin background. For example, one might have lime green gelatin with brown nuts or pretzels, bits of white from cottage cheese, and red and orange from the fruit cocktail. Therefore, it has a "salad" appearance. The "salad" theme continues in variants containing mayonnaise or salad dressing. When one uses plain gelatin instead of sweetened gelatin, then the use of vegetables becomes more common, such as in tomato aspic. The name comes from the brand name Jell-O, a common gelatin product. Jell-O salads are a common feature of US communal meals such as potlucks, most probably because they are inexpensive and easy to prepare. The origins of Jell-O salad can be traced back to a dish called Perfection Salad, by Mrs. John E. Cook of New Castle, Pennsylvania, which won third prize in a Better Homes & Gardens recipe contest. In Utah, where Jell-O is the official state snack, Jell-O salad is available in local restaurants such as Chuck-A-Rama. A traditional Newfoundland cold plate also commonly includes variations of a Jell-O salad.

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