Stock up on this superfood, and enjoy these sweet and savory offerings anytime.

Caramelized Onion-Cranberry Compote
Recipe:Caramelized Onion-Cranberry CompoteIf there's one ingredient that is too often overlooked, it is the caramelized onion. So smooth, sweet, and flavorful, it can add sophisticated (and crowd pleasing) flavor to any meal. We've been known to pencil in the addition of caramelized onion to many a recipe card, and for good reason. It is an underappreciated player in the kitchen. It is especially nice in this Thanksgiving appetizer, which can also be used as a condiment to flavor other dishes. You can make this a day ahead and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving.
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Cranberries aren't just a condiment for your holiday turkey. You're in for a scrumptious surprise when you taste what these readers shared with us. They reinvented ways to use fresh, frozen, and dried cranberries, offering everyday recipes full of good-for-you flavor.

Fresh cranberries are abundant now, so purchase the berries in bulk, and freeze them for up to a year. Caramelized Onion-Cranberry Compote is one way to put your stockpile to use. If you don't have fresh or frozen on hand, try Cranberry-Orange Bread. It calls for dried cranberries, which are just as nutritious. Consider making two loaves―the slices are so good, our colleagues devoured them at the taste-testing table.

Healthy Benefits
Cranberries and 100% cranberry juice contain more antioxidants than many of the commonly eaten fruits that reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. The tannins in cranberries help protect against tooth decay and gum disease by fighting off bacteria.

"Healthy Foods: Delicious Ideas for Cranberries" is from the December 2007 issue of Southern Living.