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Thanksgiving Dinner Conversation: Cranberry Sauce

cranberry.jpgBefore Halloween, Stacy Conradt filled us up with trivia treats about our favorite sweets. She's back again for another food series leading up to Thanksgiving.

1) At the end of the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever" from the Magical Mystery Tour album, John Lennon mutters "cranberry sauce." There was no intended meaning to this; it was just supposed to add to the surreal feeling of the song.

2) A can of whole-berry cranberry sauce contains about 99 cranberries.

3) Irish band The Cranberries were originally named "The Cranberry Saw Us," (cranberry sauce).

4) Cranberries are harvested by flooding the cranberry beds. A machine goes through and removes the berries from the vines. The harvested berries then float on top of the water and can be rounded up easier.

5) You can always buy cranberry sauce "“ a lot of people like to plop it out of the can directly to a plate because it holds the shape of the can perfectly, ridges and all. But if you'd like a more"¦ wholesome alternative, here's a recipe for you.

Tomorrow: Sweet potatoes.

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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

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