What's the DISH?

Join us each month as we highlight and celebrate the JA Team favorites! This month we've decided to have a special Dish in honor of the holidays. We hope you enjoy reading about some of our favorite holiday dishes, and we wish you a happy holiday - from our family to yours.

The Perfect Cranberry Sauce


1 12-ounce bag of cranberries (fresh or frozen)

1 cup sugar

1 strip orange or lemon zest

2 Tbsp water

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste


  1. Empty a 12-ounce bag of fresh or frozen cranberries into a saucepan and transfer 1/2 cup to a small bowl. Add 1 cup sugar, 1 strip orange or lemon zest and 2 tablespoons water to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries are soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Increase the heat to medium and cook until the cranberries burst, about 12 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the reserved cranberries.
  4. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste and cool to room temperature before serving.

This recipe was provided by Food Network. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.

The Perfect Pie Crust


  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons (about 1/2 cup) ice water


  1. Dice the butter and return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut the dough in half. Roll each piece on a well-floured board into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick to the board. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold to fit the pan. Repeat with the top crust.

This recipe was provided by Food Network. If you’d like to visit the original source, please click here.

**Holiday Hours

Our offices will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29. We will resume our normal business hours on Monday, December 2. We wish you all a happy holiday filled with family and friends!

Thanks for joining us for this month’s special holiday Dish!

If you try our recipe, be sure to let us know. Don’t forget to come back next month for more yummy favorites!