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How to make Razzleberry Dressing

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Razzleberry Dressing is a nice complement to a Christmas turkey./Joan Kostiuk Razzleberry Dressing is a nice complement to a Christmas turkey./Joan Kostiuk
The Yule Blog, Dec. 14
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This is how we imagine Tiny Tim's favorite Christmas treat

One of my all-time favorite Christmas programs is “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” the cartoon adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens story “A Christmas Carol.”

The animated musical originally aired on television as a special 51 years ago today, on Dec. 14 of 1962 – back when the holiday season started a few weeks before Christmas, not a few weeks before Halloween.

I have always preferred this lighthearted interpretation to the darker, scarier film versions, and it was where I first heard the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption.  

“Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” presents the foreboding tale of the penny-pinching rich man and the three Christmas Eve spirits who set out to teach him a lesson – as seen through the eyes of the bumbling, nearsighted Mr. Magoo, who was a popular cartoon character at the time.

The comic treatment nonetheless lays bare the “true meaning of Christmas,” which embraces love, faith, joy, generosity, forgiveness and all else that is good in the heart.

The original score consisted of a half-dozen memorable songs by the Broadway songwriting team of Jule Styne (music) and Bob Merrill (lyrics), perhaps the most well-known of which is “The Lord’s Bright Blessing,” which is sung on Christmas Eve by the family of Scrooge’s impoverished accountant, Bob Cratchit.

Tiny Tim sings about Razzleberry Dressing in the song 'The Lord's Bright Blessing.' Tiny Tim sings about Razzleberry Dressing in the song 'The Lord's Bright Blessing.'

One of Cratchit’s children is a little crippled boy named Tiny Tim. In the song, the family wishes for better times, with a Christmas tree and a holiday feast with turkey and all the trimmings, including Tiny Tim’s favorite, “razzleberry dressing.” 

And while razzleberry dressing is most likely a fictional element dreamed up by the songwriters for which no recipe exists, this is the way I would imagine it. Made with canned cranberry sauce and Jell-O, it’s simple, sweet, a little bit tart and would go nicely with a Christmas turkey or some woofleberry cake. And like “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol,” it has just the right touch of whimsy.

 

 

Razzleberry Dressing as it appears in 'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.' Razzleberry Dressing as it appears in 'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol.'

Razzleberry Dressing

6-ounce box raspberry, black cherry or strawberry Jell-O
2 cups boiling water
1 cup canned whole berry cranberry sauce
1 cup chunky applesauce
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup cold water

Place Jell-O in a large bowl and add boiling water, stirring until dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients, pour into a mold or simply leave in bowl, and refrigerate overnight or until firm. 

 

 

Razzleberry Dressing mold. Razzleberry Dressing mold.

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Dec. 12: Best all-time Christmas movies, Part 1

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