Have a Rotten Christmas from MercuryCSC

Fly's are buzzing all around. That's a good sign.

We've decorated our Christmas tree with fruit.

Oranges and cranberries have made an appearance as Christmas decorations.

The Menu

We asked each person on staff to bring their favorite holiday dish — something they wanted to make or a traditional family recipe. We sat, we ate, we drank and then we put all the leftovers in a box with a timelapse camera to see what would rot. And what would not. All under the theory that foods that rot are better for you, because they are more fresh, have more nutrients and less preservatives. It's all part of an experiment to better understand what we put in our bodies this holiday season. These were the dishes we wound up with.

Appetizers

Baked Brie

By Meggan Carrigg Davidson, Account/Branch Coordinator

  • Pillsbury Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Roll Dough
  • President 8 oz Brie Round
  • Natural Directions Organic Raspberry Perseveres
  • Western Family Light Brown Sugar
  • Spring Tree 100% Pure All Natural Maple Syrup Grade A Dark Amber

Cheese Board

By Molly Douma Brewer, Public Relations Associate

  • Amaltheia Organic Spiced Pepper Cheve
  • Amaltheia Organic Garlic and Chive Cheve
  • Baugette
  • Moontina Cheese

Green Tomato Relish

By Molly Douma Brewer, Public Relations Associate
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  • green tomatoes
  • red bell pepper
  • green bell peper
  • onion
  • celery seed
  • mustard seed
  • salt
  • sugar
  • vinegar

Swedish Sausage

By Maclaren Latta, Director of Account Services

  • potatoes
  • pork
  • onions
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • pork casings

Side Dishes

Campbell's Green Bean Casserole

By Emily Coombs, Account/Accounting Coordinator
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  • Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • milk
  • soy sauce
  • black pepper
  • cut green beans
  • French's® French Fried Onions

Danish Dinner Rolls

By Kendra White, Account Manager

  • milk
  • sugar
  • salt
  • yeast
  • flour
  • butter
  • eggs

Fresh Fruit Salad

By Kendra White, Account Manager

  • Red Delicious apples
  • navel oranges
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • red seedless grapes
  • bananas
  • Barlett pears

Holiday Cranberries

By Rhea Hawkins, Graphic Designer

  • cranberries
  • orange
  • lime
  • walnuts
  • mint
  • sucanat

Mashed Potatoes

By Maclaren Latta, Director of Account Services

  • Yukon Gold potatoes
  • chicken broth
  • Organic Valley milk
  • Tillamook butter
  • Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt

Minted Lamb Patties

By Caitlin Magbee, Account Manager
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  • lamb
  • onion
  • mint
  • garlic
  • Major Grey's Chutney

No-Knead Bread

By Rhea Hawkins, Graphic Designer

  • Wheat Montana bread flour
  • yeast
  • salt
  • rosemary

Ocean Spray Cranberry

By Molly Budinsky, Director of Marketing

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

By Mike Cook, Interactive Art Director

  • brussel sprouts
    • brussel sprouts
    • olive oil
    • kosher salt
    • black pepper
  • cranberry pistachio pesto
    • pistachios
    • cranberries
    • garlic
    • parsley
    • olive oil
    • black pepper

Roasted Rosemary Veggies

By Molly Douma Brewer, Public Relations Associate

  • german potatoes
  • blue potatoes
  • beets
  • celery root
  • carrots
  • leeks
  • onions
  • garlic
  • sweet potatoes
  • rosemary
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

By Jen Cox, Account Manager

  • white mushrooms
  • olive oil
  • Marsala wine
  • Italian sausage
  • scallions
  • garlic
  • panko crumbs
  • mascarpone cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • parsley
  • salt
  • black pepper

Vegetarian Green Salad

By Jaclyn Butcher, Account/Media Coordinator

  • salad
    • spinach
    • mushrooms
    • bellpepper
    • onion
    • tomato
  • balsamic dressing
    • balsamic vinegar
    • garlic
    • sun-dried tomatoes
    • basil
    • thyme
    • black pepper
    • salt
    • olive oil

Vegetarian Mac and Cheese

By Jen Cox, Account Manager
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  • salt
  • vegetable oil
  • elbow macaroni
  • milk
  • butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • Gruyere cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • black pepper
  • nutmeg
  • tomatoes
  • white bread crumbs

Whipped Cream Salad

By Kendra White, Account Manager

  • Western Family fruit cocktail
  • Dole canned mandarin oranges
  • bananas
  • Darigold Whipping Cream
  • vanilla
  • sugar

Main Dish

Turkey and Sausage Stuffing

By Jeff Welch, CEO

  • turkey
    • Hutterite free range turkey
    • fat from John Smith Farms Bacon
    • apple
    • celery
    • onion
  • stuffing
    • Gold Miner California sourdough bread
    • elk sausage
    • onion
    • celery
    • rosemary
    • oregano
    • Ocean Spray dried cranberries
    • canned water chestnuts
    • swiss chard
    • salt
    • pepper
    • white wine

Desserts

All American 50% Apple / 50% Cherry Pie

By Molly Budinsky, Director of Marketing

Apple Pie

By Joe Bergantine, Interactive Producer
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  • crust
    • flour
    • salt
    • butter
    • Cheddar cheese
  • filling
    • Granny Smith apples
    • Poblano pepper
    • lemon juice
    • granulated sugar
    • light brown sugar
    • cinnamon
    • allspice
    • nutmeg
    • salt
    • cornstarch
  • topping
    • flour
    • walnuts
    • light brown sugar
    • butter

Rye Pecan Pie

By Joe Bergantine, Interactive Producer
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  • crust
    • flour
    • salt
    • sugar
    • butter
  • filling
    • eggs
    • brown sugar
    • dark molasses
    • light corn syrup
    • vanilla extract
    • salt
    • rye
    • pecans
  • whipped cream
    • heavy cream
    • sugar