Coolio Samples Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Susan Stamberg first broadcast her mother-in-law's "sounds terrible, tastes terrific" relish recipe on All Things Considered in 1972. This year, she asked rapper and chef Coolio to taste the Pepto-Bismol-hued Thanksgiving dish: "The color is a little weird, but it was actually quite good," he reports.

Coolio Samples Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish

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OK. The Bond franchise may be in suspended animation. Susan Stamberg's cranberry relish franchise is not. In fact, maybe the Bond film could be resurrected by a single whiff of the concoction our correspondent makes each year - cranberries, sour cream, horseradish. Susan puts it on our air each Thanksgiving time, but never has she done it quite like this.


SUSAN STAMBERG: I sent the receipt to Coolio, author of "Cookin' with Coolio: 5 Star Meals at a 1 Star Price" and platinum selling Grammy winner.


COOLIO: (Rapping) It's time to take it to its full potential. Peep this and drop some game on the instrumental and...

STAMBERG: Is this Coolio?

COOLIO: Yes, ma'am.

STAMBERG: My first rapper.

COOLIO: I tried your relish recipe last night.


COOLIO: It was good. The color is a little weird. But it was actually quite good. I had some smoked turkey in the refrigerator, so - and I put some on a sandwich and I put a little tiny bit of mustard on the other bread and a little tiny bit of mayo and I melted some cheese on top and I put the relish on the other slice of bread.

STAMBERG: Wait, you put the relish in with the sandwich?


STAMBERG: You know, I never would have thought of that. But why not? I mean, Mama Stamberg's shocking pink - okay, Pepto-Bismol pink - colored cranberry relish is great with leftover turkey, although I never ate it with mustard and mayo. Why not? It got the Chef Coolio seal of approval, although he is not crazy for that title.

COOLIO: I am the Ghetto Gourmet. Hey, check this out. I'm Coolio with the flow. The neighborhood ghetto-est type superhero (unintelligible) Shaka Zulu, man. I am the Ghetto Gourmet.

STAMBERG: Coolio's getting excited, as he did about my recipe - including, as it does...

COOLIO: Diced onion, cranberry and horseradish. And I prefer the spicy horseradish. And one twist I added on to it too, I put in a dash, just a little, little, little small amount of - you know that really hot Thai hot sauce?


STAMBERG: I know it. I love it - but never considered adding it, and mustard, and mayo. Plus, he forgot to say the sugar and the sour cream. But Coolio believes in fusion cooking. On his online cooking show, he makes Mexitalian and Blasian - that's black plus Asian - so naturally he'd fuse Mama Stamberg's.

COOLIO: We'll now call Mama Stamberg's and Coolio's Wild Cranberry Pinkout.


STAMBERG: Listen, this is very presumptuous of me, but you are a rap artist. Is there any way you can turn this recipe into rap?

COOLIO: Hello?

STAMBERG: Oh, hello.



COOLIO: I had to censor it. I had to censor it.

STAMBERG: Oh, I appreciate that. But, my goodness. Thank you so much. Coolio, the rap artist, helping us to celebrate the holidays. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you, Coolio.

COOLIO: Same to you. Same to you. Happy Holidays, everybody. I am Coolio with the flow. The Ghetto Gourmet, and I got a fetish for that cranberry relish.

STAMBERG: And I am Susan Stamberg, NPR News. I too have a fetish for cranberry relish.


COOLIO: (Rapping) Even my mama thinks that my mind is gone. But I ain't never crossed a man...

INSKEEP: And you can find the traditional recipe for Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish at


COOLIO: (Rapping) You better watch how you talkin', and where you walkin' or you and your homies might be lined in chalk. I really hate to trip, but I gotta loc'. As they grew I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool. I'm the kinda G the little homies wanna be like. On my knees in the night, sayin' prayers in the street light. Been spending most our lives living in the gangsta's paradise.


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