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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Prep: Cranberries in Action

Thanksgiving and cranberries go hand in hand. Today I thought I would share two of my favorite cranberry recipes with you.

cranberries web

The first is Cranberry Slush, a drink that is a Thanksgiving staple in my family.  Click here to read about it and see the recipe. The slush needs to be frozen, so don’t forget to make it a day or two before! Also…go for the quick version. That’s what we ALWAYS make. Sorry I don’t have a picture of the finished product…every year we drink it all up before I remember to snap a shot!

Now, we like canned cranberry sauce as much as the next family, but I really do need to share this next sauce/relish recipe with you, in case you’re looking for something different. It’s easy to make…but everyone will be impressed when you come out with homemade cranberry sauce. Trust me, I know from experience. 😉

A recipe I found online somewhere, easy to make and very very yummy alternative to normal cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving
– 1/2 lb cranberries
– 1/2 C sugar
– 1/4 C orange juice
– zest of 1 orange
– 4 oranges separated, pith and membranes removed

Bring 1/2 C water to simmer. Add cranberries, sugar, OJ and zest. Simmer & stir until sugar dissolved and berries begin to pop, ~15 mins. Remove from heat – add orange segments


  1. We made our cranberry sauce on Monday. It is so good with a little bit of orange in it! Your pictures are beautiful. I know I always say that to you, but they are :).

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    Cranberries are one of my favorite parts of fall. Last year I discovered a cranberry cheesecake that is to die for (it’s our new favorite – my husband requested it in lieu of birthday cake this year). I’ll have to send the recipe your way. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    You can also add a little chopped onion and ginger to your sauce. Saute them first and then add your other ingredients. The ginger is really awesome in it.

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    We do a fresh cranberry relish with 1 pkg cranberries chopped in the food processor, 1 whole orange chopped in the food processor, then mix it with 1 cup sugar. Chill and enjoy. It’s a fabulously refreshing addition to Thanksgiving and all the RICH foods!

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    Shauna W.

    The cranberry slush was as delicious as ever this year! But, we did miss all you Maynards sharing it with us… Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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