This is the first post for Thanksgiving week. I am so excited for this week. This time is a very special time in my family. I could not have married into a better family. I gained a huge extended family who welcomed me in as their own from the very first time I met them all. Our Thanksgiving is an experience. We have more than 50 people for our dinner. More importantly, this is the one time of year that the whole family gets together. And I mean everyone. No matter where everyone is in the US, they all make sure to be home for this holiday. This includes all aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. For my wife, she and her 3 brothers, respective spouses, and cousins come in for as much of the week as possible. We will be leaving tomorrow (Monday).
And now to the post on Cranberry sauce. I love whole cranberries and have never tried to make cranberry sauce until this past weekend. It is really easy and like most food, so much better when made from scratch. I looked up a recipe to make sure I had an idea what to put in but I have seen this made on TV too so I improvised.
Ingredients (adapted from Dancer @ Food.com):
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil, cover, then turn to medium heat. Continue cooking until all the berries pop. Be patient. You can’t really overcook the berries and you want them all to pop. Remove from heat and let cool.
Refrigerate to thicken. You can serve cold or at room temperature.