I have a slight crush on cranberries. I go a little crazy when they come out in season and I put them in almost every thing I bake. I mentioned in my last post that my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the cranberry sauce (tied in first place with the stuffing…ehem…I cannot lie!)
This is a recipe I learned how to make from my sweet mom. When I was old enough to know what I was doing and not burn myself or the house down, I was given cranberry sauce duty. I felt so proud of myself making it and having it turn out perfect every year. Then I got smarter and started to learn how to make DESSERTS!!
If you don’t have a cranberry sauce recipe, I think you should try this one. If you already have one, I think you should try this one. The orange added to the cranberry sauce is wonderful. The touch of fresh ginger paired with the cranberries is delicious! You can’t go wrong with this recipe!
16 ounces of fresh cranberries (2 cups)
1 1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup water
one navel orange (add the juice of 1/2 and cut the other 1/2 in chunks and add to the cranberry mixture in the pan)
1 sliver of fresh ginger (about the size of a garlic clove, peeled)
In a medium sized bowl, rinse the cranberries with cool water, and remove any stems or blemished berries. Drain the cranberries in a colander.
Heat water and sugar to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.. Continue boiling 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cranberries. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if every single cranberry does not completely pop. When the sauce is cooked, spoon out the orange pieces and the ginger sliver. Pour sauce into bowl or container. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled.
Now there is something besides my family and my health that I am thankful for: IT IS YOU!! This is my little “thank you” for taking the time these past months to read my blog and to leave me a kind comment. Some of you have even tried my recipes and wrote about it. That makes me glow with happiness. You each deserve this book…but let’s get real! Christmas is around the corner, so I can only give away one book!!
This book is fantastic. The Barefoot Contessa was one of the shows I watched religiously when I was pregnant and sat on the couch eating bon bons. I like her because she is has great ideas. She is always calm and makes every thing look like it was done with such ease. And she does it with a touch of class. Here is your chance to win the fabulous new book by Ina Garten called, “How Easy is that?” This book is filled with very uncomplicated recipes. We could all use a some great easy recipes during the holidays. This book is so fabulous I bought one for myself and will share my take on one or two of the recipes in the next few weeks.
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