Killer Cranberry Sauce!

Sandy in kitchen

Last night I pulled my kids into the kitchen with me to help check a few things off my list. Like making this stuffing, baking the sweet potatoes, making the topping for them, and Abby prepared a breakfast casserole for Thanksgiving morning. (What is it about kids always wanting to snitch?!)

Breakfast casserole

And then right before we headed off to the Sports Banquet at school, I caught Garrett snitching this Killer Cranberry Sauce that he was stirring!

Fresh cranberries

Killer Cranberry Sauce
1 ½ c. sugar
1 navel orange
½ t grated ginger (I used 2 T. crystalized ginger)
4 c. cranberries
½ c. toasted pecans (optional)

Grate the orange zest and add to a pot with the sugar and ginger. Add the juice from the orange into the pot and simmer over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Add cranberries and cook until they pop – about 5 minutes. Add pecans and cool sauce. YUM!

Garrett stirring cranberries

It’s so zingy and tasty, you really can’t help yourself!

BTW, check out my new Hip Hostess apron (top photo, and yes, my kitchen is very messy, but I’m so grateful to have more space to spread out now – with new floors coming soon!), because next week I’ll be giving away a GIANT Kraft Foods basket on MONDAY, and a Hip Hostess apron on WEDNESDAY!

It’s going to be an exciting week here on RE. But that is next week. And tomorrow we celebrate a wonderful day, and I’d love to hear how your cooking and planning are going?

21 comments on “Killer Cranberry Sauce!”

  1. I noticed your apron and kitchen right off. I think I will try your sauce for Christmas. I just can’t do the canned stuff anymore. Ha!
    Your kids are so grown up. It’s been fun watching them grow up on your blog.

  2. Hey Sandy… I’m pretty sure that your kitchen renovation produced the same new sink faucet as my kitchen renovation! I hope your family had a warm and delicious Thanksgiving.

  3. I need a new oven soooooo bad! So when it was declared that thanksgiving was at my house I was a little nervous. My mom came (with that same cranberry goodness you make) and she went to warm her stuffing in my oven and said”how in the world can you cook with this oven! You cannot even read the numbers on the dials anymore!” I told her I just “feel” when it is in the right spot. My oven made pumpkins scones, apple crisp, pumpkin pie and the turkey perfectly :) However, for Christmas, mommy is getting a new oven! yippee. Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Oh and my girls are always snitching food too!!! Especially cheese!!! I think they learned it from their dad!!

  5. I am typically not a cranberry sauce person, but that looks so good!

    I have made some broccoli salad, a cheese log (recipe which I got out of the costco connections magazine) and now am getting ready to make rolls! We are going to my inlaws!

    Hopefully next week I’ll post some recipes…sheesh my list of posts gets longer and longer and I can’t seem to get anywhere to post them…

  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Sandy! I know you are REALLY thankful for that kitchen this year! :)
    I can almost smell that cranberry sauce! Mmmm!

  7. There is nothing like homemade cranberry sauce. It is sooo easy and sooo much better. The pecans are an interesting touch. I will have to try that. Thank you for the idea xoxoxo Clarice

  8. Last Friday we attended the downtown chef’s “throwdown” One of the dishes was a raw cranberry relish, made with a touch of jalepeno, red onion, ginger, orange & celery, served in a little cream puff type shells—-unbelievably yummy and fresh tasting!

    I’ll have my girl home helping with the pie baking in the morning! Yeah!

  9. Exciting about your kitchen! Your kids are too cute. ;) I use crystallized ginger for my cranberry sauce too…yummy! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    We’re going VERY untraditional this year – in our history studies we’ve been focused on the Medieval Ages for the past 10 weeks. Our studies will culminate in our very own Medieval Feast this Friday after we descend (from TX) upon my folks in TN, my sister and her brood arrive in TN from OH and my brother and his crew walk over from next door to my folks. We will definitely be posting about this in the coming week when we arrive back home – hope you can stop by and see all the fun!

  11. Yum! That looks great and so much better than something out of the can!

  12. Planning is done. I’ll be making pickled shrimp, and crab dip for appetizers, and fresh green beans sauteed with garlic, cornbread stuffing, glazed carrots, potatoes, pumpkin pie and individual cheesecakes for dessert. This weekend, I also made a three-layer checker-board cake. Tons of food, tons of family, tons of fun!

  13. I’ve been cooking for as long as I can remember, but never made cranberry sauce until this year. My favorite version used crystalized ginger too! I also found kumquats to be a nice addition.

    Oh…and if you are like me, sometimes I need a recipe you can just walk away from…so your great recipe above can also be put into a slow cooker on high for 2 hours and when you come back it will be ready!

    my favorite part…love, love, love seeing your kids in the kitchen. It’s the BEST isn’t it! :)

  14. Crud…. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  15. Love the pictures of your children…. Your son is very handsome but then again, look at his beautiful parents. Love the kitchen…

  16. Hi Sandy! Loving your kitchen! :-)

    My husband’s family starts arriving today and will be here through the weekend. I’m so looking forward to being with everyone. Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  17. Sounds yummy. I am making my (well martha’s) cranberry relish this morning as well as finishing the muffins. I ran out of eggs last night!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

  18. Hey Sandy, I’m having my 500th post giveaway! Hope you can come by and leave a comment and maybe win Randy’s Christmas CD!
    Your kitchen look so amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  19. Love the kitchen. How fun that your kids would help you. Thanks for the cranberry recipe – I will be trying that one next time. How cute is that apron too!

  20. Ooh! your kitchen looks great! Your teens must be fun companions in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Love seeing pictures of the new kitchen!

    So far, everything is on schedule with our Thanksgiving cooking. The turkey is thawing, ready to go in the oven tomorrow morning. The cornbread has been cooked & the onions chopped for the cornbread dressing, the green beans are cooked & in the refrigerator ready to be reheated.

    The boys have gathered sticks for the decorations on the table, so we’re on track.

    Hope you have a blessed, wonderful Thanksgiving!

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