The star of my Thanksgiving; Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is my all time favorite dish for Thanksgiving. I have loved it ever since I was little. Then, it was out of the can, but I still loved it so much! I couldn’t wait until Thanksgiving to sink my teeth into some cranberry sauce. Today it still remains my favorite part of a Thanksgiving meal, now I make it from scratch.

I love making it from scratch because you can control the tartness. I love tart, I eat lemons, that is how much I love tartness. I believe most people don’t make things tart enough, especially lemon desserts. Cranberry sauce is one of those things that I love tart, it helps cut through the creamy potatoes and pairs well with turkey (in my preference).

One year I forgot to buy cranberries, but I have craisins always on hand, and I wasn’t about to have Thanksgiving without my cranberry sauce, so I made cranberry sauce out of the craisins. All I did was add water to the craisins and some cinnamon, lemon juice, and an orange stuffed with cloves. I didn’t add any sugar because craisins already have a lot of sugar and I wanted mine tart! It worked out pretty well, no one even noticed, or at least they didn’t say anything! This time around I made it from fresh cranberries!

I love cranberries so much that it made me tear up when I heard that people weren’t buying as many cranberries this year and they might have to throw away quite a bit of the cranberry harvest! Go buy cranberries people! It will not disappoint your Thanksgiving meal, and if you are looking for more Thanksgiving recipes I have some you can try, Triple Garlic, and Parmesan Mashed PotatoesBacon Brussels (with vegan and vegetarian options)Smoking Hot TurkeyWhipped Sweet Potatoes with Pecan CrumbleThanksgiving Falafels and Vegan Gravy.


4 cups fresh cranberries

1.5 cups sugar

3 cups water

1 large stick or two small sticks of cinnamon

1/4 orange stuffed with cloves

1/2 lemon juiced or 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice


  1. Add the cranberries with the water, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, orange with cloves, and sugar in a medium sauce pan. img_20181121_150529109
  2. Bring to a boil, and boil until thick and the bubbles become stickier. Think tar bubbles. img_20181121_162518536
  3. Remove the orange with cloves and cinnamon stick.
  4. If you like a smooth out of the can kind of cranberry sauce just strain this mixture with a fine mesh sieve, let it cool and it will jellify! Simple and easy!


One Comment Add yours

  1. lori says:

    Mad this just for me… well I did share a little with my son. Again, it was great, I love the tartness.

    Liked by 1 person

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