I will admit, I have never been a big fan of cranberry sauce, unless of course, it’s my mom’s. That weird stuff that slides out of the can with the impression of the can rings on the side? Um, no thanks. Too weird. Food shouldn’t look like the container it came out of, should it?
I love this fresh cranberry sauce my mom makes. It has an orange flavor, that personally I think just makes it taste perfect. Cranberry-Orange is a fantastic flavor combination.
My memories of Thanksgiving are always heartwarming. As a kid we went to my Grandma’s every year. (My Mom’s Mom) I can close my eyes and picture her in her kitchen in South Omaha, wearing her dress and her apron, cooking and laughing with us as polka music played in the background. That very kitchen floor is where she taught me how to polka dance. Big Joe Polka Show was one she never ever missed.
I wish my grandma had been facing the camera. This is her, my Mom and me on my first Thanksgiving. I was about 5 months old here.
My grandma was a marvelous cook, and it’s a quality she passed on to my Mom, and I hope that my kids feel like, to me.
To me Thanksgiving is always about tradition. We eat the same thing EVERY year, and that is the way that I prefer it. I don’t want any surprises! As a kid we had Turkey, My Grandma’s Pork Sausage and Sage Dressing, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Corn, Dinner Rolls, Cranberry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes (for the few who liked them), Pumpkin Pie and My Grandma’s Rhubarb Pie. We have exactly the same thing now, at my Mom’s house, with the exception that the rhubarb pie is now apple pie!
My Mom’s Kitchen – “The Girls” – Thanksgiving 2013 – Me, my daughters, Kenzie and Josie, my Mom and my sister-in-law, Julie.
My husband says Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday, “because it’s all about going home, family and food. No presents to buy, just togetherness.” Thanksgiving is a time to fill your belly so full with good food then crowd in that piece of pie while you’re reading through the ads or lounging on the couch watching football. It’s about toasts with (sometimes too much) good wine, and going around the table saying what we are thankful for. Thanksgiving is plain and simple about family and good food.
Here it’s pictured with some orange zest on top. So pretty, and I love that bowl of my Mom’s .
- 12 ounce package of fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve sugar into the juices and bring to a boil.
Stir in the cranberries and pineapple and bring back to a boil. Cook until the cranberries pop. (About 10 minutes.)
Remove from heat and place the sauce in a bowl to cool and thicken for a few hours.
Refrigerate. Can top with zested orange for serving if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1055 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 14mg Carbohydrates: 271g Fiber: 13g Sugar: 237g Protein: 3g
When you have tried this, and are lucky enough to have a little bit left, pop over to my friend, Candi’s blog, The Devilish Dish and grab her recipe for the Berry Best Muffins. I love to use the left overs and make a batch of cranberry orange muffins!
So, however you celebrate it, whether you prepare the same thing every year based on tradition, or make something new each year, or just starting out and developing your own dinner traditions, I hope that you and yours have a very heartwarming Thanksgiving and that you are blessed beyond measure!
Until Next time,
Here are the other two recipes of my Grandma’s I mentioned earlier: Pork Sausage and Sage Dressing and Rhubarb Pie