Cranberry sauce

November 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I will never forget my one and only “real” Thanksgiving.

Even though my family has lived in the USA for over a decade, we never quite acculturated all the way. No Thanksgiving, no Halloween, no Fourth of July. I think when we moved to the suburbs we bought a grill in an attempt to be “all-American” and it was used once and never again.

So… I never had a “real” Thanksgiving so much as a mini pre-Christmas.

My first Thanksgiving was my second year of college. I wasn’t going home for the fall break and my friend invited me to come to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner since she lived nearby.

It was like I was in the home of those people on TV!

Turkey and tons of people and children running around. Stuffing and “yams,” and cranberry sauce.

Now, the only exposure to cranberry sauce I had up until then was the canned kind that they served in the dining hall before fall break. So I was amazed when I saw my friend make this, and it was so simply and delicious!

So, when this year I was asked what I would bring to dinner, I immediately volunteered to bring cranberry sauce.

It is the easiest thing. It is almost not cooking, but it is so great!


  • 2 bags of Cranberries
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  1. Wash cranberries and remove any that look too old and squishy
  2. Add cranberries, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and orange juice to large pot
  3. Cook until cranberries burst
  4. (optional) strain, but I love the taste of cranberry skins
  5. Cool and eat


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