Saturday, November 26, 2011

Basic Cranberry Sauce

I haven't in the past even given the cranberry sauce at the Thanksgiving buffet table a passing glance. This year however for Thanksgiving I wanted to have some on our menu as it is a favorite of my MIL. I found this recipe here and tried it out. It was so good and will now be a staple to our Thanksgiving dinner!

  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar $
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 2 oranges) $
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Discard cinnamon stick; cool completely.

Make up to two days ahead and refrigerate.

Party Punch

Thanksgiving was such a wonderful day. You can read about our Thanksgiving dinner here. I made this punch that has received rave reviews for our Thanksgiving beverage. It lived up to they hype. Sooo good! Recipe found here.

1 can frozen piƱa colada concentrate, thawed
1 can frozen orange pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
4 liters of diet lemon-lime soda
1 bag of pebble ice (You can buy it at Sonic Drive-In or at most grocery stores in the deli or meat departments.)
1 bag of frozen raspberries

Pour the thawed concentrates into your punchbowl and stir.
Use one of the empty cans and fill it with water four times and add it to the mixture. Stir.
Add your diet soda to the mixture.
Next, add about half your bag of pebble ice.
Add your frozen raspberries to the top.