Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving - and Cranberry Sauce

We had a great Thanksgiving!  It was just the 4 of us.  Jamie took care of the kids all day so that I could get dinner prepped.  It was really relaxing for a Thanksgiving day.  I timed everything well, so it all was ready when it needed to be.  And everything was delicious!  I made my own cranberry sauce, and I made a great pumpkin pie using a recipe from here:  savory sweet life.

Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, roasted brussel sprouts, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, and rolls.

Yummy pumpkin pie!
Miles loved the pie!

Homemade cranberry sauce

 The cranberry sauce was made using what I had on hand, and it was delicious!  (It made a bunch, so after having leftovers for a few days, I made muffins out of the rest - and they were awesome.  I used my standard muffin recipe, but instead of making the fruit jam for it, I used cranberry sauce.  I also added the zest from 1 orange to the dry ingredients.)  Here's the recipe for the cranberry sauce - all measurements are approximations.

Cranberry Sauce

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
16 oz fresh cranberries
1/2 a large apple, peeled & diced (I used a Fuji)
1 orange - use the zest from half of it, and the juice from the whole thing
1 lemon - use the juice from half of it
a splash of brandy
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
2/3 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of kosher salt

-Stir the sugar and water together in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then add the cranberries.  Return to a boil, and then lower to simmer.
-Add the rest of the ingredients, and simmer 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.



Grandma said...

Looks like a wonderful meal! Your family is so fortunate. You are a terrific cook.

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