Cranberry Sauce and a Thanksgiving Explosion


Beauty!  Look at these cranberry gems!  I’m turning them into cranberry sauce.

Super easy.  Are you doing this too?

You’ll probably be cranking food out of your kitchen all weekend.  Need a few more ideas?  I’ve got everything!  Everything but the turkey, stuffing, and cornbread… Yea, I know.  But I have everything else!


1-  Pumpkin Pie Pancakes.  Super flavor for for breakfast.

2- Honey Roasted Acorn Squash.  So easy and it makes me feel fancy.

3-  Spiced Apple Cake.  I love this creature.

4-  Prosciutto Dijon Gruyere Puffs.  How about an appetizer?  I love the mustard in these.

5-  Roasted Pumpkin and Leek Soup.  That’s yummy.  Fact.


Let’s finish this cranberry sauce.

There’s absolutely no reason you should by the canned stuff. It slinks out of the can and has weird ridges.  It’s also waaaay too sweet.

I think you should boil cranberries with orange juice and zest… then add just a tiny touch of vanilla beans.

Cranberry sauce dream… I’m tellin ya.


Cranberry Sauce

makes about 4 cups

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2 12-ounce bags fresh cranberries

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

pinch of salt

1 cup water

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

scrapings from one quarter of a vanilla bean (optional if you don’t want to shell out the cash for a vanilla bean)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the water, juice granulated sugar, brown sugar and salt.  Stir until sugars have dissolved.  Add the two bags of cranberries and stir until cranberries begin to pop.  Cook cranberries, stirring occasionally for about 10 to 12 minutes.  Sauce will thicken as cranberries cook down.  Once thick, remove from heat and add orange zest and vanilla bean.  Stir to incorporate.  Cool to room temperature then store in the fridge until ready to eat.  Lasts for up to three days in the fridge.  Delicious.


6-  Maple Pecan Muffins.  Topped with pure maple syrup and baked to perfection.

7-  Dad’s Perfect Sweet Potato Pie with No-Roll Pie Crust.  Yes.  I’m totally obsessed with this pie.

8-  Cornmeal Cranberry Honey Bread.  Sweet and crunchy.  Like.

9-  Vegan Pumpkin Walnut Bread.  So moist you’ll never know it’s vegan.  Promise.

10-  Apple Pie Granita.  Like pie…. but totally not!

11-  Buttermilk Pie with Warm Blackberry Sauce.  Ooooh man.


12-  Apple Crisp.  My key to one day tricking a man into marrying me.

13-  All Purpose Holiday Bundt Cake.  Bring a bib.

14-  Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting.  Cupcakes for the holidays?  I say ok!

15-  Pear Walnut Bundt Cake.  The praline alone is reason enough to make this happen.

16-  Homemade Apple Pie.  It’s worth the time.  It really is.

118 thoughts on “Cranberry Sauce and a Thanksgiving Explosion

  1. Just when I decided I needed a no roll pie crust recipe, Joy the Baker comes through for me!
    Thanks Joy and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. EXCUSE ME, could I have one of everything, please? Your goodies are soooo tempting. I am off to bake my pies for tomorrow, I like to get a head start. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Mmm, lots of delicious recipes…my printer is going to be busy this morning!
    Thanks, Joy! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Canned cranberry sauce has never even been a part of my universe. It was always homemade or nothing. My recipe is pretty similar to yours, except I use all orange juice, only add 2/3 cup sugar, and dump in a bunch of walnuts or pecans. Oh, and some ginger. Ginger’s good.

  5. This is really an explosion, I’d like to taste everything but then I guess I would not survive… Pity one cannot find cranberries in Italy, apart from the dried ones.

  6. …You dear girl are the cat’s meow! Thank you for posting all these wonderful photos and the links to the recipes too! I am already trying to decide which one to make. Or two. Or what the hell, three! *giggle*snort* ;o)

    …Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    …Many blessings too… :o)

  7. I want a taste of everything pictured in this post! I’m with you on the cranberry sauce – that gelatinous glop in the can is barely edible… but the homemade version is beautiful and delicious!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Joy :)

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