Make the cranberry sauce today.
That's right, the more you do ahead of time, the easier Thanksgiving Day will be. I'm lucky enough to not be the main cook in my house. My husband openly admits he does NOT trust me with an entire turkey. (He's got good reasons, let's just leave it at that.) But he and the kids insist that I make a few of their favorite recipes. They all love my sweet potato casserole, my cranberry sauce and my apple pie for dessert. I like to assemble the apple pie in the morning so it can be baking while we are eating the turkey dinner. The sweet potato casserole can be made ahead and reheated, but since the cranberry sauce is served cold, it is best to make it ahead of time. So I get that done first, here's my simple but delicious recipe...
1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
half cup of orange juice
Heat the water and sugar to a boil on the stove, stirring often. While the water and sugar are heating, rinse the cranberries and put them in the bowl of the food processor. Blend until they are very finely chopped. Once the sugar/water boils, add the chopped cranberries and orange juice. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool, pour into a serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until needed.
Now, aren't you glad that's done? One less thing to worry about on Thursday. Now you have time to go quilt something!
Enjoy every stitch!
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