Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! (Part One)

The season of giving and sharing has begun. The giving and sharing of germs that is. We've had several weeks of sickness in the house. Everyone is finally on the mend, thank goodness!  That is the reason I haven't posted anything lately. Fevers and coughing up one's lungs is not conducive to cooking and baking. That said, I do want to share just a couple of holiday recipes that are staples of my holiday dinners (both Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Homemade cranberry sauce is so easy to make. There isn't much to it and the end result is delicious.

Spice Cranberry Sauce

1 12oz. bag cranberries, rinsed and picked over
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
4 whole allspice berries
5 whole cloves

Place the cinnamon stick, allspice, and cloves in a piece of cheese cloth large enough to make a small bag. Tie it off with a piece of cooking twine. Cut off any excess cheese cloth.
Rinse and pick out any bad cranberries.
Place the cranberries, your spices, water, and sugar in a pot.
Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat and let cool.
When the cranberries are cool enough, remove the spices.
Transfer to a serving dish or a storage container.
Refrigerate until you're ready to serve.

Note: You can just place the spices straight into the cranberries without the cheese cloth and then fish them out later. There is always the chance that you miss one or you can't find one. If that happens, warn your guests. ;o)

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