Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without…

. . .canned jellied cranberry sauce.

Your read that correctly . . . canned jellied cranberry sauce.

I never realized that members of my own family had such an emotional attachment to the canned cranberry sauce!

I never liked the stuff.

I do not understand why the canned cranberry sauce must be on the table.

In my opinion, it is just gross.

Doesn’t that look appetizing?  (photo credit from:

Thanks to my Mother-In-Law, she saved the day one Thanksgiving by bringing TWO cans!

I don’t buy the stuff  let alone eat it.  

I  do, however, love the traditional homemade cranberry relish made with real fresh cranberries!

It was a quick simple recipe I could do with the kids when they were little.

And since then, it has been a tradition at our table as well as the canned-shaped cranberry sauce.

Here is the recipe for homemade cranberry sauce straight from the back of the bag of fresh cranberries:

Cranberry-Orange Relish


  • 1 12 ounce package of fresh cranberries
  • 1 medium orange peeled, quartered and seeded
  • 3/4 cup – 1 cup sugar


  • In a food processor, add the fresh cranberries, peeled orange quarters and sugar.
  • Blend until thoroughly mixed.
  • Note: Make a day ahead so the flavors will meld together.
I enjoy this every year with all the fixings and a glass of wine!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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