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Cranberry Sauce

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Now for me, Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce for the turkey.  I must have it.  You can get the stuff from the can, but the fresh homemade stuff is so much better and it really isn’t hard to make at all.  You can even make it a day or two before and keep it in the fridge.

There is a recipe on most bags of fresh cranberries to make the sauce.  I have changed up the basic recipe by using orange juice in stead of water and I also throw in a little orange zest.  Love it!  It adds just a slight orange flavor which goes so well with cranberries.

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Cranberries have their own natural pectin in them, so you don’t need anything to help jell or thicken the sauce.  Give the fresh cranberry sauce a try.  You won’t be disappointed.  In fact, you just may never use canned again.

Now let’s talk turkey. If you weren’t aware, Butterball  has a Turkey Talk-Line lady that is available to answer your Thanksgiving meal questions, share ways to save or to gobble up any turkey-day cooking myths. So if you encounter any problems along the way with preparing your Thanksgiving meal, you can give them a call. No question is too tough for these turkey talkers, and they are ready and excited to tackle any challenge you throw at them. Give them a call at 1-800-BUTTERBALL throughout November and December.

You can also go to Butterball website to plan the perfect amount of servings you need in their perfect portion planner.    Just plug in the amount of adults and kids you plan on serving into the planner. There are boxes you can check to say we want leftovers, we are big eaters, or we are light eaters. Then it will tell you the size of turkey you need along with the amount of stuffing.  So simple.

So I must admit that I do not do anything fancy when I cook my turkey.  The turkeys you  buy today usually have stuff injected into them and are pre seasoned.  All I do is throw that baby on my rack in my roaster and put some kosher salt and fresh ground pepper on the skin.  That’s it.  I know some of you are in shock.  I have heard the only way to do a turkey is with a brine.  Maybe one day I will give it a try, but I have been successful with doing nothing more  than salt and pepper and my turkey has been perfect and moist.

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Cranberry Sauce

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  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of orange juice can use fresh, but juice made from concentrate works just fine
  • 1 tsp of orange zest


  • Put all ingredients into a sauce and mix well.
  • Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for about 10 minutes until the cranberries pop. There may be a few light colored ones that don't pop, but don't worry. They soften as the sauce cools. I like to serve my sauce at room temp or slightly warm. The sauce can also be made up to 2 days before and kept in the fridge.
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  2. My favorite turkey recipe is to cook it like a roast stuffed with precooked rice. You cook rice in chicken broth with parsley and oregano till almost done. I let it cool for a bit while I cut up 6-8 white potatoes and wash my turkey. I then place the turkey in a roast pan I stuff it with the premise rice. Then around the turkey I place my potatoes then I pour one bag of frozen carrots, one bag of frozen green beans, one bag of frozen corn, a container of fresh sliced mushrooms, one large onions in half rings. I sprinkle turkey and veggies with salt, pepper, parsley, oregano, and a dash of poultry seasoning. I pour a box of chicken broth in it cover it and cook according to my turkey instructions. It’s one pot with a delicious flavor for both meat and veggies. If you use can veggies they will come out soggy.

  3. We like the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, collards, green bean cassarole, pecan pie, jello salad, and of course homemade bread. This is what my family looks forward to. Of course the left overs are just as good the day after. [after watching the Macys Parade on TV]

  4. My favorite recipe from Thanksgiving is homemade cranberry sauce. So yummy and the only time of the year I get to eat it.

  5. I love Thanksgiving; it is the one holiday that my family comes together for and I get to cook a good homemade meal for all. One year my sister was coming from TX to join us in CO for Thanksgiving. She was so tired we had to go meet her and finish the drive. My youngest son, a teenager at the time was left in charge of dinner. He did a great job, unfortunately half way through the meal my sister started nodding off and he caught her just before she did a face plant in her dinner. Hopefully, with weather permitting, we will all be together again this year. My youngest son will be doing the traveling this time, my sister only lives 15 min. away. I can’t wait to cook for everyone!