Recipes and Stories

21 November 2017: Cinnamon-Orange Cranberry Sauce

November 21, 2017

Tags: Thanksgiving Dinner, Cranberry Sauce, Cinnamon, Cranberries, Classic Southern Cooking, Classic American Cooking

Simple Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce is embarrassingly easy and lends a welcome homemade touch to the meal.
This year, I’m not doing my usual planning and precooking for Thanksgiving dinner, which has not been easy. For the first time in years my house isn’t fragrant with turkey broth and roasting pecans and my refrigerator isn’t crammed with more food than will fit into it.

My father turns ninety on Thanksgiving Day, so Tim and I are heading up to my parents’ house to be with them. I’ll be cooking, but it will be my mother’s way and there will be a lot of things that I usually do that won’t be on the table this year.

Never mind. (more…)

22 November 2014: Mastering Thanksgiving Dinner III—The Cranberries

November 22, 2014

Tags: Thanksgiving 2014, Thanksgiving Dinner, Cranberries, Cranberry Preserves, Classic American Cooking, Essentials of Southern Cooking

A truly American berry for an all-American holiday, cranberries have been paired with turkey for at least four centuries.
On Thanksgiving day, practically every table across the country on which the centerpiece is our quintessentially American bird, one can almost take for granted that the turkey will be mated with another quintessentially American thing: cranberries.

And despite the hundreds, if not thousands of cranberry sauce, compote, chutney, and relish recipes that are presently cluttering the internet, most of those berries will be served straight out of a can, which is odd. (more…)