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New England-style cranberry sauce

Native to New England and Massachusetts, cranberries are traditionally served with Thanksgiving dinner. The small red berry packed with phytonutrients, offers many health benefits.

This homemade cranberry sauce is a delicious blend of tart and sweet, spicy flavors, super-easy to make, and the perfect compliment to roasted turkey. It’s also great as a condiment to leftover-turkey sandwiches!

When family and friends gather together at the table, take a moment to express gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving.

New England Cranberry Sauce

(recipe may be doubled)


1 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries

2/3 cup apple cider

2/3 cup orange juice

1/3 cup spring water

1 tbsp orange zest

1 tbsp honey

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cardamom


Rinse cranberries in a colander under cold water; remove any stems or leaves. Combine cranberries, cider, orange juice, water, zest, honey, cinnamon and cardamom in a medium saucepan set over medium heat; bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat to a low, gently simmer, stirring frequently, and cook until cranberries pop and thicken, remove from heat. Let cool and serve warm or chilled. Store in refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.

The day before Thanksgiving

Set the dining table with a mix of new and cherished heirloom serving and glass ware. Add personalized place cards with a thankful memory. Use natural decor such as gourds, dried flowers and berry branches for a festive centerpiece; add LED candles for a safe, warm glow.

TIme-saving tips to plan ahead

* Organize your groceries in refrigerator and pantry. Chill beverages in the refrigerator and store extras in cold cellar or garage.

* Organize serving dishes and utensils in advance and label with post-its, including the gravy boat!

* Set up a self-serve drink bar with glasses, bottle opener, cocktail napkins. * Prepare cranberry sauce.

* Prepare wild rice, carrot & mushroom stuffing (recipe in last week’s Voice, here:

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