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New England-style cranberry sauce
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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)

Ingredients

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

Preparation

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: www.nashobavalleyvoice.com/lifestyle/ci_32261294/make-ahead-side-makes-holidays-easier