Yes, yes I know that jellied cranberry sauce jiggling on a plate in the perfect form of a can is an American tradition but once you've had the real stuff you won't go back, I promise. A true cranberry sauce is good on turkey, chicken or pork and it has the beauty of sweet and savory, not just sickly-sweet.
This sauce has some body to it and is a wonderful accompaniment to the traditional turkey meal. It also freezes well so you can enjoy the leftovers. Don't forget to saute the onions at a medium heat so they don't gain bitterness and maintain a nice, mellow sweetness.
1 ½ cup chopped onion
¼ cup butter
4 cups fresh cranberries
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 ¼ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Saute the onion in the butter for five minutes over a medium heat until they're soft and translucent. Then, in a medium saucepan heat the berries, water and broth until the berries begin to pop, about five minutes. Add the onion and butter mixture, sugar, lemon juice and ginger and simmer for five minutes.
Remove from heat and gently pulse or puree until desired consistency, but not too much, you still want pieces of berry and onion in there.
On an unrelated topic, Andrew and I saw the cutest movie this weekend--Dan in Real Life. If you're in the mood for a sweet romantic comedy that makes you laugh and cry and care this would be it.
Andrew loved it too and the couple we saw it with felt the same way so not only does it pass the Guy Test, it's even worth full price which is how I measure a movie's true quality--would I be willing to pay full price for it? $19.50 and worth every penny. It's not unlike Sleepless in Seattle only a bit cleaner (which shows you how clean it is) and it's got that same quirky innocence of a widower looking for another shot at true love.
And between you and me? Steve Carrel is more fun to watch than Tom Hanks was, much funnier, much cuter. Go see it and tell me if you liked it as much as I did.
Have you entered this month's Write-Away Contest yet? It's about something that made a difference to you in your life and the deadline is November 21st.
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