Cranberries Three Ways!

I love this time of the year, what is better than a holiday that pretty much can lay claim to several foods. One of my favorite of these exclusive foods is the fabulous cranberry!

When I moved to New England 5 years ago, I thought I had waved goodbye to my favorite cranberry concoction, raw cranberry orange relish. But 2 years ago I could take it no more…I would become the bearer of all things cranberry!

This year I took it a step further, producing not only the relish, but a whole cranberry sauce and an amazing Cape Code Cranberry Tart that I can thank my friend Robin of for! The tart was my biggest success, since you all know that I do NOT bake! You can view the recipe on Robin’s blog, and trust me, if I can do it, ANYone can! As an added bonus, I made extra candied cranberries from this recipe to put on top of my mini baked bries!

Cranberries make me happy, and I think I will have to take this joy with me into other seasons of the year…fall shouldn’t get all the fun!

Raw Cranberry-Orange Relish


  • 1 lb fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1.5 Navel oranges (or other de-seeded variety) cut into eighths with the peel still on. – Yes, the peel goes into the relish, trust me!


  • Place all 3 ingredients into a food processor and pulse until finely blended
  • Try to keep yourself from eating the entire batch in one sitting,

Whole Cranberry Sauce


  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water


  • Bring water and sugar to a boil in a stainless steel pot
  • Add cranberries and return to a boil
  • Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to slowly boil for 10 -12 minutes
  • Place a metal strainer over a serving bowl and drain the sauce from the cranberries
  • Scoop a couple of the remaining cranberries into the liquid
  • Use a metal spoon to press the remaining cranberries through the strainer.
  • If you want, you may put more of the pulp into the liquid instead of pressing it all through the strainer.
  • Cover the bowl and allow to cool completely at room temperature.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

8 Replies to “Cranberries Three Ways!”

  1. Yum Yum…I’m assuming you’re bringing some of these delicious dishes to moms tomorrow. Can’t wait to try the “Cranberry Orange Relish”…my mouth is salvating now. 😉 Love Yeah!

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