What would a Thanksgiving dinner be without the vibrant red and tangy taste of cranberries? Although are they are showing up more often in our daily, year-round food- perhaps partly because of their health benefits - I confess I still associate them with the holidays.
Jellied Cranberry Sauce is my take on a childhood favorite. Yeah, that's right - the stuff that comes out of a can. But this homemade version is much better, and lower in sugar.
Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Apple and Orange is the recipe I use when I want a classic cranberry sauce for a holiday menu.
Raw Cranberry Relish is a refreshing side dish that can be made ahead and frozen to save you time later when you're getting the rest of your feast ready.
It's no coincidence that this fruit is part of our end of the year celebrations: it's in season right now in its native habitat (mostly eastern North America).
Photo: ŠLeda Meredith