Here we are, almost to Thanksgiving! It blows my mind. I think I blinked sometime around Halloween and now here we are. I was reminded of this the other night when I was at the thrift store shopping for slacks. It’s only, what, the second or third week in November? True to form, they were playing Christmas music. Kill ALL the Things! I couldn’t get out of that store fast enough.
Not that I’m a total Scrooge. Christmas lights are pretty. Christmas music is fine (in small doses). The problem is that by the time the Christmas season actually comes around, I’m so burned out on it that I often find myself close to a homicidal rage. Remember when Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas all had their own holiday?
I’ve been wanting to make some turkey with cranberry sauce for a while now (and I had an idea rolling around in my little brain for how to make it pretty cool), but I’d forgot to pick up some turkey breast at the store. I figured turkey and chicken are both birds, one is as good as the other, right? Well, it wasn’t quite as I envisioned it, but I really liked the sauce. There is no added sugar, so it’s Whole30 approved. It’s much more tart than the bag of cranberries boiled in water or the can of stuff you can buy (gross!), but I actually really liked it. The guys wouldn’t even try it, so I’m going to have to figure out something to do with a big ol’ bowl of cranberry sauce.
1 bag fresh cranberries
6 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup water
6-8 strawberries, stems removed
2-3 dashes each: nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, allspice
Combine cranberries, orange juice and 1⁄4 cup hot water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally and bring to a simmer. Cranberries will start to pop open as they cook. While cranberries are simmering, combine strawberries and about a tablespoon of water in a blender (I used my Magic Bullet, but any blender will work). Puree until smooth. Stir strawberries into the cranberry mixture. Stir in seasonings.
Continue to cook until cranberries are broken down and the mixture starts to thicken. If mixture is too thick, add more water until desired consistency is reached.