This year Christy and I are going to have a cranberry duel!  She made the one above.  We will throw cranberries at each other all afternoon until someone is declared the winner……(it’s gonna get messy because we are having 6 kids under age 7!).  It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year.


1 pkg fresh cranberries, washed

1 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup orange juice (no sugar added)

Zest of one orange

Once orange is zested, I cut in half and squeezed fresh orange juice from 1/2 of the orange

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, or 1/2 tsp. each clove and cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts or no nuts)

1-4 Tbs. triple orange liquer

To cook:

Combine cranberries, sugars, and OJ.  In a saucepan, bring to a boil till cranberries start to pop.  Remove from heat and stir in zest, juice, spices, nuts and liqueur.  Sauce will thicken when it cools.  Can store for a week in a Mason jar.

Appetizer Idea:  Pour over a block of cream cheese and serve with Rosemary Crackers.  Also great on a turkey sandwich with mayo!

Now, my recipe.  I have lost my Mom’s original, but from memory this is the closest I can come.  It’s more like a Jello salad (in fact it IS a jello salad)!


2 pkg Rasberry gelatin

1 can jellied Cranberry sauce

2 cups boiling water

1 small can crushed pineapple

1 cup finely chopped celery

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1 can mandarin oranges, sliced in 1/2 (drain or use juice as part of boiling water above)

Zest of an orange NOTE:  If you are really a cook and don’t mind the work, separate the orange sections, and “supreme” them.  (trim off thin skin and add to salad).   Which basically makes them just like the mandarins.

this one tastes very different from Christy’s!

In a saucepan or microwave, melt the cranberry sauce.  Add jello to boiling water, stir and add cranberry sauce.  Add pineapple, celery, nuts and pour into a ring mold or square baking dish.  Chill till set.  (Mom used to Pray it would come  out of the mold neatly!). Memories….

One thought on “CRANBERRY CITY!!!

  1. Those cram berries travel all the way from Wareham Ma, where we live, to Mesa. Who knew Arizonans had so much fun with cranberries grown in my back yard?


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