change a tradition? really? yes!

Terry and I have a lot in common when it comes to our respective childhoods. We had many similar experiences, attended the same high school (at least for a couple of years), and our families shared similar holiday traditions.

One of those traditions was cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving. You know the kind I mean. The Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce in a can. Any other kind of cranberry sauce that showed up at a family gathering, which I seem to recall happened occasionally in my family at least, was sacrilege.

Since we had our kitchen remodel six years ago we’ve fixed a full Thanksgiving dinner each year, even though it’s just the two of us. One of the staples has always been that cranberry sauce we grew up with.

This year was different. I was listening to a program about cooking Thanksgiving dinner on NPR, and one of the experts commented, “Don’t buy canned cranberry sauce. It’s really easy to make your own.”

As it happened, a recent episode of the Giada De Laurentiis program Giada at Home on the Food Network described a recipe for Cranberry BBQ Sauce Turkey Sliders. The recipe included instructions on homemade cranberry sauce. It did indeed look very easy. One ingredient was maple syrup, and I decided that it being Thanksgiving I was not going to use that faux-maple Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup we put on our waffles. I grabbed a small (very expensive) bottle of 100% real maple syrup at Rocca’s Market when I picked up our Thanksgiving turkey.

I was expecting good. Terry and I both agree that the result was phenomenal.

No more canned cranberry sauce at our house for Thanksgiving.


One Comment on “change a tradition? really? yes!”

  1. […] I wrote about how a comment on NPR to the effect of “cranberry sauce is easy” motivated me to make my own after many decades of Ocean Spray, going back to my youngest childhood days. The recipe from Giada […]


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