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Jim's Cranberry Sauce Recipe

There’s a special magic about Thanksgiving. Some say it’s all about great food. The more high-minded will say it’s about shared memories with family and friends. I'm in the middle and feel strongly both ways! With that in mind here’s a cranberry recipe my mother used to make. And her mother before her. My family has enjoyed it for generations… and I’d like to share it with yours.


  • 4 cups cranberries
  • 1/2 cup white raisins
  • 1/4 cup orange juice/apple juice
  • 1 cup browm sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg/alspice
  • pinch ground clove
  • pinch ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup minced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/4 red wine or brandy
  • orange zest


Combine OJ, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add cranberries, raisins, and pineapple and bring to boil. Continue at lower heat for about 8 to 10 minutes while stirring. The cranberries should open. Turn off heat and stir in walnuts and wine/brandy. Top with zest. Let cool and cover and refrigerate.