Whole Cranberry Orange Relish

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Yields: 6 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 Mins Total Time: 15 Mins

Did you know I am a chronic list-maker? I make lists for my lists and a master list to keep my other lists organized. I know it kind of makes me crazy just thinking about it.

Right now, I am working on a mental list for the approaching holidays, including shopping, cooking, and gift-giving. In the back of my already crowded mind, there are plans for baking, plans for Thanksgiving, and plans for Christmas going on. My thoughts are packed full. I find that making lists helps me stay organized and reduces the feeling of having too much on my plate. It allows me to prioritize tasks and ensure that nothing important slips through the cracks. Despite the chaos in my mind, I feel a sense of control and preparedness, knowing that everything is accounted for on my various lists. 

One of the first things I decided I needed to do was make sure I had all the recipes handy that I was going to cook from. However, many of the dishes I have been making for 30 years, so that recipe card is in my head. This is the year I get it out of my head and write it down. That way, I won’t suddenly stop in the grocery store with my eyes glazing over and a blank look on my face because I have forgotten to purchase a key ingredient. Not only does writing down the recipe help me remember to buy the necessary ingredients, but it also allows me to easily share it with others who may want to recreate the dish.

The first recipe I decided to put on a recipe card is my grandma’s Cranberry Orange Relish. This is a super simple recipe with a few ingredients that packs a flavor punch every time you eat it. When adding it to a Thanksgiving meal, you can eat it with any dish as a good complement to the entire meal.  The tangy cranberries and refreshing orange flavors of the relish perfectly balance out the richness of traditional Thanksgiving dishes like turkey and mashed potatoes. The recipe card for my grandma Myrtle’s Cranberry Orange Relish is a cherished family heirloom. It’s been passed down through generations and is always a hit at our Thanksgiving gatherings. The vibrant colors of the cranberries and oranges make it an eye-catching addition to the table, adding a pop of freshness to the spread. 

So when you get the grocery store this year, ready and organized, just grab 1 bag of fresh whole cranberries and 2 oranges to make the Whole Cranberry Orange Relish.

Making this the day before Thanksgiving is a great idea for two reasons: as the flavors sit together and blend, this adds a good blend to this alreayd flavorful dish, and the second reason is that it will be ready to eat when you are!


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  • Get out your food processor or old hand crank that attaches to the table (I know we all have one of those in the back of the cupboard somewhere). Cut the orange into wedges, remove the whole cranberries from the bag, give them a good rinse, drain, and set aside. They are now ready to be added to the food processor using the chopping blade.
  • Alternately add the oranges and cranberries, chop until fine, small pieces are formed, and the ingredients are blended well. Scoop into your serving dish, sprinkle the sugar on top, and blend in.  For an extra burst of flavor, you can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice before blending. The tartness of the lemon will complement the sweetness of the oranges and cranberries perfectly. Finally, cover the dish and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld together before serving. 


Add in lemon juice for added flavor and brightness to the this tart dish

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