Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

This naturally sweetened cranberry sauce couldn't be easier to make!

Get this! Last Thursday, I got on an elevator at ABC Home in NYC and started my seven-floor descent. The elevator promptly stopped at the fifth floor. In walked a decorator clutching onto a couple of rolls of wallpaper, followed by Jennifer Garner herself. Unmistakably Jennifer Garner, with her dimples, radiant smile and everything. She smiled at me and said hi, so I did the same, and then she offered to help her decorator carry the wallpaper.

I tried not to gawk at her as we rode five stories down together. She is one classy lady, I tell you. I walked off the elevator feeling like I had a few specks of magic dust on my shoulders. I don’t know how to connect Jennifer Garner with cranberry sauce (let’s say she likes cranberry sauce?), but I just had to share my elevator moment. My one minute of fame-by-assocation, if you will.

how to make cranberry sauce

Ok, let’s talk about cranberry sauce. It’s the neglected, afterthought condiment of Thanksgiving, but no holiday table is complete without it. Cranberry sauce adds a very necessary burst of sweet-tart flavor and ruby red color to an otherwise beige meal.

The homemade version is much prettier than store-bought, not to mention more tasty. Although, I’ll admit that there is something fantastically retro about a gelatinous, shimmering cylinder of canned cranberry sauce on a plate.

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