Cranberry-Port compote with cinnamon and orange zest

A Thanksgiving feast doesn’t feel complete without a bowl of cranberry sauce. Undeniably, the tangy condiment has become as much of a showpiece as the traditional turkey it’s served with.

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Butter cookies with dried cranberry and roasted pecans
The inspiration for this recipe arose a few years ago, when my mother-in-law gave me a huge bag of freshly picked pecans. I was absolutely delighted of course, but wondered what I would end up making with all these pecans.

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Apple-Cranberry Bread Pudding

I don’t know about you, but I can never resist the smell of bread pudding baking in the oven. It’s one of those things that can drive you a little mad – and make you want to dig in before it’s cooled down enough to eat.

Today’s recipe is an all-time favorite. The cranberries add a bit of tartness to the sweet apples, while the Calvados makes the pudding a grown-up affair.

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Cranberry-fig chutney

November 18, 2011

Cranberry-fig chutney

What’s a Thanksgiving feast without a deliciously tart cranberry sauce?

Here’s a modern remix of the perennial Thanksgiving favorite. Spiked with ginger, cardamom and a touch of chili pepper, this cranberry chutney is a bold and exotic take on the classic cranberry sauce. Dried figs and a dash of Cointreau add to the chutney’s lusciousness.

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As a junior in college and a new immigrant to this country, I was quick to adopt Thanksgiving as my favorite holiday.

We Americans may have inherited this ritual of giving thanks from the Pilgrims, but throughout history people of all nations have celebrated harvest time with a feast.

Now that’s where I get very excited about this special holiday. Cooking being my passion, having the chance to make a feast is something I anticipate with great joy each year.

When planning my own Thanksgiving menu, I follow the original spirit of this special holiday and let the abundance of the harvest itself guide me. Since I do most of my shopping at our local farmers’ markets from spring through fall, I’m familiar with the gorgeous produce they offer and the succession of crops.

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