Happy Thanksgiving from Team Content Panda | CMO Hedda Newman's Kick-Ass Cranberries Recipe

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Hedda’s Kick-Ass Cranberries

Cranberries often get a bad rap as the gelatinous wiggly goo that is simply a "tradition" to have on the table. Some folks love that, I know. The below recipe kicks the cranberry dish up a serious notch. It came from a little booklet from Chuck Williams of Williams-Sonoma in a gift from my mother-in-law to my husband and I for our first Thanksgiving. That was 22 years ago and I've made this recipe ever since. Hundreds of family, friends and colleagues now also make this for their families.

My friends and family know that one of my nicknames is “Hedda”. A Czechoslovakian theatre director of mine in college couldn’t say “Heather” so “Hedda” stuck. A friend named this recipe with that title years ago and it stuck. So here is a little something that all of us pandas love from our kitchens to yours.

One other food for thought (all puns intended). My ancestry is German/Polish and we always have sauerkraut with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s an awesome pallet cleanser and so good with a bite of turkey. Give it a try you may love it.

So, here’s to all of you, your families and hopefully a few relaxing days off and safe travels this week.

From all of us at Content Panda. A very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy!



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Hedda's Kick-Ass Cranberries (with total props to Chuck Williams)

1/2 orange 
2 cups water 
1 tart apple, such as Granny Smith, Pippin or 
3 cups fresh cranberries 
1 1/4 cups sugar 
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 
1/4 tsp. ground cloves 

Squeeze the juice from the orange and set the juice aside. Remove and discard the membrane from inside the orange rind and cut the rind into small dice. In a small saucepan over high heat, combine the rind and the water and bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes, then drain and set aside. 

Peel, core and quarter the apple. Cut into 1/2-inch dice and place in a saucepan. Sort the cranberries, discarding any soft ones. Add to the apples along with the orange juice, orange rind, sugar, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to low and cover the pan partially. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, the apple is tender and the cranberries have burst, 10 to 15 minutes. 

Transfer the cranberry sauce to a heatproof bowl and let cool for 1 hour before serving. Or cover and refrigerate; bring to room temperature before serving. Transfer the cranberry sauce to a sauce boat and pass at the table. 
Makes 3 1/2 to 4 cups.