Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Cranberry Sauce and Emergency Food for the Kids

 I'm making Thanksgiving dinner again this year.  I like to do as much prep ahead of time as I can because I'll be hosting about 15 people.  Cranberry sauce is an easy menu item to prepare in advance.  This is the best cranberry sauce I've ever had and I make the same recipe each year.  I can it so I can give everyone some to take home so they can have it with their leftovers.

Put 2 cups of sugar in a heavy pot.  Add 1 cup of water, 1 cup port, 4 star anise and 2 cinnamon sticks.  Bring this to a boil and whisk until the sugar dissolves.

Add 6 cups of fresh cranberries.

Add the zest of 1 orange.

Add the juice from that orange.  Cook it until you hear the cranberries popping.  turn the heat off and stir.  You want some of the cranberries to remain whole.  Fill jars to 1/2 inch below the rim, add the lids and place them in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.One Thanksgiving menu item down....about 50 more to go!

On occasional Tuesdays, a cook goes to the after school program to teach the kids how to cook something.  He was supposed to be there yesterday so I had not prepared food.  I got a call an hour before the kids arrived and was told that the cook canceled.  There was no food for the kids.  I quickly went through my food stash and put together a meat and cheese platter.  I found a loaf of frozen pumpkin bread, some frozen French bread, nuts, apricots and crackers.

I had jars of homemade pickles, homemade mustard and some sweet chili sauce I made recently.  My sausage hording finally paid off.  The kids loved it.