Cranberry Raspberry Relish + A Giveaway

November 13, 2011

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Thanksgiving is my favorite national holiday. It is not focused around the obligatory(bad) gift, it’s secular, and the abundance of flavors, color, and creativity in the food and recipes cannot be beat.

I started creating my Thanksgiving menu over 25 years ago, in a 2 bedroom duplex with a very small kitchen.  The size of my kitchen didn’t matter, nor did the fact that I only had one oven.  I was organized, made lists, prepped and did as much as I could in advance. My pumpkin soup and this cranberry sauce remain the two constants on my holiday table. Today, I may have a slightly larger kitchen, two ovens, an extra fridge, but the joy of this holiday remains the same.

Regardless, making a Thanksgiving meal requires organization, lots of prep, and time management. I do as much as I can in advance. This cranberry sauce can be made a week in advance, Pie crusts are made and frozen, soups are made 2 days prior, and all veggies are cleaned, blanched, and chopped the weekend before.

Recently, I got a little kitchen toy that is going to be a huge help with my prep next week. I found this Chef’s Quad Timer Professional in the special Bon Apetit Thanksgiving Issue and knew I had to have one. I contacted the company directly to find out where I could find one in my area(didn’t want to wait the shipping time, needed instant gratification). They kindly offered to send me one to review. I was thrilled. When I contacted them to tell them how versatile, easy, practical, and functional this unit is, they were grateful. Another bonus of this handy tool is, if you don’t hear the beeper turn off, after a period of time, the time intuitively tracks the elapsed time from the original setting (a bonus for me as I am always juggling too many balls at one time and have been known to burn-not brown-the onions).

My new friends at American Innovative were so appreciative for the feedback that they have not only offered one of these fabulous units to one of my readers, but they are have also offered a 15% discount to all my readers. This truly is the one kitchen gadget one cannot go without. And if you don’t happen to be that lucky someone who will be receiving this via this giveaway, then I suggest you go to their website, present the coupon code URBANBAKER and get one of these immediately. I plan on giving these to many of our friends and family this holiday season!

In the meantime, make this cranberry sauce. It’s chunky, fruity, tart, not too sweet and can be eaten all year around. Obviously it is delish with turkey, but it’s just as good with chicken, pork, and it is the best condiment on almost any sandwich.

Cranberry-Raspberry Relish
yield: 1 1/2 quarts
adapted from here

ingredients:
1 lb.(16 oz.) fresh cranberries
2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup organic whole cane sugar
1/2 cup orange marmalade
10 oz. frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon (or more to taste)

instructions:
• in the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, rough chop the apples and cranberries.
• add the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine.
• store in an airtight container (I like Ball Jars).
• refrigerate.  can stay for about 1 month.

How to Enter
The folks at American Innovative are going to send one of my readers a Chef’s Quad Timer Professional valued at $30.00. You have until Friday, November 18th, 12 midnight to enter this giveaway. The winner will be chosen via random.org and you will have two days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to U.S.A. residents only.

You can enter multiple times by leaving a separate comment for each of the following steps listed below:

• tell me what are your families Thanksgiving traditions and what’s your favorite Thanksgiving food.
• go to The Urban Baker’s facebook page and become my friend
• tweet about this giveaway. make up one of your own or tweet this sample message: pls RT @theurbanbaker has a Chefs Quad Timer Professional #giveaway. Makes holiday cooking and time management manageable. http://is.gd/v2m2Wj
• follow @therubanbaker on Twitter
• order your timer from American Innovative or Amazon.com and let me know you did so
• sign up for my RSS feeds and receive my blog posts each week
• Stumble this post and follow me (and see who I follow) @theurbanbaker on StumbleUpon.

Link to more Cranberry Recipes:
Cranberry-Orange Relish – Inside the Kagano Kitchen
Easy No Cook Cranberry Salad – A Food Centric Life
Spicy Cranberry Relish with Pinot Noir – Simply Recipes
Apple + Cranberry Sauce – Cookin’ Canuck

 

 

 

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1 Donna F. November 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

We don’t have Thanksgiving traditions here, but my fave is the dessert – apple pie

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2 Donna F. November 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

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3 Donna F. November 13, 2011 at 11:24 am
4 Donna F. November 13, 2011 at 11:25 am

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5 Adele November 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

My Thanksgiving traditions are to spend time with family and enjoy each other’s company, and of course picking the perfect turkey. I especially enjoy the stuffing. There are so many wonderful ways to make it.

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6 Adele November 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

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7 Susan Young@cookinginthefloridaheat.blogspot.com November 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Our Thanksgiving tradition is to make homemade cranberry jam that we use on Thanksgiving day and also give out to all of our family and friends. They look forward to it as much as we do.

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8 Susan November 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Susan, cranberry jam sounds wonderful. Good idea for holiday gifts….hmmm you have me thinking!

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9 Susan Young@cookinginthefloridaheat.blogspot.com November 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

We follow you on Facebook.

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10 PAT R November 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

We pass a candle around the table and say what we are thankful for this year.

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11 PAT R November 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I already “like” and follow yo on FB

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12 PAT R November 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I follow yo on email

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13 Cindy B. November 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I like The Urban Baker’s Facebook page.

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14 Cindy B. November 13, 2011 at 1:53 pm

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15 Cindy B. November 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I follow @therubanbaker on Twitter.

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16 Julie @BananasforBourbon November 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I love thanksgiving dinner with my family! And anything with pumpkin belongs on my table. 🙂

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17 Susan November 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Julie – I just started liking pumpkin pie. Now I crave it! I get why you like all things pumpkin!

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18 Julie @BananasforBourbon November 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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19 Julie @BananasforBourbon November 13, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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21 Jennie November 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I love either my mother’s stuffing or my cornbread casserole or pumpkin bread. We get together with as much family as possible and any other people without a place to go. This year the count is at 44!

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22 Nancy@acommunaltable November 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Oooh… I have never made cranberry sauce with raspberries but it sounds fabulous! The kitchen timer sounds fabuloous too!! Hmm… family traditions – everyone has to say what they are thankful for before we eat – as for traditional foods – definitely my mother’s hashed potatoes in cream!

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23 Susan November 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Hashed potatoes in cream – do tell, Nancy. Sounds kind of amazing!

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24 Nancy@acommunaltable November 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Already a facebook fan!

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25 Nancy@acommunaltable November 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Stumbled!

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26 Nancy@acommunaltable November 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Already follow you on Twitter!

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27 Stefani November 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

family traditions are to get together for dinner and share what we’re thankful for. my favorite Thanksgiving food is stuffing!

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28 Stefani November 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Already like you on fb!

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29 Stefani November 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm
30 Stefani November 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Already following you on twitter

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31 Stefani November 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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32 Stefani November 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm

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33 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] November 13, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday after Christmas. Christmas will always be my fave because it reminds me of my dad. Thanks for letting us know about the cool gadget, I’ll definitely check it out!

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34 Cookin' Canuck November 13, 2011 at 7:52 pm

What a beautiful cranberry relish. To me, there is no replacement for fresh cranberry sauce. Plus, it’s so quick and easy to make. One of our favorite holiday traditions is ending the day with a family walk. It’s time spent together, plus it’s help work off some of that Thanksgiving feast.

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35 Susan November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Dara – I love the family walk idea. I may have to incorporate that into my Thanksgiving day!

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36 jocelyn November 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm

our thanksgiving traditions have evolved over the 6 past years. we now have two thanksgiving dinners. one in santa barbara with my family and a second one in LA with paul’s parents and some of our friends. we do this is so we don’t have to alternate every other year my parent’s, paul’s parent’s. now that our son is in college it is even more important for us to do it here in LA so he has a chance to be with his friends. when we are in santa barbara, the meal is very traditional but when we are here in LA we go a bit more southern style- starting with the turkey- paul deep fries the turkey!!! wow it is so incredible.

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37 Susan November 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I remember that southern style fried turkey from last year…i may have to rear my head on over to your house this year. dying to try that. xx

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38 jocelyn November 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm

come on by- would love to share with you!
xoxo

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39 Alyse November 13, 2011 at 8:18 pm

My favorite tradition is having our small family all together for a glorious day.

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40 Katie November 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I don’t really have any unique Thanksgiving traditions besides spending time with my family. My favorite Thanksgiving food is simply masked rutabaga with butter salt and pepper. Simple….but WONDERFUL!!

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41 Katie November 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I like the Urban Baker page on FB

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42 Katie November 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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43 Amanda Thompson November 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Our Thanksgiving tradition is everyone pitches in to put it together and we all pitch in to clean it up afterwards. I’m really looking forward to my mom’s mashed potatoes and my dad’s deep-fried turkey!

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44 Amanda Thompson November 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I follow via RSS feeds/email!

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45 Leslie November 14, 2011 at 3:30 am

Pies are our biggest tradition….chocolate pecan being the winner. Also Vegetarian mushroom gravy…loved by all.

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46 Kim November 14, 2011 at 4:35 am

This sauce looks awesome. It’s so bad that Thanksgiving is really not important up in here because it’s sounds like a perfect celebration to me!

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47 Maria November 14, 2011 at 7:48 am

My dad’s potato rolls are a must every year!

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48 Jillian_R November 14, 2011 at 9:31 am

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49 Jillian_R November 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

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50 Jillian_R November 14, 2011 at 9:32 am

I already follow you for the RSS feed, like you on FB and I follow you on Twitter….

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51 sally cameron November 14, 2011 at 11:22 am

Sounds delicious Susan. I really like your addition of raspberries and apples. I too love Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday to cook for, and traditions are so important. Our family cranberry recipe has been around for probably 50 years, but I’ll have to try your recipe. It’s fun to share traditions!

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52 Susan November 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Sally – it is fun to share traditions. However, I have to say, sharing the weekend with you this past weekend, was pretty darn great as well! A 50 year old cranberry sauce – intrigued

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53 aida mollenkamp November 14, 2011 at 1:09 pm

The raspberries are a great idea, Susan!

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54 Lucy Lean November 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm

love sweet potato – sans marshmallow!

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55 Bebe November 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving food is stuffing, followed closely by butternut squash! And I love having my kids back in the house.

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56 sippitysup November 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm

It’s not Thanksgiving to me w/o roots of some sort. I like the metaphor. Great meeting you at IFBC this weekend. GREG

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57 Susan November 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

likewise, Greg. I am loving your blog. The recipes and stories are wonderful, however it is your candor and humor that I am loving!!!

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58 Kristina Vanni November 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Beautiful relish! To answer your question, my favorite Thanksgiving food is cornbread dressing. I fell in love with it a few years back and now I just can’t get enough!

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59 Alicia @ Treble Tart November 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

Liked you on Facebook!

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60 Alicia @ Treble Tart November 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

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61 Alicia @ Treble Tart November 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

Tweeted! (TrebleTart)

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62 Alicia @ Treble Tart November 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

Our Thanksgiving traditions have always included the family getting together and eating a LOT of food, as well as going around the table and having everyone say what they’re thankful for. Then we’d play board games until everyone fell asleep. 🙂

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63 Barbara Filak November 16, 2011 at 12:53 am

Can’t wait to try your cranberry relish recipe ! It’s exactly what I was looking for AND I can make it in advance ……can’t ask for more than that ! I also love this holiday and it’s all about the “roots” for me too!

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64 Georgia Pellegrini November 16, 2011 at 10:47 am

I never would have thought to add raspberries to cranberry relish, but it’s a great idea. I may have to try it for my next batch 🙂

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65 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I wish I was so organized to have everything prepped so far in advance! I guess that’s why my Thanksgiving tradition is running around like a mad woman trying to get everything done in time. lol

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66 Susan November 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm

sylvie – i have to be organized – makes me crazy to not have my “lists” and my “to do’s”. I am type A, but a flexible type A!

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67 Mary F. November 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

My 83 year old mother insists on making her cranberry sauce each Thanksgiving which everyone loves. I am looking forward to trying your recipe and seeing what her response will be. My husband’s family only has the canned cranberry so I know what I will be taking to that dinner this year! Thank you!

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68 Susan November 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hi Mary – I sure hope this lives up to your mom’s, traditional dish. I am anxious to hear how it all goes down!

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