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fabulous fresh cranberry sauce

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My friend Jen shared this with me and I’ve never been more anxious for Thanksgiving to roll around each year!  My sister Megan and I used to eat up the canned smooth cranberry sauce each year, so much so that my Aunt Kathy would give us a can for Christmas in our stocking as a joke! 

I’m now a chunky cranberry sauce convert, and it doesn’t get any better than this.  If I remember correctly, Jen said it came from a famous chef’s restaurant… wish I knew the whole story better.  I skip the cloves because I’m not big on that flavor and it tastes excellent.

cinnamon hard candy

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I almost hate to add this one, in case I decide to make this for friends this year at Christmas.  My mom makes this pretty much every year and it’s a pretty treat to give in clear bags or cute tins.  The powdered sugar keeps the candy pieces from sticking together. 

Using a jelly roll pan isn’t essential, but it helps thin it out… you could use two smaller rimmed cookie sheets instead if you don’t have a jelly roll (like me!).  Also, the oil of cinnamon must be purchased from a pharmacist.  It’s behind the counter because it’s so strong and can burn you if you broke the jar onto your skin.  Just ask for it – it’s not prescription!  Just be careful not to let little hands get a hold of it.