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Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce and a Giveaway!!!

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I have a slight crush on cranberries. I go a little crazy when they come out in season and I put them in almost every thing I bake. I mentioned in my last post that my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the cranberry sauce (tied in first place with the stuffing…ehem…I cannot lie!)

This is a recipe I learned how to make from my sweet mom. When I was old enough to know what I was doing and not burn myself or the house down, I was given cranberry sauce duty. I felt so proud of myself making it and having it turn out perfect every year. Then I got smarter and started to learn how to make DESSERTS!!

If you don’t have a cranberry sauce recipe, I think you should try this one. If you already have one, I think you should try this one. The orange added to the cranberry sauce is wonderful. The touch of fresh ginger paired with the cranberries is delicious! You can’t go wrong with this recipe!

Cranberry Sauce
16 ounces of fresh cranberries (2 cups)
1 1/2 cup of sugar
1 cup water
one navel orange (add the juice of 1/2 and cut the other 1/2 in chunks and add to the cranberry mixture in the pan)
1 sliver of fresh ginger (about the size of a garlic clove, peeled)

In a medium sized bowl, rinse the cranberries with cool water, and remove any stems or blemished berries. Drain the cranberries in a colander.

Heat water and sugar to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves.. Continue boiling 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.

Stir in cranberries. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Don't worry if every single cranberry does not completely pop. When the sauce is cooked, spoon out the orange pieces and the ginger sliver. Pour sauce into bowl or container. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled.
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Now there is something besides my family and my health that I am thankful for: IT IS YOU!! This is my little “thank you” for taking the time these past months to read my blog and to leave me a kind comment. Some of you have even tried my recipes and wrote about it. That makes me glow with happiness. You each deserve this book…but let’s get real! Christmas is around the corner, so I can only give away one book!!Winking smile

This book is fantastic. The Barefoot Contessa was one of the shows I watched religiously when I was pregnant and sat on the couch eating bon bons. I like her because she is has great ideas. She is always calm and makes every thing look like it was done with such ease. And she does it with a touch of class.  Here is your chance to win the fabulous new book by Ina Garten called, “How Easy is that?” This book is filled with very uncomplicated recipes. We could all use a some great easy recipes during the holidays. This book is so fabulous I bought one for myself and will share my take on one or two of the recipes in the next few weeks.

To enter the giveaway:
1) Please follow @cakeduchess on twitter or LIKE  Cake Duchess on Facebook. If you already do both, please see number 3. If you are doing so for the first time, please let me know that you are now following me on twitter or that you LIKE Cake Duchess on Facebook in a comment so I could add you to the giveaway.
2) Leave a comment on this post! You are encouraged to share a comment about Ina Garten’s recipes or books or any other thoughts.
3). If you RT or post on your Facebook page this giveaway post link, you get an additional entry. Please drop me an additional comment on this post saying that you did so.
4) To get an additional chance in the giveaway, become a "follower" of Cake Duchess' blog.  
5) Drawing will be done randomly from all comments recorded by Friday, Nov. 19,  at 11 PM (EST) and one lucky winner will announced.
6) Please note: Shipping only in the US. I apologize to my international friends.

70 comments

  1. You can't go wrong with Ina's recipes! There are few TV personalities that I really like, but she is definitely one that I do!

    Plus, this cranberry sauce looks beautiful. Strangely enough, cranberry sauce is one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving!

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  2. Ooo I was just looking at a cranberry recipe that I want to try but the added ginger to this adds a little something that I bet would be amazing! I love cranberries...the taste, the color and even the juice. Last year we even strung them with popcorn and put them on our tree. Last Thanksgiving was the first time I really tried homemade cranberry sauce with different Thanksgiving dishes and I am hooked. Big time. I love cranberry season.

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  3. Yay!! Love anything cranberries and I can eat a bowl full of this with a spoon! :) Great giveaway from the lovely Ina Garten! Thanks Lora and happy early Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  4. ...and of course I already follow you and now will look for you on FB and RT'd this post! :)

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  5. i follow you on twitter
    hopeswenson@gmail.com

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  6. i tweeted giveaway
    http://twitter.com/#!/hopespeony/status/4967484142653440
    hopeswenson@gmail.com

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  7. Just recently got one of her cookbooks after years of watching on Food Network. I love it! And the cranberry sauce looks delicious!!

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  8. I also love cranberries! That sauce looks great! This year I am gonna sneak them into dessert too! I am a twitter follow as well. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  9. Woot! Following on Twitter. Who doesn't love Ina Garten

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  10. I love Ina's recipes. She has never disappointed me. I don't actually own any of her books. I have checked them out of the library and made recipes from them. I recently requested this book from the library.

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  11. This cranberry sauce looks wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing, and for hosting this giveaway. I was actually thinking about giving this book to my aunt Rita as a Christmas present - It would be a perfect coincidence! :)

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  12. I think everything Ina makes looks great, but her ingredients and techniques always seem to be more than I'd like in a recipe.
    I love food network humor's fake quotes of her
    http://foodnetworkhumor.com/2010/10/ina-garten-meme-user-submissions/

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  13. I have a crush on cranberries as well! And well INA is FANTABULOUS! Lurve her {and you ; ) }

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  14. I LIKE you on Facebook and follow you on Twitter {I sound kinda stalkerish don't I LOL} xoxo

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  15. Looks great Lora! I love Ina and I would love that book! hehe :))

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  16. I do not have any of Ina’s cookbooks and was looking to get this one…it would be even better if I won it instead :)

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  17. I totally have a crush on cranberries at the moment too! And a little crush on Ina Garten (I TiVo her everyday!)

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  18. I love Ina Garten. I have 2 of her cookbooks and refer to them often. And this cranberry sauce looks yum-my!

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  19. I'm following you and the sauce looks soooo much better than the horrible canned variety.

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  20. I follow and tweeted. I love cooking and I want this book!

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  21. Great sauce and recipe and very interesting book and giveaway...but I'm not a US resident :-(((

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  22. I love watching her on TV. I often make her recipes because they generally use items that I have or that I use on a regular basis.

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  23. I'm following on twitter and re-tweeted. Would love a new cookbook!

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  24. I wish my family would eat cranberry sauce...yours sounds delicious! I'm going to see if I like your facebook page and follow you on twitter! FUN giveaway!

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  25. I already liked you, but now I like you on Facebook too! ;)
    I go nuts for Cranberries at this time of year too. I put bags away in my freezer for use throughout the year.

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  26. That cranberry sauce definitely looks delicious! Lovely colour! A great give away too...good luck to all who qualified:)

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  27. I been looking at everyones cranberry sauce to decide if I want to do something diff. I like your's, oh heck I like them all! I like you too, I will add you to twitter, but I must say I'm a twitter loser.
    -Gina-

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  28. I love to watch Ina- she makes everything look so easy. :)
    Your cranberry sauce looks wonderful- turkey's just not the same without cranberries!

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  29. My Mom makes cranberry sauce just like this but without the ginger - I will have to tell her about that - bet it adds some nice flavor! You're so sweet for giving away this book! I love Ina!
    I'm following you on Twitter and liked you on Facebook!

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  30. Just told my mom I'll be bring Cranberry Sauce to Thanksgiving! Thanks for the recipe, Lora!

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  31. That's a tasty looking cranberry sauce. The Saucy Dipper is impressed. I'm following your blog and keeping my fingers crossed that you'll pick me :)

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  32. this year is the first time I intend to make my own cranberry sauce, I was the can sort of foodie :(
    i love Ina Garten, there are just few shows on Foodnetwork that I love and Barefoot Contessa is one of them.
    I follow you via Google Reader

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  33. I have a bit of a cranberry obsession as well! I always buy bags and bags of them. Usually most of them get used, but on occasion, I will find that lonely, freezerburned bag in the back of the freezer.
    Your recipe is similar to my favorite sauce... most of the same ingredients, only I don't use the ginger (love the idea though!) and I add a splash of Grand Marnier.

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  34. I love Ina! My friend lives in NYC and actually just got to meet her and get her to sign a cookbook for her mom's Christmas present. So jealous!

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  35. I really, really love this little cranberry sauce recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

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  36. I am a serial channel flipper and it drives Mr. Sideline Chef batty but when I come to the Food Network channel all flipping stops. I look forward to Ina's show because of how laid back and organized she is. I love that she also shows how to make the tablescapes and all of her recipes look incredible!

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  37. I am also a FOLLOWER of your blog and love love love it!

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  38. Awesome! I have a cranberry crush too...and I love Ina. Following on twitter!

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  39. This cranberry sauce looks delicious! I've never added ginger before, so I'll definitely have to try. I also "Liked" you on Facebook(Kara Lawlor)!

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  40. Hi Lora! Don't include in the the giveaway since I already have the book, I just wanted to write you a comment. :)

    I am also seriously in love with cranberries and want to throw them into every dessert too. So if you feel the need to put cranberries in everything, please do! I very much appreciate it. ;) The cranberry sauce looks soooo good and pretty, love it!

    That's so sweet of you to give away Ina's new book. :) I love the part where you said you watched her while you were pregnant and sat on the couch eating bon bons! You're too funny :)

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  41. I *love* Ina Garten. I don't think I have ever made one of her recipes that didn't turn out incredible! She has simple elegance and delicious food...what more could you ask for?!

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  42. I was already following you on twitter but now I also liked your facebook page

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  43. I'm also already a follower but now I'm also retweeting the post! It's a great giveaway btw!

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  44. And now let me say....I never ever ever win giveaways but I love entering them because they are always a lot of fun and they make me discover new things. For example, I still don't have this book and now I know I totally have to check it out at the bookstore!

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  45. Thanks for posting this lovely cranberry sauce recipe -- looks great!

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  46. I follow you, sweet woman...how could I not! I love Ina and her recipes. But more importantly,I love you and your blog! This is a classic cranberry sauce recipe that I'm sure turns out beautifully each and every time. Recipes from mom are the best! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Followed & Retweeted from @MooshuJenne

    I have never made a cranberry sauce. I am going to try it from your recipe this year!

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  48. In all these years never made cranberry sauce, you have inspired me my friend! thank you so much~

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  49. great post, I am looking for this recipe for our late thanksgiving dinner...

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  50. I am following you on Twitter @singerinkitchen

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  51. I am a HUGE Ina Garten fan! And I can say with total honesty that everything I have ever made of hers has come out fabulous! She is my go-to gal for any recipe because I know it will be a winner!
    (Love your site, by the way!!)
    And I am going to try your cranberry sauce! The ginger & orange addition sounds great!!

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  52. I like Ina's show on Food Network. I think she makes everything look easy!

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  53. I follow you on Google Reader (singerinkitchen) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. I LOVE Ina Garten and I have almost all her cookbooks already so I would love to add this new one to my shelf! It is currently on my wishlist... it looks amazing. :)

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  55. Apparently I really want the lovely book, I have done all 5 things to be a part of the giveaway:-) I have been a fan of Ina Garten forever, I love when she makes French inspired meals. If I remember right she is really the one that got me hooked on Greek yogurt. I love love Greek yogurt today!!!

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  56. I love that Ina's recipes are not only fancy and amazing but approachable for those of us who just love to cook!

    also, following on twitter & facebook!

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  57. I came across this blog via a fb post from a family member. I added you on fb and shared the post. I am excited to try your cranberry sauce recipe!

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  58. I LOVE Ina Garten. Her blue cheese coleslaw is a staple. I've actually made this cranberry sauce before, and it's so easy and delicious. I'm making it again this year.

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  59. What a perfect recipe for cranberry sauce...the ginger is so wonderful. I love ginger so from now on I will be adding it too :)
    Lovely giveaway as well :)

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  60. Thinking of making the sauce this year, I have this book of Ina's and it is fantastic!

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  61. this is a lot like the recipe that I usually use, except we use fresh orange juice in place of the water, and I've never put ginger in, but I may have to try that this year.. my middle daughter loves to help make the sauce, she really gets a kick from the berries popping..

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