Can I be crowned the cranberry queen, please?
Each year for Thanksgiving I make at least three and sometimes four different cranberry sauces, relishes, salsas and/or compotes to go with our meal. Then we have great fun bickering over which one is best that year.
Sounds like fun, eh?
Here’s my new version for this year, scented with vanilla and orange, which makes it sort of like Dreamsicle or Creamsicle flavor. I used very high quality vanilla syrup, which gave me both the sweetener and the vanilla in one fell swoop. Score!
Don’t even THINK about serving cranberry sauce from the can. If you want to try a couple of different versions and have your family play the same game ours does, I recommend these, as well:
- New Mexican Hatch Chile Cranberry Sauce 
- Best Ever Cranberry Sauce 
- Fresh Cranberry-Ginger Relish 
I met the inspiration for this recipe on the blog Fried Ice and Donut Holes , where creator Melissa, a teacher, posts recipes that are right up my alley.
I was assigned her blog to explore this month as part of Secret Recipe Club , a sort of secret-Santa project for food bloggers. Today is our reveal day!
I thought hard about making her Spinach & Mushroom Enchiladas , or her Three-Cheese Orzo with Spinach , which would be a perfect side dish for nearly anything (or I would eat it for lunch). Her Roasted Red Pepper Penne  could easily be a quick weekday supper.
But this being November, cranberry sauce is in order! Thanks, Melissa, for a wonderful vanilla-scented inspiration! I recommend everyone take a gander at her blog for your own inspiration in November/December.
Meanwhile, browse the photo array below to see what else the Secret Recipe Club cooked up this month!
Disclosure: Heilala Vanilla sent the syrup for recipe development.