Thanksgiving Wild Blueberry Cranberry Sauce [recipe]

Thanksgiving is such a great holiday in our country focused primarily on traditions,  food and family.  Brian was interested in trying to spatchcock and roast the turkey, so, of course, I got very excited about what will adorn it.  I was given free reign over the cranberry sauce and some other side dishes.  And while, the staples of the meal have their place, why not try a few new side dishes or a new twist on an old favorite?  


I love to play with food. The hours spent in front of my simple white stove are my favorite.  I know it runs too hot, and has that one persnickety burner. And the venting is questionable, as in, every pizza night ends in a cliché of sorts as the smoke alarm tells my children that dinner time is nearing.

Come have tea with me, and I’ll likely make you try something I just made, or am experimenting with “Could I interest you in a popped amaranth granola bar? Maybe a gluten-free muffin with local pumpkin and our own maple syrup?”  I just get so excited knowing the story of my food too that I literally eat that stuff up!  So I try to mix in as much locally foraged, grown, or raised food as I can.  This is mixed up for pure sweet tart wild taste.  It will spice up your traditional table with a new color and with the best of both berries!  AND it’s simple but so good.  If you like your cranberry sauce – wonderful!  But I encourage you to try mixing it up with my locally foraged:

Wild Blueberry Cranberry Sauce


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries
  • Helpful tool : 2 dishes for chilling and serving


1. Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil

2. When boiling, add cranberries and blueberries, return to boil, let those berries pop, explode and react.IMG_6060

3. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. After ten minutes, I like to separate into 2 bowls for cooling and serving.  Pour from the saucepan to new dishes, cover and cool completely at room temperature.


.5. Refrigerate until serving time.

Makes roughly 2 1/4 cups of beautiful purple sauce!



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