moms really do know best
Keith’s sister is hosting Thanksgiving this year.
I love this because it means it is going to be a casual affair centered around family, food and most importantly (in my mind) football.
The annual (and final) A&M/UT game is on Thanksgiving Day. As the lone Aggie in the family I plan to represent.
And I plan to represent BIG.
Back to Thanksgiving at Keith’s sister’s house.
We do a pot luck affair where everyone brings a dish. Keep in mind Keith has a huge family and there will be probably around 45-50 people at this shin dig.
That’s a lot of food.
got stuck paired with cranberry sauce.
I have never made cranberry sauce.
Come to think of it I am not sure I have even tasted cranberry sauce.
It just never looked like my thing. You know?
So knowing that I need to make said untried and untasted cranberry sauce where do I turn?
I am firm believer that when all else fails go to mom. They always know best.
And in my case I skipped the “when all else fails” part and just went there first.
Smart move, Kelly, smart move.
My mom gives me her tried and true cranberry sauce. Four ingredients. Ten minutes of work. What could do wrong?
Famous. Last. Words.
Let me set the scene for you.
[Kelly’s kitchen, take 1]
Kelly calls her mom: Uh mom…when you say simmer the cranberries until the sauce thickens? How thick is it supposed to get?
Mom: Well you know, honey, thick.
Kelly: Well mine is really soupy. Is this right?
Mom: Well what kind of soup?
Kelly: [frustrated and PMSing]: I don’t know mom. It’s liquid, okay, not thick. Give me some sort of visual reference here! I haven’t ever made cranberry sauce before so saying it should be thick isn’t helping!
Mom: Kelly calm down. It just needs be to thick like a stew.
Kelly: Forget it I am going to Luby’s to buy cranberry sauce for damn Thanksgiving.
Mom: [always level-headed]: Has it been 10 minutes?
Mom: Then, sweetheart, just take it off the heat and let is cool. It will thicken. Just calm down and take a deep breath.
Kelly: Nope! It’s ruined. I am going to Luby’s
I did go to Luby’s. I bought 2 pints of cranberry sauce.
Then I came home and found this waiting for me:
Moms really do know best.
My Mom’s Cranberry Sauce [that WILL thicken]
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
zest of one orange (enough for 1 tsp)
12 oz fresh cranberries
Mix the water and sugar together and bring to a boil.
Add cranberries and orange zest and return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and let cool on stove top.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
What are you making for Thanksgiving this year?