Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

As a foodie, Thanksgiving holds a special place in my heart. Fall foods, in general, are my favorite kinds: the warm spices, the comforting dishes, pumpkins and cranberries and soups. Yep, fall foods are the highlight of my year, and even though I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I’m still excited about the cooking to be done.

Here’s where I have to confess: I’m not a huge fan of cranberry sauce. In fact, I usually eat about 3 spoonfuls a year, when it’s warm off the stove. After that, it’s not appealing to me. But I love making it. My first kitchen memories are of the night before Thanksgiving, when my mom would pull chairs up beside the stove and my sisters and I would crowd around while she made the sauce so that we could listen to the cranberries “pop.” Some years, we got a great symphony; others, they were silent.

So I still make cranberry sauce every year, though without guests, I usually end up giving it away to a friend. But just the act of standing over the stove, listening for the first “pop,” makes me feel like a kid again. Like everything is warm and simple. Like magic. Like Thanksgiving.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish to prepare?