5 Ingredient Friday: Cranberry Sauce with a Kick

I grew up eating the Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. I’ve always been a big fan of it, because it’s all that I knew.  My Mom used to run a knife around the edge so that the Cranberry Sauce would come perfectly, with the can indent around it and all. My Aunt used to make a Cranberry Relish during the holidays and I used to turn my nose up at it which was typical. I grew up being a very picky eater. I’m still picky to an extent, but it’s not quite as bad.  The last couple weeks of my CSA, we got Fresh Cranberries. I didn’t know what to make with them, so I decided that I should try to make some real Cranberry Sauce. Not that canned jellied kind. So I was looking at some recipes, but nothing really jumped out at me. So I decided to put a bunch of ideas from the recipes together to see how it would turn out. And it’s done in 5 Ingredients!

  • 12 oz fresh Cranberries, washed
  • 1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Orange Juice (about 3-4 oranges) + zest of 1 Orange
  • 2 Tablespoons Brandy

Juice the oranges and pour the orange juice into a pot.

Add in the Brown Sugar, Sugar, and Orange Zest.

Add in the Cranberries.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, and then reduce to a simmer.

Let it simmer for about 10 minutes. The Cranberries will burst, but some will stay whole.

Remove from the Heat.


Stir in the Brandy and set aside to cool. Refrigerate.

I will say that the Brandy gave it a bit of a kick! I could really taste it. If you’d rather not have such a strong Brandy taste, I’d suggest putting the Brandy in with the Orange Juice and letting it cook out a bit. Since I added it in at the end it’s a bit more potent.  But I was pretty happy with how it turned out! I think a little bit of Grand Marnier would have really been good, but I didn’t have any on hand. I was happy with this recipe though! It had just enough sweetness to it.

Week 25: The end is finally here

IT’S THE LAST WEEK!! Yes, I’m jumping for joy! At one point it honestly seemed as if this day would never come. I’m kind of sad because I really wanted to like this whole experience. But I just didn’t. It got to be more of a hassle than it was worth, especially since week after week we were piling at least half of our share into the Swap Box and barely getting anything in return. So it ended up being a huge waste of money. For what I paid I could’ve gotten organic produce (that I pick) delivered right to my door.  Oh well, lesson learned. It’s time to close this chapter.

This last week is just like the others – more stuff in the Swap Box: Romaine Lettuce, Kale, Green Cabbage and Cilantro.   Mr. Curly Fry was able to get two more Leeks out of the Swap Box. But that’s it.

No major plans for this stuff. I still have a ton of Potatoes left that I really need to use. I cut up the Green Peppers (from last week) and the Mixed Peppers. I cut some into strips and some into small pieces and threw them in the freezer. I figured it’ll be nice to have them later on when I need them.

I plan to incorporate the Leeks into this week’s Souper Bowl Sunday recipe in some way.


  • 1 Head Green Romaine Lettuce - Certified Organic – Bellview Organics
  • 1 Leek – Certified Organic – Certified Organic – Coyote Run Organics
  • 1 Bunch Tatsoi – Certified Organic – Hillside Organics
  • 1 Bag Mixed Sweet Peppers – Certified Organic – Maple Lawn Organics
  • 1 Bag Russet Potatoes – Certified Organic – Bellview Organics
  • 1 Bunch Green Kale – Certified Organic – Eagle View Acres
  • 1 Head Green Cabbage – Certified Organic – Green Valley Organics
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro – Certified Organic – Noble Herbs

  • 1 Bag Heirloom Cranberries – Organically Grown – Paradise Hill Farm – Tabernacle, NJ
  • 1 Jar Red Raspberry Jam – Certified Organic – Oakview Acres

I still have last week’s Cranberries so I think I’ll combine them and make Cranberry Sauce. Does anyone have a tried & true recipe?

Week 24: What’s in the Box?

Week 24. ONLY ONE MORE WEEK TO GO! I don’t think  you understand how happy this makes me.

More stuff in the Swap Box: Arugula, Beets, Butternut Squash, and Turnips.   Mr. Curly Fry was able to get two bags of Sweet Potatoes out of the Swap Box.  So now I have quite a few of those and need to find something to make besides Candied Sweet Potatoes. Any ideas?

No major plans for anything else. I used the Leeks from the last box in the Creamy Tortellini Soup that I made this past weekend.


  • 1 Bunch Arugula – Certified Organic – Echo Valley Organics
  • 1 Bunch Tatsoi – Certified Organic – Hillside Organics
  • 1 Head Green Butterhead Lettuce – Certified Organic – Maple Lawn Organics
  • 1 Bag Gold or White Beets – Certified Organic – Windy Hollow Organics
  • 1 Butternut Squash – Certified Organic – Misty Meadow Acres
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers – Certified Organic – Eagle View Organics
  • 1 Head Broccoli – Certified Organic – Plum Hill Organics or Pine Hill Organics
  • 1 Bunch Purple Top or Scarlet Turnips – Certified Organic – Maple Lawn Organics
  • 1 Bunch Celery – Certified Organic – Coyote Run Organics

Sweet Potatoes

 

Green Peppers

 

Broccoli

  • 1 Bag Rome Apples – Certified Organic – Kauffman’s Fruit Farm
  • 1 Bag Heirloom Cranberries – Organically Grown – Paradise Hill Farm (Tabernacle, NJ)

Rome Apples

 

Cranberries!

Okay – this is my first time dealing with Cranberries. What is your favorite thing to make with them?!

Week 23: What’s in the Box?

Week 23. Only TWO more weeks to go! I’m so happy it’s almost over!

More stuff in the Swap Box: Romaine Lettuce, Spaghetti Squash, Cilantro and Radishes.  The only thing I was able to get out of the Swap Box was more Potatoes.

I used the Tatsoi from last week in a Shrimp Scampi dish that I make, and I loved the flavor it brought to the dish. I’ll probably use this week’s Tatsoi when I stuff a beef tenderloin – yum!

No major plans for anything else. I usually use Leeks in soup, so I’ll probably wash, cut up and freeze these leeks for when I need them for a recipe.


  • 2 Leeks – Certified Organic – Coyote Run Organics
  • 1 Bunch Tatsoi – Certified Organic – Hillside Organics
  • 1 Head Green Romaine Lettuce – Certified Organic – Bellview Organics
  • 1 Spaghetti Squash – Certified Organic – Elm Tree Organics
  • 1 Pint Mixed Cherry Tomatoes – Certified Organic – Farmdale Organics
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro – Certified Organic – Noble Herbs
  • 1 Bunch French Breakfast Radishes – Certified Organic – Outback Farm
  • 1 Head Broccoli – Certified Organic – Plum Hill Organics
  • 1 Bag Russet Potatoes – Certified Organic – Bellview Organics

Leeks

Broccoli

Russet Potatoes

  • 1 Bag Golden Delicious Apples – Certified Organic – Oyler’s Organic Farms
  • 1 Bag Red Delicious Apples – Certified Organic – Oyler’s Organic Farms

Golden Delicious

Red Delicious

More Apples. *sigh*

Week 22: What’s in the [Swap] Box?

Week 22. More stuff in the Swap Box: Green Cabbage, Butternut Squash, Radishes, and Cajun Peppers.  The only thing I was able to get out of the Swap Box was more Sweet Potatoes.


  • 1 Bunch Pink Beauty Radishes – Certified Organic – Friend’s Road Organics
  • 1 Head Green Cabbage – Certified Organic – Green Valley Organics
  • 1 Bunch Tatsoi – Certified Organic – Hillside Organics
  • 1 Bag Sweet Onions – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Butternut Squash – Certified Organic – Soaring Eagle Acres
  • 1 Bag Cajun Peppers – Certified Organic – Friend’s Road Organics
  • 1 Head Green Leaf Lettuce – Certified Organic – Green Valley Organics
  • 1 Bag Sweet Potatoes – Certified Organic - Eagle View Acres

Sweet Potatoes

More Onions

Tatsoi

  • 1 Jar Organic Applesauce – Certified Organic – Bowman’s Mountain
  • 1 Bag Apples – Certified Organic – Oyler’s Organic Farms

 Apples are coming out of my ears

 I’m going to say it. I’m really tired of Apples.  And it’s only October. But there have been way too many Apples from my Fruit Share. I like Apples. I do. But not when they’re shoved down my throat week after week.