Localvore Cranberry Sauce

Localvore Cranberry Sauce, from the Domestic Diva
  • 1 lb cranberries
  • 1/2 lb local quince or apples
  • 1-2 cups water (apple cider works will, but finished product will be less traditional in flavor)
  • 2-4 tbs local apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4-1 cup maple syrup
  • salt


Cut up quince or apples, place in pot with cranberries and water/cider and vinegar.  Cook until cranberries are beginning to soften.  Add a pinch or two of salt and a good dollop of syrup.  Taste.  Add additional salt and syrup as desired until cranberry sauce tastes the way you want it.  Chill and serve.
Additional items to add:
  • Oranges or orange zest
  • Pomegranite seeds or juice
  • Ginger
  • White or brown sugar
  • Any other flavoring or spice you desire

Rustic (And Decadent) Apple Sauce

Be sure to check out the Diva’s Easy (Pink!) Applesauce for a tasty recipe that takes only 20 minutes.  Try our recommendation for this rustic (and maybe a little decadent) applesauce if you’re looking for a sweeter treat. Ingredients:

  • 8 cups cubed apples, try a variety of sweet varieties (Braeburn, Pink Lady) and tart varieties (Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • dash of salt
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice (optional – adds a nice zing!)
  • 2 tbsp. crème fraîche (optional – adds a smooth, rich finish)

Preparation: Combine first 6 ingredients (through the lemon juice but leave out the crème fraîche) in a saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook 25 minutes or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat; mash to desired consistency with a fork or potato masher. It desired, stir in crème fraîche. Serve warm or chilled.

*Adapted from a 2002 Cooking Light recipe

Diva’s Easy (Pink!) Applesauce

This applesauce takes 20 minutes to make, and finished with a lovely pink hue.  The secret?  Leave the skins on.  Why not?  The skins are good for you anyway.Ingredients:

  • 3-5 pounds apples, washed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • maple syrup, to taste
  • cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, to taste

Preparation: Remove apple flesh from cores in four large chunks.  Place chunks in a food processor (half to 3/4 full at a time) and spin for 30 seconds to 1 minute per batch.  Place all pureed apples and salt in a large, heavy-bottomed pot on the stove and simmer, stirring frequently for 10-15 minutes.  Taste.  If  you desire additional sweetness, add maple syrup to taste.  Finish with your favorite spices.

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