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Thanksgiving Feast – Part Three: Cranberries and Pumpkin


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What Thanksgiving Feast would be complete without Cranberries and Pumpkin?  I’ve got a couple of great recipes for you.  The Cranberry-Orange Relish goes very well with the super dressing and turkey recipes from the last couple of days.  Then for dessert, a great Pumpkin-Butter Cake.  Texture like a cheese cake with a cookie/cake crust.  Unbelievable.  Find the details below.

Cranberry-Orange Relish


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 16 ounces cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro (optional)


Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the ginger and cook, stirring for 2 minutes.  Add the sugar, orange juice and cranberries.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.  Stir in the marmalade.  Turn off the heat.  Sir in the pepper and cilantro just before serving.  Serve either warm or at room temperature.  Makes 2 1/2 cups, about 8 servings.

Pumpkin Butter Cake


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup butter, melted (divided use)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (16 ounce) box powdered sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce ) can pumpkin pie filling

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Using an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, 1 egg and 1/2 cup melted butter; mix well.  Pat into the bottom of prepared pan and set aside.

Still using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Dump in the sugar and beat well.  Reduce the speed of the mixer and add the pumpkin filling and the remaining 1/2 cup of butter.  Mix well.  Pour filling onto the cake mixture and spread evenly.  Bake for 45-50 minutes; do not over bake.  Remove from the oven and let cool completely.  Cut into squares.  Makes 20 to 24 squares.

I’d like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Take the time to enjoy the food, the flavor, the fun and most importantly the connection with family and friends.

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