Gremlins? What are you saying about my family? Is that some kind of bizarre racist attack? We have some strange family members, but no one has ever called them … gremlins. I think there may be one on my son’s lawn, though. I’m not sure. I’ll have to look.

In line with it being Thanksgiving today, I will offer you the best, fastest, simplest cranberry relish recipe anywhere.


1 bag of fresh cranberries, uncooked (as in raw)

1 fresh orange (get one of the thin-skinned oranges with juice inside)

1 cup sugar


I hope you have a food processor. If you don’t, you might be able to do it in a blender, but you’ll need one of these two machines. The processor is the better choice.

  1. Pour the cranberries into the food processor. (Don’t forget to put the blade in first.)
  2. Cut the orange into bite-sized pieces. Dump them into the food processor, too.
  3. Add one cup of plain, white sugar — or brown sugar. I’ve used both and it’s fine either way.
  4. If you feel like it, add some cinnamon. I make two — one with cinnamon, one plain.
  5. Turn the machine on and leave it on until the whole thing is the texture of applesauce.
  6. Put it in a container with a lid and store it in the refrigerator. It’s ready to go.

You can add a half a lemon (cut up) if you like, or a bit of lemon juice, but it’s unnecessary.

Great with turkey. Actually it’s great with anything. I eat it like dessert!


  1. Garry Armstrong November 23, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Thanks to Owen for hosting Big Boid Day festivities. No KP, No dish pan hands. Futbol??

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  2. angloswiss November 23, 2017 / 11:31 am

    I do not have a lot to say about thanksgiving, exept that cranberry juice is part of my life. I drink it every day, not too much, but it keeps my water works healthy.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong November 23, 2017 / 11:35 am

      I just like it. I also like this recipe just because it tastes good with almost everything. Makes a good side with any meat dish. I haven’t had cranberry juice in a while. I should get some. I like it, too.

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  3. Tish Farrell November 23, 2017 / 11:49 am

    So simple and it looks so vibrant. And no cooking. Good for our UK Christmas dinner too. Thanks, Marilyn.


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 23, 2017 / 11:50 am

      It tastes amazingly good. You can fool around with spicing it, but it’s also just fine without anything special. And yes. NO cooking!

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  4. swo8 November 23, 2017 / 11:53 am

    I take it you peel the orange first? The recipe looks good to me, I’ll give it a try.


      • swo8 November 23, 2017 / 2:57 pm

        I’ve had juice with the whole orange and it really is good. It would be quite nice that way.


        • Marilyn Armstrong November 23, 2017 / 6:14 pm

          It’s more tart with the rind. But you know, this is a recipe you can play with until it suits you. It’s very basic.

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          • swo8 November 23, 2017 / 7:10 pm

            Rich in vitamin C too.


  5. slmret November 23, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    It’s a great recipe — and I sometimes add a cup of walnuts to the mix.


    • Marilyn Armstrong November 23, 2017 / 1:15 pm

      If I have them, they add a nice crunch. But the best part of the recipe is it’s so simple. You can add all kinds of stuff (just please, NO marshmallows!) … but you also don’t have to add anything. I think I got the original recipe off the back of the bag of cranberries. It’s not there anymore, of course. Any recipe I love, they remove quickly.

      Some of my best recipes came from the backs of bags and boxes.

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  6. Covert Novelist November 23, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    That sounds divine, I have to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing. Yum! I agree. I found a heavenly recipe for a dip for chicken fingers (mine are homemade) that everyone loves. It’s not on the can of mustard anymore. More the pity.


  7. Martha Kennedy November 23, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    I mix a can of cranberries (whole berries, not jelly) and a jar of orange marmalade and call it yummy! Happy Thanksgiving.


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