Best Cranberry Sauce. Ever.

This recipe has been a hit since Thanksgiving, and I'm just sorry that I've been so busy I'm only sharing it now. But here it is, folks! It comes direct from Jane Quincannon Stanchich's Healthy Holiday Cooking Book, available at www.greatlifeglobal.com. Thanks again, Jane! You've turned this girl into a topic of conversation at the dinner table! 

Best Cranberry Sauce

1 pound of fresh cranberries, washed
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of dried cranberries (I added these to give it more texture)
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 1/2 cups apple juice
zest and juice of 1 orange

Place cranberries, raisins, rice syrup, and maple syrup and apple juice in a pot. Have the flame come to a low boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for 40 minutes, covered. Next, what I did was uncover the pot and let it continue to cook on low for 2-3 hours so the liquid gets mostly absorbed and the flavors blend perfectly. Stir in the zest and OJ, and add sweetener if you think it needs a little more. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside to cool. You can then garnish with more orange zest to give it color. 

The holidays actually have really grown on me. I've been listening to a Charlie Brown Christmas jazz music for the past two weeks while I'm writing cards and wrapping presents. It's a time of year where people reach out more, make an effort to say happy holidays or smile at passers by. The lights, the ornaments, the festivities, the food… Of course, the food!! It's all so lovely, isn't it? 

Happy Holidays to you! Time to bake cookies and watch Elf! :)