Fresh, homemade cranberry sauce is too simple to ever go with the stuff in the can. The few extra steps beyond cranking the can opener go a long way. Ginger and raisins add depth to this crowd-pleaser, enough to drizzle over all your Thanksgiving favorites.

The finished cranberry sauce with ginger and raisins. Photo: CC-terwiliger911Ingredients:
1 pound fresh cranberries
2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup sugar
½ orange, juiced
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 pinch nutmeg

In a large saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Add cranberries, bring to a boil, and then reduce to simmer. Add raisins, ginger, orange juice, cider vinegar, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until cranberries are softened and sauce is thick. Let cool, remove cinnamon sticks and serve. welcomes your comments below (registration is NOT required).