A Conversation Inspired a Project

This simple cranberry sauce recipe inspired a project. A project whose goal is to document and preserve family recipes. But more than that, it is a project that I hope will bring us together around the table to sit and listen, and I mean really listen, to each of our stories. To give space for compassion, grace and understanding. To celebrate our uniqueness as well as our shared experiences.

And what better way to start  with a recipe whose ingredients were foraged from the wilds of Minnesota by a young girl and her mother.  Doing the one thing that comes so naturally to us, nurturing family and friends.

So please, I invite you to find a comfortable spot, sink in, relax and enjoy this first of many tales of family, traditions and the foods that bring us together.


~ Leigh

Grandma Florence, Auntie Kay and Aunt Wanda and the farmhouse in Northern Minnesota.

Wild Cranberry Sauce Recipe

simple cranberry sauce with farmhouse cream

"Wild" Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keywords: cranberry
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 148kcal
This simple cranberry sauce recipe inspired a project. A project whose goal is to document, preserve and celebrate family recipes.


  • 2 pound fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar, for tart sauce add more if you have a sweet tooth
  • heavy cream for serving


  • In a large sauce pan or Dutch oven add cranberries and sugar. Heat over medium heat until berries start to pop and release their juices.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes. You will want to stir this occasionally to make sure that the bottom doesn't scorch.
  • Remove from heat and mash through a potato ricer or, if you are lucky enough to have your grandmother's Wear-Ever sieve, use it.
  • Serve with heavy cream drizzled over the top. If you can find farm fresh cream, that is the best.


Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 15.1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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Auntie Kay

This is my Auntie Kay.  Her memories of growing up on the farm and helping my grandmother in the kitchen are the inspiration for this project.  I hope that this story inspires you to look through your recipe boxes and share some of your favorite stories with your family.  And if you would like to be part of this project, I would love to share with this community!

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