November 20, 2012 | by Lisa Mattson

As part of our 40th anniversary storytelling series, Mrs. Jordan tell the story of the family’s first Thanksgiving dinner party in the Jordan chateau dining room back in 1979. It was a day filled with community and chaos–definitely a Thanksgiving to remember–and we thought it would be fun to share a slice of our history few people know about. Mrs. Jordan’s cranberry sauce recipe is also included below.

We hope you have a safe, happy and drama-free Thanksgiving dinner.

Recipe: Mrs. Jordan’s Simple Cranberry Sauce

Summary: This simple cranberry sauce recipe can be made two days in advance though one day is recommended.

Ingredients ~

  • 1 12-oz bag fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)
  • 1 12-oz can of frozen orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped

Instructions ~

  1. Rinse cranberries with water.
  2. In a blender, combine the cranberries, orange juice and sugar. Blend at medium speed or pulse until mushy.
  3. Fold in pecans.
  4. Transfer to serving bowl and refrigerate.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4