Cabernet Cranberry Blueberry Sauce

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Last year for Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving, I experimented with a Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce. This year I tried my hand at a Cabernet Cranberry Blueberry Sauce.  I found the original recipe here but made a couple of small changes after doing a few batches.


One 8-ounce bag fresh cranberries

8-ounces frozen blueberries

3/4 cups of Cabernet Sauvignon or your favorite red wine

1 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Combine all the ingredients in a large kettle. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring intermittently. Make sure kettle has room for sauce to at least triple in volume. The juices from the berries release and as the mixture boils rapidly, it will foam and a too-small pot will easily overflow.

Reduce heat to low and allow sauce to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until reduced and thickened slightly, and most of the cranberries have burst. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.

Transfer to heat-safe jars or containers with lids. Allow sauce to cool at room temperature before refrigerating. Sauce will keep airtight in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks.

Thanksgiving In Boston 2018

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You have some options if you’re planning to stay in Boston on Thanksgiving. Here are some that we have found (updating as we discover more)

Where to Dine Out for Thanksgiving 2018 Around Boston from Eater Boston

This Thanksgiving, buy a Pie in the Sky pie and help feed a critically ill neighbor

Thanksgiving To Go – A list by BostonChefs with all sorts of take-outto-go and pick-up options, cookers from all over town are packing up Turkey Day feasts that will take all the hard work out of hosting.

List via Boston Discovery Guide – Best Places to Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Boston.

Dining Out for Thanksgiving in Boston – If laboring in the kitchen all day doesn’t sound like your idea of a holiday, leave it to the professionals to prepare your Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 22, 2018.

New England Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations from Open Table – Simplify your Thanksgiving & break bread at the New England restaurant of your choice. Be sure to check back! We’re adding more restaurants and menu details all the time.

14 Boston-Area Turkey Trots Taking Place This Year. Before you sit down at the table for Thanksgiving dinner, get your legs pumping with one of these Boston-area turkey trots.

Make Thanksgiving easy with these festive dishes, decor from The Boston Herald

12 Must-Bake Holiday Pie Recipes from Boston Pastry Chefs


Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

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With our annual Friendsgiving coming up, I wanted to try something new. Don’t get me wrong, I love the stuff from the can. It’s what I grew up on. Ridges and all.

However I figured I’d go a little outside my comfort level and when I found a recipe featuring bourbon I knew it would be perfect to try.

Thanks to eat, live, run for the recipe. It was very easy for a novice like myself to make.


14 oz fresh cranberries

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

2 tbsp bourbon

1 tbsp vanilla extract (I was able to find vanilla bourbon extract)


Combine all ingredients in a large saucepot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until cranberries burst and begin to break down, about 10-15 minutes. Stir well and remove from heat. Sauce will thicken up greatly as it cools.

Truth be told, I went more the 2 tbsp that the recipe called for. Which led to a little trouble as my sauce wasn’t thickening very well as it cooled. A little research online pointed me to a dash of cornstarch and that did the trick.

Next year I think I’m going to try something similar using a slow cooker.

Thanksgiving Dinner in Boston 2017

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boston-market-thanksgiving-2013You have some options if you’re planning to eat out on Thanksgiving. Below are a few lists that we were able to find.

List via Boston Magazine

List via BostonChefs.com

List via Boston Discovery Guide

List via Gayot

List via OpenTable

Where to order Thanksgiving Turkey and Sides via Boston Eater

South Shore restaurants open via 365thingssouthshore

If you’re a Venmo user, please consider using their Friendsgiving Turkey Hand Emoji to help donate meals to the needy.



Happy Thanksgiving Eve

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Enjoy your holiday!

Here are some restaurant lists if you’re not doing the home cooked meal.

Boston Magazine


Boston Eater

Boston Discovery Guide




Forbes Travel Guide

Zagat Boston

10 days to go until the 12 Bars of X-Mas. This event will sell out. Don’t wait too much longer to register. We’re down to our last call tickets. The 12 Bars of X-Mas is on December 3rd. Check out our 7 years worth of pictures.

Your ticket includes $3 or less drink option at each bar, Winter Pom Hat, Koozie, Candy Cane, Temporary Tattoos, Drawstring Bag, Photo Booth and No Covers at Scheduled Bars.

Gilmore Girls trivia on January 11th registration opens on Friday. This has been our most successful trivia event to date and we suspect it will once again sell out in just a few days.

Gilmore Girls Trivia is Tomorrow

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We’re back for our second Gilmore Girls Trivia Night tomorrow. A new spot just opened up so if you’re free tomorrow please join us. More information can be found here.

The 12 Bars of X-Mas is on December 3rd. Check out our 7 years worth of pictures

Ticket includes $3 or less drink option at each bar, Winter Pom Hat, Koozie, Candy Cane, Temporary Tattoos, Drawstring Bag, Photo Booth and No Covers at Scheduled Bars.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Here are some restaurant lists if you’re not doing a home cooked meal.

Boston Magazine


Boston Eater

Boston Discovery Guide




Happy Thanksgiving

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Turkey Day is upon us. Follow these simple steps to ensure you still fit into your desk next Monday.

1) Holiday Sweater – you’ve just put on 8 pounds in the last 35 minutes. Hide it while being festive.

2) Top Off – Grandma can’t keep tabs on how many Hottie Totties you’ve downed if you never let your cup get more than half empty.

3) Hide and Seek – Hide a couch cushion. When your cousins all scramble for valuable sofa real estate after the feast, you can arrive late and still get VIP seating.

4) Stretch – do a few toe touches prior to overeating. No, this won’t clear any stomach room but relatives will think twice before grabbing the last helping of turkey out from you.

5) Smile – You are surrounded by loving friends and family. You don’t have to buy presents, put on a costume, or hide eggs. Fully enjoy this holiday with people you love.

I am looking forward to seeing you soon at our upcoming events. 12 Bars of Christmas is December 4th, the Bocce and Mini Golf seasons begin January 12th and our biggest crawl of the year, Valentine’s, is on February 12th.

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