Fun Facts:

  1. Did you know that Canada is the world’s second largest producer of cranberries? Cranberries are Native to Canada. History shows us that First Nations communities used them for food and medicine, as well as dye for clothes and blankets.
  2. The health benefits of Cranberries are endless. In addition to their general anti-inflammatory properties, they possess powerful phytochemicals which make them a natural anti-bacterial. The consumption of cranberries has been shown to not only prevent, but actually cure various bacterial infections, stomach ulcers and even gum disease. Cranberries have also been linked to the improvement of cardiovascular health by reducing blood-cholesterol levels and have been shown to reduce tumor growth in some cancers!
  3. They are in season between October and December, hence their prevalence in fall and winter cuisine.

DAY 1 – Rooks to Cooks’ Top 10 Holiday Recipe Countdown


Recipe #10:

Chef Shai’s Signature Cranberry Sauce Recipe  

Yield: 1 litre


1 bag of fresh cranberries (12 oz)

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

½ cup full bodied red wine

¼ cup fresh orange juice

1 sprig rosemary

Zest from ½ medium orange


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium – high heat. Once boiled, reduce heat and let simmer for 7 minutes, or until all the cranberries have opened up.
  2. Remove pan from the heat. Using a wooden spoon or potato masher, mash all the cranberries.
  3. Pour sauce into a serving dish and refrigerate for 5 hours. Remove the dish from the fridge 1 hour before serving.