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in the kitchen with: stephanie dietz’s fresh cranberry bourbon sauce

by Kristina Gill

Since this is the last day before Thanksgiving here at Design*Sponge, I asked Grace if we could do an exceptional Wednesday post on a recipe I’m hoping you’ll be able to use this weekend, if not tomorrow. My father loves cranberry sauce, and I love the idea of making your own. Stephanie Dietz, owner of Farm to Jar Canning Company, enthusiastically shared her homemade version for Cranberry Bourbon Sauce with us. It has a little grown-up kick, so watch out! Happy Thanksgiving — Kristina

About Stephanie: Born and raised in Virginia, Stephanie Dietz is a Southern girl through and through. Cooking and baking were amongst her favorite hobbies growing up, which turned into a career and a true passion. Stephanie is the owner of Farm to Jar Canning Co., a canning company based in Brooklyn specializing in jams, jellies and pickles made from local ingredients found at Greenmarkets or nearby farms. Stephanie is also a chef at The Green Table in Chelsea Market. She resides in Brooklyn, NY, with her boyfriend, two dogs and a whole lot of mason jars.

Cranberry Bourbon Sauce


  • 4 cups cranberries (local, if possible!)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup Maker’s Mark (or the bourbon of your choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon apple pie spice



Combine cranberries and sugars in a cast-iron Dutch oven over medium heat on your stove. Mix well and often as the sugar starts to melt for about 2 to 3 minutes. Continue to add your other ingredients, stirring often, for about 20 minutes. Check the cranberries for doneness and cook until you reach the desired consistency.


Food photography by Karen Seifert; portrait photo by Megan Sperry

Why Stephanie Loves This Recipe

Thanksgiving is a really important holiday in my household. We go to great lengths to make sure everything is perfect, including making everything from scratch. I took it upon myself to develop a cranberry sauce recipe that would take next to no time to prepare but would not compromise quality. This recipe is perfect for those searching for a fast and easy way to amp up their holiday spread.

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