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Thanksgiving is traditionally a time of gratitude. A time of sharing.

Please comment below and share what you are grateful for this year.

It is an American custom to gather together at home with loved ones and family and to give thanks for the plenty and the blessings we have enjoyed throughout the year that culminate in a (hopefully) bountiful harvest. And even when the “harvest” is meager we still are grateful for what we have.

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Saucey, sweet and easy!

Stewed prunes

I just made up a yummy little side dish to go along with Turkey (or duck or goose) maybe as a replacement for cranberry sauce???

Thought I would share!

1 kilo of prunes (got these from Naturalia, the organic market, they have pits in them, so beware when biting down!)

2 cups shelled walnuts (got these at Monoprix)

3 or 4 table spoons of butter, margarine or olive oil. (I use a dairy-free margarine purchased at Bio-Génération…which will soon become Les Nouveaux Robinsons…)

1/4 cup chopped onions  (from the weekly market)

3 tablespoons fresh or frozen thym (I use frozen from Picard & always have some in my freezer, it has more taste than dry thym)

1 cup fresh cranberries (got these from the Thanksgiving store in the Marais, they also sell them at the Grande Epicerie de Paris aka : le Bon Marché, in the 6th…which by the way has so many fun and delicious things for the holidays, it’s a miracle I got out of there without spending an arm and a leg. I wanted to purchase so many little charming packages of Christmas treats!)

1 table spoon brown sugar (Got this at the Thanksgiving store as well)

1 teaspoon (or more if you like) ground cinnamon. You can always add more if you feel it’s not enough.

Salt to taste.

First braise the onions and the butter/margarine/olive oil in a pot  on low heat for about 5 minutes, they should become soft nut just before they start browning, add the walnuts and stir over the heat for about 2 minutes. Then add the prunes, cranberries, thym, and brown sugar. Stir well. Let it simmer on very low heat for another 10-15 minutes. Stir again, and let simmer for another couple of minutes.

And voilà!

If you try this, let me know what you think!