The wild in this recipe for Wild Cranberry Sauce with Oranges refers to freshly picked crimson berries from your local natural bog. Napeague, the untamed stretch between East Hampton and Montauk, is home to the majestic Walking Dunes.
Why “walking?” The undulating series of nearly 100′ tall sand dunes, created by hurricanes and nor’easters, continually creep southward, walking over all in their path.
The dune crevices are ideal for cranberries. Come fall there’re cranberries aplenty for all East End foragers with a bucket and the patience to nestle down into the wet, weedy underbrush for an afternoon of leisurely picking.
Family/friends/guests: “Oh Mabel, your cranberry sauce is delicious! Whats your secret?”
You at your most nonchalant: “Oh, nothing special, I just use the wild cranberries I picked in a lovely little bog I know. It does make a difference, don’t you think?”
SpecD did a Wild Wild Cranberry Sauce a while back — check it out if this seems to tame.
WILD CRANBERRY AND ORANGE SAUCE