When Mom was asking me for the cranberry sauce recipe, I went digging. Alas, nowhere to be found. But I remembered most of the ingredients, so I did an online search to try piecing together the recipe. Here's what we've come up with - and Mom concurs:
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups sugar
3 cups clean, picked-over cranberries
1 medium orange, chopped fine
1 tsp. ground ginger
dash of cinnamon
dash of cloves
dash of cardamom powder
Wash the cranberries and remove stones or stems. Peel and finely chop the orange.
Combine the sugar with 1 cup of the water in a medium saucepan and heat until sugar dissolves. Add cranberries, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, uncover, and simmer for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the remaining 1/2 cup of water, chopped orange, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom powder, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Chill until ready to serve. You can make this up to three days ahead.