(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


Another seasonal holiday staple graces the table each year and National Cranberry Relish Day makes sure you’re prepared. On November 22nd make sure you’re stocked and ready. Get tasting the many recipes out there and pick your favorite one!

Believed to have originated in the New England States during the early 1900s, cranberry relish is a traditional part of many families’ Thanksgiving dinner.

Each Thanksgiving, Susan Stamberg provides National Public Radio listeners with her mother-in-law’s recipe for cranberry relish sauce. The American radio journalist, an American radio journalist, and Special Correspondent for NPR and guest host for Weekend Edition Saturday has been doing this since 1971. What’s unusual about the special recipe, known as Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, is that horseradish is one of its principal ingredients. Craig Claiborne originally published the recipe in his food column in 1959. 

Numerous cranberry relish recipes grace cookbooks and blogs across the internet. The bright and sweet flavors are enhanced by ingredients like apples, oranges, and pineapple. You can make them spicy or nutty, too. Or, you might offer more than one style and use the leftovers for great sandwiches. But there’s more than one way to slice this cranberry dish. 

  • Use it as a marinade for pork, chicken, or beef.
  • Add it to barbeque sauce and pour it over meatballs.
  • Mix it into a batch of muffins for breakfast.
  • Stir it into cream cheese and add it to your morning bagel.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CranberryRelishDay

Whip up your favorite cranberry recipes and relish the flavor! You can also share your tips and tricks to making a delicious cranberry relish.

Enjoy one of the following recipes:

Mama Stamberg’s Relish
Cranberry Relish
Fresh Cranberry Relish
Fresh Cranberry Relish 2

Take a picture and share it on social media using #CranberryRelishDay.


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this seasonal food holiday.

Cranberry Relish FAQ

Q. Can I make cranberry relish ahead of time?
A. Yes. Stored in a covered container it will keep up to two weeks refrigerated. You can also freeze cranberry relish which should keep for up to three months.

Q. Does cranberry relish have pickles in it?
A. No. Cranberry relish is not the same as pickle relish and contains no vinegar or pickles.


November 22nd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated )History


The United States Patent Office granted Carl J.E. Eliason of Sayner, WI patent No. 1,650,334 for a vehicle for snow travel. Eliason’s motor toboggan would revolutionize snow recreation and pave the way for the snowmobile.


The animal welfare organization, The Humane Society of the United States is established. They’ve been sheltering pets ever since and matching them to their ideal homes.


Walt Disney Pictures releases Toy Story, the first feature-length animated film that was entirely computer-generated. Pixar Animation produced the film and John Lasseter directed it. The movie featured the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head, and Annie Potts as Little Bo-Peep. The film brought our childhood imaginations to life on the big screen and took us along for the adventure. Since then, three more installments of Woody and Buzz’s adventures have been logged!


Angela Merkel becomes the first woman elected Chancellor of Germany since reunification.


November 22nd Birthdays

Abigail Adams – 1744

Adams served as the second First Lady of the United States. She was the wife of President John Adams, his advisor, and a fervent advocate of women’s rights. She and one other First Lady form a unique club that no other First Ladies have joined; They were also the mothers of presidents. Barbara Bush is the other member of the exclusive club.

Wiley Post – 1899

In 1933, the aviator became the first to fly solo around the world. He completed the journey in 7 days, 18 hours, 49 minutes.

Helenka Pantaleoni – 1900

In 1947, the silent film actress helped found the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and served as the organization’s director for 25 years.

Jerrie Mock – 1925

In 1964, Mock became the first woman to fly around the world solo. Nicknamed “The Flying Housewife,” Mock had competition during her journey. Joan Merriam Smith was also attempting to set the record.

Arthur Jones – 1926

The inventor is best known for patenting numerous exercise products for his Nautilus, Inc. line of equipment. He also founded MedX, Inc.

Guy Bluford – 1942

On August 30, 1983, the NASA astronaut became the first African American in space. Along with Commander Richard H. Truly, Pilot Daniel C. Brandenstein, Bluford joined two other mission specialists, Dale A. Gardner and William E. Thornton aboard the space shuttle Challenger. They launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the first night launch for Challenger. When they touched down six days later at Edwards Air Force Base in California, it was the first night landing for Challenger.

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