Cranberry chutney Thanksgiving recipe and ready-to-go meals in Santa Cruz


One example of Lifestyle’s beautiful, delicious food: wine-soaked pears prepared for a holiday party

Lifestyle Culinary Arts chef/owner Andrea Mollenauer has graciously shared her recipe for Signature Cranberry Chutney (see below). She’s also taking orders for Thanksgiving dinner or Thanksgiving sides. Mollenauer, a graduate of Cabrillo College’s Culinary Arts program, is a fabulous chef and caterer. Deadline to place order is 8pm Friday, Nov. 16. Email or call (831) 588-4515 to get full menu or place order. Pick-up is Wed. Nov. 21 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. or Thurs. Nov. 22 8:30-10 a.m. at Lifestyle’s kitchen at 504A Front Street.

Lifestyle’s Thanksgiving menu highlights:

  • stuffed boneless turkey breast, white meat ($15.95, serves 2-3)
  • whole cider brined seasoned turkey — ready to roast, stuffed with apples, onions, citrus, herbs (all-natural, cage-free, 16-18 pounds, $52, serves 15-20)
  • signature cranberry chutney (tart and sweet, $5.95/pint)
  • stuffing (chicken apple sausage w/pecans & green apple $10.95, apple, sage & dried cranberry $9.95; each serves 4-6)
  • maple roasted brussel sprouts w/pancetta ($11.95, serves 4-6)
  • Companion Bakery bread loaves & Kelly’s Bakery rolls

Recipe for Lifestyle’s Signature Cranberry Chutney


3 stalks celery

2 apples, peeled

1 white onion

½ cup crystallized (sugared) ginger

1 ½ cups cranberry juice

¼ apple cider vinegar

1 ½ -2 cups sugar

12oz. bag fresh cranberries (more if needed or watery.) Note -sauce thickens as it cools.



-Dice celery, apples and onion finely (1/4 inch dice)

-In large saucepan, sauté 3 ingredients until tender but not mushy (approx. 5 minutes)

-Add minced ginger part way through the sautéing.

-Add juice, vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil.

-Let simmer to thicken juice slightly (approx. 10 minutes)

-Add cranberries and cook until they have popped and incorporated (approx. 10 minutes)

-Taste sauce to adjust sweetness.

-Remove from heat and let set. Refrigerate to help thicken.


Recipe Courtesy of Lifestyle Culinary Arts,