No local cranberries in California, but no worries. Pomegranates stand in for a sweet-tart, hard-set jelly that resembles the stuff from a can you grew up with. (But you'll have to carve the ridges yourself.)
Too much cranberry sauce? Hit the sauce instead with a vodka-cran made from your own fresh cranberry juice. This recipe makes several quarts of crimson juice flavored with quince & rose geranium. Includes instructions for canning to FDA standards.
Starting with fresh, tannic hachiya persimmons, you peel and hang them, massaging them gently occasionally for several weeks. In the end, you get a dense, chewy dried fruit that is unlike any other. I just started my first batch.