Be Our Guest: How to Host a Successful Thanksgiving

updated May 24, 2019
Cranberry Jones
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If Thanksgiving is the Super Bowl of food, then being a host is like being the quarterback for the whole football team. For Shari Hershon, she has been leading the charge for over 10 years, preparing and hosting Thanksgiving meals for her family with finesse. We spoke with Shari to get her insights on what makes a great host, from tips on how to prepare meals to one of her staple recipes for the occasion.

Shari Hershon is an accomplished fashion design executive with extensive experience in both the wholesale and retail business sectors. Over the course of her career, Shari has been instrumental in driving the creative vision to conceptualize, develop, and execute collections from inception to successful completion for some of the industry’s most prestigious labels, including Calvin Klein, Giorgio Armani, and Ann Taylor.

Since branching out on her own in 2009, Shari has expanded her scope to include trend forecasting, blogging, and social media, as well as providing design-based consulting services for companies such as Tommy Hilfiger, Talbots, and Tommy Bahama, among others. Recently Shari has turned her lifelong passion for cooking into a reality with the launch of Indigo Jones Eats, an artisanal food company specializing in novelty baked goods.

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Cranberry Jones

Nutritional Info


  • 3 cups cranberries
  • 3 cups peeled and chopped tart apples
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar


  1. Drizzle with 1 stick of melted butter and cook for 40 minutes at 350°F, stirring after 20 minutes until the apples and cranberries soften, and the juices start to thicken.

  2. Place the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir with a heatproof spatula until the sugar melts.

  3. Make ahead: This can be prepared in advance and cooked for the first 20 minutes, and then stored covered in the refrigerator. Cook for the remaining 20 minutes before serving.

Shari’s Blog: Indigo Jones & Indigo Jones Eats
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