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1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons oil

1 small onion, finely chopped (~ 1/2 cup)

1 clove garlic, minced (~ 1 teaspoon)

1/2 pound Brussels sprouts (~ 10 small), cut in half

pepper, to taste

On a rimmed cookie sheet, toast sesame seeds in a toaster oven, or in a conventional oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the seeds just begin to brown. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries and orange juice. Cook over medium heat until about half of the cranberries burst. Turn off heat. Transfer cranberry mixture to a medium bowl and stir in sugar.

To the saucepan the cranberries were cooked in, add the red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent. Transfer to bowl with cranberries.

To a large pan, add 1 tablespoon oil and Brussels sprouts. Arrange the Brussels sprouts so the cut side is facing down. Cook the Brussels sprouts over medium-low heat for approximately 7 minutes, or until the cut side is just begins to caramelize.

Strain orange juice from cranberries over the Brussels sprouts.

Cover and cook over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are tender, yet still slightly crisp. Add water as necessary while Brussels sprouts are cooking. At the end of the cook time, the orange juice should be just about cooked down all of the way.

Remove from heat and add to bowl with cranberry mixture. Toss with toasted sesame seeds and pepper, to taste.

Serve warm.

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