Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thnaksgiving Sides: Green Bean Casserole

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I wasn't raised eating this casserole on Thanksgiving Day, which begs the question,
"Who else wasn't?!"

Now that we've had a few on our own, it was just within the last few years that green bean casserole became a staple at Thanksgiving dinner. I am assuming Travis' side of the family always had it and I must have picked it up there, because seriously? 

It is so good. And Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without it.

I've seen some fancy recipes for this dish. Some add soy sauce, some add Parmesan cheese, among other things. But, I like to keep it simple and the best recipe I've had (and maybe the only one I've had) is from the back of a can.

Del Monte's Green Bean Casserole. You can find that here.  I almost always use just a little more french fried onions, although typing those very words brought on the heartburn, so maybe not so much this year.


Oh, and do go with the french-cut green beans. It's not a traditional dish without them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Sides: Sweet Potato Casserole

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There are a few things I am famous for. This is one of them. I found this recipe in a magazine years ago and made it one year for Thanksgiving and it just kind of became a tradition all of its own. I can't remember where the original recipe came from, but I've added to it over the years, so now I claim it as mine.

Here's the thing with sweet potatoes: Most people either love them or hate them and if you have people of the latter variety it is hard to convince them they will actually like this. But, they will! Like I said in a previous post, everyone like sweet potatoes if there is enough added butter and sugar, which leads me to my next point.

Although this is an awesome side, it's not something you can eat all the time. Just because it is made primarily from a vegetable, it is not healthy and should be consumed sparingly.


Maybe that is true for the rest of the year but Thanksgiving is a "free pass" in my book. So get yourself some yams, or if you want to be difficult 3 lbs. of raw sweet potatoes and let's get to work.

Here's the other thing. This could be a dessert. I always serve it with the regular food, though, and it is a sweet little teaser for the actual desserts. But, like I said, it could be placed on the dessert table if you wanted it to. (But, you shouldn't. Take my word).

You'll need:

3 lbs. of raw sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked, or like I said just some canned yams and if I can remember right I think the 3 lbs. yields about 3 cups. I buy I of the large cans and 1 small.

1/2 c. sugar
1 stick of butter, softened
2 eggs
1/3 c. milk
1 t. vanilla

And for the best part, the topping:

1 c. brown sugar (or more, definitely more)
1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. melted butter

Go ahead and combine the topping ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl, mash the cooked (or canned) sweet potatoes. Add the stick of butter, eggs, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until well blended. Pour into a 9 x 13 and crumble mixture on top. I almost always use more than the original recipe called for; maybe I double it. You can also add pecans if that is your thing. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Seriously, you will not regret this one.

Next up, Green Bean Casserole.

In other news, I finally caved and bought the most ridiculous pair of shoes ever.
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I have hated "ugg" style boots since I first saw them, but I couldn't resist the sheep-lined wool insides any longer. Bonus: after a little research, I realized that the brand Bear Paw, sold at Macy's, at half the price of Ugg Brand is made of exactly the same materials. So score for me and everyone on my Christmas list. I have more left over for you. And now I am warm and happy and all is right in the world when that is taken care of.  But, that doesn't take away the feeling of ridiculousness I feel while wearing them. Just so you know, I don't stuff my jeans into the tops, even though it is cute on most people, it's not for me. :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Sides: Cranberry Jello Salad

This has nothing to do with the post, but isn't this photo lovely?

 Cranberry Jello Salad. AKA: The best holiday side ever....EVER.

So here's the scoop on the salad. By the way, does anyone else have a problem with calling a non-lettuce dish a salad? Whateves.

You'll need:

1 bag of whole cranberries
1 orange with the peel
1 orange without the peel
1 cup of chopped pecans
1 cup of crushed pineapple with juice
2 cups sugar
1 lg. package of strawberry jello
1 lg. package of lemon jello

Place cranberries and oranges into food processor and finely chop. You can also put in the pecans, if you like a finer consistency, but you don't want pecan powder, you know.

On your stove top, bring 4 cups of water to a  boil. Add Jello and sugar and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, remove from heat. Add your just processed fruit, pecans, and crushed pineapple; mix well. Pour into a 9 x 13 glass dish and refrigerate until set; 3-4 hours.

Serve with whipped cream...but we like the cool whip around here. Or, at least I do and so that is all I buy.  Ohmygosh, I cannot WAIT to eat some pumpkin pie with cool whip! Ever tried the french vanilla on pumpkin pie? How about Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake? Do try.

As for the recipe, if it doesn't knock your socks off, I don't know what will.

Should we get the sweet stuff out of the way? I think yes. Next up, my special sweet potato casserole, that everyone loves (even if they claim to hate sweet potatoes!). Everyone likes sweet potatoes if you add enough sugar and butter, you know.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Just a Food Blog?

When Travis decided to run for office, I decided to let my blog go. Mostly because sometimes I ramble and sometimes I don't, but between politics and religion, which I totally think people should be able to discuss openly with no apologies expected, sometimes my mouth (or my type) gets me in trouble. And we're talking mostly politics here or how I may have sort of kind-of let my kids watch the same movie for, like, the whole day one time. Just one time! But still...

So I started just posting recipes with a little of our life thrown in from time to time. But now I'm free again to do what I want...and apparently I'm married to the chief law enforcement agent around these parts, so what is anyone going to do about it anyway??! :)

But, recipes are just fun, right? And it seems as if I am over the sick-all-day stuff that comes along with being prego. So I think the recipes should stay. But, I'm dying to tell someone about the craziness of being a first-time home buyer with four kids. You don't exactly qualify for "starter home" you know? To tell the story of how deranged our then-mechanic is and how our lonely little Durango is still at his residence after 8 months and how we've paid him 1,000 buckaroos and I'm pretty sure pieces of it might be strewn through-out Southern Indiana and what Travis has vowed to do to this man if only we could get ahold of him. It's a perfectly good drama, still unfolding I might add. Oh, and the ginormous on-going fight Travis and I are in over a Nintendo Wii.

Tell me, who is not interested in that?

And for the food. Tonight we had pancakes and bacon. It was awesome and easy and now if someone would only un-load the dishwasher and feed me Christmas Tree Cakes at this very moment, I would be happy for the rest of my life. Because you know, Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes are now available on the shelves of your local grocery and I already bought two boxes.

Oh! The picture above. It's almost Thanksgiving. I'm going to be talking about the marvelous sides. The real stars of Thanksgiving, in my opinion anyway. Stuffing. Mashed Potatoes with a secret ingredient. Green-Bean Casserole. Sweet Potato Casserole. The list goes on, but I am going to start with that blurry little red rectangular box you see above the words you are reading. It's the only exsisting photo we have of it because as soon as it is ready, it is devoured. By me. I ate almost a whole 9 x 13 of it last year. I can't wait to see what happens this year since I'm eating for two.

Cranberry Jello Salad is all I have to say. It's the most delicious divine thing I have ever eaten in my entire life, it's a family recipe that my Grandmother has passed down, AND it beats the socks off plain old cranberry sauce.

Stay Tuned.

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