Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cranberry Relish

Blend in blender:

2 large oranges
1 package raw cranberries
1 cup sugar

Combine and refrigerate overnight.

Stir in just before serving:

1 cup chopped apples
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

I left out the nuts because my family doesn't like them. I also made it with Juliet and we split it in half to share. It's so yummy though. Especially on the leftover turkey sandwich.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Can we talk Thanksgiving?

For the first time EVER...I have a house, and hence, my family is coming to my house for Thanksgiving! This feels like serious pressure to cook the perfect meal. Most of the family are coming from out of town, so I can't really make "assignments" and farm out all the cooking.

So...talk to me all you wonderful women.

How do I pull it off? What are your favorite all time Thanksgiving recipes?

My current plan (feel free to dissect and comment on)

Turkey - simple. In a roasting pan (hence, freeing up the oven for other tasks)
Super Target has a special this week...if you buy the roasting pan and a butterball turkey (on sale at $.88/lb) you $15 gift card back. Also, I found a coupon for $2 off a butterball turkey.
so, I figure I can score both the roasting pan AND the turkey for about $22!
Cooking plan for the turkey? in a roasting bag, in the roaster, rub butter on the skin and salt and pepper, probably fill the "cavity" with onions, celery and sage.

Mashed Potatoes - enlist family to peel on the day of. Whip using my kitchenaid. Mix in some decadence with whipping cream, butter, and some fresh nutmeg

Stuffing - Mrs. Cubbisons. Turkey sausage. Onions, celery, Chicken Stock. Basic and easy. Make the day of.

Sweet Potatoes - I have a killer recipe for a sweet potato souffle. basically mashed sweet potatoes, sweet and condensed milk, butter, eggs, topped with a mix of pecans and coconut. YUM! Make the day before.

Corn Casserole - this is for my southern sister in law. Basically Jiffy corn muffin mix, sour cream, 1 can of creamed corn, 1 can of regular corn, melted butter and an egg. Baked. yummy and certainly not good for the waist! Make the day of, can cook with the stuffing.

Rolls - my brother is going to make (day of, in between the stuffing and corn casserole?)

Pies - my other brother is going to make (they will bring...not make in my tiny kitchen)

Am I missing something important? Do I need to serve a vegetable? What kind of cranberry sauce do you like? The canned kind? or fresh? What about salad? green or jello? or neither? Appetizers? Beverages?

Do tell....

Share your favorite Thanksgiving Recipes....



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Yummy Frittata

I made something new, easy, and yummy tonight. Maybe you all have made these before, but this was my first. Everyone ate it, and it was healthy! The recipe I used called for potatoes, green onions, spinach and garlic (death breath!!) but I just used whatever left over veggies I had in the fridge.

Veggie Frittata

cubed or sliced potatoes, about 1 cup (mine were already cooked, but they don't have to be)
2/3 cup chopped broccoli
1/3 c chopped onion
1 small tomato, diced
3 cooked strips of bacon, crumbled (okay, that part's not so healthy)
6 eggs
1/3 c milk
1/2 c shredded Cheddar cheese

Heat olive oil in medium skillet over medium heat. If your potatoes are not cooked, place in skillet and cover for about 10 minutes, until tender but firm. Mix in onion, broccoli, or any other veggies you have around (zucchini, other squash or mushrooms would be good, too). Saute these together, season with salt and pepper or whatever you like (I used some seasoned salt, too). In medium bowl, Beat together eggs and milk, pour into skillet over vegetables; sprinkle with cheese. Reduce heat to low and cover, cook about 7 more minutes or until eggs are firm. That's what the instructions say, but mine were taking forever to get done. So I took about 1/3 cup of water and poured it on the side of the skillet so it would go underneath the frittata, covered it, and it was done within a minute or two. It's always exciting to find something new that you like to eat that involves plenty of vegetables. P.s., if you haven't already, visit my got2bcra-z blog and enter my penny pincher contest that ends on Nov 30th.