This is a good remix of leftovers from the Turkey day feast and a family tradition at our house.
take a large lasagna pan. You will be putting down leftovers in layers. first layer leftover turkey cubed. Then a layer of your green beans. I did a layer of stuffing and the a little bit of gravy Pour in some stock to meld it all together and cover with leftover mashed potatoes. bake for about 45 min at 350.
serve to your hungry family and enjoy. My sis in law made a side dish of roasted brussels sprouts. She removed the outside tough leaves and sliced in half. She put them in a pan with a fair amount of butter and salt and pepper to taste. She put then bacon on top. they went in the same over but I am not sure how long they took. take them out with they are done 🙂 soft and slightly caramelized.
Happy Thanksgiving all. I hope you are having a wonderful day and for my non US readers Happy day to you, you don’t need a national holiday to have a fabulous meal and be thankful for what you have. 🙂 I am so thankful for each and every one of you. I can’t really believe that people read my ramblings and I love the conversations and the new friends blogging has brought me. Thank you for being part of my life.
Wash and place 2 bags of fresh cranberries in a sauce pan. Add in 1 Cup brandy and 1 cup (more or less depending on how sweet you like it) cook on low. All the berries will all pop. reduce it down so it is a nice thick sauce.
Poppy’s Sweet Potatoes
thinly sliced apples
condensed milk (or rice or coconut or soy whatever you like)
Steam peeled yams until soft. Put in buttered casserole and mash with 1/2 a stick of butter cut into thin slices. add in the spices and the milk.
In a frying pan melt the other 1/2 of stick of butter, add in sugar and cinnamon. fry the apples in the mixture until soft and sauce is bubbly. Pour apple mixture over mashed sweet potatoes and bake for 20 min at 350.
This is a family recipe, and the one my mom wants every year. It is actually really good and fun to make. This Friday we are having peeling party were my folks will come over, we will have a dinner, and watch a movie while peeling the chestnuts.
4-5lbs chestnuts, 1 white onion. 1 stick of butter. In batches blanch chestnuts (8-10min) transfer to cold water, peel. Chop by hand or food processor.
Melt butter in large pan and saute chopped onion add chestnuts, serve or stuff in bird ( I never put stuffing in my bird ) or bake in a casserole and add a little stock to the casserole so they don’t dry out.
This is the page from my Thanksgiving binder. I am going to attempt a recipe or page of recipes a day. Let me just re-state I do not write recipes. I write a list on ingredients and what to do with them but for the most part you have to figure out amounts for yourself.
mixed baby greens
dressing (this came from my sister-in-law and I am not sure where she found it)
1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup sour cream
1/4 Cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 scallion minced
salt and pepper
add in slow stream whisking constantly 1/2 C oil
Spicy pecans (from my moms best friend from college)
1 lb Nuts
whip 2 egg whites mix with pecans or walnuts sprinkle 3/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, a wee bit of chipotle powder, coat. spread on roasting pan with parchment paper or waxed pager bake at 350 for 15-20 min cool and store. I have a note here “destroyers cookie sheet if done without paper”
you can also see from the picture that we take notes on our dishes. If they were good, do they need tweaking and not on this page but with others if the amounts were enough. This one also says “Dad” at the bottom which means at some point I assigned him salad duty 🙂
Today on this third harvest, my husband and I will begin the harvest or our hard work and good luck. We will be looking at house. Wish us luck! I will share pics with you all.
And since its thanksgiving…I am so thankful that hubs is such a hustler that we are able to do this!
I guess first I should warn you that this post, even more then normal is going to be rambly. The other day I was doing laundry (I do 1-2 loads a day) and the dryer died. I have already been having issues with my washer and now here I had a load of wet landry in the dryer not drying, and a load in the washer ready to dry. We didn’t have sun that day so I couldn’t hang it out, but I could load it up and take it to my moms as I was going over to do a little cooking anyway. Hubby and I talked about it and he found some great deals on washer and dryer sets for black Friday. We talked about it and we decided to forgo Holiday gifts for each other and get the washer and dryer. He then told my best friend that he got me a washer and dryer set for the holidays and she threaten to throw something at him. Ha ha ha ha love her. The truth of the matter is that he and I don’t need any gifts. We have everything we need and most of what we want. It won’t make the holiday any less meaningful for me because what I really want (to be around those I love) I will have.
Which brings me to yesterday. I was sitting around laughing and talking with my family, an uncle from out of state, my brother and sis in law down from the city and my grandma and grandpa up from down south. The majority of the food for today has already been cooked. our meal for last night was ready and we could just sit and enjoy each others company. It was really beautiful. In years past I was still cooking and feeling rushed like I wouldn’t get it all done. Here I was sitting and having fun and I thought I would share a few thoughts with you about it.
For us Thanksgiving is our big holiday. Bigger then yule/xmas. We have people come in from out of town and we have a lot of traditions surrounding the day. From the food to the activities there are a lot of expectations. In fact I joke that my husband decided to marry me at a thanksgiving when I made him a caramel apple pie cheesecake. Many folks arive on Wednesday so we need to feed a big crowd for dinner. Tday is full of food, football and just hanging out. After dinner we play scatagories. The real point of this game for our family is to be able to argue your point and convince enough people to let them use what ever off the wall answer you came up with. Friday we head up to the tree farm and cut down our tree. Then we spend the rest of weekend decorating it. taking time to eat and go to the movies. In years past I have spent 5 days at least cooking. Last year I sent an email to everyone after the weekend and asked them what their favorite food was and what they liked as far as activities and what they didn’t. so this year I cute back the amount of dished I am making and will make separate dinners for Friday and Saturday instead of just leftovers for ever. Which brings me back to yesterday. instead of feeling like I needed to cook more I was able to sit and relax and enjoy the fun. Today I only a little cooking to do but mostly it is done. So I will be able to watch football and be with my family.
For me it is perfect. It wont look like a magazine but it is filled with love. Which brings me back to my washer dryer/ gift thought. Today I will have 3 people sitting around the table that very likely could not of been here; aneurysm, cancer and heart attack. The fact that they are still here and we are able to share food and time together, to make new memories is all I want. so many of the little things that I used to spend time worrying about or stressing over I just don’t care about anymore and it is a great sense of peace.
I hope you and yours have a wonderful and peaceful, fun filled day!