Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label thanksgiving. Show all posts

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks

Such a lovely holiday- just give thanks, that's all that is required....perhaps loosening your belt a bit too, lol.  Thank-you everyone for all that you do for you are pretty spectacular!

Spectacular-  adj.  Sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect


Sunday, November 23, 2014

What do they say about old dogs?

I am always amazed at the simple things in life one of those being my husband, loving shrimp now after 28 years of marriage.  The man hates soup in any form and can bring me to tears with his pretty strong protests, but, now enjoys this firm, flavorful yet bouncy morsel.

The Japanese phrase 'Puri-Puri' (POOR-ee POOR-ee) describes the texture or mouth feel when prepared perfectly.

Our Sunday day trip was to Altoona after a wonderful breakfast with gracious friends at their home of buckwheat pancakes and strata.  The Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice coffee was a bonus :)  We were heading out around 1:00 then with a bottle jack from Harbor Freight, that is actually needed to complete the jeweler's hydraulic press set-up, on the list as well as picking up groceries for Thanksgiving being THIS coming Thursday.

What is on your menu for the holiday?  Sweet Potato Pie is the only new addition the rest is Thanksgiving dinner as usual.  Brined Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, cranberry, dried corn, buttered peas, rolls and pies-  same old, same old.   I would not have it any other way, nothing like a house filled with those aromas and the leftovers.

Do you have the perfect brine?  Or stuffing recipe to share?  What makes your spread your very own?


Boyer's candy factory in Altoona, Pa. Is a favorite stop while there with DH buying 5 lbs of imperfect peanut butter cups every time.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Holidays- the Thanksgiving meal through my daughter

While on Instagram yesterday evening I saw my daughter's photo she snapped, after constructing and arranging the perfect plating.
Slabs of turkey, butternut squash, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, beans and then ham & turkey gravy poured generously over only the luckiest of Thanksgiving menu fair.  As Tameryn, youngest daughter was plating her choices, Thea was showing her, her ways.  The younger approved of this slathering resulting in her eating more than she usually would, a happy thing for Mom.

daughter Thea's constructed Thanksgiving 
I have not been stuffing the bird for a few years but, baking it in a casserole making for a crunchy top.  This year I used the crock-pot for the stuffing.  It was pretty terrific done this way and definitely a technique I will continue to use, for it clears up the oven.  This method also mimics the turkey cavity making for a moist flavorful stuffing.

Fresh potted kitchen herbs were perfect for this task using sweet marjoram, parsley, thyme and sage.  These herbs thrown in the stuffing mix after sauteing  the unsalted butter, onions and celery... before pouring this and also chicken stock on the dried bread crumbs is wonderful compared to using dried.  I saved some of the bacon dripping from the broccoli salad, the night prior for sauteing also, which added a nice extra to the flavor profile.  

Cream cheese to the mashed potatoes, ham drippings/garlic/brown sugar to the beans, bacon on the turkey again and then pecans, melted unsalted butter and brown sugar tossed with the butternut squash before baking to list some of the additions to food staples on our table.  I went through about 2-lbs of unsalted butter during meal preparation.

and then they cleaned up doing the dishes and putting away for leftovers..... brilliant I say.

Aren't leftovers your favorite part or also the aroma from a good day in the kitchen.  You can't replicate that any other way, LOVE IT!

What is your Thanksgiving plating technique?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holidays- revisiting last year's Thanksgiving

I keep the menu simple with some of my childhood favorites such as dried corn, coleslaw, candied sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.  This year instead of the cabbage style slaw there will be a broccoli style slaw on the order of this recipe including peanuts or sunflower seeds depending on which I find first.  I am also baking an apple instead of pumpkin pie, I know how terrible but, we have been apple crazy this Fall with going through I don't know how many gallons of cider, crisps and just fresh cut apples of all types.  No candied sweet potatoes with instead baked butternut squash on the dinner table.
My Grandmother Agnes would have lost her cool, for the woman needed to have the same dishes at every holiday not deviating from those sacred entrees, sides and desserts.  One year for 4th of July, before my dh and I were married, I dared to bring over a seafood pasta salad and she went ballistic.  This simple addition caused years of her reprimands, not to mention the Easter ham where I did a spice rub along with the mustard/brown sugar glaze.  My Father also jumped in on this occasion...crrrr-azy around the Easter holiday table that year.
I forgot about the little bacon addition : - )  Sage under the skin, stuffed with onion, celery, an orange, garlic and various herbs stuff last years bird.  
It is my call now, I do what I want with whatever I want in my kitchen these days.  My girls also bring to the table some funstuff for they have freedom to play in the kitchen making some pretty amazing sides.

my daughter stirring gravy, dried corn simmering with turkey resting before the big CARVE
day after game playing with youngest dd snacking on frosting and saltines
Every year we usually put a fresh, newly found and purchased puzzle together Thanksgiving morning while watching the parade, football or perhaps a binge of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Star Wars.  We are still in the Doctor Who mode so this year's will be a Whopuzzle with this one coming tomorrow from Amazon.   Amazon Prime is super for those last minute wants or needs!!

What will be on your Thanksgiving table this year?  I posted this query on my facebook wall this morning, if you want to take a gander, please do. 

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving !!!

*** I needed to include a friend's fun find.  Did you realize that this year's Thanksgiving falls on the same day as Hanukkah?  This great fusion make for Thanksgivukkah! Thanks Stacie!! hoot, hoot...funstuff!

Friday, November 25, 2011

What did you have for Thanksgiving Dinner?

 Our menu consisted of roast turkey stuffed with aromatics including carrots, celery, thyme and sage, cornbread/sourdough stuffing, mashed potatoes/gravy, apple and bacon oven roasted brussel sprouts, candied sweet potatoes with berbere' spices, coleslaw w/carrots, celery and sunflower seeds, cranberry and the for dessert gooey butter pumpkin cake & apple pie. 
It 'twas a great day filled with the parade, puzzle piecing, the Westminster Dog Show and cooking :)  Later that night our friends from Indiana stopped by until late, late and then today I finally finished the clean-up, lol. 

I hope everyone had a grand turkey day!!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Organizing

thanksgiving 2005 by Stephanie Distler
thanksgiving 2005, a photo by Stephanie Distler on Flickr.
Here is a photo from 2005's Thanksgiving. The kitchen is a jumble of foods being prepared and hors d'oeuvres being set out for guests.
The table setting for that year was Jackson China  and Ironstone restaurantware.
The menu:  that awesome Jamie Oliver Turkey and stuffing recipe, baked brussel sprouts with bacon and apples, lemon asparagus and of course mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry and coleslaw. 
My Mother, Claude and Thea 

My oldest daughter Larissa was still home, Claude was still alive, Tameryn was 5 and Thea was 13. 

Thanksgiving 2005 Larissa and Tameryn
Larissa and Tameryn playing games during that day

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Brussels sprouts w/apples&bacon

Brussel Sprouts w/apples and bacon
2 pounds cleaned sprouts(deleaf, destem ends and cut in half for ease in cooking)
a good toss in olive oil, salt and pepper
about 6 strips of bacon cut up
2 cooking apples peeled and diced
I toss sprouts in olive oil and then top with apples and bacon.
Place in an aluminum foil covered dish for about 1-1/2 hours
325 degree
The roasting adds an entire other dimension to them of mellow sweetness

I really, really love brussel sprouts roasted!!!!
I am definitely making these for Thanksgiving this year for it has been forever and a day since the last time they were on my table.


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