Best quote of the weekend.
Savannah - Sometimes I'm more Randy than Randy
Oddly I didn't take a lot of food photos. But I will share a Thanksgiving cole slaw recipe with you
Thanksgiving, a holiday that I love because it's food oriented. Ironically, I don't much care for most of the "traditional" food associated with it. Whatever.
I have to work on Thanksgiving so there's no point in making dinner. Every year we receive big a.f. spiral ham as a bonus at work. So that's a plus. Unfortunately we get them on Tuesday and today is Sunday. So I have carefully devised a near future meal. As in next Sunday I shall have "ham sliders". Dig this. I made cranberry sauce and sweet potato biscuits today. A test run. And next Sunday I'll bake the ham and slap slices of ham and spoonfuls of cranberry sauce on the biscuits. Something like a Thanksgiving brunch. I love homemade cranberry sauce. I make it by the mason jar. Use leftovers in plain yogurt. Replace jelly on a PBJ. Dice celery and chop walnuts. Blend with mayo and diced chicken for a tangy chicken salad sandwich. And so on!
Both recipes come from A Year Between Friends:3191
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My Mom's Cranberry Sauce by MAV
SCB's Sweet Potato Biscuits
By the time this will be posted Thanksgiving will have passed. I hope that everyone had a lovely one. We have officially kicked off the merry season.
Happy Holidays everyone!
On this Thanksgiving Day, I cooked dinner, and the boys started hanging Christmas lights outside. I started this meal prep the night before and made both Pumpkin and Pecan Pie as well as Cranberry Sauce and Heavenly Hash (or our version of it anyways). Of course today, I made the rest of the traditional entree items: Turkey and Gravy, Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, Mashed Potatoes, and Candied Yams. It amazes me at how quickly we eat and can be finished after the hours of work that was put into the fine meal. I was done eating in under 20 mins, yet I spent 6 hours total on the whole meal. What amazes me more is how little of a dent we made in all of the dishes after filling up our plates. I'm thankful that dishes are done, and meals are made for the next few days. Next up --->
Pecan Pie! 😄
Happy Turkey Day!
“Praise God even when you don’t understand what He is doing.”
Praying everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving
Georgia, Amy and Nikita
This picture of my pumpkin pie makes me laugh. It is clear that I am NOT the pie crust shaper in the house. Lol! Matt traveled to Columbus, OH this week for work which means I had to take my best shot at pressing this crust into the dish. Half of it collapsed onto the filling....whoops! What matters is the taste, right?! 🤣
Pumpkin Pie recipe off of the can.
Depending on what you read and believe. According to several sources what you get in a can of pumpkin is not really pumpkin. One source states that around 1938 the FDA deemed pumpkin a squash and any squash could be used and considered pumpkin. Which means you can buy a can of pumpkin and it say 100% pumpkin and be butternut squash.. One source says to get the best, buy Libby's.
Libby's is the only one that lists in it's ingredients a specific type of pumpkin. Dickinson's pumpkin. which looks a lot like a bumpy butternut squash..
Either way.. I still love pumpkin pie
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Pumpkin Silk Pie
Wouldn't it be great if at the end of a news broadcast the anchor person would say," Mmm mmm time for pie!"? I feel we could handle world affairs much easier this way. Watch the horrible news of the day with our eyes buggin the same as when we made the unwise decision to watch The Human Centipede. If you haven't seen it, don't. I am still in outreach five years on. No amount of pie slices can make up for that. But maybe a slice after watching the nightly news couldn't hurt.
I scanned multiple recipes for this challenge. I saw that clear pumpkin pie that's all the rage on the internet. Internet food fads can be a crap shoot. That can be the case both literally and figuratively. Mississippi Pot Roast is a winner. Cloud eggs, not so much. So I didn't bother with that recipe. I found what sounds like a divine pumpkin chiffon pie consisting of a crust made of ginger snaps and rum is involved. I may attempt that boozy concoction for Christmas. Because I deserve it! The funny thing about pumpkin pie is that I have never had a "go to" recipe. I enjoy trying something new every time. Pumpkin is a very versatile gourd. So I personally find no reason to repeat the same old thing. After reading about half a dozen recipes I simply decided to go with Ol' Reliable aka Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook. And there's about 6 recipes. They all look wonderful. I went with Pumpkin Pecan Pie because I'd just bought a bag of pecans at Custar Farm. A big ass Ziploc full. The pecans come from trees at the farm! If I weren't so lazy I would have used fresh pumpkin as well. But I ain't that into cooking. This is the best pumpkin pie that I've made thus far. I'm not sure if it's because of the pecans or the Penzey pie spice. Perhaps both. It has the same flavors as pumpkin pie spice but with a little bit more. The blend tastes so fresh and sublime. I really cannot emphasize how much I love this pie spice. So props to my friend Lisa for introducing me to the wonderful spice world that is Penzey. And once again I have to acknowledge and thank my stepmom Pat for giving me this little treasure of a cookbook.
Pumpkin Pecan Pie
From Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cookbook
Filling is a mellow golden brown, rich like an old gold coin. (Great description!)
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Pumpkin Pecan Pie
Looks like we have 3 different pumpkin pie recipes. Just in time for Thanksgiving
Nikita, Georgia and Amy
A sandwich that would have had Mom's approval. This recipe takes the Reuben sandwich to a different level. It's all about the Thousand Island Dressing. I used a recipe from The Pioneer Woman Magazine (trying to get my $3.99 worth). So I made a sammich and sparked up Doc Martin on Netflix. A perfect "Me" time moment.
A couple of bonus favorites:
Stranger Things season 2 is all about Steve and Bob!
Halloween costume contest at work: my favorites were Forrest Gump and Lt. Dan and the gent dressed as Jack Skellington (he was on stilts)
Currently reading The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
Podcast: The Writer's Almanac
Cookbook: Milk Street: The New Home Cooking by Christopher Kimball
Health&Beauty product I can't live without: Smith's Rosebud Salve
Snack: popcorn popped in coconut oil and seasoned with Penzeys Mural of Flavors
Music: Swing Jazz and Jazz Standards. Been chilling with George Winston and Windham Hill as well.
Now the recipe!
Make-Ahead Sandwich Rolls from The Pioneer Woman Magazine Fall 2017
For the Reuben(Rachael) rolls:
Every morning at 5:30am, I wake up and make lunches for my family. Matt usually get leftovers and snacks. Christopher gets a sandwich and snacks. I change up the sandwiches, so he doesn't get too bored of them...but he eats a sandwich almost every day. He has never complained about it and has told me he prefers my homemade lunch to a warm school lunch. It's really a simple meal: sandwich, crunchy crackers, fruit, veggie, something sweet, and water. This week was bologna. Sometimes, I wake up thinking, "Ugh, I gotta go make his lunch." Other mornings I think, "I get to make lunch for him again." I know I only have about 1300 more lunches to make him. It seems like a lot, but they will be gone soon. He will be gone soon.
There are a million and one sandwich combinations.. How do you choose just one?
This week when Amy challenged everyone to pull out the cutting board to make sammiches I thought I'd take a different approach and incorporate it into our Sunday family dinner/ So I cooked up a huge pot of Corn Potato Chowder (chowdah) and set out a variety of sandwich fixens and let folks make their own sammie.
Angie made a beautiful loaf of bread (perfect weather here for bread making) Auntie brought some meat and cheeses. And the husband also got a variety of meats and cheeses.
These two ladies here.. Family but also dearest of friends. Living far apart and yet finding a way to connect over the things we love.. Mostly food.. G
Until next week,
Amy, Nikita and Georgia
I have been a big fan of one pot wonders for as long as I can remember
More often then not you have your entire meal in one handy dandy pot.
Less pots = less cleanup. I made this Chicken and Dirty Rice recipe the other night and to quote Amy. It was Fire!! Ya'll this dish was amazing. And was just as yummy the next day as leftovers. If you are looking for a flavorful meal with a hint of spice.. You have to try this..
What's nice about a dish like this is a little goes a long way..
One Pot Chicken and Dirty Rice (Photo does not do it justice)Ingredients
I believe we had a chili cook off at one time. Let's face it, it's chili weather. You get another chili recipe! In this case, I'm going with one from the latest issue of The Pioneer Woman magazine. I picked up the Fall issue when I was at the Mercantile. I didn't know she had a magazine. If you haven't read her magazine, don't. Too few recipes and too many turquoise colored accessories. In this issue there's 2 recipes for chili. I made the veggie chili. A friend has never had veggie chili and requested this. Kind of odd to be so set in one's way as to never try a damn meatless chili but okay.
This is an exceptionally flavorful chili. I'd bother to get more of this magazine if food remained the focus. I'll save you all a few bucks right now:
Veggie Chili from The Pioneer Woman Magazine Fall 2017
The only "work" in this delightful chili is chopping up the veggies. You can do it!
We love one pan meals. I usually prep them in the morning, and Matt will finish them off in the oven. #teamwork This week we made two meals, but the one listed here was a lot more flavorful.
Recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron on Pintrest:
Once again we all manage to make 3 very different dishes. Oh what fun!
Georgia, Amy and Nikita
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