This is how Christmas should look…
From the inside looking out…
With coffee in hand…
A “Happy” coffee in hand.
Have a very safe Holiday!!!!
Um, that is a Christmas tree incase you couldn’t tell.
A few holiday colors and some decorative dots.
I even got into the creative fun.
So what funny thing do you do to be festive??
What’s your favorite color?
How do you decorate for the season?
How the yaya did that get on my tree????
Go take a look at Yaya Stuff and see her favorite color.
See who else has joined us from the color wheel.
5 lbs. Potatoes peeled and diced
1 very small onion
4 cloves garlic
½ t. black pepper
½ t. red pepper
2 quarts chicken broth
2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese
Salt to taste
Crumbled bacon and chopped parsley to garnish
In a 6 qt slow cooker place the peeled/diced potatoes. (I sautéed the onion and garlic quickly in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil) add the seasonings, onion, garlic and broth to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. (Potatoes need to be fork tender)
Use a masher or hand held blender to mash potatoes. I left a few in chucks because I like it that way but you can make it smooth.
After mashing the potatoes, add the cream cheese and cook on high for at least 30 minutes stirring a few times. Add bacon and parsley as a garnish. (Cheddar cheese will work too.)
I found the recipe for the Broccoli Bake in my very first cookbook that I’ve had for decades. (Ouch) “Where’s Mom now that I need her?”. A co-worker bought it for me when I moved out on my own for the first time. It has all kinds of helpful hints in it, not just recipes.
Here’s what you need:
1 package long grain and wild rice
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese divided
1 cup chopped Golden Delicious apple
1 cup sliced mushrooms
½ cup thinly sliced celery
Prepare rice according to package
Add ½ of the cheese, the apple, mushrooms and celery to the rice; toss to combine. Spoon into 1 qt. dish and bake for 15 minutes at 350 and then top with remaining cheese and bake another 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.
(sorry, can't find the picture of this one as a finished dish???? must have gone too quickly.)
(You can make this 1-day ahead but you’ll need to adjust the bake time.)
The Fancy Macaroni Casserole:
I got this recipe years and years ago from a second cousin by marriage and probably couldn’t pick her out of a crowd today if I had to. I’ve altered the ingredients a few times along the way.
8 oz. Macaroni (elbow or small shells work best)
½ lb. Sharp cheddar cheese grated
* About 1 roasted red pepper (more or less to your personal taste)
* ½ cup onion (I never use the onion... don't like it.)
* Small jar of mushrooms (I like fresh better and use about a cup of them sliced)
* Small green pepper (again, I never use the pepper... don't like it.)
* 2 to 4 table spoons of crumbled blue cheese (yum, the more the better for me.)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
(**** These ingredient are basically considered optional but don’t cut all of them out or you’ll be left with nothing “fancy”)
Cook the pasta and then mix together with the other ingredients and bake for 40 minutes at 375.
Special note… The blue cheese can be mixed in and/or sprinkled on top.
(You can make this 1-day ahead)
When I’m doing so many side dishes I like to make what I can a day ahead. It can also be a challenge to bake everything per the instructions. I usually try to average the temp. Most of my recipes were between 375 and 325. I used 350 but could have done 375 with so many dishes in at once. I also added 10 to 15 minutes to a few dishes to make sure they were hot in the center.
So are you after the turkey or are you more interested in the sides? What’s your favorite side dish?
I’ll post the Broccoli Bake and the Potato Soup next.
As an only child and a latch key kid to a single working Mother I spent a good deal of time alone. Thanksgiving to me is a time for everyone to come together. I have always enjoyed the noise and energy of having a house full of people and listening to the stories and laughter. I like that commercialism has not been able to take over this holiday. There’s no worry about getting the right gift or trying to make someone happy. For one day we can put aside dysfunctional family stuff, bite our tongues and be together. All you have to do is show up and eat. Yum. I’ve always loved having all this wonderful food around. We used to eat, go back for seconds and then after the dishes were washed we would start pulling things out again for a munch fest.
This year’s menu looks like this…
Turkey (seasoned with rosemary, sage, parsley, thyme and an orange)
Dried Cherry and Sausage Stuffing
Apple and Rice Medley
And Baked Potato Soup
And with out a doubt there will be Pumpkin rolls, Pumpkin Pie and a Berry Pie.
Keep your eyes open; I’ll be posting the recipes over the next several days.
Time to go greet my guests.
While I feast why don't you tell me about your favorite Thanksgiving food.