Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sorry...I'm gonna make you leave a comment!

Since I have professed over and over again how much I love to cook and find and try new recipes I need your help! Which means you may actually need to leave a comment if you don't mind. I want new thanksgiving recipes! Especially new ways to bake my Thanksgiving turkey! I know we all have our "Must Have's" every year, so I want to know what those are for you. My sister julie (You can find her blog link on the right) has already posted on her blog 2 of our family must have recipes, Banana salad and Mom's yummy yummy rolls! I will post a few more recipes tomorrow as well to share with you!
Thanks guys, I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving Holiday.This year we are by ourselves no family with us, but they are surely with us in Spirit, and I know that Our Thanksgiving tables will all look pretty much the same...Holidays are all about tradition!

Love, Becky

19 comments:

Lorilee said...

I'm going to try this brine this year for my turkey.
1 (10 to 12-pound) turkey

Remove the neck, giblets, and liver from the cavity of the turkey. Rinse the turkey inside and out under cold running water. Soak the turkey in the brine, covered and refrigerated, for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

Brine:
1 cup salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 oranges, quartered
2 lemons, quartered
6 sprigs thyme
4 sprigs rosemary

To make the brining solution, dissolve the salt and sugar in 2 gallons of cold water in a non-reactive container (such as a clean bucket or large stockpot, or a clean, heavy-duty, plastic garbage bag.) Add the oranges, lemons, thyme, and rosemary.Note: if you have a big turkey and need more brine than this, use 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup brown sugar for every gallon of water.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse well under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels, inside and out. Place breast side down in a large, heavy roasting pan, and rub on all sides with 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature. Season lightly inside and out with salt and pepper.

Stuff the turkey with:
1 large yellow onion, cut into 8ths
1 large orange, cut into 8ths
1 stalk celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large carrot, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 bay leaves
2 sprigs thyme

Loosely tie the drumsticks together with kitchen string.
Roast the turkey, uncovered, breast side down for 1 hour. Remove from the oven, turn over, and baste with 1/2 cup chicken or turkey stock. Continue roasting with the breast side up until an instant-read meat thermometer registers 165 degrees F when inserted into the largest section of thigh (avoiding the bone), about 2 3/4 to 3 hours total cooking time. Baste the turkey once every hour with 1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken or turkey stock.

Remove from the oven and place on a platter. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

jenkinsfamliypost said...

grandma boby found a new way to make mash potatos. she adds all the usual stuff butter, salt pepper, sour cream, garlic, and mayonise, it makes it SOOOO creamy. (she loves paula deen's cooking show this is where she found it)

Julie said...

I didn't want to do a whole turkey. There were no turkey breasts in the stores...I bought a whole FROZEN turkey. I am not happy. That is what I'm cooking for Thanksgiving dinner.

Sounds sad and depressing, doesn't it? Well, it is! But, I'll get over it, and I'm also (besides the banana salad and Mom's rolls) doing a jell-o salad that my friend Tami makes--it rocks. Don't have the recipe yet, but I'm getting it tonight--then I'll share!

Also, Serena's (the Farm Chicks) Sweet Potato Bake--looks deeee-licious! Just lovely fresh green beans, real mashed potatoes, WITH lumps, thank-you!, gravy, cranberries...gonna try to make my own cranberry sauce...how do you like me now?!

An apple/pear pie--found the best pie dough recipe--I'll get it to you! Grandma Campbell's making pumpkin and chocolate pecan for Roger and the girls...let's see...what am I forgetting??? That's probably about it! How's that sound? Love you, sis! Have a great night--call me tomorrow when you're free!

Marla said...

Beck - go to mt blog (do you have an invite?) to Nov 2007... there is THE BEST sweet potato souflee recipr there that is amazing. we have it every year!

loves to you!

PBAndJ said...

I know this post is kinda late, but I've made my own cranberry sauce for the last two years and it is really good! I got the recipe from the Everyday Food cookbook. All you do is put all these in a pot:
1 bag of cranberries
3/4 C sugar
1 C water
1 tsp lemon zest (I use lemon juice and it's just fine)
Bring to a boil then simmer for about 10 mins. Put in a bowl and enjoy. I made a double recipe this year. It's tastier than canned (I think!)

4sberg said...

Becky, good morning. I am getting ready to make one of my do always thanksgiving dishes. I learned to make this in 1966 when I was a nanny for the Hales in New York. I had just gone on my first date with Uncle Frank the week before--and making this dish always reminds me of that for some reason. Not too many of my children really like sweet potatoes--Frank and I don't, but we all will eat this dish because it is more like apples with some sweet potatoes in it. It is easy and fast...Apple & Sweet Potato Casserole..serves 6-8 depending on serving size--in our family one batch feeds all of us.

-a large can of sweet potatoes (or yams) or boil 4 sweet potatoes till tender, peel and slice.
--4-5 large apples peeled and sliced I like Granny Smith
Sauce
--2 c. water --1 c. sugar
--4 level TBS. cornstarch --3/4 tsp salt --1 cube of BUTTER
Mix dry ingredients in saucepan. Add water, stir till well mixed. Turn heat to low and add butter-stir and cook till butter is melted and sauce is thick.
Make a layer of sweetpotato and then apple slices in an oven proof dish. Spead just a litle sauce over the layer. Continue doing this until potato and apples are used up. End with a sweet potato layer and pour remaining sauce over all. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until apples are soft. I like lots of sauce and apples so I generally make one and a half recipe of sauce and use more apples. Try it sometime and let me know. Now I am off to make this dish. I made two pies and a batch of applesauce--(another thing I always do for Thanksgiving) and I am cooking the turkey. We will be having dinner with Amy, Russ and Katie and their children. Then Frank, Amy and I are headed to Flagstaff to meet this evening with Keith, Wendy and Jessica and families. Early early Friday morning some will go cut down Christmas trees outside of Flagstaff and some are going Christmas shopping in Flagstaff and as a good Nan I am staying at the cabin with some of the children making hot chocolate and playing games. Enjoy this day and know we are thankful for all our family--you are in our prayers and thoughts--even if we don't get to gather together very often. Auntie D.

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