Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for any cook. Accepting or asking for help is not a sign of weakness. It can the one thing that keeps you sane during this sometimes stressful holiday. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous. Be as prepared as possible. I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible. Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey. Its all in there.
The other day I was watching TV and they were going over the history of the S’more. It totally got me wanting one and I didn’t have a campfire handy. So I wandered through the store and came up with a handheld way to make them for me or for a party. The S’more Mix, still only uses three ingredients. Plus the S’more Mix comes out just as good, or dare I say, even better than the original.
Dana and I love southwestern food. For that reason, one of our favorite condiments is Salsa. To quench our thirst for salsa, I decided to create a fresh salsa. This salsa is crisp and refreshing, all the things jarred salsa are not. If you have never made fresh salsa, I totally recommend it.
Living in the South, I have come to love a good biscuit. A nice flaky biscuit that is on the verge of being too salty, but is just right. Mmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. My son Liam asked me to make biscuits, so I decided to have a go at it. The results were awesome! These were some of the best biscuits I have had. Definitely the best biscuit I have ever made.
My family loves to eat cookies. Some of our favorite cookies are pressed cookies. They are easy to make, equal in size and consistent in quality. They are basically the easiest cookies in the world to cook the same repeatedly. In order to make these we had to pick up a cookie press. After looking at various reviews online we decided to pick up an Oxo Cookie Press. Next since it is Valentines day we decided to make some Valentines cookies. This was easy as a few of the various cookie cutters included with the Oxo cookie press were hearts, flowers and teddy bears. Perfect for Valentines Day! The go to dough for these cookies, is Dana’s Mother’s recipe. Thanks for letting me reprint this Jane.
Last week I wanted to bake a few pies for Thanksgiving. However, I did not have any pie crusts and I really dreaded making my own. Pie crusts are a pain in the butt. Then I discovered an old food processor that Dana and I had. Who knew that we owned one. Anyways, 3o seconds later, I had a fresh pie crust chilling in the refrigerator. I don’t use food processors much, heck we just found out that we owned one, but they are the ultimate tool for making pie crust. All you have to do is measure out the ingredients and be able to press the on button. Food Processor Pie Crusts are the best!
It is time to brine. With Thanksgiving fast approaching it is time to determine if you want to brine a turkey. It is easy to do. But you do have to prepare. The steps are simple and listed below. What can I say, it is time to brine your Turkey!
My son loves pancakes. It is his number one requested item. So I was in search of a delicious, yet easy recipe to make for him. The recipe had to be easy as he always requests them at the crack of dawn. So I usually am not 100%. This recipe is simple and delicious!
The other week I went into the local super market and found some Sirloin Tips on sale. I love sirloin tips. They are tender and delicious! I have been extremely busy, so I figured I would experiment with making them in the crock-pot. That way I can enjoy some delicious Sirloin Tips with mushrooms without much effort.
This is a simple, quick and delicious dish. Pork tenderloin is a tender cut of meat that cooks fast. In about 40 minutes you can be chewing down on a delicious pork tenderloin with roasted apples. Yes, you can do this no problem.
Here is my Labor Day Menu. All grilled, all the time. It is the end of the summer and you and your family should spend the entire day outside. For that reason, my whole menu is cooked outdoors. It starts with some delicious shrimp and ends with a grilled nectarine. Also, included is a nice grilled lemonade cocktail that will keep you socially lubricated all day. Enjoy!