Thanksgiving - Food, recipes, apps, oh my
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Anyone have a favorite go to for Thanksgiving?
Recently I subscribed to the New York Times Cooking Newsletter . . . which seems full of interesting ideas but comes to my inbox a bit too frequently :) Their Thanksgiving page is pretty extensive http://cooking.nytimes.com/thanksgiving
Looking forward to hearing what others are making.
>2 LucindaLibri: Ina Garten has some awesome recipes. Is her cranberry sauce recipe simple?
It's called Cranberry Fruit Conserve (because it contains nuts, which I often leave out), and yes, pretty simple (and delicious!!). You can see the recipe here:
"The researchers didn’t focus on the most popular dish in every state, because that would be “turkey” in all 50 states. They instead looked for the most distinct."
However, this year we deviated since we couldn't all get together anyway. One dinner with part of the family was on Sunday, we had turkey (fixed the way >2 LucindaLibri: does it, mashed potatoes (made by my son), cardamom rolls (made by my daughter), chanterelles with chestnuts (recipe found online when I looked up chanterelles), chanterelle-cheese-spinach pie (made by combining two recipes, one from an online friend, one from the internet), homemade cranberry sauce (used the simple recipe on the fresh cranberry package), kale-bacon-pear salad with cranberry dressing (found in a magazine from a local store called "Something Extra"), corncob jelly (made by my daughter) and cranberry-raisin pie (old recipe found in newspaper years ago). It was a lovely meal.
On the actual day of Thanksgiving, I have to work, and I am expected to serve a turkey and ham dinner to all of our staff (purchased prepared from a local store). So, no cooking for me when I get home, but son and his girlfriend will be baking a ham, husband is going to bake some sort of a yam/sweet potato casserole (he found the recipe online and is being secretive about it). I don't know what else will be served. I will probably be in charge of taking the caps off of the beer bottles or the corks out of the wine.
I love finding a special ingredient, like the chanterelles, and then looking online and in all my cookbooks to find out how to prepare it.
Nantucket Cranberry Pie. Easy and delicious!
Find it here
That article (or a similar NYT piece) originally claimed that Minnesotans like something called "Grape Salad" . . . I've been here 20 years and have never seen it . . . (The NYT ended up publishing an apology/retraction regarding "#GrapeGate" and now have listed Wild Rice Casserole which is closer :) So, don't believe everything you read in "All The News Fit to Print". We're all baffled at how they came up with "grape salad" together with Minnesota!
Yes, I make my own GF crust. I use Cybele Pascal's recipe from the Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook (though I make several minor modifications because I'm also corn-free so I can't use Ener-G egg replacer). Her recipe is very similar to the one found here: http://www.examiner.com/article/gluten-free-pie-crust-recipe
(Some day soon I'll type up what I do and post it to my blog at http://highlysensitivegirl.com ) The trickiest part is finding the Superfine Brown Rice Flour from Authentic Foods. I can buy it here in the Twin Cities, but when I went to visit my folks I had to mail them my pie crust ingredients so we could have pie while I was there!
I've also used a GF pie crust recipe from Annalise Roberts' Gluten-Free Baking Classics. It contains egg, so if I'm dining with vegans I play it safe and choose the other egg-free recipe. I don't have the book with me right now, but here's a version from her website:
P.S. The great thing about GF pie crust is you cannot "overwork" it, which is a good thing, because it tends to fall apart and need to be patched . . . but without gluten you don't really have to worry about it getting too tough.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!
(My Pumpkin Pie and Cranberry Sauce are done, as are my GF Bread Cubes for dressing. I decided to make stuffed squash rather than a turkey, but bought some turkey thighs to cook up for post-Thanksgiving casseroles.)
Just to be sure of myself I reviewed it and several other sources tonight, and I'll be sticking with this one.
I enjoyed scrolling through the recipe lists. I'd never heard of frog eye salad or funeral potatoes. And, as a vegan, I chuckled when Oregon lived up to its stereotype. Maybe I should move to Portland.
When my wife asked what pie I wanted I pulled out The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American and found that page 319, the bourbon laced Sweet Potato Pie was still marked.
I hope everyone is having a great holiday.