Gobble Gobble (some good stuff)

I am so excited that people are making plans to come over and share their recipes and menus today! I have to admit, I had visions of my poor lonely recipes all alone with no recipe friends to hang out with. But several people have stopped by to let me know they are planning on joining in on the fun and yum!

I won’t bore you with the how-and-why of our Thanksgiving menu. My husband is a traditional eater: meat and potatoes, thankyouverymuch. He doesn’t like it when I mess with a good thing. He’s correct that all of those traditional goodies are yummy. But I like to try new things – twists on the original. I CAN’T WAIT to see what y’all have planned and make adjustments to my menu!!

Our menu follows.

Be sure to leave your link on the links list below and visit the other wonderful bloggers who are participating!
And thank y’all for joining in!

turkey with gravy
mashed potatoes
dinner rolls (regular ‘ol frozen ones)
sausage stuffing*
sweet potato casserole*
green bean casserole
cranberry sauce (jellied for my husband; compote* for the rest of us)
pumpkin pie
sparkling grape juice
* = recipes follow

I’m thinking about maybe steamed broccoli and/or fruit salad as well… but I already have so much food planned…

Sausage Stuffing

1 pound ground pork sausage
3 small onions, chopped
6 green onions, chopped
4 celery ribs, chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
1 (8-ounce) package herb-seasoned stuffing mix
1 (16-ounce) package cornbread stuffing mix
1 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans chicken broth
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cook first 4 ingredients in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring until sausage crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain mixture well, and return to pan.
Stir in walnuts and remaining ingredients.

Makes 12 cups

Sweet Potato Casserole

2 1/4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Cooking spray

1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 ounces)
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Preheat oven to 375°.

To prepare potatoes, place potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.
Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add half-and-half, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, and vanilla. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Add eggs; beat well (mixture will be thin). Scrape mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

To prepare topping, sprinkle miniature marshmallows over top of casserole. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in pecans, and sprinkle over potato mixture and marshmallows.

Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

16 servings

Fresh Cranberry Compote

1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries, rinsed and picked over
Strips of zest from 1 orange (about 2 tablespoons)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3/4 cup fresh orange juice

Put the cranberries in a medium-size non-reactive nonstick saucepan. Add the zest.

Peel and seed the orange, discard the white pith, and coarsely chop. Add the chopped orange to the pot of cranberries along with the sugar, water, vanilla, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon and bring to boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Dissolve the cornstarch in the orange juice. Add the mixture to the cranberries and stir to blend. Simmer another 20 minutes until the mixture is thick like syrup.

Cool completely, then spoon into a decorative dish and pass at the table. Will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.

5 servings


Don’t forget!“Gobble Gobble some good stuff” is tomorrow – the 15th.

If you’d like to participate, see this post for details.
I’ll have Mister Linky up tomorrow at 8:00 for you to start linking your recipes and posts. If you have any questions, leave them in comments and I’ll answer them there (in case anyone else has the same question).

(and for those who asked: I did create the button. I’m glad so many liked it!)

Gobble Gobble (some good stuff)

I love fall.

I love the smells of fall.
I love the tastes of fall.
I love the temperatures of fall.

So, taking a cue from all of the other fun festivals going on around the blogosphere, I am starting my own “carnival/festival” with a fall theme. I am all for some good traditional Thanksgiving food. But I also like to mix things up (much to the irritation of my “don’t-mess-with-a-good-thing” husband). I’ve enjoyed making cranberry-orange sauce… pecan stuffing… pumpkin cheesecake…

And this year will be no different. I’m interested in what y’all are making for your Thanksgiving meal. We all know the tried-and-true recipes… But what do you do differently to make the holiday meal extra special?

Hence: “Gobble Gobble some good stuff!” (get it? or am I gonna be the only one?)

Here’s what it will entail:

I’ll have a Mr. Linky in place on the 15th. On your blog, write a post with your Thanksgiving menu. Include the recipe for at least one of your favorite items for that meal, whether traditional or non. Then come back over here and add your post to Mr. Linky. We are bound to find some good ideas to add on to our menus.

And for those of you outside of the US, feel free to participate too – just include a favorite holiday recipe (like you’d serve at Christmas)… or not…

Here is the button and code, if you’d like to add it to your blog to promote it. Obviously, it will be more fun if we have more than, oh… two recipes. So spread the word!

Happy Thanksgiving

This year I’ve learned that no matter how dire the circumstances appear, the Lord can always pull you up.
My family has so much to be thankful for this year. I believe that this will be the first Thanksgiving in a long time where I experience the day for what it truly means:

not turkey
not green bean casserole
not football games
not the hussle and bussle of the day

But blessings. Big and small.

My family
Our health
A roof over our head
Food in the fridge
Clean clothes to put on daily.
The freedom to worship my Lord, who has blessed us beyond measure.

I am thankful!