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Gearing up for Thanksgiving – trolling the web for recipes of ideas.  I came across this on delish.com.  We love deviled eggs, and these will be so cute to put out!  Great for Halloween get togethers too!

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Ingredients:

  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. paprika
  • 4 chives, cut into small pieces

Directions:

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and add enough water to cover eggs with 2″ of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook, covered, 1 minute. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water.
  2. Crack shells and carefully peel under cool running water.
  3. Halve eggs lengthwise. Spoon out yolks into a small bowl and place whites on a serving platter. Using a fork, mash yolks, then stir in mayonnaise, lemon juice, and Dijon and season with salt and pepper.  I also like to add sweet pickle relish, but that’s just me!
  4. Spoon mixture evenly among egg whites and smooth top, or if you’re really OCD use a pastry bag!
  5. Carefully dust paprika all over yolk mixture, completely covering yolk. Use a sharp paring knife to make ridges down the paprika-dusted yolk to look like a pumpkin.
  6. Place chive above egg mixture to look like a stem and serve.
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I was sad to learn that some dear friends who are invited to our family Thanksgiving dinner aren’t going to be able to make it this year.  An amazing, any turkey for $6.00 sale intervened and made an early Thanksgiving just for them possible!

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The cranberries are simmering in an orange juice concoction.  No more can shaped cranberry sauce for me, since my daughter, Molly, showed me how incredibly easy it is to make homemade cranberry sauce!

2 bags fresh cranberries

1 c. orange juice

1 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie seasoning

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I baked the 18 lb. turkey using the inject able butter marinade from Tony’s since it was buy one get one free at the local market.  I also filled the cavity with onions and seasoned the top with some great Tuscan rub I picked up somewhere along the way.

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The turkey was frozen, and I needed it defrosted as quickly as possible.  The good old Butterball site, and Martha Stewart, etc. etc. all show two safe methods of defrosting.  The easiest being defrosting in the refrigerator, but I didn’t have 3-4 days, I had one.  I did the water defrost method, which involved immersing the frozen turkey in water in a cooler, and changing out the water every 30 minutes or so.  It defrosted in less than 9 hours, the time they recommended.

I made mashed potatoes ahead of time, so as not to have to cook in front of everybody.  I adapted a recipe from Ree Drummond.

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5 lb. russet potatoes

1 block cream cheese

8 oz. sour cream

1 1/2 sticks butter

Salt and pepper to taste.

Cut up and boil potatoes.  No peeling necessary, just a good scrub on the skin!

Mash and add in cream cheese, sour cream, and one stick of the butter.   Season to taste.

Spread into a 13 x 9 baking dish.  Cover and refrigerate up to overnight.  Bring to room temperature before baking.  Top with remaining 1/2 stick butter cut up into little pieces.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

We had gravy we didn’t even need.  These potatoes stand alone!

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I roasted some shaved brussel sprouts in the oven with the potatoes.  I tossed the shaved sprouts with olive oil, seasoned salt and a little pepper, and let it sit in the fridge to marinate for a few hours before roasting them.  I don’t even usually like brussel sprouts, but these were delicious.

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My guests brought a yummy salad to top off the meal.  I did take a picture of my plate, but my camera has been acting up lately and I lost that shot and the one of the turkey before it was carved.

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We had a nice red blend with it, which was on sale at my local market with a BOGO deal.  Two bottles for $19.99.  So smooth and good enough to buy again for Thanksgiving!

We had an ice cream cake planned for dessert, which has been in the freezer since my son Elliot’s 25 birthday on the 10th, but he didn’t make it home in time, so thank goodness it’s an ice cream cake.

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Above is a picture of a breakfast I have made countless times and have enjoyed on holiday mornings and ordinary mornings.  The key is to pick the most delicious apples, of course.  Today’s dumplings were made with HUGE golden delicious apples that made me think of my Dad.  He always ate golden delicious.  Softer skin.  Easier on his teeth.  But also, so darn amazing and flavorful.

I also like that they now have a honey butter variety of the crescent dough.  The extra honey in the dough really adds another layer of flavor.

2 apples, cored and cut into 8ths.

2 tubes crescent dough (I used honey butter)

4 eggs

1 C. milk, creamer, creamer, half and half, or any combination thereof.  (I used Cilifia Farms Coconut Almond Blend with no added sugar)

1/2 c. raw sugar

1 Tbsp. vanilla

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First you prepare a 13 x 9 baking dish by spraying it with coconut oil and preheat the oven to 375F.

Cut two apples into 8 wedges each.

Wrap apple wedges in crescent dough and place in baking dish.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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Mix together eggs, milk/cream mixture, sugar, and vanilla.  (custard)

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Pour custard carefully over crescent wrapped apple wedges.

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I serve this topped with vanilla yogurt.  You can sprinkle the apples with cinnamon, ginger, or cloves.  You could sprinkle nuts on top before baking the custard.

 

This year Thanksgiving will be hosted by my daughter.  The gathering will have about 20 people and will be pot luck.  They will make the turkey, and the rest of are bringing the sides and desserts.  Since the turkey will be in the oven, we will cook and keep some foods warm in a triple crock pot I have and love to use for buffets.

My planned crock pot dishes are:

Spinach Artichoke Dip.

2 bags spinach, chopped
2 c. shredded cheese (I used 6 Italian)
2 blocks cream cheese, cubed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper

Place spinach in crock pot and chop with kitchen shears.
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Combine/toss remaining ingredients in crock pot with spinach. The mixture will be dry and salad like.
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Cover and cook on low 1 1/2 hours. Stir to combine.
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Cook another 1 to 2 hours.
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Stir and enjoy!

Squash Stuffing Casserole.

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds yellow summer squash or zucchini, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup peeled shredded carrot
  • 1 can (10 1/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery or cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 package (6 to 8 ounces) herb seasoned stuffing crumbs
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
    Preparation

    In large bowl, combine squash, onion, carrot and soup. Mix sour cream and flour; stir into vegetables. Toss stuffing crumbs with butter and place half in slow cooker. Add vegetable mixture and top with remaining stuffing crumbs. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.
    Serves 4 to 6. (Photo from Betty Crocker website)

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Scalloped Potatoes.

2-3 lb. red Potatoes, sliced thinly
4 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. flour
2 c. milk
1 c. broth (I used chicken)
2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Layer potatoes in well-greased crock pot. Salt each layer.
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In a saucepan, melt butter. Add flour and cook until golden, stirring so it won’t stick or burn. Slowly whisk in milk and broth, allowing to thicken between each addition.
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Remove from heat and stir in cheese to melt.

You could use jar cheese sauce and it would probably be good also.

Pour over potatoes and use a knife to let sauce go down the sides and down through several places in the crock pot. Place paper towel across crock pot under lid.

Cook on low for 5 hours and then high for 2 hours, uncovering for the last hour or so to brown on top.

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