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2012-11-29 05:59:29 PM
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2012-11-29 06:02:25 PM
Caprese salad on a toothpick!

Cherry tomato, basil leaf, miniature fresh mozzarella ball, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.
 
2012-11-29 06:04:30 PM
Butterflied backstraps coated in my special seasoned flour and pan fried
 
2012-11-29 06:11:08 PM
 
2012-11-29 06:18:45 PM
stuffing muffins
 
2012-11-29 06:18:55 PM
2 pieces of white bread, a ton of turkey scraps, big glob of mayo.
Heaven.
 
2012-11-29 06:20:03 PM

Purelilac: [imageshack.us image 327x386]


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2012-11-29 06:20:44 PM
Earl Grey tea cookies. But I guess those belong in the cookie thread.

Sauerbraten is always yummy and delicious. Nothing like a hunk of meat marinating in vinegar for a few days. And forget that juniper berry shiat.
 
2012-11-29 06:24:25 PM
 
2012-11-29 06:24:43 PM
Make shot glass ice cubes. Serve with vodka, toast rounds, hard boiled egg, smoked salmon, fish eggs, etc.
 
2012-11-29 06:26:23 PM
Use and clean out small jars of mayonnaise over the year, and save them. Then serve vanilla pudding in them.
 
2012-11-29 06:28:46 PM
Gimme a week and it'll smell like latkes and pulled pork in my apartment.

(one of those is a traditional hannukah treat. the other....less traditional)

8 potatoes
2 eggs
big handful of flour
tablespoon of baking powder
big onion

shred the onion and potato. add everything else and stir until homogeneous. Drop a big soup spoon of the batter into about a 1/4 inch of hot oil. Turn and remove to papertowel.

keep stirring the bowl of batter as you make them so that all the liquid doesn't settle to the bottom of the bowl.

serve with sour cream or applesauce.

serves 1
 
2012-11-29 06:28:51 PM
I"m making these in a couple of a weeks for a xmas party. I've made them a couple of times and they're really good.
d2k9njawademcf.cloudfront.net 

Kefta style meatballs with grilled grapes and yogurt sauce.
Link

super easy to make and transport..just Tupperware the grapes, meatballs and sauce..and bring a big platter. Then assemble on site---throw down the sauce on the platter, stab a grape and then a meatball and plate.
 
2012-11-29 06:30:51 PM

optikeye: I"m making these in a couple of a weeks for a xmas party. I've made them a couple of times and they're really good.
[d2k9njawademcf.cloudfront.net image 500x332] 

Kefta style meatballs with grilled grapes and yogurt sauce.
Link

super easy to make and transport..just Tupperware the grapes, meatballs and sauce..and bring a big platter. Then assemble on site---throw down the sauce on the platter, stab a grape and then a meatball and plate.


*drool*

Those look freakin' delicious.
 
2012-11-29 06:34:16 PM
Brine your turkey. Works out really damn well. Turkey is moist throughout and the flavor goes throughout.

Good basic brine available at http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/TURKEY-OR-CHICKEN-BRINE -50003581

I recommend putting some onion and herbs and celery in the cavity to season when baking, then cook at 350, basting throughout. Had the gf's family over and they all said it was the best turkey they had ever eaten. (Girlfriend's mom is a hell of a cook too, so I was happy.)

Basic appetizer that always works out - Get cherry or grape tomatoes. Put them on a toothpick with a small section of basil and mozzarella. (Cube a large chunk or find a container of the little cherry tomato sized balls) then place on a plate and drizzle olive oil and coarse kosher salt on them. Very simple, looks great and is always a hit.

Mashed potatoes from scratch are always easy and a bit more impressive than the powder (Although the powdered ones, particularly the idaho brands have come a long damn way.)- Cube potatoes, boil until soft. Add butter and milk and mash together. Salt to taste, although if you're using the right butter it may not be necessary.

Growing up in a religious household that didn't do alcohol, we always had 1/2 cranberry juice and 1/2 7up or sprite mixed to drink. I still crave it during the holidays, although I mix in some really good wine and whiskey/cokes, and scotch... and a lot of others. (Gf's family is irish catholic and live up to that stereotype in the drinking dept.)
 
2012-11-29 06:34:53 PM
Cornbread stuffing with sausage. I didn't make it, I just ate it. But WOW!
 
2012-11-29 06:34:58 PM
Cranberry Spiced Rum Punch

32 ozs cranberry juice
1/4 cup white sugar
2 cups ginger ale
3 cups spiced rum
Float lemon slices in punch
 
2012-11-29 06:35:18 PM
Make shot glass ice cubes. Serve with vodka, toast rounds, hard boiled egg, smoked salmon, fish eggs, etc.

If you want a dramatic way to present chilled vodak (or gin), you can freeze the bottle in a block of ice -- with roses embedded:

1. save a waxed paper milk carton
2. fill the milk carton with chilled water
3. insert the vodak or gin 90-degrees off center (leaving the largest spaces in the corner of the milk carton)
4. insert flowers (or cranberries or other) in the corners
5. chill

It will look something like the picture at the bottom of this link
 
2012-11-29 06:36:29 PM
Forgot to add - bake turkey at 350 until temp reaches 161. Get a good thermometer. (I have a nice digital that cost like $15 and I use it all the time for homebrew and cooking. You can get meat just right without guessing.)
 
2012-11-29 06:36:52 PM
50/50 bacon/beef sliders

1lb ground beef (I use 80/20, but anything will work)
1lb bacon
1-2 shallots, sliced
large leaf green (lettuce, kale, chard, whatever)
extra sharp cheddar cheese
your favorite bbq sauce

Grind bacon in any manner you see fit. I use a food processor. Combine bacon with beef and make slider patties (1.5-2" across, max). Grill until well done. Use the greens as a bun, and top with raw shallot, cheese, and bbq sauce.

You're welcome.

/You could use actual bread buns, but those get in the way of the bacon.
//Can also be done as meatball appetizers
 
2012-11-29 06:37:18 PM
After years of practice, I have finally perfected my grandmother's Italian Knot Cookies. But I'm not allowed to divulge the recipe. Seriously, I didn't even get it until I got married. :)

There are recipes online but they don't compare. These things are like crack, so addicting...
 
2012-11-29 06:37:29 PM

optikeye: I"m making these in a couple of a weeks for a xmas party. I've made them a couple of times and they're really good.
[d2k9njawademcf.cloudfront.net image 500x332] 

Kefta style meatballs with grilled grapes and yogurt sauce.
Link

super easy to make and transport..just Tupperware the grapes, meatballs and sauce..and bring a big platter. Then assemble on site---throw down the sauce on the platter, stab a grape and then a meatball and plate.


Looks amazing. Definitely trying these at my upcoming christmas party.

Tom_Slick: Cranberry Spiced Rum Punch

32 ozs cranberry juice
1/4 cup white sugar
2 cups ginger ale
3 cups spiced rum
Float lemon slices in punch


Ditto.
 
2012-11-29 06:37:54 PM
I don't care what you do but find a way to include roasted garlic. Mashed potatoes, spread on bread, mixed into butter...whatever. Roasted garlic is awesome.

Also, mini-pies.

Need: muffin tin, pie crust, pie filling

You do the rest. I think you can figure it out.
 
2012-11-29 06:38:04 PM
I had an idea. I was going to take my sauce pan and I was going to fill it up with apple cider and a few cinnamon sticks. Then I'm going to let it simmer for the smell to permeate the apartment.
 
2012-11-29 06:40:44 PM
Green bean casserole with Bacon, Garlic and Mushrooms is always a hit. The key is the pound of chopped bacon. Hell yeahs.
 
2012-11-29 06:41:15 PM
I made a hot spinach artichoke dip for Thanksgiving that my mom and uncle demolished. I've
been asked to trot it out again for New Years:

1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp
4 - 6 oz sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1 pkg of thawed chopped spinach, drained
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder to taste

Mix all ingredients in a baking dish and bake @ 325 for 20 mins or until
heated through and bubbly.

Best served hot, but good cold too. Excellent with Triscuits, party toasts, or what have you.
 
2012-11-29 06:43:56 PM

digitalrain: I made a hot spinach artichoke dip for Thanksgiving that my mom and uncle demolished. I've
been asked to trot it out again for New Years:

1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp
4 - 6 oz sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1 pkg of thawed chopped spinach, drained
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder to taste

Mix all ingredients in a baking dish and bake @ 325 for 20 mins or until
heated through and bubbly.

Best served hot, but good cold too. Excellent with Triscuits, party toasts, or what have you.


Ima copy this, thank you!
 
2012-11-29 06:44:32 PM

soosh: try fect taa daa: stuffing muffins

Florence Dusty: Well... a lot of people like my pumpkin pie, and, of course, my carrot cake is obviously legendary! But, if there's one thing I'm known for... it's my muffin.

[ she slides a tray of muffings over ]

Margaret Jo McCullen: Ooh! Wow! Get a whiff of that!

Florence Dusty: Pretty intense, right?

Teri Rialto: Mmm... I can't wait to taste your muffin. [ eating ] Mmm... wow! Warm! Yummy!

Margaret Jo McCullen: It's surprisingly salty. I mean that in a very good way.

Teri Rialto: Your muffin is remarkably velvety.

Margaret Jo McCullen: It's true. I think we both assumed -- and I think, wrongfully -- that a baker of your generation might tend towards a more... drier, crusty muffin.

Florence Dusty: Well, that's true, that many bakers from my era have dry or, even, yeasty muffins.

Margaret Jo McCullen: A yeasty muffin can really ruin your whole day.

Teri Rialto: Sometimes, your week.


oh man--great photos on yer profile. there's no way i can show the lady who made the muffins this video--but my wife is gonna laugh her ass off tonight. thanks!
 
2012-11-29 06:45:13 PM
Brownie rum balls!
Step 1.) Make brownies. (I use the betty crocker boxed mix)
Step 2.) After brownies have cooled crumble in a bowl
Step 3.) Add spiced rum. Put in enough that brownie crumble is moist and can be molded into balls but not soggy.
Step 4.) Roll into balls and stick in freezer so they harden
Step 5.) Dip in melted chocolate or white chocolate. Add shaved dark chocolate to the tops to make them look fancy.
Step 6.) Eat

****warning, alcohol is not cooked out. These are not for kids and can get you drunk***
 
2012-11-29 06:46:42 PM
Clam dip. 2 cans of minced clam, 3 bars of cream cheese, garlic salt to taste, and add lemon juice to dull the fishy taste. Mix in bowl to a creamy consistancy. Serve with Ruffles potato chips. Never had a dissapoineted customer and I've been making it for 25 years for get togethers. It sounds nasty but its really good.
 
2012-11-29 06:47:10 PM
we had yams on the menu but didn't have any idea for a 'sauce' for them... paula 'more butter' dean has a recipe called 'old No.7 yams' that, yes, in addition to a half stick of butter also has 1/3 cup of bourbon... and it was actually very tasty...

4 large sweet potatoes
3 cups water
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 tablespoons butter
1 (3 to 4-inch) cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/3 cup bourbon (recommended: No. 7 Jack Daniels)
1 long strip orange peel

Tips

Also great when topped with marshmallows and baked until they're browned.


Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Wash and dry sweet potatoes and bake for 1 hour or until potatoes are soft to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly then remove skin from potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. While the potatoes are baking, combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes until sauce is slightly thickened. Slice the potatoes 1/2-inch thick into a medium casserole dish. Pour syrup over them and return to the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
 
2012-11-29 06:48:50 PM

Mistymtnhop: digitalrain: I made a hot spinach artichoke dip for Thanksgiving that my mom and uncle demolished. I've
been asked to trot it out again for New Years:

1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temp
4 - 6 oz sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1 pkg of thawed chopped spinach, drained
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Old Bay seasoning and garlic powder to taste

Mix all ingredients in a baking dish and bake @ 325 for 20 mins or until
heated through and bubbly.

Best served hot, but good cold too. Excellent with Triscuits, party toasts, or what have you.

Ima copy this, thank you!


Enjoy! Be forewarned though, this stuff is like crack. Creamy, creamy crack.
 
2012-11-29 06:51:02 PM

Coci: Brownie rum balls!
Step 1.) Make brownies. (I use the betty crocker boxed mix)
Step 2.) After brownies have cooled crumble in a bowl
Step 3.) Add spiced rum. Put in enough that brownie crumble is moist and can be molded into balls but not soggy.
Step 4.) Roll into balls and stick in freezer so they harden
Step 5.) Dip in melted chocolate or white chocolate. Add shaved dark chocolate to the tops to make them look fancy.
Step 6.) Eat

****warning, alcohol is not cooked out. These are not for kids and can get you drunk***


Well if you're the "fun aunt" it's okay to give them to toddlers right? Nothing funnier than a drunk toddler.
 
2012-11-29 06:52:49 PM
used to make a minced spinach dip... about the consistency of spinach and artichoke... but lots of butter, garlic, heavy cream, salt n pepper... forgot the rest...

some pureed beets with a enough horseradish to have a kick... warm or cold...

gotta have chestnuts in the stuffing...
 
2012-11-29 06:53:50 PM

SarahDiddle: I don't care what you do but find a way to include roasted garlic. Mashed potatoes, spread on bread, mixed into butter...whatever. Roasted garlic is awesome.

Also, mini-pies.

Need: muffin tin, pie crust, pie filling

You do the rest. I think you can figure it out.


I'm generally not a huge fan of mashed sweet potatoes, but our Thanksgiving dinner hostess made the most incredibly delicious garlic mashed sweet potatoes.
 
2012-11-29 06:55:03 PM
Pumpkin Pie Pretzel Dip

The Dip as published originally:
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate

I use less powder sugar by 1 cup and add 1/2 cup brown sugar, fresh pumpkin, more clove, all spice, and a table spoon of sour cream.

Once it's all done, chill it in a big bowl. When you are ready to serve, load it up with skinny pretzel sticks so guests can just pull them out ready to eat. OMMM NOMMM NOMMMM!
 
2012-11-29 06:57:01 PM

MappingChick: Caprese salad on a toothpick!

Cherry tomato, basil leaf, miniature fresh mozzarella ball, sprinkle with balsamic vinegar.


I've recently delved into the realm of good balsamics, so this is relative to my interests.
I shall try this with the 18 year old bottle.
 
2012-11-29 07:03:22 PM
I've concluded that we're in an arms race regarding turkey (and chicken) weights.

Sixteen ounces of meat is sixteen ounces of meat. You don't gnosh and drink all day long on Thanksgiving, then sit down and eat the full meal AND a sixteen ounce steak, no matter what kind of meat it is.

So the point is - you could have a bird half the size you're thinking of and still have plenty to feed everyone and even have some leftovers.

// This might not be true for 6'5" sumo wrestlers or lumberjacks
 
2012-11-29 07:03:52 PM
Yule Log. I make several over the season for parties, Christmas dinner, and gifts.
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i283.photobucket.com

I use a different frosting but this is the recipe I use for the cake and filling. Link
 
2012-11-29 07:04:09 PM
Black Berry Wine Gravy for Turkey:
Two bottles of Mogen David Blackberry Wine. This is very important, as no other blackberry wine will do. I've tried, and thrown an entire bird out because it turned so horrid.

So, two bottles of MD Blackberry Wind.
1 cup of fresh pineapple juice.
Prep your bird as normal. Salt, pepper, oil/butter etc..
The only difference, is you baste this bird every half hour with the wine.
When your bird is done, turn it into gravy.
Use the Pineapple Juice to sweeten any tart of the wine. You may use none, you might use all.
You can cheat this with a bit of sugar, but not more than a teaspoon at a time to taste.
It's a sweet gravy, but you don't want it to be too sweet.
OMG.. my holidays are not the same without this.

I'm making it next week just because the boyfriends family isn't privy to it, and I have to have it.
 
2012-11-29 07:04:32 PM
The traditional tourtière from the traditional recipe handed down through the generations, er, from Ricardo.
 
2012-11-29 07:05:23 PM

catmandu: Yule Log. I make several over the season for parties, Christmas dinner, and gifts.
.
[i283.photobucket.com image 600x450]

I use a different frosting but this is the recipe I use for the cake and filling. Link


The 10 year old in me wants to make a poop joke but the adult me is jealous. I can't ever make them look pretty.
 
2012-11-29 07:07:33 PM
I feel bad about how hard I laughed at that bird in the chocolate fountain.

I'm unfamiliar with the story. Did it live?
 
2012-11-29 07:07:55 PM
Santorum:

1 part vodka
1 part milk
1 part lemon juice
1 crushed oreo

Result: abject failure, like the candidate
 
2012-11-29 07:08:18 PM

bobbette: The traditional tourtière from the traditional recipe handed down through the generations, er, from Ricardo.


I have been looking for a good recipe. Thank you!
 
2012-11-29 07:08:34 PM
Non-food Thanksgiving related question.

What is the protocol for answering in-house emails? My ex-wife (in the living room) emailed our daughter (in her bedroom) and was upset when she didn't get a reply within an hour. My daughter's position was "I figured I'd just tell you when I came out for supper". This answer didn't sit well with the ex: "So you read the email and chose not to answer it?"

Any guidance would be appreciated.
 
2012-11-29 07:10:24 PM
My signature holiday dish is chocolate pecan pie. I use this recipe, but with a few alterations: I use Hershey's Special Dark chips instead of the semisweet chocolate chips, brown sugar instead of the white sugar, and light corn syrup instead of the dark. Those changes greatly improve the texture and flavor, IMHO. And don't skimp on the bourbon; that adds important flavor to the pie.

CAUTION: If you make this once, you will find yourself on pie duty every single year for the rest of your natural life.
 
2012-11-29 07:10:53 PM

Purelilac: [imageshack.us image 327x386]


Ok, that's gotta be the funniest thing I seen today!!! Thanks for that laugh!!!
 
2012-11-29 07:11:42 PM

ChadM89: I feel bad about how hard I laughed at that bird in the chocolate fountain.

I'm unfamiliar with the story. Did it live?


I think it's from some Adam Sandler movie.
 
2012-11-29 07:11:49 PM

jboy: Mashed potatoes from scratch are always easy and a bit more impressive than the powder (Although the powdered ones, particularly the idaho brands have come a long damn way.)- Cube potatoes, boil until soft. Add butter and milk and mash together. Salt to taste, although if you're using the right butter it may not be necessary.


Try heavy cream instead of milk.

Although you may die earlier.
 
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