Easy Southern Cooking
|November 5 , 2006 / Issue # 3
In this issue:
Thanksgiving has always been a big traditional holiday. Friends and family from far and near gather to give thanks for all of God's gifts. My family has always celebrated with a big feast. My memories of thanksgiving center around the time I spend in the kitchen cooking with my mother. We worked all day to create the feast, but the conversations we shared were more important than the food.
It is so many times easier to do the cooking yourself, rather than ask for "help" from children. However, I would encourage you to not take the easy way out. Cook alongside your children, teach them not only to cook, but also to love.
I hope this issue helps you plan an easier traditional feast. Enjoy! Diane
My Thanksgiving Menu
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This ambrosia can be made the night before to allow the flavors to mingle. Add the coconut and pecans just before serving. If added early they will soften and discolor, but still taste good. You can use whatever fruits you desire for this recipe. You need enough citrus and pineapple juice to coat the apple and pear pieces. I like mine juicy.
6 naval oranges
1. Remove peel, seeds, and membranes from oranges and grapefruit. Work over a large non-metal bowl so that juice is not lost. Cut pulp into bite size pieces.
2 pounds small fresh green beans
1. Wash and trim beans. Cook beans in boiling water to cover until just tender, approximately 8 minutes.
1 1/2 pounds new potatoes
1. Scrub and dice potatoes. You want the chunks to be large bite size. Cover potatoes with lightly salted water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes or until done.
I use this recipe, adding chicken stock to make a delicious potato soup as well.
Giblets from turkey
1. While the turkey is cooking, cover the giblets and neck bone with 8 cups cold water.
Baked Squash Casserole
1 lb diced yellow squash
1. Cook squash and onion in salted water untill tender, drain.
I know these things must always be
We thank you, Lord, for all you give;
Thank you for the world so sweet,
God, we thank you for this food,
God is great, God is good.
Lord, bless this food to the nourishment of our bodies,
My Thanksgiving meal is always a very traditional meal, just like my mother always made. My only concession to modern times is my smoked turkey. I purchase a pre-smoked turkey at the grocery store. The turkey is pre-cooked, and requires only a couple hours of reheating. It is tender and moist, with wonderful smoked turkey flavor. It is so easy, and my family likes it so much, that we occassionally cook one for parties or busy weeks and freeze the leftovers. Without the long cooking time of a raw bird, turkey can be enjoyed anytime. The downside of this is that you don't get the giblets, so you have to settle for regular turkey gravy.
1 pound pecan halves
Spread the pecans and butter into a single layer on a baking pan. Place into a 300 degree oven, stirring frequently roast until pecans are lightly toasted, approximately 20-30 minutes.
You can use hot pepper sauce, cayenne pepper, etc. if desired. I prefer plain salt.
Also watch Easy Southern Cooking for the announcement of my Holiday Cranberry Cookbook, yours for download as my thank you to my readers.The book will be available sometime this week, as soon as I can figure out how to make the download page work. This website is my dream, but I am not a webmaster. Many of the things I have struggled to learn in this quest have come slowly and hard. The cooking and writing are what I dream of. The programing is a rough chore that I've been forced to learn.
I am planning a major overhaul of the site after the holidays. I want to make the pages more easily accessible and convient. I also would like to put in forums where readers could add their own recipes or suggestions, as well as a menu section. Again, this takes some skills that I am struggling to learn. If you have ideas for the site, or a need that you would like to see filled, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I'm sure you have better ideas that I haven't even thought of.
My ultimate goal is to offer cooking lessons through video download or podcasting, however that will have to wait til summer for that (I am a teacher by day and southern cook by night).
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