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Monday, November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving side dish: Balsamic brussels sprouts recipe


Photo taken from Food Network

 My mother-in-law makes this recipe and every time I just can't get enough. I could eat these sprouts as the main dish!

The salt and zestfulness form the balsamic adds amazing flavor to an otherwise not so tasty vegetable. The edges of the sprouts get toasty and a touch blackened which is my favorite part.

Roasted balsamic brussels sprouts

  • 1 1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line baking sheet with no-stick foil.
Trim brussels sprouts by removing any dry leaves and cutting off bottoms, then slice lengthwise.
Toss sprouts in olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper to coat.
Place sprouts on baking sheet.
Roast for 30 to 45 minutes.
Remove and taste. You can add additional seasonings or balsamic if desired.

A few more Turkey Day recipes:

Easy stuffing recipe

Tender turkey breast recipe

Green bean casserole recipe

Friday, November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving sides: Sweet potato casserole recipe


photo: google images  

 I know, I know, you see the title, "Best ever sweet potato casserole" all over the internet. But, I can not tell a lie. This is truly the best I have ever had! I make the same exact recipe every year...I never deviate.

I am a firm believer in Boston Markets sweet potato casserole...but this one I love just a smidge more!

Now, here is the question of the ages....is this a side or a dessert? It is a great debate. I say...it is a sweet side, so enjoy with dinner!

Best EVER Sweet Potato Casserole

Casserole

  • 4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
Topping
  • 2 cups crushed corn flake cereal
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3/4 cup pecan bits
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted

Boil potatoes until tender (or used canned sweet potatoes).
Preheat oven to 400*.
Spray 9x13 baking dish with butter spray.
In an extra large bowl, mash up potatoes then add the remaining casserole ingredients.
Mix together well and pour into prepared baking dish.
In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients.
Spread topping over casserole.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes...until bubbly.

More great recipes:

Tender turkey breast recipe 

Thanksgiving punch recipe

Easy turkey gravy recipe

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The best Thanksgiving stuffing recipe


If you are looking for a buttery, rich stuffing recipe that does not contain meat, here you go! I make this every year and it is my absolute favorite stuffing.

Stuff your bird? No problem... make this then stuff it! Enjoy meat in your stuffing, no problem there either, fry up sausage and add it to this recipe.


Homemade Stove-top stuffing
  • 1, 8 ounce bag of stuffing
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • Optional
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped

Saute celery and onion in 1 stick of butter.
Add stock and bring to a boil.
Add stuffing and toss lightly.Add remaining 1/2 stick of butter to stuffing and allow it to melt while stirring.

Thanksgiving recipes:

Green bean casserole recipe

Preparing your kitchen for the Holidays

Coquito recipe

Double vanilla pumpkin pie recipe

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Tender turkey breast: Thanksgiving recipe


photos edited from Google images    

 

Here is a the moistest turkey breast recipe you will ever come across. I make this all year through and always on Turkey Day!

We prefer the white meat of the bird, so this is perfect for us. Slice this up right in the crockpot and allow it to sit in the juice for as long as you like...just as long as you keep the crockpot on the warm setting after the meat has finished cooking.

Tender turkey breast recipe

  • 1 turkey breast, defrosted
  • 1 can of chicken or vegetable broth
  • Olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
Set crockpot on high setting.
Mix all seasonings together on a paper plate. Set aside.
Coat turkey breast with olive oil.
Coat prepared turkey breast with seasoning mixture.
Place turkey breast into crockpot.
Pour broth into bottom of crockpot.
Bake for 4 hours on high.
Switch setting to low and cook for 2 more hours.
Slice turkey in crockpot to allow it to absorb all the juice and broth.
Serve when ready.


Thanksgiving morning pumpkin bread with cream cheese icing recipe 

Pecan pie recipe

Crunchy and cheesy green bean casserole recipe

 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Thanksgiving / Holiday punch recipe


Ready to serve up punch that will have your guests begging for the recipe? This punch is flavorful, tasty, and super simple to put together.

Punch recipe

  • 2 liters of Sprite or Ginger Ale
  • 1 large can pineapple juice
  • 1/2 gallon of Sherbet, any flavor
Combine soda and juice into punch bowl.
Add Sherbet. Serve right away.

*photo Google images

Vanilla pumpkin pie recipe

Coquito: Puerto Rican eggnog recipe 

Lemon water: drink it

 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Review: Bob's Red Mill products

 


Baking season is upon us! I have been gifted new products from Bob's Red Mill. 

The first product I decided to try was the gluten free chocolate cake mix. I must say, the cake is moist and flavorful and tasted absolutely delicious! No one knew it was gluten free! 

I made my own icing and after I put it between the layers and on top, the cake slid all kinds of ways and looked like it was struck by a natural disaster. Totally my fault. 

Looks aside, the cake was scrumptious and only lasted a couple days in our house. 

You can order your products directly from their website: Bob's Red Mill  Which is a fantastic option for those who would rather not leave the house!

 


Vanilla pumpkin pie recipe

Review: Red Star Platinum Yeast  

The Baking Project: Podcast


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fall baking: Vanilla pumpkin pie recipe



It's pumpkin time! Fall is here, and Turkey Day will be here before we know it!

When it comes to pie crusts, I like to make mine with a rustic look. When it comes to pumpkin pie filling, I like mine creamy, rich, and sweet. I will either use canned organic pumpkin OR I will roast and puree my own pumpkin for the filling to my pies.

I have included links to pie crust recipes at the end of this article AND included a link to one of my articles on how to make your own pumpkin puree.

Double Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp each: ground cloves. cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 unbaked pie crust (link to recipe below)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, sugar, flour, salt, and spices. Mix well with a wire whisk and pour into pie shell.

Bake for 20 minutes, then turn oven temperature down to 350* and bake for an additional 40 minutes (or until knife inserted into center comes out clean).






Tip: To prevent a burnt crust, place a metal crust ring over the exposed crust before baking. If you do not have one, you can use aluminum foil.







Pie crust recipes: 2 easy pie crust recipes