Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Other Feast Food

Roasted Turkey
Delicious Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Gravy (with Red Wine)
Whiskey Glazed Carrots
Zesty Lemon Beans
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Canned Whole Berry (always)Cranberry Sauce
Huge Pumpkin Pie from Costco
Halfway to Heaven Chocolate Cream Dream Pie
Market Street Raspberry Almond Torte with Love From Market Street
(I forgot all about Grandma Bea's Cranberry Relish. I love that stuff!)
So on Early Thanksgiving Eve (Friday night) I made some Delicious Creamy Mashed Potatoes and I made them EXACTLY the way PW described on her wondermous website. She had this genius idea to add a package of cream cheese to mashed potatoes. This idea had never crossed my mind or if it did I assumed it was against the rules or something. Anyways, they are very good and Mom had me make them on Thanksgiving as well. That day I forgot the half and half and they were a bit on the dry side. NOTE: No one really seemed to notice the cream cheese taste in the potatoes at either dinner, so maybe it's not worth the extra 3 hours at the gym. Maybe it was because the gravy was so flavorful and yummy?? Anyway the texture stays good whether you make them the day before or the same day.
Also on Early Thanksgiving Eve I found the can of whole cranberry sauce and put it on the countertop with the can opener. Whew! (Deep Breath) I sliced my red and yellow peppers and yellow squash for the veggie tray and added carrots and the black olives and put out in the garage for the next day.
The Zesty Lemon Beans did not turn out the way that they have in the past. I made these the night before and they got overcooked and over lemon juiced the next day. Sad! Sad! Sad!!
OHH! I almost forgot! Whiskey Glazed Carrots I wish I had a black cast iron skillet like PW! My carrots looked just like hers. Honest! They really did!! Except I used baby carrots, I guess. So they were smaller. I plan to use regular carrots next time. These were very sweet, but yummmy. Yes I know there is an extra 'm'. I only cut them up the night before.

Halfway to Heaven Chocolate Dream Pie

This was so easy! It had a very rich mousse like taste to it. I cooked a Marie Calendar's Pie Crust (actually 2 of them, one more than the other) and followed the recipe for Dream Pie on the Dream Whip package. You need two envelopes of Dream Whip Topping for their recipe, which I didn't have so I used Heavy Whipping Cream and Half-and-half and a package of instant chocolate pudding to the desired consistency.
I cut up my celery and onions for the dressing like PW suggested as well. By this time it was around midnight and I went to bed. EXCITED!!
Next Day:
Mashed Sweet Potatoes are peeled and cut into approximately the same size pieces. Cooked until they are fork tender. Mashed with a potato masher 3/4 cube Butter for 5 pounds of potatoes. Salt. 1-3 Tbsp Brown Sugar to lightly sweeten to taste. These are simple and perfect. I think I might have to make them even if the fancy cranberry sweet potato recipe that Heather found and Trish made this year is a keeper. You can never have too many types of sweet potatoes!
This was my best Turkey Gravy Ever and it was the first time I didn't use an envelope of Turkey Gravy in the recipe. I used browned butter, onions, garlic, chicken broth, juices from the turkey, Kirkland Signature brand Herbed Seafood Rub, Sage powder, little bit of fresh thyme and ....Red Wine! Wowza! I loved it. It was quite dark. Kenzie didn't eat it... so maybe she noticed the cream cheese in the potatoes??? I made it again with the same success at my mom's (no onions that time). Rave reviews there.
OH and Whiskey Whipped Cream. Inspired by PW... didn't really need a recipe. Make whipping cream and add a little whiskey. I made some Whipped Cream with Splenda and no Whiskey as well. We all need options.
At Mom's house we also tried Alton Brown's Cranberry Dipping Sauce. This was very tart and could have used more sugar to appeal to the younger kids' palate. We'll probably try this one again.
A note on stuffing. I bought Mrs. Cubbison's Dressing this year. What I should have bought was Mrs. Cubbison's Cubed Herbed Stuffing. It turned out pretty good, but I like to see cubes. I also missed the mushrooms. I usually cook celery and onions until tender and mushrooms then make the stuffing with the veggies in the same pan. Mom showed me that this boxed stuff can be awesome if you add more than chicken broth!
All in all it was fantastic food, and even better company! Family makes me happy!I forgot to take pictures of Early Thanksgiving, but I got a bunch at Mom's here's a few:


Trish said...

Wait! I have an idea!
We should just both always attend both (all 3?) Thanksgivings!
Yeah! That way I can try all your yummy recipes
(mashed sweet potatoes! what's that lemony bean thing? I LOVE MS rasp. almond torte. We have a gift card..hmmm...) and still have mine too, without actually having to do all the work. :)

Christy said...

Lol, yeah for sure! There is plenty of food, even if scheduling is tricky for yours and my Wyoming Family's meals.

The Zesty Lemon Bean thing is inspired by RR but I changed the original enough that it's mine now. I'll blog it sometime. It's addicting and healthy.

The big plunge...

Starting Weight 193.8
Week 1 194.2 - +.4
W- 2 190.2 - -4.0
W- 3 186.4 - -3.8
W- 4 186.2 - -0.2
W- 5 184.0 - -2.2
W- 6 184.5 - +0.5
W- 7 185.0 - -0.5
W- 8 183.2 - -1.8
W- 9 180.0 - -3.2
W- 10 183.2 - +3.2
W- 11 179.0 - -4.2
W- 12 177.1 - -1.9
W- 13 175.1 - -2.0
W- 14 171.6 - -3.5
W- 15 169.9 - -1.7
W- 16 168.4 - -1.5
W- 17 165.4 - -3.0
W- 18 161.9 - -3.5
W- 19 165.4 - +3.0
W- 20 163.0 - -2.4
W- 21 165.8 - +2.8
W- 22 162.0 - -3.8
W- 23 159.8 - +0.4
W- 24 158.0 - -2.7
W-k 25 156.4 - -1.6
W- 26 154.3 - -2.1
W- 27 153.9 - -0.4
W- 28 152.0 - -1.9
August 30, 2009
W- 29 149.9 - -2.1
W- 30 147.7 - -2.2
W- 31 147.1 - -0.6
W- 32 149.5 - +2.4
W- 33 151.3 - +1.8
W- 34 150.2 - -1.1
W- 35 150.8 - +0.6
W- 36 150.3 - -0.5
W- 37 149.1 - -1.2
W- 38 149.8 - +0.7
W- 39 150.1 +0.3
W- 40 156.3 +6.2
W- 41 153.3 -3.0
W- 42 152.6 -0.7
W- 43 152.6 -0.0
W- 44 150.7 -1.9
W- 45 152.4 +1.7
W- 46 153.0 +0.6
W- 47 152.3 +0.7
W- 48 150.1 -2.2

W- 49 147.5 -2.6
W- 50 146.3 -1.2
W- 53 151.0 +2.0
W- 54 149.3 -1.7
W- 55 144.9 -4.4
W- 56 144.1 -0.8
W- 57 140.0 lbs. Goal!!!!