Thanksgiving 2009 – Down to the wire!

As I am sure many of you will be using this weekend to stock up on produce and other Thanksgiving supplies, I just wanted to toss out a few links and tidbits that might help with any last minute planning.

Thanksgiving 2009 Brainstorm – This is a collection of recipes I put together on RecipeZaar for your viewing pleasure. I believe I have tried every recipe on there at one time or another. I may add more throughout the weekend.  The Cheeseball with Everything is always a crowd pleaser.  Not a bad thing to keep in the fridge for nibbling, either.  This is a photo of one I made for New Year’s Eve a couple years ago.  I submitted it to RZ, and you can find a blurb from me among the reviews.  (Be sure to read through the reviews on the recipes that interest you!  All kinds of ideas and inspiration to be found there!)

Cheeseball with Everything!

Cheeseball with Everything!

I am pleased to make public for the first time two of my mother’s favorite recipes. Thanksgiving was a very special time for us and we loved to cook together. I miss her bunches.  The brownie recipe was a dessert she made throughout the year, and the artichoke cheese balls were made on special occasions. If you are looking for a simple, yet different kind of appetizer… I highly recommend the artichoke cheese balls.

Thanksgiving Recipe Collections

Tradition, Moderation, Simplicity

Tips for Thanksgiving Moderation

Last but not least… some random tidbits. My friend Yoshiko came by for tea and talk today. I whipped up a batch of the No Sugar Added Cranberry Sauce for her using PEACH jello mix. What a great combination this turned out to be. I also added just a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of ginger while it was simmering.

Cranberry sauce stirred into Fage Total Greek yogurt made a wonderful breakfast.

Cranberry sauce stirred into Fage Total Greek yogurt made a wonderful breakfast.

I also threw together a batch of the Yorkshire Pudding for Miss Yoshi.

Miss Yoshi gave me the beautiful Thomas Kinkade plate.

Miss Yoshi gave me the beautiful Thomas Kinkade plate.

Yoshi's Yorkies!

Yoshi's Yorkies!

It was a wonderful day.  I also had lunch with my friend & neighbor, Sharon, this week.  What a pleasant week it has been.  It’s almost like I have a real social life…  😉

Comments

  1. Good links, Vicky!

    I always get just a tad annoyed with Hungry Girl for not mentioning just how HARD it is to peel a butternut squash. (She does give some directions for cutting them up in one of her posts, but they are nearly useless due to the hardness of the peel.) I am convinced this is the reason most people don’t use or buy butternut squash.

    Solution: just throw the whole squash into the microwave for one to two minutes, just enough to heat the outer skin thoroughly. This will fix the problem and make the squash MUCH easier to peel. (Do wait long enough for the squash to cool down before you start peeling).

    Or alternatively, you can go to Whole Foods, let them do it for you, and pay $7.99 per pound! Ridiculous!

  2. Well that saved me a blog post. :)

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