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Gobble Up New Ideas !

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 Some Food to Celebrate Your Thanksgiving

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Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

 The dining room table has been spread, There is food in every dish, Turkey potatoes, red cranberry jelly, And whatever else you wish. A rattling of dishes in the kitchen is all to welcome sound, For it means that once again Thanksgiving Day has rolled around.
© Thanksgiving Ideals Vol.20 No. 5 Sept 1963 – Excerpt: Sounds of Thanksgiving by P.F. Freeman

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Cranberry Blueberry Sauce with Candied Ginger

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Cranberry Blueberry Sauce with Candied Ginger

Cranberries join with fresh blueberries to create this ginger sweetened relish.  It’s perfect to embellish the holiday turkey for your family gathering.  Make this ahead; rewarm by adding a little water until desired consistency.

pdf for Copy of Recipe Cranberry Blueberry Sauce with Candied Ginger

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Holiday Crispy Garlic Potatoes

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Holiday Crispy Garlic Potatoes

I love the idea of boiling the potatoes with rosemary and garlic for flavoring.  I included sweet potatoes with golden potatoes so I didn’t have to prepare two different potato dishes.  Another bonus is the potatoes can be cooked ahead of time and finished in the oven right before serving.  If you love crispy potatoes, you will really enjoy this recipe.

pdf for Copy of Recipe Holiday Crispy Rosemary Garlic Potatoes 

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Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Garlic, Cream and Parmesan

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Brussels Sprouts Bacon, Garlic, Cream and Parmesan

This side dish can be prepared easily and finished in the oven for quick serving.  Cutting the sprouts in half shortens the cooking time and allows for a tasty caramelized flavor. Brussels sprouts are one of his favorite side dishes.

pdf for Copy of Recipe for Brussels Sprouts, Bacon, Garlic, Cream & Parmesan

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Bacon Cheddar Chive Biscuits

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Bacon Cheddar Chive Biscuits

Say Southern food and the next thought will be wonderful fluffy homemade biscuits.  These are filled with chives, bacon, and melting cheddar cheese flavor. It is a perfect partner for any dinner or breakfast party. Oh!  There is a problem!  You just can’t eat just one of these.  Better prepare two batches.

pdf for Copy of Recipe Bacon Cheddar Chive Biscuits

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Honey Mustard Sweet Sausage Stuffing

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Honey Mustard Sweet Sausage Stuffing

Do you want to add a new twist to your holiday stuffing?  How about adding some crushed honey mustard pretzel crackers and cranberries!  The flavors blend delightfully. Your family won’t be able to guess your secret ingredient.  Holidays are for having fun!

pdf for Copy of Recipe Honey Mustard Sweet Sausage Stuffing

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  Entertaining Ideas for Fantastic Parties
by
Nicki Pendleton Wood

Nicki Book

“Southern Cooking for Company” ………………….Author – Nicki Pendleton Wood

Nicki, the food guru, having fun on March 10, 2015. Photos by Donn Jones.

Nicki Pendleton Wood – Having Fun – Photos by Donn Jones.

 

‘Nicki Pendleton Wood has two decades of food writing, restaurant reviewing and cookbook editing.  She spent several years as the food writer for a daily paper and taught as well as edited cookbooks in Cambridge, England. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and holds the group’s CCP certification. This book contains many proven recipes from successful party givers that will provide ideas for you to explore. Have fun exploring her treasures.

Link to Hackers Party Planning

Planning a Party Checklist

Link to Purchase from Amazon Books “Southern Cooking for Company

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Making a Shrub for Those Holiday Drinks

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Making a Shrub for Those Holiday Drinks – Non-Alcoholic

Some people believe that when you cook shrub syrup, you lose some of that fresh fruit flavor.  In place of this process, they macerate fresh fruit in sugar for several hours or a day, which release the fruit juice and creates syrup. Then if you strain the fruit, you can mix the syrup with vinegar.  This does take a little longer but creates a purer and brighter shrub.

This method did seem to be easier.  Follow these suggested details in recipe.

For Nicki’s Blackberry Shrub recipe:  See her book – Southern Cooking for Company, p.5.

pdf for Recipe of Blackberry Shrub Drink

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Crunchy Fried Field Peas

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Roasted Almonds & Crunchy Fried Field Peas & Crispy Coconut “Bacon”

I wasn’t able to find field peas where I live so Nicki told me to try black eyed peas.  However, I couldn’t find any fresh ones in our stores so I purchased a can of black eyed peas.

This does not work as there is too much water in the canned peas, even after drying them.  The result was a shooting match while trying to fry them and the peas won.  After attempting to protect myself with a large skillet cover, I decided to try to roast them in a 425 degree oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  They did taste delicious. The picture you see is the roasted peas.  However, my advice is to wait for the shelled peas before you try this recipe. You might want to consider getting a few mini skillets for serving your favorite snacks.  They are just so cute!

pdf for Copy of Recipe Crunchy Fried Field Peas

pdf for Copy of Recipe Crispy Coconut “Bacon”

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Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

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Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches – Great Turkey leftover treat.

Add a touch of class to your party by serving these delicious hot sandwiches.  Prepare the sauce, mushrooms, bacon, and tomatoes ahead of time; then warm the sauce in a low power microwave.  It’s easy fixin”with a quick trip under the broiler, which gives you steamy party-perfect, hot, knife ‘n fork sandwiches.

This recipe can be a great disguise for Thanksgiving Turkey left overs. No one will guess what is under that gravy topping. Try it and it really tastes good when served pipping hot.

pdf for Copy of Recipe of Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

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Maple Walnut “Pick a Pumpkin” Pie

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Maple Walnut “Pick a Pumpkin” Pie

:  Are you undecided what kind of pie to make for that special party – the traditional Pumpkin Pie or some kind of Pecan Pie?  Try something new – a harvest pie with squash and pumpkin and top it with the favorite combination of maple syrup and walnuts.  The mild spiced taste is lighter with a rich maple nut crunch.  Say “Hello” to a new flavor combo.

pdf for Copy of Recipe Maple Walnut “Pick a Pumpkin” Pie

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Enjoy Lots of Informal Get-Togethers
like a
Fiesta, Garden Club Brunch, Fireside Comfort Dinner

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Chiles Rellenos with Vegetable Picadillo

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Chiles Rellenos with Vegetable Picadillo

Poblano chiles have a slightly sweet and smoky flavor, very different from other peppers.  Aaron Sanchez loves stuffing them because it gives the peppers a chance to be the star.  I love serving them with a tomato sauce seasoned with the cilantro pumpkin seed pesto.  Perfect for that Fiesta Party!

pdf for Copy of Recipe Chiles Rellenos with Vegetable Picadillo

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Mixed Greens Salad with Quick-Pickled Watermelon Radishes

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Mixed Greens Salad with Quick-Pickled Watermelon Radishes

It’s kale, romaine lettuce, and radishes with lemon thyme pumpkin seed dressing combined in one fresh salad.  The easy pickled radishes add a spirited taste to the lemon thyme dressing. They are not bitter or hot if they are small, but the larger radishes have a stronger heat profile. Pumpkin seeds add a delightful crunch to the dressing and salad.

For More Information about Watermelon Radishes:  see: http://www.thekitchn.com/if-cinderella-were-a-vegetable-she-would-be-a-watermelon-radish-ingredient-intelligence-106793 and http://winterridgefoods.com/whats-a-watermelon-radish/

 

pdf for Copy of Recipe for Mixed Greens Salad with Quick-Pickled Watermelon Radishes

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Warm ‘n Cozy Chicken and Dumplings

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Warm ‘n Cozy Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe appears to be difficult but all the parts can be prepared ahead of time, making it an easy recipe to serve.   This is an updated version of the popular favorite comfort food, Chicken and Dumplings.  It is very flavorful with a nice hearty taste.  The gnocchi adds an Italian accent to the stew, raising it to a brand new level.  It’s a perfect recipe to serve for that cozy informal party.  Enjoy!

pdf for Copy of Recipe Warm ‘n Cozy Chicken and Dumplings

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A New Consumer Is Driving the Marketplace

Why Are Big Food Companies Concerned ?

A recent article appeared in the New York Times telling us something that we already know is happening.  From the beginning of this year, you will find recipes and articles about the Slow Food Movement, Lots of Healthy Eating Ideas, Farm-Fresh Foods, Farmer’s Markets, Community Gardens, Gluten Free Products, Nature-Loving New Products, and the birth of new supermarkets with smaller center sections but lots of freshness around the perimeter.  This means that people, like you and me, are making a difference and the big companies are finally listening.

pdf of Article Concerning New Ideas Shared by Various Countries