Monday, November 22, 2004

MOTHER'S COOKING SCHOOL-DO NOT FEAR THE TURKEY!

Oops, did not make it Friday - but since next week is a big-time cooking week, I must offer my "help". I enjoy cooking Thanksgiving dinner, and the smells which fill the house bring back such wonderful memories. I think that I will be offering a recipe (or two) every day, up to Wednesday. At our house, we actually celebrate Thanksgiving on Friday, because the Husband always works on Thursday. Being together is an important part of the celebration for us, so we delay the holiday so it is not just a fancy dinner after a day of work. We are all Thankful to be together, and to blessed by God to live in America!

What serves as the "traditional" Thanksgiving meal may depend on what region of the country one is in. In the South, a turkey may be deep-fried (which I have never had, but it is supposed to be delicious and super-moist!) The bread used for the "stuffing" (inside the bird) and "dressing" (same thing, cooked in a casserole dish) may be white bread or cornbread (or some other flavor), and simple herbs or sausage, oysters, chestnuts, mushrooms or fruit may flavor it. Some folks always have potatoes on that table, and rice may rule elsewhere. Ethnic dishes may share the board with the traditional "American" food, and so they become part of the "traditional American Thanksgiving meal" in this nation of immigrants!  The cornucopia of different foods we enjoy on Thanksgiving absolutely overflows!  Would you care to share any of your family's epicurial traditions?

I have been married for 20 years now, and have been cooking the "turkey meal" for about as long, give or take a year or 2. I have made some major mistakes, but overall, it has been a pretty successful venture. Cooking is an art, but a decent meal can be created by anyone who can follow directions and will pay attention. Following directions is important, because while actual ingredients may sometimes be substituted, and exact measurements are not always important--sometimes it is all very important.  Early in our marriage, I learned that while eggnog makes delicious French Toast, it makes really nasty cornbread. (Did I ever tell you what a sweet man my husband is?) A watched pot truly never seems to boil, but leave the room while your beans are starting to cook, and they will stick to the bottom of the pan and burn (and smell very bad) when the water boils off. Never assume the most rock-hard frozen meat is "safe" around the pets. Sometimes those recipes which seem too bizzare to be edible...are. (Did I ever tell you what a sweet man my husband is?)

So, do not be afraid of the bird. . You are the master of all you survey in the kitchen, and it will be good. Our menu this week will consist of foods my own family enjoys for the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays. As an added bonus, any of these can be cooked almost entirely in the microwave (but not the turkey.)

Our menu consists of-
-Turkey (baked in foil-this method seriously cuts down on cooking time and gives a moist bird!)
-White herbed bread dressing, Chestnut Dressing
-Scalloped Potatoes
-Creamed Onions
-Lima Beans and Green Beans
-Sweet Potatoes (Yams)
-Homemade Yeast Rolls
-Homemade Cranberry Sauce and Cranberry-Orange Relish
-Apple Pie and homemade Whipped Cream

YUMMY!

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