Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the ultimate food holiday of the year. Every year my family gets together at my grandparent’s farm to celebrate (and eat way too much). The day before Thanksgiving I start preparing by baking all the desserts and making salads and deviled eggs. The day of my mom and I wake up early to put in the turkey, and then wait too cook all the side dishes. Below are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving day recipes.

Green Bean Casserole 

2 cans of French Green Beans

1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup

French Fried Onions

Directions: Mix together drained green beans and cream of mushroom soup in a greased glass baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Place french fried onion on top of casserole and place back in oven for 15 minutes. Serve pipping hot.

Deviled Eggs 

18 hard boiled eggs

1/2  cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup yellow mustard

salt and pepper

spanish paprika

Directions: Peel hardboiled eggs and cut in half length wise. Remove the yolks and place into a separate bowl. Add mayonnaise and mustard to egg yolks. Add salt and pepper to season and mix until smooth. Spoon yolk mixture back into empty yolks and sprinkle with spanish paprika. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pumpkin Pie  – I use Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe. It is the best one I’ve tested out.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

– M

 

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Tested and Approved Pinterest Recipes

I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. It is where I get the inspiration for most my new recipes, so I thought it would be fun to share the top three recipes I found on Pinterest.

Recipe #1: Hungry Girl Broccoli Slaw and Order 

This recipe was really quick and delicious. Instead of making my own sauce I used a pre-canned red pasta sauce. I also browned some ground turkey and added it to the pasta sauce. I thought this made the pasta alternative a better rounded meal. This would be good to serve with garlic bread.

Recipe #2: Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter Side 

This recipe makes a lot of food! I made it while I was at home one weekend and there were plenty of leftovers for everyone the next day. I substituted yellow onion for the red onion, because I personally don’t care for red onion. You could easily adjust the vegetables in this recipes to suit your preferences.

Recipe #3: Chicken Crescent Squares

The original post for this recipe recommends using rotisserie chicken, but I used some shredded chicken I had cooked the night before. The key to this recipe is making sure you don’t over stuff the crescent rolls. I also thought my crescents turned out a little soggy, so I would consider cutting down on the melted butter.

What are your favorite recipes you’ve found on Pinterest?

Make sure to follow me!

– M

Fancy Pork Chop Recipe

I remember getting really excited as a child when my mom would make this recipe. It was so much fun watching her coat the pork chops in mustard, because it was so messy. This is a quick recipe that you can either make the night before or the night of. It is also easy to adjust depending on how many servings you want make.

Ingredients 

  • 4 Bone-in Pork Chops
  • 1 Can Creamed Corn
  • 1 Sleeve Saltine Cracker
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Black Pepper

Directions 

Season pork chops with black pepper and coat with yellow mustard. Brown the each side of all the pork chops and place into greased baking dish. Mix together crushed saltine crackers and creamed corn. Spread creamed corn mixture over the browned pork chops. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degree for 40 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and cook for a remaining 20 minutes.

Tips 

In the past I have added finely chopped onion to the creamed corn mixture. You could also add cheese if you wanted to add another layer to the dish. Adding some hot sauce to the mustard used to coat the pork chops would give the dish an additional zing.

– M

Pinterest Boards to Watch

I’ve been working hard to create holiday themed Pinterest boards. I will be using the boards as inspiration for all of the meals I have to cook between now and the New Year. Below are the links to each Pinterest board and a description of what types of recipes each board will contain.

This board will showcase recipes that will help you plan for the most difficult part of Thanksgiving meal, side dishes

This board will showcase recipes that will help you plan for the most difficult part of Thanksgiving meal, side dishes

This board will contain pins that will provide inspiration for the perfect holiday dessert

This board will contain pins that will provide inspiration for the perfect holiday dessert

This board will contain a wide variety of recipes that are perfect for the days in between holiday meals

This board will contain a wide variety of recipes that are perfect for the days in between holiday meals

What are you favorite Pinterest boards to follow? Where do you gain inspiration for recipes?

– M

Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Finding the time and energy to cook on weeknights can be difficult. Between band practice, homework, and group meetings it can be pretty late by the time I get home. Below are three simple menu ideas for week night dinners for one.

Dinner Idea #1 

Sloppy Joe

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Sloppy Joes, Tater Tots and Peas

What you’ll need: 1lb. of ground beef, sloppy joe sauce, buns, frozen tater tots, and canned peas

Sloppy Joes: brown ground beef and add sloppy joe sauce, place on bun and add cheese if desired

Tater Tots: cook according to directions on package

Peas: heat up in microwave

Dinner Idea #2

Ham Steak Dinner

Credit: Yelp!

Ham Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, and Green Beans

What you’ll need: ham steak, russet potatoes (butter and milk to mash), pre-made gravy, and canned green beans

Ham Steak: brown in skillet until fully cooked

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy: peel and wash potatoes, place in pot with boiling water and cook until tender, drain and place back into pot, mash with mil and butter, heat gravy in microwave

Green Beans: heat up in microwave

Dinner Idea #3

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

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Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo and Garlic Bread

What you’ll need: 1lb. chicken breast strips, fettuccine noodles, alfredo sauce, and garlic bread

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo: cook chicken breast strips in oven until done, cut into small pieces and set aside, cook fettuccine noodles according to directions on package, drain and return to pot, add alfredo sauce and chicken chunks, cover until noodles and sauce are warm

Garlic Bread: heat in oven according to directions on package

What are your favorite weeknight recipes?

– M

Being Sick Away From Home

I spent the majority of this past week battling the flu. Being sick is always hard, but it can be even more difficult when you are away from home. Because I was unable to cook this week (or eat for that matter) I thought it would be a good idea to share my tips for being sick away from home.

feeling-sick

Credit: Lois R Hill

Tip 1: Get a flu shot – I still got sick even though I got the flu shot back in September, but I believe it helped shorten my battle with the flu. The more people that get the flu shot, the less severe outbreaks of the flu will be!

Tip 2: Have a thermometer on hand – This is something I didn’t have that would have been really useful. When the doctor asked me if I had been running a fever I wasn’t able to tell them.

Tip 3: Go to the doctor early on – I waited over 48 hours to go to the doctor and found out that if I would have gone earlier I could have used a new medication, Tamiflu, that would have helped me get better sooner.

Tip 4: Keep food, fluids, and medicine on hand – Keeping some canned chicken and noodle soup, ginger ale, and cough syrup on hand will be a big help when a nasty cold or the flu sneaks up on you. Also a sore throat is the perfect excuse to break out the chocolate Häagen-Dazs.

What makes you feel better when you’re sick away from home?

-M

National Food Holidays – November Edition

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Above is a link to a Timeline JS story I put together about all of the national food holidays in November. For example today is National Doughnut Day, and next to a picture of some delicious doughnuts is a link to a recipe from The Pioneer Woman on how to make your own delicious glazed doughnuts at home.

My hope is that this story will inspire my readers to try a new recipes and take part in the fun of widely uncelebrated food holidays!

Happy National Doughnut Day,

M