Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cranberry Apple Chutney

Image from last year's Thanksgiving fest. Why eat the stuff from the can. Fresh made cranberries relish is so good and better for you.
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Cranberry Apple Chutney


  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • 2 large tart apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves


  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Carefully stir in the cranberries, apples, onion, raisins, brown sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, salt, allspice and cloves.
  • Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until desired thickness, stirring occasionally. Just before serving, stir in walnuts. Serve warm or cold.

Brandy and Orange-Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups

Better pictures to come - best sweet potato recipe.

Brandy and Orange-Mashed Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups - Emeril recipe


7 large sweet potatoes, about 3 pounds
4 large oranges
1 stick unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup brandy
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until tender, about 1 hour. Remove from
the oven and let rest until just cool enough to handle.
Lower the oven to 350 degrees F.

Make the orange cups by cutting the oranges in half from stem to bottom and scooping out the pulp, leaving only the shell. Set aside.

While still somewhat hot, peel the potatoes and place in a large bowl. Discard the
skins and tough, stringy fibers. Add the butter, and with an electric mixer, beat out
the lumps. Add the sugar, eggs, orange juice, heavy cream, and brandy, and mix until
smooth. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and mix well. Re-season, to taste.

Spoon the sweet potato mixture into the orange cups, mounding and smoothing the top.
Bake until puffed and slightly golden, about 20 minutes.

Wild Mushrooms Stuffing

This will be the second year we have made this dish. This dish reminds me of my Grandpa JP's stuffing.

Wild Mushrooms Stuffing - Emeril's recipe

  • 5 cups fresh white bread, crust removed and cubed
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 6 slices apple bacon, sliced into ¼-inch pieces
  • 1 ½ onions, finely chopped
  • 3 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound assorted mushrooms, sliced, such as shiitake and oyster
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • ¾ cup chicken broth, or as needed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fine dry breadcrumbs
  • Cooking Directions

    In a bowl, soak the bread cubes in the milk.
    In a saute pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp and fat has rendered. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until they have released their liquid and are soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the Marsala and cook until nearly evaporated. Remove from the heat and set aside until completely cooled.
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and butter a 9-inch square baking dish.
    Squeeze any excess milk from the bread and place the bread in a large mixing bowl. Add the egg, mushroom mixture, chopped thyme and oregano, and enough broth to moisten the stuffing. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish and then sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and continue to cook until lightly browned on top and heated throughout, 15 to 30 minutes longer.

    Sticky and Sweet Potatoes

    Sticky and Sweet Potatoes

    • 3 1/2 pounds of sweet potatoes
    • 2 avocados
    • 2 limes, juice and zest
    • 3/4 cup lite coconut milk
    • 1/4 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 scant tablespoon red curry paste
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 cup sweetened coconut
    • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios

    Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil for between 15 and 18 minutes, until tender.
    Preheat oven to oven to 300 degrees. Then place the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet and stir halfway through toasting.
    Drain the potatoes and place them back in the saucepan. Begin mashing in lime juice and zest, avocados and milk. Then mix in the honey, brown sugar, curry paste, salt, pepper and half of the coconut.
    Place in serving dish and top liberally with the rest of the coconut, pistachios. Drizzle the finished dish with honey to top it off.

    Sweet Potato Hash

    picture to come

    To start the Thanksgiving day out right we are starting with eggs and hash.

    Sweet Potato Hash - The Neelys recipe


    • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed into 1-inch cubes
    • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    • 1/2 red onion, chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/4 cup green onions
    • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


    Add the potatoes to a large saucepan of salted boiling water and simmer until tender. Drain and dry completely with paper towels.
    Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, pepper and garlic, and saute until tender and lightly golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove to a bowl.
    Add the remaining 4 tablespoons oil to the skillet, and then add the drained and dried sweet potatoes. Cook in a single layer, stirring occasionally, on medium heat until they are tender, about 6 minutes. Increase the heat to high and cook, without stirring, until the potatoes are golden and crisp, about 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with the smoked paprika and gently stir in the onion mixture and parsley.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Keith Lunde's toys from when he was a kid.

    Keith is Larry my Husband father who has kept so many of his childhood toys. We were blessed to see so many wonderful he has kept toys. Keith family owned a creamer near Mitchel, South Dakota.

    The black truck was a White Company. The tank is a Louis Marx & Co World War I tank. A couple of John Deere and McCormick farm equipment was his father's toys made out of cast-iron.


    Postcard in the works. At the printer now. Soon it will be printed and then posted to the blog.