Monthly Archives: November 2011

November 30th 2011

Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?  ~Author Unknown

As for this vegetarian, yes, yes I do. They are quite tasty, especially the ones with frosting and the sprinkles.

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November 27th 2011

Have left over Thanksgiving dinner?

Turn that turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy into an open faced sandwich. Toast up your favorite bread, add warmed turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, top with cheese and you have you a delicious treat!


November 26th 2011

I really like this Holiday idea!

Instead of having sausage patties, try making turkey patties by combining shredded turkey meat with leftover stuffing, a lightly beaten egg, and seasonings such as garlic powder, fennel, salt, and pepper. Form the mixture into small patties and pan-fry on both sides until lightly browned.

 


November 25th 2011

Holiday Cooking Tips: Make French toast out of left over bread, and sprinkle with powdered sugar and toasted almonds. Instead of drizzling with maple syrup, serve with cranberry compote made of warmed leftover whole cranberry sauce combined with orange marmalade.

 


November 23rd 2011

People ask me how I come up with stuff in the kitchen. I don’t know. I just do things. -The Deaf Chef, D.S. Gagnon


The Thanksgiving Meal

Turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, and bread stuffing as traditional to an American Thanksgiving meal as… Well, believe it or not, these items weren’t served at the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621.

While there is a chance that turkey was served, historians don’t have an actual record that it was- more likely than not, it’s just sort of a nostalgic thing for Americans to eat turkey at the holidays. I’d wager Benjamin Franklin’s desire to make the turkey the national bird might have something to do with it but that’s only conjecture.

The Norman Rockwell lay out of the holiday feast doesn’t quite fit the historical picture of the 17th century. The Wampanoag Indians brought deer and being on the coast, fish and shellfish most certainly would have been on the menu. Served along side would have been plums, melons, grapes, cranberries, leeks, wild onions, beans, Jerusalem artichokes, and squash. And to wash it all down, water. Apple cider wouldn’t have existed in 1621 America- no apples yet. And beer? Unlikely. While barely had been planted, it takes awhile to brew. English crops like cabbage, carrots, onions, sage, thyme and such also could have also been on hand.

How does your feast measure up? Traditional or Americanized? Mine will be Americanized, last about an hour instead of 3 days, and will be spent with my ever expanding family.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all.


November 4th 2011

Cooking Tip: To slice meat into thin strips, as for Chinese dishes – partially freeze and it will slice easily.