"Best Casserole EVER, Unless you Hate Mushrooms" From the Kitchen of Carrie
Each year at Carrie’s Family Thanksgiving, everyone would wait anxiously for the ever-so-popular“Green Bean Casserole”. In fact, it was such a hit that her brothers would fight over the last serving. Poor little Carrie, though, never got to enjoy her family’s tradition because as everyone knows, to make a good greenbean casserole, you need Cambell’s condensed Cream of Mushroom soup and poor little Carrie HATED mushrooms.
Green Bean Casserole
1 can Campbell's condensed Cream of Mushroom soup
1/2 c. milk
1 tsp. soy saucedash pepper
2 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen green beans, cooked and drained
1 can (3.5 oz.)
French fried onions
Cook green beans, drain. In a 11/2 qt. casserole, stir soup, milk, soy sauce and pepper until smooth. Mix in green beans and 1/2 can onions. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, stir. Top with remaining onions. Bake 5 more minutes.
Makes 4 cups
In Caryn’s family - they have a hillarious holiday tradition. When bringing your “food item”, if you don’t have a name for it, the food item gets called “Party - (insert food item here)” i.e. Party-Snacks, Party-Caserole, Party-Beans... you get the point! Hope you enjoy Caryn’s favorite “Party-Potatoes”
Caryn says “This isn't a fancy recipe but they are SO good and SO bad for you! ”
9 - 10 cooked potatoes - mashed
1/2 pint sour cream1
(8oz) pkg cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon onion powder1
teaspoon garlic salt
*will also need chives and paprika
Combine ingredients and put in buttered baking dish. Butter top of mixture. Sprinkle top with chives and paprika. Store in refrigerator overnight or until ready to use. Bring to room temperature prior to baking if you plan on refrigerating overnight. Bake, uncovered at 350 for 35 - 40 minutes or until hot.
"Grandma Dottie Takes it to a New Level" From the Kitchen of Maureen
At holiday time in Maureen’s family, everyone was assigned to make or bake their favorite dish, except Grandma Dottie. No-one would ever eat her food because it was either burnt, dry or underdone, so they would assign her, a no-fail cranberry jello mold recipe. Who can mess up jello, right? They would ooohhh and awww over her jello even though it was still yet to be desired. She was particularly proud one year, because she changed it up a bit and added strawberries to it. Grandma Dottie had taken it to a new level.
However, she had not accounted for the frozen stawberries, which had watered down the jello.... and when Grandma Dottie insisted on flipping over the jello mold, an explosion of red cranberry and strawberry liquid flooded the nicely decorated Thanksgiving table. To no avail, Grandma Dottie had sabotaged a classic jello recipe - The table was a mess, there was no cranberry jello, and Aunt Penny peed her pants (litteraly peed, from laughing so hard).
Bill Cosby would be sadly dissappointed.....and on a side note - don’t mess with the cranberry jello!
In lieu of the cranberry jello mold, Maureen wanted to share with you a fabulous Martha Stewart Recipe for: Salli’s Cranberry Tartlets
3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts, plus 5 tablespoons for sprinkling
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pans
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
Amber or crystal sugar, for sprinkling
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.with a rack in center. Spread all the walnuts on a baking pan. Bake until fragrant, about 7 minutes. Transfer nuts to a bowl; set aside to cool. 2. Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees. Brush tartlet pans with melted butter. In a large bowl, whisk together the 12 tablespoons melted butter, sugar, eggs, almond extract, and flour. Batter will be thick. Stir in cranberries and 3/4 cup toasted nuts. 3. Fill each mold with 1/2 cup batter. Sprinkle each top with 1 teaspoon walnuts and amber sugar, if desired. Bake until golden and slightly crusty on top, 30 to 40 minutes. A cake tester inserted in the center should come out clean. Transfer to a cooling rack. Once cool, remove tarts from pans.These are best served within a day.
"I'll Have the Meat with a Side Of Meat, Please" - From the Kitchen of Adria
If you are looking for a non-tradtional Thanksgiving Meal, come on over to Poppie Steak’s house for a whole-lotta meat! Adria’s quirky little Italian Dad (known as Poppie Steak) serves up some serious meat selections every Thanksgiving - Prime Rib or Leg of Lamb is a must, along with Turkey, Ham and Salami... His assortment of meat is always to die for, however, plan to arrive early and stay late, because there is never a “Meal Time”. No-one is allowed to eat until the meat is cooked to perfection.... and you never know when that will be - no joke! ...not to mention if you aren’t there to eat it fresh out of the oven, you won’t get any... he eats every last drop of whatever is left, straight out of the pan! In any event, if you love meat with a side of meat, enjoy Poppie Steak’s mouth-watering Prime Rib and Leg of Lamb recipes.
Poppie Steak’s Prime Rib or Leg of Lamb
(both are cooked the same way)
Prime Rib or Leg of Lamb
Preheat oven 325 degrees. Generously rub vegetable oil (do not substitute) all over the meat. Then season entirely with salt, pepper, garlic salt and oregano. So simple, yet so good! Now comes the hard part - pulling it out of the oven at the perfect time! When cooking either the prime rib or lamb, please note that the length of time in the oven depends on the lbs. A rough gauge is 15 min/lbs. The meat is best served at medium rare temperature - but please note that you will need to pull the meat out of the oven slightly under your desired temperature because it will continue to cook for a little bit as it sits on the counter. Good luck and don’t over cook it!!!
We hope you enjoy our Thankgiving Traditions!
xo - The Anders Ruff Team