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Monday, November 28, 2011

Made From Scratch Tuesday 11/29

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We sure had lots of great food! This year, I was in charge of bringing some veggie dishes. I decided to use Rachel Ray's Garlicky Creamed Corn and Spinach.I adjusted some of the quantities and upped the spinach to our taste.

Ingredients

  • 2 4 tablespoons butter 
  • 4 8 ears corn, kernels scraped from cob
  • 2 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
  • 2 bundles fresh farm spinach, about 1/2 pound trimmed weight, 2 lbs fresh spinach, chopped

Directions

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the butter. When the butter is hot, stir in the corn and the starchy liquid scraped from the cobs. Cook for 5 minutes, then stir in the garlic and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, then add the cream and nutmeg, stirring occasionally, until very creamy, about 15 minutes. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. I also added about half a pound of bacon (fully cooked and chopped into small pieces)...it really needed some texture! Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve. 

I made this early in the morning and reheated it before we ate. It was delicious! 


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Made From Scratch Tuesday 11/15

 Mom's been busy in the kitchen again with another Gooseberry Patch recipe!
This time, she made Buttery Scalloped Potatoes!
She started out by mixing together the butter, flour and milk.
Next, stir in cheese, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper until cheese melts.

Pour the cheesy mixture over a one quart dish of sliced potatoes.

Bake about an hour and serve!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Made From Scratch Tuesday 11/8

When I was grocery shopping last week, I saw something I haven't seen before in the meat section--turkey wings. Maybe I've just happened to overlook them all this time, but I'm fairly certain it was something new, or at least something only around in November. We all love turkey, so I thought I'd give them a try.

Preheat the oven to 375.

I started by spraying down an 8x8 pan with butter flavored cooking spray, then adding the wings.
On the wings, sprinkle with a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, coriander, paprika, and parsley. That's my typical chicken wing mixture, so I figured it would work with the turkey too!

Bake until internal temperature is 165. You'll want to flip them over once during the cooking time to make sure the skin on the bottom gets crispy too. I flipped them after about 40 minutes.Total cooking time for these was about an hour and ten minutes.

The skin was crispy and the meat was tender and juicy! We served it with butter and herb mashed potatoes and cheesy cauliflower.



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Friday, November 4, 2011

Chicken in Cream Sauce

We're back in the kitchen with mom!


 This time she fixed Chicken in Cream Sauce from Gooseberry Patch's What's for Dinner?
You'll love how easy this recipe is! Start by melting butter in a pan. Saute chicken, onions and your favorite seasonings until chicken is cooked through. Then stir in whipping cream and simmer for a few minutes. Remove chicken and put it on a warm serving dish.

 Next, beat an egg yolk and lemon juice into the warm sauce and let it thicken.

Pour over chicken and serve!
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Swiss Steak Supper

When the Real Farmwives started the Gooseberry Patch cookbook series, the first thing that popped into my head was sharing some of these recipes with my mom. Since she's the one who taught me how to cook, I knew she'd enjoy trying out new recipes too!


The first recipe she made was Swiss Steak Supper from What's for Dinner?

She started by layering her browned, boneless beef round steak, onions, green peppers and carrots in the crock pot.

  Next, mix together brown gravy and tomato juice. Pour over meat and veggies in crock pot.
This recipe takes 10-12 hours to cook, so she let it cook all day while she was at work. (Hey all you working moms....try getting everything ready the night before and refrigerate overnight. Before you leave for work, just turn the crock pot on and dinner will be ready when you get home!!)

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