Christmas Turkey Idea!

 

 Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Who else is ready for Santa?
 
I must admit this was the best turkey we had ever had. I think the key is to start cooking the turkey with broth already in the roaster. It really helped to steam the turkey. Not only was it full of flavor but it was almost incredibly moist. I don’t think I have ever eaten a turkey so moist.
 
I will be honest you when I say I am not a big turkey fan, but this turkey was exceptional! I have never had one better!
 
 
Ingredients: 
  •  1 (18-20 pound) whole turkey
  •  1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  •  Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  •  1 1/2 quarts turkey or chicken stock 
Directions: 
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place rack in the lowest position of the oven.
  2. Remove the turkey neck and giblets, rinse the turkey, and pat dry with paper towels. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack in the roasting pan. Rub the skin with the softened butter, and season with salt and pepper. Position an aluminum foil tent over the turkey.
  3. Place turkey in the oven, and pour 2 cups turkey or chicken stock into the bottom of the roasting pan. Baste all over every 30 minutes with the juices on the bottom of the pan. Whenever the drippings evaporate, add stock to moisten them, about 1 to 2 cups at a time. Remove aluminum foil after 2 1/2 hours. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in the meaty part of the thigh reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 4 hours.
  4. Transfer the turkey to a large serving platter, and let it stand for at least 20 to 30 minutes before carving.

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Pinterest Fun Friday: Christmas Appetizers

 
 
Every Friday I like to highlight some of my favorite Pinterest finds of the week. This not only allows me to spotlight some really awesome and crafty ideas but it allows you to see a few Pins you might not have seen this week.  
 
I spend way too many minutes’ hours in the day pinning on Pinterest. Now if I could only find the time to make all of these wonderful things I pin. Wouldn’t that be great?
 
Let’s Get Pinning!

 

Baked Spaghetti (Paula Deen)


This recipe was just OK. I think the concept of the recipe is a great one especially if you are using leftover spaghetti sauce. The sauce in the recipe is truly its downfall. My family liked the recipe but no one was overly impressed with the sauce. This is one of those recipes that you take the idea behind the recipe and simply replace the sauce. The Italian season was just over the top that’s all I could taste.
I think I will make this recipe in the future, but instead of this sauce I will use leftover Nana’s Spaghetti Sauce instead, or worse case scenario a jarred sauce would work. I think it would be fantastic using a bunch of different cheese’s like, parmesan, mozzarella, asiago, and even some provolone. Yum.
This is a great base idea/recipe but “fixing” the sauce would be a great improvement.
Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt pepper combo
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 8 ounces uncooked pasta
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 cup grated Monterey Jack
Directions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a stockpot, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, onions, peppers, garlic, parsley, seasoning mixtures, sugar, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat and let simmer, covered, for 1 hour. 
  3. Crumble the ground beef in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until fully cooked, with no pink color remaining. Drain the fat from the meat, and then add the ground beef to the stockpot. 
  4. Simmer for 20 more minutes. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. 
  5. Cover the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan with sauce. Add a layer of pasta and then a little less than 1/2 of each cheese; repeat the layers, ending with the sauce. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes. 
  6. Top the casserole with the remaining cheese, return it to the oven, and continue to cook until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 more minutes. Cut into squares before serving.

Triple Cheese Macaroni and Cheese

This mac-n-cheese is delicious. It’s a pain to make if you are thinking of boxed mac-n-cheese, but let me tell you its well worth all the work. It’s so creamy and delicious.
 
This recipe is very decadent and rich. If you are wanting something plain and simple this recipe is not for you. The only I could suggest is leaving out the Gouda cheese, but I wouldn’t!
 
If you want to serve it right away leave the bread crumbs off and sever right from the stove top. You can’t beat this mac-n-cheese. 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups Dried Pasta
  • 1/4 cup unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 teaspoons Dry Mustard
  • 2 ounces Smoked Gouda grated
  • 8 ounces Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 6 ounces Mozzarella Cheese grated
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • Plain Bread Crumbs

Directions: 

  1. Cook pasta about 4 minutes shy of package directions then drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over medium-heat. Cook mixture for five minutes, whisking constantly.
  3. Pour in milk, and mustard, then whisk until smooth. Cook until very thick. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Add in cheese and stir to melt.
  5. Add seasoned salt and pepper.
  6. Pour in cooked pasta and stir to combine.
  7. Pour into a buttered baking dish, top with plain bread crumbs, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.

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Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

 

 
At this time of year my favorite find is Pumpkin Spice anything. I love pumpkin spice latte’ and any kind of hot chocolate.  When I found a pumpkin spice hot chocolate I knew I had to give this recipe a try. It’s what I consider the best of both worlds. The recipe certainly lived up to my expectations. It’s thick, creamy and has an amazing pumpkin pie flavor.
 
The smell in the house while this is cooking on the stove is incredible. This would also work great in a slow cooker. Try serving this recipe throughout the day on Thanksgiving. Your guest will be very happy I know I was!!
 
This is the doubled recipe. One recipe wasn’t even close to enough I had to double it!
 
Ingredients: 
  • 5 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup hot cocoa mix (no marshmallows)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream or marshmallows optional
Directions: 
  1. In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat whisk together your milk and hot cocoa mix. 
  2. You will want to keep your heat no higher than medium. It’s important that all of your spices to have a chance to mingle in the hot chocolate.
  3. Add canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Heat until desired temperature is reached.
  5. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and/or marshmallows

Cinnamon Apple Cranberries Orange Relish

 
 
 
This recipe is incredible. I can’t even begin to tell you how fantastic it is. The flavor is amazing with just enough sweet and just enough tart. This is truly the best cranberry relish recipe I have ever had.
 
I can’t wait to make it again. I want to make it again for Christmas. Everyone loved it at our Thanksgiving table. No one could believe that the cranberries were dried. I bet it would taste just as good with fresh cranberries, although you just might have to add a bit more sugar.
 
 
Ingredients 
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large Orange peeled, seeds removed, and diced
  • 2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Directions  

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the cranberry juice, orange, cranberries, cinnamon and sugar. Bring to a boil and let cook for 5 minutes. Add the apples and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have softened and apples are tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove 8 ounces of the liquid to a small bowl and whisk in the cornstarch. Slowly add the cornstarch-juice mixture (slurry) to the cranberry mixture, stirring constantly. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a serving bowl. Refrigerate until thickened, about 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and serve.

Cheater… Cheater… Stuffing!

 

I absolutely loved this recipe!  It’s simple fantastic! Don’t get me wrong it’s nothing fancy, but that’s what I like about it. I already like Stovetop Stuffing, but this takes Stovetop and fancy’s it up!  After it was made no one had a clue that the majority of the recipe came out of a box! Frugal, easy, and fantastic… what more could you ask for?
Ingredients: 
  • 1 medium onions, minced
  • 2 -3 stalks celery, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth (or any broth)
  • Hot water
  • 1 (6 ounce) packages Stove Top-style stuffing mix

Directions:

  1. Sauté onions and celery in butter.
  2. Sprinkle with poultry seasoning.
  3. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. Toss this mixture into your favorite dry stuffing mix.
  5. Heat broth and set aside.
  6. Read directions on your favorite stuffing mix box.
  7. Add enough hot water to the broth to make up the required liquid needed.
  8. (Omit butter the recipe calls for as it was already used to sauté vegetables.)
  9. Pour over stuffing/vegetables mixture and mix well.
  10. Stuff your chicken or turkey. For a side dish place stuffing in a baking dish; cover and bake for 15 to 25 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Cranberry Jell-O Mold

 
This recipe was a huge hit in our house. Not only was it fun to make, but it was fun to eat too, and it puts a different spin on Jell-O. We have made several different versions since discovering this recipe. It doesn’t matter the flavor of the Jell-O or the fruit you put inside because this recipe will be a hit! I suggest making it up several days before you need it because it takes a bit of time to set.
 
I love making it for Thanksgiving. Cranberry juice with cranberries, apples, and pineapple. Not that is a delicious recipe for fun food!
Ingredients:
·         2 small packages of Raspberry Jell-O (I used black cherry)
·         2 cups boiling water
·         8 oz. can of crushed pineapple
·         1 can of whole cranberry sauce
·         1/2 cup red wine (I guess you could substitute grape juice)
·         1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Directions: 
  1. Mix it all (except for the nuts) together and pour into a mold.
  2. Refrigerate.
  3. Sprinkle with the walnuts when Jell-O starts to set, but isn’t firm (after an hour or two, so they don’t sink to the bottom
  4. Serve and enjoy!