Talking Turkey Thanksgiving Facts & Figures

117 Million-Number of households across the nation-all potential gathering places for people to celebrate the holiday. 28-Number of places in the US named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. 3.8 Billion Dollars-Forecast receipts to farmers from turkey sales. 1.3-Retail cost per pound from a frozen turkey in December. Which state leads the US in the production of turkeys? Minnesota Which state produces the most cranberries? Wisconsin Which state produces the most sweet potatoes? North Carolina Which state produces the most green beans? Wisconsin Why did the cranberries turn red? They saw the Turkey Dressing. Happy …

Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining

  (Family Features) Preparing side dishes can be time-consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes. Like many hosts, you are likely searching for perfection in your holiday get-togethers. With an ever-expanding guest list, each year may seem more and more difficult to pull off the perfect gathering. Make things easier and still delicious by serving ready-to-eat options like refrigerated macaroni and cheese made with real milk and …

Sweet Potato Crisp

This recipe is courtesy of Mrs. Michael Richardson of Franklin, TN (Jolene.) It is served annually at the Thanksgiving Night in the Hunger Fight annual fundraising supper at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church which has raised thousands of dollars to feed and educate children in Haiti. It’s been served to many groups and families, over the years that it’s become a holiday favorite.  Sweet Potato Crisp  Potatoes 3 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, cooked and mashed) 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs  1/3 cup milk 1 teaspoon vanilla Mash cooked sweet potatoes, add all other ingredients and put into a …

Get Creative in the Kitchen for the Holidays

 Holiday gatherings provide perfect opportunities to get creative in the kitchen. Balancing taste and complexity doesn’t need to be stressful. Simplify recipe planning with one versatile ingredient that provides a bold boost and creates real crowd pleasers: cooking wines. Using a wine specially made for cooking provides consistent, momentous flavor, as it withstands high cooking temperatures and has a long shelf life. One option to try this season is Holland House Cooking Wines, with a long and delicious history of adding rich, robust flavor to a wide variety of culinary applications.  Print Asiago and Bacon Orzo Medley Course Side Dish …

6 Meals to Celebrate Hispantic Heritage Month

    Try these authentic and traditional recipes to celebrate Hispanic heritage with flavor (Family Features) From secret recipes handed down for years to the everyday café con leche, milk has always been a part of traditional Latin American food. Hispanic Heritage Month, which lasts through mid-October, is a perfect opportunity for families to embrace and celebrate the culture, impact, and contributions of generations of Hispanic Americans. Food is deeply rooted in Hispanic culture, and real dairy milk is a key ingredient in many popular dishes. Milk brings flavor to traditional foods and provides a simple way to get families essential …

Chocolate Silk Pie

Calling all chocolate lovers!!!  Not only is the pie rich with chocolate, but it is also easy to make when you need a quick dessert.  Try this recipe and more dessert recipes at culinary.net. Chocolate Silk Pie 1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup butter, cubed 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped Topping: 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 tablespoons powdered sugar Chocolate shavings, optional Preheat oven to 450°. Line pastry shell with a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Bake 8-10 minutes. Remove …

Lemon Cream Puffs

You don’t have to be a pastry chef to make these delicious little beauties.  With a hint of lemon, these light and fluffy puffs will be a hit at your next gathering. Lemon Cream Puffs 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup butter, cubed 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2   Eggs LEMON FILLING: 1 egg, beaten 1/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons butter, cubed 1 cup heavy whipping cream 2 teaspoons sugar Powdered Sugar Preheat oven to 400°. In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Add flour all at once, stirring until a smooth ball …

Coconut Custard Pie

There’s no better way to top off a scrumptious dinner than with a big slice of this yummy coconut custard pie. With a mild taste of coconut and the sweet taste of custard, you’ll be wanting to go back for seconds. If desired, top with toasted coconut or better yet, some whipped cream.  Find more dessert recipes at culinary.net. Coconut Custard Pie Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches) 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, chopped 3 eggs, beaten 2-1/2 cups 2% milk 2/3 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Toasted …

Farmer’s Casserole

Plan ahead for your weekend brunch with this delicious Farmer’s Casserole recipe.  You’ll enjoy this hearty combination of meat, cheese, eggs and a little bit of spice with some jalapenos.  You can also prepare this recipe the night before and let it chill till you are ready to pop it in the oven. Farmer’s Casserole Nonstick cooking spray 3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup diced cooked ham, cooked breakfast sausage or Canadian-style bacon 2 green onions, sliced 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped 4 eggs, beaten 1 ½ cups milk 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 …

Cooking with the Spinach Tiger

Angela Roberts’ blog is known as the Spinach Tiger.  Angela offers “Big Fat Healthy Food” which is expressive of her food views and style. “Food should be simple, bring comfort, and give you life and pleasure,” she says. Most of her recipes are designed for real people with busy lives and small kitchens who love good food. The “Spinach Tiger” culinary viewpoint is Fresh, Whole, Local, Simple, Delicious.                 For more recipes from Angela Roberts, visit www.spinachtiger.com. Nashville House & Home & Garden Magazine is proud to sponsor her on the Cooking Stage at the …