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Another of those dreaded Thanksgiving Recipe Threads
CookingWithCarlo.com ^ | 11/11/2004 | Carlo3b, A PROUD AMERICAN

Posted on 11/11/2004 8:00:23 PM PST by carlo3b

Well, it's that time again, when we old timers dust off the holiday recipes. For you newcomers, just bear with us, it won't take long, and you could just move on if this is too corny for you to handle. Otherwise, cut and paste, and have a great Thanksgiving.. This is a bit early because I will once again be on the great oceans this years cookin and spinnin my tales of the kitchen.. ENJOY..
God bless you and your family!.. Chef

Remembering Our first recorded Thanksgiving Day
The Mayflower 1620- 2002

The voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 from Plymouth England, to Plymouth Rock started as a journey to find peace and justice in a new world. It began as a fervent prayer to give freedom a chance, and remains today as the promise each year for a new beginning. Thanksgiving Day is a celebration of hope, and remembrance.
Today, we bring our families and friends together to share our tables and our hearts, and give thanks for all that we have to be grateful for in our new and glorious country. From this grand experiment and it's courageous settlers, to the greatest nation of the world, we have a lot to be thankful for, indeed.

Remembering my Italian family Thanksgiving

My earliest memory of Thanksgiving was the fuss over preparation of the wonderful food being planned in advance of our holiday feast. Being a traditional Italian American, midwestern home, a full cornucopia of cookies of every ethnicity was in abundance. Thanksgiving morning was a special treat with a home filled with the scent of baking bread, and roasted turkey which transformed our tiny cold water flat in "Little Italy" on the lower East side of Chicago into a 3 room palace.

Everyone was involved, family and friends, young and old, with 4 generations of our own majestic women. An unspoken but respected hierarchy prevailed, with the eldest women in control, and a dance like rhythm appeared to take charge of this traditional and noble endeavor. It didn't take long before our small kitchen and dinning room filled, and every flat surface was covered. People scurried into the hallway, where neighbors shuffled pans and pots, in and out of their apartment kitchens to make room for more, always more so everyone could share in the abundance.

The Preparations

Preparation started days earlier, with the making of the pasta. I recall my great aunt bringing in the clothesline from our back porch, the one that strung across the small yard to the adjacent porch and back. She washed and bleached this cord to string across our living and dining rooms, from sconces to chandelier, and doorjambs to windowsills. It was strung as tight as possible to hold the pounds of lasagna noodle, and spaghetti needed to hang dry, to satisfy the hearty Italian appetites. I recall as if it were yesterday listening to our nightly radio programs with the shadows of stringing pasta on the faded floral wallpaper, lending an eerie overtone to the Green Hornet, or Gangbusters.

How could I ever forget opening my eyes in the morning with the sight of hanging pasta overhead, but then, why in the world would I want to forget that magical moment after all, and what it meant to a young boy that a wonderful and glorious holiday was just around the corner?

The Family and Friends

Each family was represented in the choice of menu items. Every wonderful cook in each branch of the family offered to prepare their own special version of the chosen food. This made for a memorable feast indeed, there were at least 4 successful individual restaurant owners in our family. The competition was playful and fun filled, with chunks of bread, ladles, and spoons dipping into everything, testing, tasting, and teasing.

The Cooks

It should not be construed that the food preparation was the exclusive provence of our family women, to do so would be to underestimate the culinary contributions of some of the finest cooks in the clan. A few of my uncles, cousins and grandpa were cooks in the Army, Navy, and Marines, as well as in their own restaurants. My great uncle served as a cook in the Italian army, then captured and recruited to cook in the prisoner-of-war camp, when upon his release, served 2 tours as a cook in the US Marines during The Korean War. However, whatever greatness the men may have achieved in the outside world, the kitchen was ruled by those formidable, yet diminutive, strikingly gorgeous, black clad matriarchs of the family. Great grandmothers from both sides of the lineage, grandmothers, great grandmother-in-laws, and great great aunts.

Man I'll tell ya, it was a sight to behold at best, and an Italian culinary rivalry at least. Although sharing an Italian heritage, the 6 uncles married outside the Calabrian niche, creating a scrumptious provincial food fight.

The Kids

Children weren't immune from the holiday chores. Chairs were pulled up to the stove for short perpetual stirrers. The teens were given the sink, for the never-ending pots and pans, and preteens were runners for last minute fetches and food deliveries. I was honored almost exclusively with the delivery of food for the church and hospital shut-ins because I had the bike with a giant basket. Trying to describe my cousins and most of the local kids wasn't hard, the first thing I recall was, hair, lots of black hair, big doe eyes, dozens of beautiful children with wide grins. At least one kid, sometimes more, was forced to bring his or her accordion, and at every holiday gathering some poor child was browbeaten into playing "Lady Of Spain"!

The Holiday Table

Serving 30-40 people, in a one bedroom apartment on the 3rd floor, rear, walkup, was a challenge, but doable. It took the coordination of most of our wonderful neighbors, and the cooperation of all of the residence, which were always invited anyway. Everyone brought pots, pans, dishes, and utensils, at least a chair, and some brought their kitchen tables. Everyone brought something eatable, most were prearranged as in bread, but some were heirloom dessert recipes, enough for at least a good spoonful, for everyone to get a taste. Older adults, always got a chair at the table, all adults got a seat, and kids sat at the card tables, on the stairs or on a carpet in front of the radio in one of the neighbors homes.

The Prayer

All kids had to be within earshot of the saying of the formal Grace before dinner. Then everyone recited their own prayer in various languages of their native tongue. Our family and friends were of many faiths and nationalities, the overwhelming majority of coarse were Italian. Most remembered a loved one not present, and the names of every absent serviceman and woman were individually read aloud. With all heads bowed, everyone gave thanks for the wonderful gifts of food and health, and each and every person present, gave a special thanks and how grateful they were for being in the United States of America.

The Family

Any good excuse to gather the clan in our family was and still is, paramount. Weddings, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, births, baptisms and unfortunately funerals are used as good excuses to get together and, you guessed it.... eat. This is usually done at the familial home of eldest member of the family. The Italian family circle is close and tight, and many families still living within their hometown even today, and still live within walking distance of one another. In our family as in many, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins grow as one single family unit.

The elders live within the homes of their offspring or siblings. The hierarchy is established by the ability of the surviving parents to have living arrangements central to the greatest number of kids and kin. Love of family is the reason, and love of food is the cement. Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days of the year, and has been since my earliest memory. Even today as I did with my parents in my youth, I talk to each of my 5 children and each of my grandchildren with rare exceptions, every single day, I am truly blessed.

The Food

Food for an Italian holiday is second to only to the family. Present at every holiday feast were several types of entree, lasagna, ham, veal, and one or more specialty pasta and of course, the giant stuffed Turkeys. There were Kosher dishes aplenty for our many Jewish friends. Our next door neighbor kept a Kosher kitchen and always shared their wonderful food with us as we did in return. No holiday would be complete without homemade sausages, meatballs, and grilled peppers. A strange calzone, one I recall with nuts and octopus was always somewhere on the table as was Braciole (Italian beef rolls), and great cannoli desserts were always compliments of our Sicilian side of the family.

Salads and antipasto were a mainstay, with favorites cellentani con Insalata di Peperoni (cellentani with pepper salad), and the ever popular soups, usually a bean, as in minestrone. Breads, rolls, pizza and a mixed variety of biscotti, were always in abundance. Side dishes were a meal in themselves. A vast array of vegetables prepared as specialty items, like artichoke and bacon frittata rounded out every holiday meal. Even our popular lasagna, the recipe that created a chain of famous restaurants, has broccoli or spinach as a principle ingredient to the recipe. Desserts... oh my, great custards, and pastries, ice creams and cakes such as lemon berry tiramisu or frittelle di zucca (pumpkin fritters)

The Moment of Truth

My great grandfather sat at the head of the table, and next to him sat a gallon jug of his homemade Italian red wine. Almost everyone seated for dinner were given a glass of his wine, if only for the many toasts that were posed, to the cooks and a milieu of other celebrations.

The moment of truth came when he would call the name of the boys that he felt were to be worthy of manhood, a scholarship know only to him, usually by some unknown merit method. If you attained that status in his trusted eye, he would invite you to accept a glass of wine and he would toast your new position and with everyone's applause you drank a glass and thanked him.

When my moment came, I had just turned 10, and having worked with him on his paper stand in downtown Chicago for 3 years and to my surprise he felt I was ready! Proudly I swallowed a huge gulp, and felt the heat go down my throat and explode at the core of my stomach and began to rush back up. I forced a smiled and swallowed again and hugged him as tight as I could, until my uncle secretly handed me a chunk of bread, which I bit into and forced down before I let my pa loose, perhaps in the nick of time because he slapped me on the back and everything went back down... I never drank another drop of his wine, but accepted his offer to take a glass, each time he offered it until he passed a year later. How I loved that man.

The Carving was done at each end of the long tables where the huge turkeys were displayed. The male head of each of the households was given the honor of carving these beautifully prepared golden trophies. It was a ritual and with surgical skills each bird was sliced and distributed to all in attendance until nothing remained but the bare bones. At the conclusion of this wonderful occasion, the men stood and with glasses raised toasted the blushing ladies as we sang... in our best voice, and in Italian, a song dedicated to our wonderful women, .. "Momma"

Holiday Roast Turkey with Herbal Rub

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey and reserve for the broth.
3. Rinse the turkey with cold running water and pat dry with paper towels.
4. Place onion and lemon quarters in the neck and body cavities.
5. In a small bowl, mix the oil with the herbs, salt and pepper.
6. With your finger tips, gently loosen the skin from the breast without pulling off the skin.
7. Place 1 tablespoon of the herb mixture under the skin; and replace the skin.
8. Rub the cavities and outside of turkey with the remaining herb mixture.
9. Secure the neck skin to the back of the turkey with skewers. Fold the wings under the back of turkey. Place the legs in tucked position.
Note: May be prepared to this point, covered, and refrigerated for several hours.
10. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (no more than 2-1/2 inches) deep roasting pan.
11. Insert an oven-safe thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh, being careful it does not touch the bone.
12. Cover bird with a loose tent of foil. Roast turkey in the preheated oven for about 2-1/2 hours.
13. Remove the foil and baste bird with pan juices.
14. Continue to roast for about another hour, until meat thermometer registers 180°F in the thigh.
15. Remove the turkey from the oven and allow to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving.
16. Transfer to a large platter and serve with gravy.
Yields 18 servings at 6 ounces per portion
 

Good Old Fashioned Bread Dressing

The night before
1. The night before you want to eat the stuffing, break the bread into small pieces (about 1 inch squares) into 2 huge bowls or pots. Let the bread sit overnight to dry out.
The next day
2. The next day, remove the insides of turkey and boil them in water in 2/3 quart sauce pan until cooked (about 20 to 30 minutes).
3. Remove the insides from the saucepan for later use or discard. Keep the broth and set aside.
4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
5. Chop the onion and celery and place into food processor until minced.
6. Melt the butter in a large saucepan.
7. Sauté the onion and celery in butter until heated through. Do not brown! (Sauté the mushrooms also at this time, if wanted).
Note: Depending on how much stuffing you want and how much celery and onion you've chopped, you may have to sauté the onion and celery in two parts.
8. Once cooked, pour the onion mixture directly over the dried out bread.
9. Sprinkle the sage over bread mixture.
10. Take your turkey broth and pour slowly over the bread mixture. The bread will shrink as you do this. Be careful not to pour too much water in.
11. Mixture thoroughly.
Note: If you need more liquid, open a can of chicken broth and pour over bread. If you need more spice, add more sage.
13. If you are using oysters, add them now.
14. Once stuffing is of a consistency that it will stick together and does not look too dry, do not add more liquid.
16. Either stuff in turkey to be baked in oven, or put in 9 x 13 pan.
17. If using oysters, it is recommended that you bake the stuffing in a pan so as to ensure the oysters will be cooked through.
18. Bake in 350°F oven for 45 minutes to an hour. You want the stuffing to have a nice brown crust on top.
Note: If you are cooking the stuffing in a pan and not inside the turkey, try stuffing the turkey with small apples. It smells wonderful and the apples have a great flavor when you take them out.
 

Real Homemade Turkey Gravy

1. In a 3-quart saucepan, place neck, heart, gizzard, vegetables, and salt in enough water to cover, and cook over high heat.
2. Heat to boiling.
3. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
4. Add the liver and cook for 15 minutes longer.
5. Strain broth into a large bowl; cover and reserve broth in the refrigerator.
6. To make gravy, remove the cooked turkey and roasting rack from the roasting pan. Pour the poultry drippings through a sieve into a quart size measuring cup.
7. Add 1 cup giblet broth to the roasting pan and stir until the crusty brown bits are loosened.
8. Pour the deglazed liquid/broth into the measuring cup.
9. Let the mixture stand a few minutes, until the fat rises to the top.
10. Over medium heat, spoon 3 tablespoons of fat from the poultry drippings into a 2-quart saucepan. 11. Whisk flour and salt into the heated fat and continue to cook and stir until the flour turns golden.
12. Meanwhile, skim and discard any fat that remains on top of the poultry drippings.
13. Add the remaining broth and enough water to the poultry drippings to equal 3-1/2 cups.
14. Gradually whisk in warm broth mixture.
15. Cook and stir, until the gravy boils and is slightly thick.
Makes 14 servings at 1/4 cup per serving
 

Home Sweet Home Potato Casserole

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Mixture will be very soupy.
Bake for 1 hour.
 

Crackpot Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes

1. Spray the crockpot with the cooking spray.
2. Fill the crockpot with half of the sliced potatoes.
3. Layer half of the soup, velveeta cheese, Cheddar cheese, and milk.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Layer remaining the remaining potatoes.
6. The layer the remaining soup, velveeta cheese, Cheddar cheese, and milk.
7. Cook on high for about 6 hours.
Note: You need to check to see if you need to add more milk. You can pre-boil the potatoes for quicker cooking.


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1 posted on 11/11/2004 8:00:24 PM PST by carlo3b
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Bump for turkey. Some good-looking stuff, Carlo. :-)


2 posted on 11/11/2004 8:04:29 PM PST by an amused spectator (Zogbyism is a disease)
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OK, normally I charge for this advice, but here is the secret of really good turkey. Cook it upside down for the first 1/2 of the cooking time. What happens is all the fat and juice from the dark meat on the bottom baste the breast. After 1/2 time turn it over and cook normally.
It really works. I thought I had an original idea, then I read in a cookbook that the French turn the turkey on it's side for 1/3 the time, then flip it over on the other side and finally onto it's bottom.
3 posted on 11/11/2004 8:07:10 PM PST by ProudVet77 (02NOV04 - America to Kerry "Your fired!")
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To: carlo3b

You're a very good writer. This was a fascinating read.


4 posted on 11/11/2004 8:07:11 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Angry Democrats: Exercise freedom of choice, choose an airline and LEAVE!)
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To: carlo3b

I promise to post my pumpkin roll recipe again tomorrow!
bookmarked!.


5 posted on 11/11/2004 8:07:19 PM PST by sarasmom (Why are liberals so afraid to admit in public that they are communists/socialists?)
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To: carlo3b
God Bless You, Carlo J
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6 posted on 11/11/2004 8:07:57 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: carlo3b

Quick and Easy "DUMP" cake!

1 can crushed pineapple
1 can cherry pie filling
1 box cheapo yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter
1 cake pan (preferably non-stick)

Preheat oven to 350.

Dump in pineapple--spread it around.
Dump in cherry pie filling--spread it around.
Dump on yellow cake mix. DO NOT MIX IT. DUMP IT ON AS POWDER.
Slice the butter over the top.

Put it into the oven until the top is brown, not yellow.

Eat.


7 posted on 11/11/2004 8:08:06 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: ProudVet77

Using a vee-shaped rack, I assume (otherwise the turkey would topple). It doesn't make marks on the turkey?


8 posted on 11/11/2004 8:08:40 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: carlo3b

My recipe is to screw the whole thing and go to Denny's


9 posted on 11/11/2004 8:09:07 PM PST by woofie
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To: carlo3b

Carlo, you made me hungry for turkey. It ALL looks so good. Thanks for posting your recipes. 8-)


10 posted on 11/11/2004 8:10:06 PM PST by NRA2BFree (CALL THE SENATORS AND OPPOSE ARLEN SPECTER FROM BEING THE CHAIR ON THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE!!)
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11 posted on 11/11/2004 8:10:24 PM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (More sweat in peace. Less blood in war.)
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To: woofie

I've had roast turkey at St. Louis and Chicago area Denny's. St. Louis was wonderful. Chicago, what I feed my cat is better.


12 posted on 11/11/2004 8:10:25 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: carlo3b

Hey hey hey. CARLO! Where have you been? I've missed seeing you. I'm still hanging with the Atkins Diet. Maintaining my weight and still enjoy occasional carb.


13 posted on 11/11/2004 8:10:51 PM PST by WVNan
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To: LibertarianInExile

LOL! That sounds like my kind of cooking.


14 posted on 11/11/2004 8:12:32 PM PST by WVNan
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To: carlo3b

Carlo,
I always look forward to your "dreaded Thanksgiving recipe"
thread.

Thanks for doing it again.


15 posted on 11/11/2004 8:13:43 PM PST by Rushmore Rocks
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To: ProudVet77

I am a big fan of brining the turkey. You soak it overnight in a brine of water, salt, brown sugar and spices. You rinse it the next day and roast as usual.
BEST TURKEY EVER!!!!


16 posted on 11/11/2004 8:13:58 PM PST by kimchi lover (We voted and the world listened.)
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To: carlo3b
Carlo,

My husband and I LOVE a type of bread we can only get at a particular Italian restaurant in Birmingham. (There's one restaurant here in town that has a poor imitation, tough and dry.)

I think it is made with semolina (not sure if that's correct) flour, but it is full of fresh rosemary, is very tender on the inside, not tough, and the outside is so crispy. Served with freshly ground pepper and olive oil. Can you point me in the direction of a similar recipe?

17 posted on 11/11/2004 8:14:38 PM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR MERCY TO US!!)
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To: carlo3b

One of my family's favorites. Sounds wierd, but it's really good!

Scalloped Pineapple

2 20-oz cans chunk pineapple (I use the kind in its own juice, not heavy syrup) - Drain and reserve 6 Tb juice
6 Tb flour
1 1/2 cup sugar (I use Splenda)
1-2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 cups Ritz crackers - crushed
1 stick Butter - melted (real butter, not margarine works best)

Combine juice, sugar and flour in a large saucepan over low heat. Cook until the sugar melts and the mixture thickens a little. Remove from heat.

Add the drained pineapple and cheese. Mix well. (I add some of the crackers too)

Pour into a baking dish. Top with crushed Ritz crackers and drizzle melted butter on top.

Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


18 posted on 11/11/2004 8:15:00 PM PST by Jen (Proud to be a US Air Force Veteran)
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To: LibertarianInExile

LOL! I use blueberry pie filling and apple pie filling. I sometimes put walnuts on top.And, I use 2 sticks of butter, melted. Love that cake! Soooooo rich! And, soooo easy.I think I may try your version. Sounds good too.


19 posted on 11/11/2004 8:15:09 PM PST by ozaukeemom (From one of my 13 yr old's friends"If Kerry is the question, the answer is Stupid")
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To: Jim Robinson; Bob J; christie; stanz; jellybean; Angelique; Howie; TwoStep; piasa; Exit148; ...
Yummy Pineapple Cheese Salad
1. In a large bowl, mix the pineapple chunks, marshmallows, and cheese.
2. In a medium saucepan, mix the cornstarch and water.
3. Beat the egg, pineapple juice, sugar into the cornstarch mixture to blend.
4. Cook over low heat until thick.
5. Cool slightly and pour over the pineapple mixture.
6. Mix well
Country Bumkin Pumpkin and Praline Pie
Filling:Praline:Filling:
1. In a large bowl, mix the sugars, flour, bitters, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
2. Stir in the egg in and set aside.
3. In a large skillet, melt butter over low heat.
4. Add the pumpkin and simmer, stirring occasionally until the purée thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.
5. Gradually stir hot pumpkin into sugar mix, stir in evaporated milk, milk and water.
Note: If desired, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Praline:
1. In a mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugar, and pecans.
Prepare crusts.
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Spread half the praline mix in each crust.
3. Bake until the praline is golden brown and bubbly, around 10 minutes.
4. Cool slightly.
5. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°F.
6. Pour half of the pumpkin filling into each crust and smooth top with spatula.
7. Bake until pumpkin is firm and crusts are golden brown, about 1 hour.
8. Cool completely and serve.
9. Garnish with whipped cream or topping, if desired.

Artichoke and Bacon Frittata

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a skillet, saute onion in butter until transparent; add artichokes and liquid from one jar. Heat for 2 minutes. In a bowl, lightly beat eggs; add cheese, bread crumbs, artichoke mixture, and bacon. Mix together and place in a greased 9-inch quiche pan. Back for 25 minutes, until set. Sprinkle frittata with jack cheese, if desired, and bake for 5 more minutes.
Note: All can be done the night before; keep the egg and artichoke mixture separate. Add together in morning and bake.
Serves: 8, Yummy Pineapple Cheese Salad
2 (16 ounce) cans pineapple chunks, drained; reserve the juice
1 1/2 cups to 2 cups miniature marshmallows
3 in. off of a 3 pound loaf of Velvetta cheese, cubed
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
l medium egg
l tablespoon sugar
1. In a large bowl, mix the pineapple chunks, marshmallows, and cheese.
2. In a medium saucepan, mix the cornstarch and water.
3. Beat the egg, pineapple juice, sugar into the cornstarch mixture to blend.
4. Cook over low heat until thick.
5. Cool slightly and pour over the pineapple mixture.
6. Mix well
Country Bumkin Pumpkin and Praline Pie
2 pie crust
Filling:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon bitters (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter
1 (29 ounces) can pumpkin
1 (12 ounces) can evaporated milk
1/4 cup milk
1 cup water

Praline:
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2/3 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
Whipped cream, for garnish (optional)

Filling:
1. In a large bowl, mix the sugars, flour, bitters, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
2. Stir in the egg in and set aside.
3. In a large skillet, melt butter over low heat.
4. Add the pumpkin and simmer, stirring occasionally until the purée thickens slightly, about 10 minutes.
5. Gradually stir hot pumpkin into sugar mix, stir in evaporated milk, milk and water.
Note: If desired, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Praline:
1. In a mixing bowl, mix the butter, sugar, and pecans.
Prepare crusts.
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Spread half the praline mix in each crust.
3. Bake until the praline is golden brown and bubbly, around 10 minutes.
4. Cool slightly.
5. Reduce the oven temperature to 400°F.
6. Pour half of the pumpkin filling into each crust and smooth top with spatula.
7. Bake until pumpkin is firm and crusts are golden brown, about 1 hour.
8. Cool completely and serve.
9. Garnish with whipped cream or topping, if desired.

Artichoke and Bacon Frittata
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons butter
Two 6-ounce jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained & chopped (reserve liquid from one jar)
8 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup bread crumbs
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Paprika for color
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a skillet, saute onion in butter until transparent; add artichokes and liquid from one jar. Heat for 2 minutes. In a bowl, lightly beat eggs; add cheese, bread crumbs, artichoke mixture, and bacon. Mix together and place in a greased 9-inch quiche pan. Back for 25 minutes, until set. Sprinkle frittata with jack cheese, if desired, and bake for 5 more minutes.
Note: All can be done the night before; keep the egg and artichoke mixture separate. Add together in morning and bake.
Serves: 8,
 
 


20 posted on 11/11/2004 8:15:24 PM PST by carlo3b (http://www.CookingWithCarlo.com)
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great, now I'm starving...


21 posted on 11/11/2004 8:15:39 PM PST by muleskinner
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I HAVE to bump this thread. Yummmm.

Happy Holidays Fellow Freepers!!!

My favorite recipe is to get in the car, drive to my sisters, and eat with my family. I contribute by bringing my wonderful wife, and a good time is had by all. The focus isn't the food, but the fellowship of friends and family. But the food ain't bad.....(hehe).

22 posted on 11/11/2004 8:15:58 PM PST by Wingy
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To: carlo3b

You bring back good memories, Carlo, especially about the family gatherings.

This thread is a keeper.


23 posted on 11/11/2004 8:16:55 PM PST by mjtobias
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To: kimchi lover

Have never had that but it sounds great. Send a few slices over by freepmail? I have had smoked turkey, and that was heaven.


24 posted on 11/11/2004 8:17:35 PM PST by ProudVet77 (02NOV04 - America to Kerry "Your fired!")
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To: muleskinner

Time to raid the frig.


25 posted on 11/11/2004 8:19:31 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Wingy

Bump for latter in hopes that someone has a recipe for cinnamon loaf bread.


26 posted on 11/11/2004 8:20:29 PM PST by hope (The democrats got the spanking of their life and they still don't get it.)
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To: carlo3b

Saving for later read and reply.


27 posted on 11/11/2004 8:20:32 PM PST by varina davis
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To: WVNan

It's a lot better than losing those all those important holiday calories by exercising as you're mixing stuff. :)


28 posted on 11/11/2004 8:20:36 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: carlo3b

This Cornbread Dressing recipe is from Houston, Texas, just as written down by my family in the late 60's although it goes back many decades before that! (Am so glad they wrote all the family recipes down!).

Cornbread (about 1 layer cake size)
Same amount of bread (white)
1 bunch green onions (cut in about 1 inch pieces)
1/2 white onion, chopped fine
4 tb mazola cooking oil (or any kind)
Salt
Pepper
2 cans Chicken Broth
3 Stalks celery, cut up rather fine
Parsley
6 to 8 hardboiled eggs

Break up the cornbread and white bread
In a skillet, put the oil, celery, green onions, white onion, and let wilt over a low fire. Do not brown, just wilt.
Mix this all with the bread and cornbread mixture.
Cut up parsley, add.
Stir in the chicken broth. This should be fairly mushy.
Fold in the cut up hardboiled eggs.
Add the salt and pepper.
Put in a greased baking pan (should be at least 2 inches thick when in the pan).
Bake in 375 degree oven until slightly browned on top.
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To me this recipe IS thanksgiving. This and cans of turkey gravy - nothing else is necessary in my opinion!


29 posted on 11/11/2004 8:20:42 PM PST by Moonmad27
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To: carlo3b

Thani you, Carlo the good. I'm going to need all the help I can get to survive this next family Thanksgiving. Please keep those recipes coming!


30 posted on 11/11/2004 8:20:49 PM PST by xJones
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To: carlo3b

ping


31 posted on 11/11/2004 8:21:55 PM PST by Poundstone
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To: ozaukeemom

Never liked walnuts but I will try the blueberry-apple combo, which sounds great!

Have you ever heard of anyone using angel food cake or scarlet cake mix instead? Seems like it would work but I'd hate to waste the mix experimenting too much.


32 posted on 11/11/2004 8:21:58 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: carlo3b; Wingy; WestCoastGal
titled Another of those dreaded Thanksgiving Recipe Threads,

Well we could always turn it into one of those dreaded what state has the BEST BBQ threads...

Thanks Carlo

and don't forget the Deep Fried Turkey!!!!!

33 posted on 11/11/2004 8:24:04 PM PST by ChefKeith (Life is GREAT with CoCo..........NASCAR...everything else is just a game!(Except War & Love))
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To: LibertarianInExile

I haven't heard of anyone doing that but have thought of trying a different cake mix. If I do, I will post about it!


34 posted on 11/11/2004 8:25:17 PM PST by ozaukeemom (From one of my 13 yr old's friends"If Kerry is the question, the answer is Stupid")
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To: Jen

This is the same as my Pineapple Casserole recipe. It does sound strange, but it's delicious.


35 posted on 11/11/2004 8:25:29 PM PST by moonpie57 (Fred Howell McMurray, Jr...The man on my POW bracelet)
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To: carlo3b

bookmark


36 posted on 11/11/2004 8:26:03 PM PST by Aggie Mama
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To: carlo3b

Carlo!! Haven't seen you in ages. My bread stuffing is exactly like yours except I add pecans while I'm cooking the onions in butter.


37 posted on 11/11/2004 8:27:21 PM PST by potlatch (Under Construction.......)
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To: carlo3b

Wow!! Sounds fabulous Carlo! Thanks sweetie.


38 posted on 11/11/2004 8:27:49 PM PST by Soaring Feather (~Poetry is my forte.~)
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To: carlo3b

Thanks!


39 posted on 11/11/2004 8:28:46 PM PST by Coldwater Creek ('We voted like we prayed")
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To: LibertarianInExile

Yep. I'll never have to worry about my weight again and I don't feel deprived. I will enjoy the holidays and still stay slim and fit.


40 posted on 11/11/2004 8:28:50 PM PST by WVNan
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To: carlo3b
I love this place...it just keeps getting better.
However, it's over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house we go...though she does put me in charge of the dessert table.
41 posted on 11/11/2004 8:29:17 PM PST by califamily4W
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To: ChefKeith

"and don't forget the Deep Fried Turkey!!!!!"

Oh my God!

I've been meaning to buy one of those deep friers for the last few years.

Do you think I can use it to fry cannoli shells too?

Zeppole, sfingi, taralle, panelle, inis, cazzitelli, cuccidati, cassatelle, panettone, taralle bollite,etc...pastries galore.


42 posted on 11/11/2004 8:30:05 PM PST by mjtobias
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To: carlo3b

43 posted on 11/11/2004 8:30:24 PM PST by FairOpinion (Thank you Swifties, POWs & Vets. We couldn't have done it without you.)
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To: carlo3b

You are awesome~~~~marked to read later..


44 posted on 11/11/2004 8:31:06 PM PST by Freedom2specul8 (Please pray for our troops.... http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/)
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To: kimchi lover

Concur, for the last three years we have been brining the turkey, we will never go back, no matter how you cook it it comes out way more juicy and tender, from the brining FAQ:

*** What's in the Brine ? ***

The brine is mostly water, some salt at a minimum and some sugar
and spices and herbs and onions and garlic at a maximum.

What does the brining process do for my chicken or turkey ?

The brining process forces water into the muscle tissues of the
meat by a process known as diffusion and osmosis. This additional
moisture causes the muscle tissues to swell and hold more water.
The resulting water in the muscle tissues will make the meat more
moist and tender. Any spices, herbs or other flavorings you add
to the brine solution will get taken deep into the meat with the
water. See section 10.5.4 of the BBQ-List FAQ version 2.0 for more
information on brining (brining a chicken is similar to brining a
turkey).

*** What do I use for a brine ? ***

As a general starting point, take one gallon of water and add 3/4
(preferable - but you can use up to a cup) of salt (kosher is best !),
1/2 cup of sugar and then the rest is up to you. Sliced onions are
nice, a few cloves of crushed garlic add a nice flavor and then
there's the spices and herbs.

Email me if you want this faq.....


45 posted on 11/11/2004 8:33:01 PM PST by mcgiver38
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To: carlo3b

bump for later


46 posted on 11/11/2004 8:34:01 PM PST by Eva
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To: Jen

This sounds good, Jen.


47 posted on 11/11/2004 8:35:15 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: mjtobias

Where and what time! , I'll bring My fryer over....

I would use new oil for the goodies if you do a turkey or just do them first then the turkey.

Academy Surplus or wally world have fryers at a good price last time I looked. The trick is finding a good price on the oil- use peanut oil if you can find it or if not use a blend w/ mostly peanut oil.

It has a higher burn point than others.


48 posted on 11/11/2004 8:35:31 PM PST by ChefKeith (Life is GREAT with CoCo..........NASCAR...everything else is just a game!(Except War & Love))
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To: carlo3b

Wonderful Thanksgiving Remembrance. Thanks for sharing it.
Of course, I would've liked to have heard more about the Italian Cookies...

Do you have a casa data recipe?


49 posted on 11/11/2004 8:36:11 PM PST by sockmonkey
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To: carlo3b
PEAS WITH SALT PORK

* 1 pound salt pork, diced (NOT fatback!)
* 2 medium onions, sliced into half-moons
* 1 large bag frozen peas, defrosted (fresh peas can be
used if available)

1. In a large skillet, parboil the diced salt pork in
boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain.
2. Return the salt pork to the skillet and brown over
medium high heat. Remove with slotted spoon.
3. Using the rendered fat left in the skillet, saute the
onions until transluscent.
4. Return the salt pork to the skillet along with the
peas.
5. Lower the heat, cover and let simmer for 8 minutes or
until the peas are tender but not mushy.

NOTE: This recipe makes enough for 12 people, but can be
adjusted up or down to suit your needs.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Regards,

50 posted on 11/11/2004 8:36:11 PM PST by VermiciousKnid
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