Thanksgiving – #1

Posted on November 13, 2011. Filed under: Appetizers, Apples, Autumn, Beverages - Non-Alcoholic, Cheese, Cherries, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, Family, Fish, Friends, Friendship, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, My Ramblings, Oranges, Paerve, Party Ideas, Parve, Pineapple, Poetry, Recipes, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes, Tried and True Recipe, Vegetarian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


 

Be thankful for our bounty.

Thanksgiving

The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway~
Thanksgiving comes again!

~Old Rhyme

 

I’m back to blogging and I am looking forward to writing about Thanksgiving and sharing recipes and decorating ideas with you.

The first Thanksgiving must have been incredible.  Just think, two or more distinct cultures gathered together to share food, to break bread as we say.  They got together in peace and friendship and each to thank their creator in their own separate way.  Of course, there was talking, although few knew the language of the other, I assume, but they managed to communicate.  Just picture what it must have been like, celebrating the harvest, and survival in a new land with a new culture that was willing to teach what they knew about the land, if only we had listened!  If only we had more respect for the Native Americans; and not only the Native Americans but for others who shared our experience but believed differently than we did.  What a unique and tremendous opportunity we were offered and we blew it.  But, that is a discussion in of itself and I want to talk about the positive.

Thanksgiving celebrates the harvest, for which, especially as Americans, we have much to be thankful for.  We have a beautiful, bountiful country that produces a variety of crops.  We have apples of different varieties , corn, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, zucchini, pumpkins, squashes of all kinds, orange, grapefruit, tangerines, beans, horseradish, parsley, onions, garlic, wheat, buckwheat, oats, sugarcane, peaches, berries of all kinds, and more and that’s just to eat.  To cover our bodies we have cotton and probably other crops I am unaware of.  To beautify our homes we have flowers of all colors, shapes and sizes.  We have trees for shade and for building our homes.  The United States was truly a land of plenty.

Thanksgiving celebrates our relationships with family and friends and brings them together at the table for what could be a really unique experience as we relate what we are thankful for with the people who are most important to us.  And most thanksgiving celebrations bring people together to offer prayers to their creator in an inclusive manner.  We can even sing the songs we learned when we were young, and can learn new songs from those that are younger than we are.  So, we celebrate music also.

We celebrate our beloved country and thank all the service men and women who help keep us from harms way and we thank our veterans too.  We pray that our president(s) lead wisely and make decisions based on the values of our country.  We thank our creator for the freedoms we Americans enjoy and pray that we will always have those freedoms.

And, if you are like me, I also celebrate the Internet for bringing me friends I would have probably never have met otherwise, and for bringing me knowledge that I wouldn’t have without it.

And for those of you who are lucky enough to have paying jobs, you must also be thankful for that.

And for those who are lucky enough to have children no matter if they are your natural offspring, adopted or step-children, you are truly blessed.  Be thankful that you were chosen to propagate our world.  And if you have grandchildren, you are blessed even more.  Be thankful.  If you have no children of your own but have nieces and nephews, or a neighbor’s child who looks up to you, be thankful.

I thought that to celebrate Thanksgiving, I would do a different meal course each day, so today I will post some appetizer and some beverage recipes.

An elegant appetizer to serve for Thanksgiving.

Brie Torte

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1 (15 to 16-ounce) wheel Brie

6 tablespoons butter, softened

1/3 cup chopped dried tart cherries

1/4 cup finely chopped pecans

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme)

1. Refrigerate Brie until chilled and firm; or freeze 30 minutes, or until firm. Cut Brie in half horizontally.

2. Combine butter, cherries, pecans and thyme in a small bowl; mix well. Evenly spread mixture on cut-side of one piece of the Brie. Top with the other piece, cut-side down. Lightly press together. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. To serve, cut into serving size wedges and bring to room temperature. Serve with crackers.

Makes about 20 appetizer servings.

Note: If wrapped securely in plastic wrap, this appetizer will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week.

Recipe and photograph are provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.

SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I would also serve the Brie Torte with apple and pear slices.  I would make it right after you put your turkey up to roast.  Or, I see no reason why you couldn’t make it the night before.

Always a good choice!

Salmon Deviled Eggs With Homemade Mayonnaise       

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Submitted By: DCTINK

Photo By: suebPrep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 24

“This is a recipe my mother, who is French, has used for years. It is awesome And easy. A delicious twist on the traditional deviled eggs.”~DCTINK

Ingredients:

Homemade Mayonnaise:

2 egg yolks, room temperature

1 clove garlic, pressed

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, or

To taste

Deviled Eggs:

12 eggs

1 shallot, minced

1 (6 ounce) can salmon, drained

And flaked

1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. To make the mayonnaise, beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl with an electric mixer or hand blender. Slowly blend in the oil, one tablespoon at a time while mixing constantly. Continue to add oil until the consistency is a little thicker than regular mayonnaise.

Pierce the garlic clove, and stir it around in the mixture until it releases its juice. Remove the garlic and season with salt and pepper.

Mix in the red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon at a time. Go slow, this will thin the mayonnaise a bit.

Place the eggs in a large pot with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, drain and cool.

Peel off the shells, and cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks, and place them into a medium bowl. Place the egg whites on a serving plate.

To the yolks, add shallot, salmon, 1/2 cup of the mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Mix until well blended. If the mixture seems dry, stir in more mayonnaise. Spoon into the egg white halves and chill or serve.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 24 Calories: 94 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 7.9g Cholesterol: 126mg Sodium: 94mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 0.7g Dietary Fiber: 0g Protein: 5.1g

Friendship

Pat’s Chickpea, Garlic, And Mint Topping

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1 large can chickpeas (or use 2 small cans)

1 garlic clove

3/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1-1/2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons mint leaves torn up small

Mash garlic to a paste with salt and pepper, using a mortar and pestle.  Whip the paste together with lemon juice and olive oil. Toss with chickpeas and mash chickpeas with a fork, leaving some chickpeas formed for texture if you like.

Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Just before serving, stir in mint. Serve on crostini.

Can be mashed and chilled one day ahead, but bring to room temperature and add mint just before serving.

Homemade Gravlax, From The Kosher Palette Cook Book

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3 lb. salmon fillet (I use a smaller one)

1/4 c. kosher salt

1/4 c. dark brown sugar (you can use light too)

2 T. black pepper

1 tablespoon vodka

1 bunch fresh dill

Mix sugar pepper vodka and rub over salmon, top with chopped dill.

Cover with plastic wrap and put in refrigerator for 2-3 days. If you make it today, it will be ready.

Serve on pareve toast points with capers, chopped egg etc.

Now let’s have something to help wash these delicious appetizer recipes down.  The alcoholic recipes will be first and the non-alcoholic recipes will follow those.

Apple Wassail Bowl

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6 small tart apples

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 quart apple cider

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 cups dry sherry

4 thin lemon slices

“A festively aromatic hot, mulled apple cider punch for the holidays.”

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 10 x 6 x 1 1/2-inch baking pan.

Core and halve apples, arrange (cut side up) in pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until tender.

Set aside.

Just before serving, pour cider in saucepan and heat to just below boiling point. Stir in remaining ingredients over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove lemon slices.

Pour mixture into punch bowl. Garnish with apple halves.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of Fruit From Washington.com.

A toast to you and yours for a Happy, Healthy Thanksgiving!

Mixed-Berry Champagne Ambrosia

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“Juicy berries and tart cherries combine with honey and mint in these festive Champagne drinks. Serve them at a celebration brunch or at a holiday party.”

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves

1-1/2 cups red raspberries

1 cup blackberries

1 cup strawberries

1 cup stemmed, pitted cherries

1 bottle champagne, chilled

In a small saucepan, combine honey, lime juice and mint. Warm over low heat until honey is thin. Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes; discard mint. Place raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and cherries in a large bowl. Pour honey mixture over berries and stir gently to combine. Divide among serving glasses and refrigerate until served. Pour champagne over fruit and serve. Makes 8 servings.

This tea is also good for colds and sore throats!

Ginger Cinnamon Tea

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By janem123

Added December 06, 2005 | Recipe #147569

Categories: Beverages Very low carbs Low protein

Photo by Sharon123

Total Time: 25 mins.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 20 mins.

Servings:  6

Janem123’s Note: “This recipe came from webmd.com.”

Ingredients:

1/2 cup fresh ginger, thinly sliced

6 cups water

2 cinnamon sticks

2 tablespoons honey or 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Lemon wedge (to garnish)

Directions:

In a saucepan, simmer ginger, honey, cinnamon, and water for 20 minutes. Simmer longer for stronger tea. 2 Add honey or sugar and srain tea through a sieve.

Nutritional Facts for Ginger Cinnamon Tea

Serving Size: 1 (252 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving

% Daily Value

Calories 27.6

Calories from Fat 0

95%

Total Fat 0.0 g

0%

Saturated Fat 0.0 g

0%

Cholesterol 0.0 mg

0%

Sodium 6.0 mg

0%

Total Carbohydrate 7.1 g

2%

Dietary Fiber 0.1 g

0%

Sugars 5.8 g

23%

Protein 0.1 g

A colorful punch to serve for festive occasions.

Fruit Punch

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Submitted By: Jo Ann Young

Photo By: Danica

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Ready In: 5 Minutes

Servings: 60

“Cool and easy recipe. Fruit punch is enhanced with pineapple juice and ginger ale, then topped with orange sherbet.”~Jo Ann Young

INGREDIENTS:

1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle fruit punch, chilled

1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle unsweetened pineapple juice, chilled

1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled

1/2 gallon orange sherbet

DIRECTIONS:

In a punch bowl, mix together fruit punch, pineapple juice and ginger ale. Add scoops of sherbet into the punch. Wait for the sherbet to begin melting, approximately 10 minutes, stir gently, and serve.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 60 Calories: 79 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 0.6g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 28mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 18.5g Dietary Fiber: 0.1g Protein: 0.4g

Maple Cinnamon Coffee

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Ingredients

6 tablespoons ground coffee

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 cup real maple syrup

4-1/2 cups cold water

Whipped cream or Cool Whip

Ground cinnamon, to garnish

Directions

Place filter in brew basket of coffee maker.  Add ground coffee and cinnamon. Pour syrup into empty coffee pot.  Add water to coffee maker; brew.

After brewing is complete, stir coffee well.  Pour coffee into 6 coffee mugs. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or Cool whip.

Lightly sprinkle ground cinnamon on top.

A Thanksgiving harvest.

Thanksgiving Citrus Punch

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Ingredients

6 cups orange juice, chilled

3 cups pineapple juice, chilled

1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate

2 cups granulated sugar

2 quarts ginger ale, chilled

Orange food coloring (optional)

Orange slices for garnish

In punch bowl, combine juices, lemonade, sugar and food coloring, if desired. Add ginger ale just before serving. Float orange slices on top.

Servings: 40

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