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THANKSGIVING – #9

Posted on November 23, 2011. Filed under: Alcoholic, Apples, Apricots, Autumn, Coconut, Cranberries, Crock Pot-Slow Cooker, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, Gravies, Honey, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, Marshmallows, Meat, Nuts, Oranges, Pears, Pineapple, Poultry, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes, Tried and True Recipe, Vegetables | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Often in everyone’s life, things don’t quite as smoothly as we’d like them to go, and that is the reason I haven’t blogged for the past few days.  I am afraid that for the next month blogging will be a hit and miss thing for me.  So, this post will be a long one as I’m combining many courses into it.  I do hope you enjoy these recipes and my family wishes you and your family a Happy, Healthy, Smooth Sailing Thanksgiving and hope that your turkey is moist and flavorful!  Love, Softa123

I am starting today’s blog with cranberry sauce as you can make it before Thanksgiving Day and store it in an air-tight plastic container.  I think this recipe for Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire is one I’d like to try.  It sounds yummmmy!

Cranberry Sauce Extraordinaire

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Rated: 5 Stars

Submitted By: Leeza

Photo By: Tricia

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ready In: 45 Minutes

Servings: 12

“A variety of fresh and dried fruits and nuts are used in this cooked cranberry sauce. Serve with turkey.” ~ Leeza

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup water

1 cup white sugar

1 (12 ounce) package fresh Cranberries

1 orange, peeled and pureed

1 apple – peeled, cored and diced

1 pear – peeled, cored and diced

1 cup chopped dried mixed fruit

1 cup chopped pecans

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS:

In a medium saucepan, boil water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reduce the heat to simmer, and stir in cranberries, pureed orange, apple, pear, dried fruit, pecans, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 12

Calories: 132 Amount Per

Serving Total Fat: 0.2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 101mg Amount Per

Serving Total Carbs: 34.2g Dietary Fiber: 2.5g Protein: 0.6g

The title of this next recipe says it all…not only is it an easy recipe, but the addition of rum will definitely make some people happy, although if there are going to be children present, I would not add the rum.

{Simple And Amazing} Cranberry Sauce Recipe   

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Recipe type: Condiment

Author: Savory Sweet Life

Prep time: 2 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 17 mins

Serves: 2 cups

“Make your own homemade cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving using fresh Cranberries. This easy recipe is so simple yet yields amazing cranberry sauce.”

Ingredients:

12 ounces bag fresh cranberries

3/4 cup orange juice

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

Optional: 2 oz gold rum

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium-high for 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid has reduced – stirring occasionally. You’ll hear the cranberries popping – don’t worry, that’s what you want them to do. Remove from heat and serve.

Cranberry sauce can be made days ahead and brought to room temperature or slightly heated before serving.

I love Alton Brown.  He is my very favorite TV food guru.  The following is his recipe and I am including it for those who like a more jelloie (like that word that I just coined?) consistency.  It looks nicer than the canned stuff and I’m willing to be it tastes better too!

Cranberry Sauce

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Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2007

Prep Time:10 min

Inactive Prep Time:6 hr 0 min

Cook Time:20 min

Level:  Easy

Serves:  6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

1 pound fresh cranberries, approximately 4 cups

1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/4 cup 100 percent cranberry juice, not cocktail

1 cup honey

Directions

Wash the cranberries and discard any that are soft or wrinkled.  Combine the orange juice, cranberry juice and honey in a 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens. Do not cook for more than 15 minutes as the pectin will start to break down and the sauce will not set as well.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Carefully spoon the cranberry sauce into a 3 cup mold. Place in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours and up to overnight.

To unmold and serve, immerse bottom of mold in hot water for 10 to 15 seconds and turn upside down on plate or serving dish. If necessary, carefully run a warm knife around the edge of the mold.

Most American families include a string bean casserole in their Thanksgiving menu.  I like it too, but here are some kicked up string bean casseroles that sound more interesting than the traditional recipe for it.  If you don’t like cream of mushroom soup, you can always substitute cream of celery soup in these recipes.  I am an anti-mushroom person, and that is what I do.

Never Enough Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: Deb Dessaint

Photo By: Ms. Ho

Servings: 6

“This is NOT your usual plain green bean casserole. This is a recipe that started with my great-aunt and has been passed around our family for years.

People tasting it for the first time ALWAYS want the recipe!”  ~Deb Dessaint

INGREDIENTS:

1 (10 ounce) can condensed Cream of mushroom soup

3 ounces processed cheese (i.e. Velveeta®), cubed

1 tablespoon real bacon bits

1 (4 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained

2 (15 ounce) cans cut green beans , drained

1 (2.8 ounce) can French-fried Onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Heat the undiluted cream of mushroom soup in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the processed cheese and bacon, and continue stirring until completely melted. Remove from the heat, stir in the mushrooms, then the green beans until evenly coated. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish, and top with the fried onions, leaving a 1 inch margin around the sides.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through and bubbly. Check near the end of cooking to make sure the onions aren’t getting too brown.

FOOTNOTES: Note this recipe uses the submitter’s substitution in place of a bacon cheese spread, as it is not widely available. If the bacon cheese spread is available, use 1 (5 ounce) jar in place of the processed cheese and bacon in this recipe.

Tasty Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: ANDYKNEPPER

Photo By: MORUPE

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ready In: 40 Minutes

Servings: 8

“Delicious and easy to make variation of the bland holiday favorite. Green beans in a creamy white wine sauce with bacon and mozzarella cheese. Warning:  They’ll make you bring it every year!”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 ounce) package frozen whole

Green beans, thawed

4 slices bacon

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth

1/4 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup canned French fried onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Fry bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, crumble, and set aside. Drain most of the bacon grease from the pan, and place over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper; cook and stir until tender. Stir in the wine, scraping all of the bits of bacon from the bottom of the pan.

Mix in the butter, milk, soup, and soy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the green beans and bacon until evenly coated. Fold in cheese, then transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with French fried onions.

Bake uncovered for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until heated through, and sauce is bubbly.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 8

Calories: 225 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 15.4g Cholesterol: 18mg

Sodium: 702mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 14.3g Dietary Fiber: 1.7g

Protein: 5.3g

Green Bean Casserole

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Submitted By: pearl

Photo By: Lovemyfamily09

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ready In: 35 Minutes

Servings: 4

“Green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions make for a classic green bean casserole. An absolute must at American holiday meals!”

INGREDIENTS:

1 (14.5 ounce) can French style green beans, drained

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 (6 ounce) can French-fried onions

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Combine green beans and soup in a small casserole dish.

Bake in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and top with the onions. Bake for another 10 minutes and serve.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 4

Calories: 366 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 26.8g Cholesterol: < 1mg

Sodium: 1223mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 27.1g Dietary Fiber:

1.1g Protein: 2.1g

What would Thanksgiving be without sweet potatoes or yams?  It is the only time of the year that I will eat them, but I am going to change that as I read an article that said it was the best type of potatoes for nutritional value.  Yams have virtually no nutritional value and are a type of sweet potato.  That is the difference between sweet potatoes and yams.  Who knew?  I want to try this first recipe.  I love stuffed baked potatoes, so this might be a good choice for me.  I’ll let you know how I far!

Ambrosia Stuffed Sweet Potato

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“ Serve this recipe as a healthy breakfast alternative or as a dinnertime side dish with baked chicken, turkey or lean ham.”

Ingredients

1 medium sweet potato (about 8 ounces)

3 tablespoons light sour cream

2 tablespoons marshmallow crème

1 tablespoon sweetened coconut flakes

1 tablespoon chopped pecans

4 teaspoons drained crushed pineapple

4 dried apricot halves, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400º F Wash the sweet potato, pat dry and pierce in several places with a fork; bake for 45-50 minutes or microwave for 5-7 minutes, or until fork tender; cool slightly.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl; mix well.

Working lengthwise, slice sweet potato in half; use a spoon to scoop out all but ¼ inch of the flesh from each half.  Place the scooped-out potato in a bowl, mash lightly with a fork; add about one-half of the ambrosia mixture to the mashed sweet potato; blend well .

Spoon this mixture back into the potato skins and top each with the remaining ambrosia.

Cholesterol: 8 mg Sodium: 61 mg Vitamin A: 4,139 IU Fiber: 4g Number of

servings (yield): 2 Calories: 216 Fat: 6g Protein: 4g

Traditional Sweet Potato Casserole

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“Top this lightened version of the classic sweet potato casserole with both marshmallows and toasted pecans.

YIELD: 16 servings

COURSE: Side Dishes/Vegetables

Ingredients

2-1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, softened

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, divided

Cooking spray

2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

Place the sweet potatoes in a Dutch oven, and cover with cold water.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until very tender. Drain; cool slightly.

Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients (through vanilla). Mash sweet potato mixture with a potato masher. Fold in 1/4 cup pecans. Scrape potato mixture into an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup pecans; top with marshmallows. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving

Calories: 186 Calories from fat: 27% Fat: 5.5g Saturated fat: 2g

Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.9g Protein: 1.6g

Carbohydrate: 33.1g Fiber: 2.5g Cholesterol: 8mg Iron: 0.7mg Sodium:

272mg Calcium: 23mg

Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Living Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2007

Sweet Potato Coconut Casserole       

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3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed

1-1/2 cups sugar

4 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon dark rum (optional)

1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

2-1/2 cups milk

1 stick butter

1 cup flaked coconut (optional)

Wash and peel potatoes and boil until tender in salted water. Mash with butter while still hot. Stir in sugar, vanilla, lemon and seasonings.

Beat eggs well and combine with milk. If using coconut, add to milk.  Slowly add milk to sweet potatoes, stirring until well mixed.

Butter a casserole and transfer potato mixture, spreading evenly. Dot the top with an extra tablespoon of butter, if desired.

Bake at 400°F until firm and lightly browned.

Submitted by: CM

I am also not big on gravies.  I am a purist.  I want to taste the turkey in its entire wonderful flavor.  But, for you that want gravy here are some recipes for different types.

Holiday Turkey Gravy

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Submitted By: cynjne

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: 3 Hours 20 Minutes

Ready In: 3 Hours 35 Minutes

Servings: 10

“Turkey gravy made with from-scratch stock is enriched with the drippings of the roasted turkey, plus a bit of tomato paste and red currant jelly to deepen The flavors.” ~ cynjne

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound giblets, neck, and clipped wing tips from turkey

2 carrots, roughly chopped

1 stalk celery, roughly chopped

6 cups water

2 cups chicken stock

1-1/2 cups turkey drippings from

Roasted turkey

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons red currant jelly

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

While the turkey is roasting, place the giblets, turkey neck, and clipped turkey wing tips into a large saucepan with the carrots, celery, water, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil over medium heat, skim off any foam that forms on the top, reduce heat to low, and simmer the stock for 3 hours. Strain the stock, skim off the fat, and set aside. There should be about 4 cups of stock.

Skim off and discard all but 1/4 cup of the fat from the drippings in the roasting pan, and place the roasting pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, then cook and stir the flour mixture until it becomes pale golden brown, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the stock and tomato paste; bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, then whisk in the red currant jelly. Simmer for 10 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

FOOTNOTES:

Editor’s Notes:  This recipe assumes that the turkey will produce about 1 1/2 cups of drippings after skimming. Actual amount may vary. The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the stock ingredients. The actual amount of the ingredients consumed will vary. The nutrition data also includes the full amount of fat from the pan drippings, although the recipe calls for partially skimming the fat.

Nutrition Information Servings  Per Recipe:

10 Calories: 398 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 36.2g

Cholesterol: 163mg Sodium: 111mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 7.5g

Dietary Fiber: 0.7g Protein: 10.1g

Rich Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

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Submitted By: benwa

Photo By: Wyattdogster

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 2 Hours 30 Minutes

Ready In: 3 Hours

Servings: 18

“You make this richly-flavored turkey gravy ahead, and freeze or refrigerate until the Big Day. Reheat to serve, and mix with the turkey pan drippings if you like. There’s no rush or last-minute stress to make perfect gravy.”

INGREDIENTS:

3 pounds turkey wings

2 small onions, quartered

2 stalks celery, each cut into 4 pieces

2 carrots, each cut into 4 pieces

2 cloves garlic, halved

1-1/2 cups dry white wine

4 cups chicken broth

4 cups water

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

2 tablespoons butter, or more if

Needed (optional)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Place the turkey wings, onions, celery, carrots, and garlic into a roasting pan, and roast until the turkey wings turn a deep golden brown color, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Transfer the cooked wings and vegetables to a large pot. Place the roasting pan over 2 stove burners on medium-high heat, then pour the white wine into the roasting pan.

Scrape off and dissolve any browned flavor bits from the bottom of the pan into the white wine; heat and scrape the roasting pan until the drippings and wine have reduced to about 1/2 cup. Pour the wine mixture into the saucepan with the turkey wings.

Pour chicken broth and water into the pot, and season with thyme. Push the turkey wings down into the liquid; bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes. Skim off any foam that collects on top. Pour the broth mixture through a colander into a large bowl; pick meat from the wings, if desired, to add to gravy, or discard the spent wings and vegetables. Allow the gravy base to stand for several minutes for the fat to collect into a layer on top, and skim as much fat as possible. Transfer the skimmed fat into a saucepan. There should be at least 1/2 cup of turkey fat; add butter to make this amount if necessary.

Whisk the flour into the turkey fat over medium heat until the flour mixture becomes smooth and golden brown. Gradually whisk in the broth until the gravy comes to a boil and thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Allow the gravy to cool, then refrigerate or freeze. Reheat almost to boiling to serve.

FOOTNOTES:

Editor’s Note:   The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the stock ingredients. The actual amount of the ingredients consumed will vary.

Cook’s Note:   For richer flavor, add turkey pan drippings to the gravy at serving time.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 18

Calories: 108 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 4.6g Cholesterol: 24mg

Sodium: 59mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 4.9g Dietary Fiber: 0.5g

Protein: 7.7g

 

 

Cider-Sage Gravy

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Source: ChrisandAmy

Photo: by Sarah Shatz

This recipe was a finalist in the contest for Your Best Gravy ata food52.com.

A&M’s Testing Notes: ChrisandAmy’s Vermont-inspired gravy would transform even the saddest, most dessicated turkey into a delicacy. It’s ready ten minutes after the turkey emerges from the oven…

ChrisandAmy’s Notes: A recent trip to Vermont acted as inspiration for us to use Vermont ingredients in a Sunday Fall Feast. We used apple cider from the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury, Vermont to make this gravy that we served with a dry-brined roasted turkey. – ChrisandAmy

Yield:  2 cups gravy

1 small bunch sage leaves

3 tablespoons (or more) drippings from turkey

1 cup apple cider

3 tablespoons flour

1 cup homemade or low sodium chicken stock

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Add the sage leaves to the roasting pan with the drippings from roasting the turkey. (If you have at least 6 tablespoons of drippings, you can double the recipe.).

Place the pan over medium heat and allow the sage to infuse the fat and heat until the leaves start to stick to the bottom of the pan, about 3 minutes.

Deglaze the pan by slowly adding the apple cider, stirring to scrape up the brown bits. Simmer for 3 minutes.

Whisk together the flour and chicken stock in a separate container until smooth. Slowly pour the stock/flour mixture into the pan and stir continuously until it reaches the desired consistency, 5 to 10 minutes.

Remove the sage leaves and add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and pour into a gravy boat to serve and enjoy.

My very favorite food to make is turkey.  After you rinse the turkey and pat it dry, stuff the cavities with a large fresh juice orange and a large onion, then you can either truss and sew or skewer the cavities closed or stuff them with crushed up aluminum foil.  I always squeeze the juice of the orange into the cavity.  My very good friend, Mary, told me she stuffs her turkey’s cavities with an orange, an apple and a pear.  I going to try that this year.  I love to baste my turkey and watch it turn golden.  I will give you the recipe for the basting sauce I make and tell you the secret to a great turkey is to baste it every ½ hour and to begin cooking it breast-side down and half-way through the cooking time, turn it over and finish the roasting of the turkey with the breast-side up.  Cook the turkey according to the package directions.  If you see the wings are getting too brown, wrap them in foil and the remove foil about 5 minutes before taking the turkey out of the oven and let them cook uncovered for those 5 minutes.

DISCLAIMER:  this photo is just an example of basting a turkey.  It does not go with the recipe below.

 

 

MARILYN’S TURKEY BASTING SAUCE

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1 stick Butter OR Margarine

1-2 tbsps. Honey

1/4 cup Orange Juice

1/8 cup Wine (I prefer a sweet wine when I make this sauce)

1 tsp. Poultry Seasoning

1 tsp. Rosemary

1 tsp. Thyme

1 tbsp. Dried Parsley (a few sprigs if you want to use Fresh Parsley)

1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

2 tbsp. Dried Onion Flakes (optional)

Put margarine in small saucepan and put on lower heat to begin melting it.  As soon as it begins to melt, add the orange juice, honey and wine.  Stir a bit then add your spices.  Mix well.  Use to baste your turkeys!

I’ve been making my turkeys with this sauce that I made up since I can remember, about 50 years now, as I started learning how to cook the turkeys when I was about 10 years old.  Yes, my mother did the hard part of the cooking of the turkey, but I was the baster.  I love the bit of sweetness that the honey and wine imparts to the sauce!  Hope you enjoy it.  You can always adjust the seasonings  to your own tastes!  ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Soy-Sauce-And-Honey-Glazed Turkey

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SOURCE: Joanne Chang at foodandwine.com

PHOTO: © Con Poulos

ACTIVE: 45 MIN TOTAL TIME: 6 HRS 45 MIN

” ‘We never had turkey on Thanksgiving, ” says Joanne Chang, “only duck. I love turkey with sage and butter, but I crave the flavors I grew up with.’ Here, she marinates and bastes the bird with soy, sesame, honey and ginger, giving it superb flavor and a beautiful mahogany color.” ~Joanne Chang

2 cups soy sauce

1 cup honey

1/4 cup toasted sesame oil

1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh ginger

One 14- to 16-pound turkey

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper

1-1/2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder

6 scallions cut into 2-inch lengths

2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

In a very large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and half of the ginger. Put the turkey in the bowl, breast side down, and marinate at room temperature for 45 minutes.

Turn the turkey and marinate breast side up for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°.

Set a rack in a large roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper and five-spice powder. Remove the turkey from the marinade; reserve the marinade.

Set the turkey on the rack, breast side up, and season it inside and out with the salt mixture. Stuff the cavity with the scallions and the remaining ginger

Turn the turkey breast side down on the rack. Add 2 cups of water to the roasting pan. Loosely cover the turkey with a foil tent. Roast the turkey for 4 hours, basting with some of the reserved marinade every hour and adding a total of 3 cups of water to the pan during roasting.

Turn the turkey breast side up and baste well with the reserved marinade. Roast uncovered for 30 minutes, basting once halfway through cooking.

The turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh registers 165°.  Carefully pour the juices from the turkey cavity into the roasting pan and transfer the turkey to a carving board. Let rest in a warm place for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, strain the pan juices into a large saucepan and skim off the fat. Add the chicken stock to the juices along with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil.

In a medium bowl, blend the butter with the flour to make a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in 2 cups of the hot pan juices until smooth. Whisk the mixture into the saucepan and bring the gravy to a simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened.

Simmer the gravy over low heat, whisking occasionally, until no floury taste remains, about 8 minutes. Carve the turkey; pass the gravy at the table.

Our Pairing Suggestion:   California’s Monterey region is an up-and-coming area for Pinot Noir, thanks to its cool, ocean-influenced climate, which gives the wines great acidity and generous fruit intensity. That balance makes them go especially well with the different flavors of the Thanksgiving feast—especially turkey.

Servings: 12

Winter Fruit Glazed Turkey

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1 (12-pound) whole turkey, fresh or frozen (thawed)

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 large orange, cut in eight wedges, seeds removed

1/4 cup red currant jelly

2 tablespoons orange marmalade

1/2 teaspoon anise seeds, ground coarse by mortar/pestle or a coffee grinder

1. To Prepare Turkey: Remove giblets and neck from turkey; reserve for gravy. Rinse turkey with cold running water and drain well. Blot dry with paper towels.

2. Sprinkle salt and pepper in the cavities of the bird. Place orange wedges in both body and neck cavities.

3. Fold neck skin and fasten to the back with skewers. Fold the wings under the back of the turkey. Return legs to tucked position.

4. For Winter Fruit Glaze: In 1-cup microwave-safe glass measure, combine jelly, marmalade and anise seeds. Cook in microwave at HIGH (100% power) 30 to 45 seconds or until melted.

5. Brush glaze over turkey during last 20 minutes of roasting time.

6. To Roast Turkey: Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a large shallow (no more than 2 1/2-inch deep) roasting pan. Insert an oven-safe thermometer into thickest part of the thigh, being careful it does not touch the bone.

7. Roast turkey in a preheated 325 degree F oven about 3 1/2 hours (total roasting time) basting with the pan juices. During the last 20 minutes of roasting time, baste the bird with the Winter Fruit Glaze. Continue to roast until the thermometer registers 180 degrees F in the thigh and 170 degrees F in the breast. 8. Remove turkey from the oven and allow the bird to rest for 15-20 minutes before carving. Place on a warm large platter and garnish.

Makes 15 servings.Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of the National Turkey Federation.

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THANKSGIVING – #7

Posted on November 19, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Chocolate, Chocolate-Mint, Comfort Foods, Crochet Patterns, Dairy, Desserts, Fun, General Crafts, Kosher Recipe, Munchies, Party Ideas, Snacks, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Crafts, Thanksgiving Prayer, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |


The First Thanksgiving

 

We Gather Together Hymn

 

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

 

-Adrianus Valerius
-Theodore Baker (translator)

 

Today’s post is for those who like to craft.  We have to relax somehow and get out of the kitchen, so why not try to relax and have fun making one of these projects.  Notice, I said ONE project.  We still have baking and cooking to do! I have included a crochet pattern for a cornucopia centerpiece, a cute crocheted turkey hot pad, the cutest turkey nut bowl which is on my “must try to make” list, a gorgeous serving platter and a centerpiece that will go perfectly with the table cloth and napkin place cards that you can find at https://atzimmes.wordpress.com/2011/11/15/thanksgiving-3/ .  I even found directions on how to make Pilgrim place cards for those of you who opt not to make the table cloth and napkin place cards.  At the end of the crafting ideas I am attaching an easy recipe for Bavarian Mints.  Hope you enjoy!

 

Thanksgiving Crocheted Cornucopia

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/26/2008 – 15:10

Thanksgiving Cornucopia with Indian Corn and squash

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays and I always get irritated when the stores seem to just pass it by. This year I am not going to let that happen, all this month I will be posting a different pattern every week so that you can make your very own cornucopia. We will make several different types of squash and a piece of Indian corn. Materials for the cornucopia: Size H hook, 7 inch metal craft ring, 4 oz of any shade of brown yarn & a marker

Row 1: ch 4, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, join to form a ring Row 2: ch 3 (this does not count as 1st dc) fpdc(front post double crochet) around 1st dc and in remaing 6 dc, join to 1st fpdc. Row 3: ch 3 (this now counts as 1st dc) fpdc around 1st fpdc of previous row, *dc in top of next fpdc, fpdc in same stitch(increase made) repeat from * to * around , join. Row 4: ch 3, *fpdc in 1st fpdc, dc in next dc, around join. Row 5: ch 3, dc in same st, *fpdc around next fpdc, 2 dc in next dc * repeat from * to * around, join. Row 6: ch 3, dc in dc’s, fpdc in fpdc Row 7: ch 3, 2 dc in next dc,* fpdc in next fpdc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, repeat from * to * around, join Row 8: ch 3, dc in dc’s fpdc in fpdc. Rows 9 – 22: Repeat rows 7 & 8 having one more dc between fpdc(you will be increasing a total of 7 stitches per row) until you have 10 dc between each fpdc. Row 23-24: repeat row 6 Row 25: Place 7 inch craft ring in front of your work (crochet is closes to your body) ch 1, * insert hook into next stitch and under ring, yo (this will go over the top of the ring) pull through stitch, yo pull through both loops on hook*, repeat from * to * all the way around ring, join, ring is now attached to your horn. Edging: ch 1 , *sc in same stitch, trc in next stitch * repeat from * to * around.

Indian Corn

I’m going to tell you how this whole idea came about, I was in Walmart and I happen to pass by the beads and there it was, one little package of #345 Americana Multipony beads. For some reason I suddenly thought those are the colors of Indian corn. Then I went to the yarn to pick up some yellow and there they all were the fall colors and the ideas just flooded my little head. I started out just with the idea of Indian corn and then the rest followed, ok now you know I am not a sane person but honestly this is how most of my ideas come to me at the spur of the moment. Indian Corn 1 package of #345 Americana Multi pony beads 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0220 Cornmeal Size H hook marker I picked out all the reds, oranges, and a few black beads, string them all onto your yarn before we begin, You should have 83 beads but as a safety measure I always string on 2 extra beads just incase. Do not join rounds, use a marker to mark beginning of each row. Ch 2, 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Row 1: 1 sc in each sc Row 2: 1 bsc (bead single crochet) in each sc Row 3: 2 bsc in each bsc, total of 6 bsc Row 4 – 14: 1 bsc in each bsc Row 15: *ch 30 sc in next sc repeat from * 5 more times, end off leaving a long tail. Wrap the long tail tightly as possible just above the last bsc row made (this gathers all the ch 30’s to look like the husk)

Striped squash

1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing size I double ended hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0391 Artichoke 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0313 Aran starting with artichoke, ch 17, skip 1st chain from hook, pull up a loop in next 16 ch, push all loops down to other side of hook turn. Attach white, remove loops on hook, put loops back on hook turn. Using artichoke remove loops, put loops back on. Continue until you have 17 rows of artichoke and 16 rows of aran. With aran, remove loops off of hook, stretch piece around styrofoam ball , using aran slip stitch to beginning artichoke row, end off aran leaving a long tail. Weave aran through top pull tight to close up end, finish off. End off artichoke leaving a long tail, weave artichoke through opposite end pull tight to close up finish off.

Bumpy Squash

I know that the names of the patterns are not that creative but they are original! 1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing Size I afghan hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0368 paddy green Size 10 thread white **1 strand of white size 10 thread and 1 strand of yarn are held together through out*** Row 1:ch 15, work Tunisian simple stitch, Row 2: Pull up next 2 stitches, *work bobble in next stitch as follows: (yo insert hook into next st, yo and draw loop through)3 times, yo and draw loop through 6 loops on hook, booble made. Pull up loop in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of row. Row 3: Remove loops Row 4: *work bobble in 1st stitch, pull up a loop in next 3 stitches, repeat from * to end of row. Repeat rows 2 to 4 , 5 times, then repeat row 2 & 3 once. Stretch around Styrofoam ball, sew last row to row 1. Thread a piece of yarn through one end, pull tight, finish off repeat for other end.

Pointy Squash

1 3 inch styrofoam ball or batting for stuffing Batting for stuffing Size H hook 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0368 paddy green 1 3 oz skein of Red Heart color 0245 orange to mark beginning of each round, place marker in last sc of each round. With green, ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Row 1: 2 sc in each sc (12 sc) Row 2: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (18 sc). Row 3: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (24 sc) Row 4: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (30 sc) Row 5: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc repeat from * around (36 sc). Rows 6 – 8: work even, at end of row 8 attach orange. Row 9: ch 3 (count as 1st dc) dc in remaining 35 sc, join to top of 1st dc. Row 10: ch 3 , dc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 5 dc, fpdc in next stitch repeat from * around. Row 11: ch 3 , dc in next 2 dc, decrease one dc (yo pull up loop in next dc, yo pull through 2 loops on hook, yo pull up a loop in next dc, yo pull through 2 loops on hook, yo pull through 3 loops on hook) fpdc in next fpdc stitch, *dc in next 3 dc, decrease, fpdc in next fpdc stitch repeat from * around. Insert Styrofoam ball now. Begin to stuff as necessary with batting as you complete the following rows. Row 12: ch 3 , dc in next 3 dc, fpdc in next stitch, *dc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next stitch repeat from * around . Rows 13 – 16: repeat row 11 until there is only 1 dc inbetween fpdc. Rows 17 – 21: ch 3, *fpdc in next fpdc stitch, dc in next dc, repeat from * around. Row 22: Work 1 fpdc in each fpdc. End off leaving a long tail, thread through top pull tight.

Turkey Nut Dish

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“With holiday season upon us, my  favorite thing to do is curl up by the fire place with a cup of hot cocoa nearby and a crochet project that will enhance my table decorations and bring delight to my guests.

 

Not only will the array of goodies offered on the table bring “oohs” and “aahs” from my guests, but my Turkey Nut Dish will add whimsy to any holiday table and prompt squeals of delight from the children as well…”

 

“Add this clever decoration to Thanksgiving dinner by filling this gobbler’s dish with nuts in their shells or other tasty treats!” ~ Beverly Mewhorter

 

Design by Beverly Mewhorter

 

Skill Level

 

Beginner

 

Size

 

5 1/2 inches tall

 

Materials

 

Worsted weight yarn: 2 1/2 ounces brown, 1 1/2 ounces autumn ombre, small amounts of red and orange

Size G/6/4mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge

2 (12mm) wiggle eyes

Fiberfill

1-pound plastic container (3 1/4 inches tall x 4 1/2 inch diameter top opening)

Hot-glue gun

Tapestry needle

Gauge

 

4 sc = 1 inch

Check gauge to save time.

 

Pattern Notes

 

Weave in loose ends as work progresses.

 

Sl st to join each rnd in beg st.

 

Bowl Cover

 

Outer Cover

 

Rnd 1 (RS): With brown, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join (see Pattern Notes) in top of beg ch-4. (12 dc)

 

Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, 2 dc in each rem dc around, join in top of beg ch. (24 dc)

 

Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st as beg ch, dc in next dc, [2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc] rep around, join in top of beg ch. (36 dc)

 

Rnd 4: Working in back lps for this rnd only, ch 3, dc in each st around, join in top of beg ch.

 

Rnds 5-10: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 10, fasten off.

 

Inner Cover

 

Rnds 1-3: Rep Rnds 1-3 of outer cover. (36 dc)

 

Rnds 4-8: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join in top of beg ch. At the end of Rnd 8, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

 

Place inner cover inside plastic container and outer cover over outer edge, working through sts Rnds 8 of inner cover and Rnd 10 of outer cover, sew sides tog around top edge.

 

Head

Rnd 1: With brown, ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, join in beg sc. (8 sc)

 

Rnd 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each sc around, join in beg sc. (16 sc)

 

Rnd 3: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc] rep around, join in beg sc. (24 sc)

 

Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join in beg sc.

 

Rnds 5-7: Rep Rnd 4.

 

Rnd 8: Ch 1, [sc in next sc, dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] rep around, join in beg

sc. (16 sc)

 

Neck

 

Rnds 9-20: Rep Rnd 4. At the end of Rnd 20, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off.

 

Stuff head and neck with fiberfill. Flatten Rnd 20, sew neck opening closed.

Sew head and neck to outer cover over Rnds 5-10.

 

Beak

 

With orange, ch 4, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 4, sl st in same 4th ch from hook, leaving a length of yarn, fasten off. Fold beak in half and sew to head over Rnd 7.

 

Wattle

 

With red, [ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook] 6 times (6 bumps), sl st in same ch as 5th bump, fasten off. Sew first bump over beak.

 

Eyes

 

Glue wiggle eyes to face.

 

Wings & Tail Feathers (make 5)

 

Row 1: With autumn, ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each rem ch across, turn. (4 sc)

 

Rows 2-11: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.

 

Row 12: Ch 1, [dec 1 sc over next 2 sc] twice, do not turn. (2 sc)

 

Rnd 13: Working around entire outer edge, ch 1, [sc in next st, ch 3] rep around, join in beg sc, fasten off.

 

Sew a wing to each side of outer cover and three tail feathers to back of outer cover.

 


Tom Turkey Hot Pads 

 

Expect to gobble up compliments when you crochet these whimsical hot pads from designer Beverly M., Apache Junction, Arizona. These turkeys are sure to make a return appearance year after year.

Materials Needed (for one):

  • · Worsted-weight yarn—3 ounces of white ( Beverly used Red 
    Heart Soft White yarn); and small amounts each of brown, gold, green, orange, red and yellow
  • · Size J/10 (6mm) crochet hook
  • · Two 7mm glue-on wiggle eyes
  • · Fabric glue
  • · Yarn or tapestry needle
  • · Scissors  

Gauge: Working with two strands of yarn as one, 3 scs and 3 rows = 1 inch. Slight variations in gauge will change the finished size a bit.

Finished Size: Turkey hot pad measures about 8 inches wide x 7 inches high. 

Directions:

HOT PAD: Working with two strands of white yarn as one, ch 21.

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, ch 1, turn: 20 scs.

Row 2: Sc in each st across, ch 1, turn: 20 scs.

Rows 3-20: Repeat Row 2: 20 scs.

Ch 10, sl st in last st of Row 20 for hanging loop. Fasten off.

Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

TURKEY: Body: Round 1: With brown, ch 4 for first dc, dc in fourth ch from hk 13 times, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 14 dcs.

Round 2: Ch 3 for first dc, dc in same st, work 2 dcs in each remaining dc around, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 28 dcs. Fasten off.

Head: With brown, ch 4 for first dc, dc in fourth ch from hk 13 times, join with a sl st in top of beginning ch: 14 dcs. Fasten off.

Beak: With gold, ch 2, sl st in second ch from hk. Fasten off. Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

Feather: With red, ch 7, sc in second ch from hk and in each remaining ch across, work 2 scs in last ch, sc in each ch along opposite side. Fasten off.

Repeat to make one feather each of orange, yellow and green yarn.

Feet: With gold, ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk, ch 4, sl st in fourth ch from hk. Fasten off.

Finishing: Use yarn or tapestry needle to weave in all loose ends.

ASSEMBLY: Referring to photo as a guide, glue body and then head to hot pad. Glue feathers around top outer edge of body and feet to lower edge of body. Glue beak to center of turkey’s head. Glue eyes above beak. Let dry.

ABBREVIATIONS
ch(s) chain(s)
dc(s) double crochet(s)
hk hook
sc(s) single crochet(s)
sl st slip stitch
st(s) stitch(es)

Autumn Plate

 

You can create a plate for all four seasons with this simple laminating technique. Use your imagination and find unique shapes, flat ornaments, ribbons and other embellishments for your plate. A plate decorated in this wayshould always be washed by hand.

Materials


11″ (28cm) clear glass square plate
Paper leaves
Gold micro beads
Liquid laminate
Paper glaze
Scissors
¼ -inch (19mm) wash brush
Plastic cups

Paper Palette


About the papers


The papers used in this project are colored mulberry with the inclusions of mango leaves. The mongo leaves add a rich texture to the paper. They are machine made in Thailand but have a wonderful handmade feel.

1.   Arrange the Leaves


Lay the plate right side up and arrange the leaves under the plate so you can see what they look like. Arrange the leaves so some are going off the edge of the plate. Set the leaves to the side in pattern you want for the plate. Turn the plate upside down (on top of one or two plastic cups, if you like). Brush the back of the plate with liquid laminate and begin to place the leaves face down on the plate.

2.   Adhere the Leaves


Brush the back of the leaves with laminate and smooth with your fingers. Press the corners of the leaves down to form tightly to the shape of the plate.

3. Add the Micro Beads


Trim the leaves that over the edges with scissors. While the liquid laminate is still wet, sprinkle the back of the plate with gold micro beads. Add a bit more laminate if necessary. The bead placement can be fairly random.

4. Apply Liquid Laminate


Brush the excess beads of the back of the leaves. Tear the mulberry papers into random sizes. Apply the laminate directly to the paper pieces before you put them on plate. Use the ¾ -inch (19mm) wash brush to apply laminate. Lay the laminate paper pieces on the back of the plate.

5. Add the Remaining Paper


Continue adding pieces of mulberry paper in random color patterns. Let the papers go over the edges of the plate. When the entire plate is covered, trim the excess papers from the edges. Press the edges of the plate with your finger to ensure the paper is firmly bonded to the glass. Set aside to dry. Brush the back of the plate with generous coat of paper glaze.

 

The Autumn Dish instructions were found at The Holiday Spot website.

 

 Pilgrim Place Card Holders

 

What you’ll need: Permanent color markers, straight wooden clothespin, black pipe cleaner, 1 liter plastic bottle with cap, construction paper, a paper plate, glue, paper plate.

 

How to make: At the top of the clothespin, draw a face using the permanent markers. Color the rest of the clothes pin black. Tie the pipe cleaner just below the “face” to make the arms. With a craft knife, cut the top off a plastic 1-liter bottle, 3 1/4 inches down from the cap and discard the bottom. Remove the bottle cap and color it and the bottle top black. For the pilgrim man, wrap a pipe cleaner around his feet and stand him up in the bottle cap. Cut out and glue on a paper hat and vest. To finish the woman, wrap a pipe cleaner around her waist and fit her into the bottle top. Glue on a paper apron and bonnet. Cut name tags from a paper plate rim and attach them to the pilgrims’ arms.

 

The instructions for the Pilgrim Place Card Holders were found at Mother Nature Network’s website.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece:

Glittered Corn from Martha

Stewart.com

A few organic elements, enlivened with a bit of gilding, evoke fall’s abundance. To make this eye-catching centerpiece, we turned a glass compote into a horn of plenty with glittering Indian corn and squash.

Tools and Materials

  • Dried corn, from Dry Nature Designs, 212-695-8911
  • Craft glue
  • Fine glitter in Florentine Gold, by Martha Stewart Crafts, at Michaels
  • Foam brush
  • Kettle of boiling water

 

Glittered Corn How-To

Pick some ears of dried corn to glitter fully and other ears to do more sparingly, so your arrangement doesn’t go overboard. For the former, coat fully with craft glue and glitter. For the latter, use a foam brush to lightly dab some kernels with craft glue, then apply glitter. 

To soften husks so you can shape the ears when you arrange them, steam over a kettle of boiling water once the glitter has set. Gourds need nothing more than a glittered stem to shine.

To me, mints are an essential part of any dinner party.  They taste good, they aid in digestion, and they freshen your mouth which makes for sweeter post-dinner conversation.  This recipe for Bavarian Mints by kitchenchatter sounds like the perfect mint for our Thanksgiving festivities.

DISCLAIMER:  The above photo is for a similar recipe for Bavarian Mints, but it does not go along with this recipe. ~ Softa123

Bavarian Mints

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By kitchenchatter

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

12 ounces package semi-sweet chocolate chips

12 ounces package milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon butter

14 ounces can Eagle-Brand-sweetened-condensed milk

3 drops oil of peppermint

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Melt in top of double boiler. the chips and butter. Remove from heat- add sweetened milk, oil of peppermint and vanilla. Pour into 9×13-inch pan. Cool and cut.

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THANKSGIVING – #3

Posted on November 15, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Bananas, Crafts, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, General Crafts, Jello, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Nuts, Oranges, Paerve, Party Ideas, Parve, Pineapple, Recipes, Salads, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Prayer, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Lift Every Voice and Sing          

by James Weldon Johnson

Lift ev’ry voice and sing,

Till earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the list’ning skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,

Bitter the chast’ning rod,

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;

Yet with a steady beat,

Have not our weary feet

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.

We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past,

Till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,

God of our silent tears,

Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who hast by Thy might,

Led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,

Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;

Shadowed beneath Thy hand,

May we forever stand,

True to our God,

True to our native land.

I thought that today I would try to blog about salad recipes and Thanksgiving craft ideas.  Hope you enjoyed the above prayer.  I really think it is perfect for Thanksgiving.

For our first Thanksgiving craft, I have chosen place card napkins.  This idea, the photo  and the directions were found at http://www.countryliving.com .  This is a wonderful site that has many entertaining ideas and hints.

A gorgeous way to set your holiday table!

Thanksgiving Table Napkin Placecard And Table Cloth

 

Practice your script first, then write each guest’s name invisibly: try the Prym Dritz disappearing-ink pen. Immediately trace over the name in bronze, copper, or gold with a medium round-tipped ink marker, such as Uchida’s DecoFabric Marker; available at http://www.michaels.com.

No-Sew Cloth: Cut to size linen or medium-weave burlap, leaving an eight-inch drop. For fringe, pull away threads, one row at a time. Write words, as for the napkins, and then press, wrong side up.
Ok, now let’s tackle my weak point…salads.  I do not like salads.  I am not a big vegetable eater.  So, I went to the internet in hopes of finding salads that even kids will like.  Who says you have to make a traditional tossed salad?

Looks good to me!

24 Hour Salad

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By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide

“24 Hour Salad is a creamy fruit salad made with a cooked custard and canned fruit, then chilled overnight. The recipe came from my mother-in- law Loraine.

This delicious salad can be made with many other kinds of fruit. I like to add some cubed cantaloupe or sliced strawberries too, if they’re available.”

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chilling time: 23 hours

Total Time: 23 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

20 oz. can pineapple tidbits

2 (15 oz.) cans mandarin oranges

3 eggs

3 Tbsp. flour

3/4 cup sugar

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

2 bananas, peeled and sliced

1 cup heavy cream, whipped

Preparation:

Drain juices from canned fruits and set fruit aside. Add water to juices, if necessary, to measure 1-1/2 cups. Combine eggs, flour, sugar, and 1-1/2 cups juice in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with wire whisk, until thick and boiling. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice, cover, and chill in refrigerator until cold .

When custard is cold, fold in drained fruits, marshmallows, and sliced bananas. Then fold in whipped cream. Pour into serving bowl and cover.

Chill 24 hours before serving.

A festive salad for Thanksgiving.

Creamy Molded Cranberry Salad

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By Linda Larsen, About.com Guide

“Creamy Molded Cranberry Salad is one of my favorite salads for Christmas. The tart cranberries are combined with marshmallows, celery, and nuts and suspended In a creamy gelatin mixture. You’ll love it!”

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

4-1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (1-1/2 envelopes)

1/2 cup cold water

3/4 cup boiling water

1 (16-ounce) package fresh cranberries, ground

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup diced celery

1 cup chopped toasted walnuts

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preparation:

In small bowl, combine gelatin and cold water; let stand 5 minutes. Add the boiling water and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.

Place in freezer 15 minutes to cool. In large bowl, combine cranberries, granulated sugar, marshmallows, celery, and walnuts; let stand 20 minutes to let sugar dissolve. Add gelatin mixture.

In medium bowl, beat cream with vanilla and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into cranberry mixture. Rinse a 2-1/2 quart ring mold with cold water; do not wipe dry. Add salad mixture, cover, and chill until firm, about 4-6 hours.

To unmold, place salad in ring mold upside down on serving plate. Rinse a clean kitchen towel in hot water and wring out. Place hot towel on mold for a few seconds. Then hold the mold and plate together and shake gently. The salad should drop right out of the mold.  But if you fear trying to unmold a gelatin salad, just put the mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Then you can cut the salad into squares and serve it that way. It’s just as pretty, and much easier!

Cover and chill again, or serve immediately. Serves 8-10

Spinach Salad

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By Diana Rattray, About.com Guide

Ingredients:

4 slices bacon

4 cups torn spinach leaves

1 can (8 ounces) pineapple tidbits, drained, chilled

1/2 cup sliced purple onion

Lemon Dressing (below)

Preparation:

Cook bacon; drain and crumble. Place spinach in a large serving bowl. Top with pineapple tidbits and sliced purple onion. Sprinkle crumbled bacon over spinach. Just before serving, pour lemon dressing over salad and toss lightly.

Spinach salad serves 4.

Lemon Dressing

1 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

Combine all ingredients in blender container; cover and blend thoroughly. Chill. Stir before serving.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

GOLDEN GELATIN SALAD

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1 pkg. Lemon Gelatin

2 cups HOT Water

1-1/2 tsps. Lemon Juice

1/8 tsp. Salt

1 cup DRAINED CRUSHED Pineapple

3/4 cup RAW GRATED Carrots

Dissolve gelatin in HOT water.  Add lemon juice and salt.  Chill until partially set.  Add pineapple and carrots.  Pour into individual molds.

Chill until set.

SOURCE:  Rochester, NY’s Hadassah Cookbook

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE:  I will leave out the salt.  It will be good without the extra sodium in our diets.

Servings: 6

This salad is a work of art!

Yellow Trio

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Cut the kernels off an ear of corn; sauté in olive oil with yellow squash slices. Toss with yellow grape tomatoes, fresh basil, salt and pepper.

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THANKSGIVING – #2

Posted on November 14, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Cheese, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Dinner/Supper, Kosher Recipe, Paerve, Parve, Poetry, Poultry, Rainy Day Foods, Soup, THANKSGIVING, Thanksgiving Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


 

 

 

T’was The Night of Thanksgiving

 

T’was the night of Thanksgiving,
But I just couldn’t sleep.
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned,
The dark meat and white.
But I fought the temptation,
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
with anticipation.
The thought of a snack
became infatuation.
So I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round.
‘til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But I managed to yell
As I soared past the trees
Happy eating to all,
Pass the cranberries, please!!
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize
And May your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!

by Lauren

Today is about soups you can serve with your Thanksgiving dinner.  Soups are truly comfort food and is always welcome on a crisp Autumn day.  So, without further adieu, here are soup recipes just for you!

 

Pumpkin And Onion Soup

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TOTAL TIME 1 hour

COOK TIME 45 minutes PREP TIME 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS

6 cups thinly sliced onions

3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon sugar

1 3-pound pumpkin

4 cups well-seasoned chicken stock

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 to 8 slices French or Italian bread, toasted

1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese

PREPARATION

In a heavy saucepan, sauté the onions in the butter over medium heat until they are golden. Sprinkle with sugar and continue cooking until they just begin to brown.

While the onions are cooking, peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and stringy core and cut it into half-inch cubes. Steam the pumpkin until it is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Puree the pumpkin with a little of the stock in a blender or food processor. Better results are obtained in a blender.

Add the pumpkin puree and the remaining chicken stock to the onions, bring to a simmer and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Just before serving, preheat a broiler. Top each of the toasted bread croutons with some of the cheese. Divide the soup among six ovenproof ramekins, crocks or bowls and float a cheese-topped crouton on each.

Place under the broiler just until the cheese melts, then serve.

YIELD:  6 servings

Originally published with FOOD; THE PUMPKIN: NOT JUST A PRETTY FACE By FLORENCE FABRICANT, November 8, 1987.  I found this recipe at The New York Time’s website’s recipe archive. ~Softa123

SOFTA123’S  NOTE:  To make this pareve, use margarine instead of butter and leave off the cheese.  Omit the last step of the recipe.

Pease Porridge

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TOTAL TIME 2 hours 30 minutes (plus at least 6 hours for steeping)

INGREDIENTS

1 pound whole dried peas (split dried green peas may be substituted)

1/3 pound slab bacon, cut in 1/2-inch cubes

2 medium-size carrots, scraped and diced

2 medium-size onions, peeled and chopped

2 small white turnips, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, mint or summer savory, or 1 teaspoon dried sage

1 tablespoon butter or oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half, optional

Minced fresh mint or savory for garnish

PREPARATION

Place peas in a bowl and cover with water to a depth of 2 inches above the peas. Set aside to steep six hours or overnight. Drain peas and place in a soup kettle.

Add bacon, carrots, onions and turnips and stir to mix well. Cover with water to a depth of 1 inch above the mixture. Add sage.

Place over medium-low heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat until soup is barely simmering, cover and simmer 2 to 3 hours or until peas lose their shape and start to become creamy. Add a little boiling water from time to time if necessary. You should have a thick soup, but not what we think of today as porridge.

When soup is done, remove bacon chunks. Saute bacon in butter until brown on all sides.

Add salt and pepper. Soup may be put through a sieve and cream may be added if desired to make it a bit richer.

Serve garnished with the fried bacon chunks, sippets (triangles of thin crustless bread lightly fried in butter or bacon fat) and a little minced mint.

YIELD 8 to 12 servings

Originally published with COOKS ON THE MAP – This Month: Susan McGowan, Deerfield, Mass.; Giving Thanks With Porridge and Oysters By NANCY HARMON JENKINS, November 21, 1990.  I found it at The New York Times website’s recipe archive. ~Softa123

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTES ON HOW TO MAKE THIS KOSHER:

1.  Use Rice or other non-dairy milk substitute for the light cream.  It will make a thinner soup, but should still work well.

2.  Substitute Beef Frye cut into large slices OR Kosher Hot Dogs cut into chunks for the slab bacon.  What’s not to like?

3.  I would use margarine instead of the butter.  I don’t think I’d like the oil in this recipe.

Mini-Pumpkin Soup With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Shaved Parmesan, Fried Sage

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16 mini-pumpkins, 3 1/2 to 4 inches across

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Kosher salt to taste

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 onions, finely chopped

About 5 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Vegetable oil for frying

1 cup fresh sage leaves

Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano for garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice off about 1/4 inch of the top with the stems from 8 of the pumpkins. Slice the other 8 in half.

Scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Pull the seeds away from the stringy membrane, clean, rinse, and pat dry.

Toss the seeds with the vegetable oil and salt. Arrange in one flat layer on a baking sheet. Bake in the middle of the oven, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the pumpkins and the lids cut side down on lightly oiled baking sheets and bake until tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool the pumpkins on wire racks. Scoop out the cooked flesh from the halved pumpkins. Scrape most of the pulp from the remaining pumpkins, leaving just enough in each so that it retains its shape.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the scooped-out flesh from the pumpkins. Pour in enough of the stock to cover and season with salt and pepper. Simmer over medium-high heat for 20 minutes.

Puree the soup in a food processor or pass through the fine setting of a food mill. You should have about 8 cups of puree. Return it to the pot and season again with salt and pepper.

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil to 350 degrees in a deep saucepan. Add the sage in very small batches and fry until translucent, about 20 seconds. (The oil will bubble up furiously when you add the sage to the hot oil.) Drain on paper towels.

To serve, warm the pumpkin shells in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Heat the soup until hot, adding water if necessary to thin it slightly.

Put each of the shells into a shallow soup bowl and ladle some of the soup into the shell. Top with a few fried sage leaves, some Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings and a few of the toasted pumpkin seeds.

Place the lid slightly askew on top and serve at once.

Serves 8

SOURCE:  Sarah Moulton

SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE TO MAKE THIS SOUP PAERVE:  Use UNSALTED Margarine instead of

Unsalted Butter.  Omit cheese.

Now here is a great idea for those delicious Thanksgiving leftovers!  I know I want to try this recipe out!

Turkey And Stuffin’ Soup

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4 to 6 C. prepared stuffing

1 T. (1 turn around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium carrots, chopped, up to 2 C. leftover baby carrots, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 onion, chopped

Salt and pepper

1 bay leaf, fresh or dried

2 quarts chicken stock

1-1/2 lbs. light and dark cooked turkey meat, diced

A handful of flat leaf parsley leaves, chopped

1 C. frozen peas or leftover prepared peas, optional

Preheat oven to 350° F. and transfer stuffing into a small baking dish.

Place dish in oven and reheat 12 to 15 minutes, until warmed through.

Heat a pot over moderate heat and add extra-virgin olive oil. Work close to the stove and add vegetables as you chop. If you are using fresh carrots, cut them into a small dice or slice thin. If you are using leftover baby carrots, cut carrots into bite-size pieces. Add celery and onion and lightly season vegetables with salt and pepper.

Add bay leaf and stock and bring liquid to a boil by raising heat. Add turkey and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer until any raw vegetables are cooked until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in the parsley, and peas, if using.

Remove stuffing from oven. Using an ice cream scoop, place a healthy scoop of stuffing in the center of a soup bowl. Ladle soup around stuffing ball. Your soup will look like a chunky matzo ball soup.

Pull spoonfuls of stuffing away as you eat through your bowl of soup.

Yield: 2 quarts, 4 to 6 servings

If you are like me, you like crackers in your soup, so why not make your own and really “wow” your family and friends!

Wheat Crackers

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Submitted By: Ray Anne

Photo By: CC?’s2bake

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ready In: 30 Minutes

Servings: 32

“This thin wheat cracker is simple and thrifty to make. It will taste great with any dip or spread, and they will have much more character than factory made crackers.”

INGREDIENTS:

1-3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water

Salt for sprinkling

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Pour in the vegetable oil and water; mix until just blended .

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough as thin as possible – no thicker than 1/8 inch. Place dough on an ungreased baking sheet, and mark squares out with a knife, but don’t cut through. Prick each cracker with a fork a few times, and sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until crisp and light brown. Baking time may be different depending on how thin your crackers are. When cool, remove from baking sheet, and separate into individual crackers.

Nutrition Information Servings Per Recipe: 32 Calories: 64 Amount Per Serving Total Fat: 2.5g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 55mg Amount Per Serving Total Carbs: 9.2g Dietary Fiber: 1g Protein: 1.5g

Homemade Soda Crackers

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Recipe courtesy Chuck Hughes

Show: Chuck’s Day OffEpisode: The Green Show

TOTAL TIME:10 hr 20 min

Prep:30 min

Inactive Prep:9 hr 30 min

Cook:20 min

YIELD:about 15 large crackers

LEVEL:Easy

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

2/3 cup warm water

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing bowl

DIRECTIONS

Try Chuck’s homemade soda crackers and you’ll never go back to the store-bought ones. In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water; stir to dissolve and let stand for 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda. Add the yeast mixture and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to blend. If the dough is sticky, add sprinkles of flour until a soft dough forms.

Knead the dough until it is soft and has an elastic consistency, about 5 minutes. Add sprinkles of flour to control the stickiness. If using a mixer or a food processor, the dough will form a soft ball around the revolving dough hook and clean the sides of the bowl. Add flour, if necessary, to firm up the dough.

Drop the dough into a buttered bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to rest for at least 1 hour and up to 18 hours (the longer the better.)

Arrange the rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

With a heavy rolling pin, roll the dough into a rectangle about 18 by 6 inches and no thicker than 1/8-inch. Fold the dough from the short ends, brushing off the excess flour, to make 3 layers for extra flaky crackers. Roll again using the rolling pin.

Prick the dough with the tines of a fork to help cook evenly. Evenly cut the dough along the edge of a ruler or yardstick with a pizza or cookie cutter into desired shapes.

Place the crackers close together on the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with salt from 12-inches above the crackers to distribute evenly.

Bake until lightly browned and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on  the thickness of the crackers. Check the crackers several times during  the baking period to make certain  those on the outer edge of the baking sheet are not getting too brown. If so, switch the ones on the outside with the ones in the middle.

Remove from the oven and brush the crackers with melted butter. Let cool on a metal rack.

Variations:

Sesame-Onion Crackers: Add to the dough, with the dry ingredients, 4 teaspoons each sesame seeds and grated onion.

Herb Crackers: Add to the dough, with the dry ingredients, 4 teaspoons each chopped fresh parsley and chives and 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed.

Poppy Seed Crackers: Add to the dough, with the dry ingredients, 2 teaspoons poppy seeds.

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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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APPLES APPLES APPLES

Posted on November 8, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Autumn, Chocolate, Dairy, Desserts, Family, Fun, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Nuts, Pies, Pineapple, Quotes, Recipes, Rochester, Salad, Side Dish, Snacks, Tried and True Recipe, U.S. Politics, Vegetables | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


I got up EARLY this morning and decided to stay up so that I could blog today.   It’s been a hectic week and last week was the same.  I’ve never had so many doctor appointments at one time!   So, while I’m up, I will do what I love and that is the blog.

I‘ve been thinking about apples all week and decided that I would write about them, especially the candied apples that I used to love to eat and the caramel apples that my sister and I would make with my mom.  I always loved doing that.

The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Years ago my friend, Susie, asked me to find her a recipe for the candied apples.   Thanks to Prodigy and my first computer, I was able to find a recipe for her.  I miss the old days of Prodigy and their Food Boards.  And, a few years ago, I attended the wedding of a computer friend of mine and they made candied (or bought) and caramel apples as favors.  I thought that that was ingenious since it was an October wedding!

The wonderful bounty of Fall.

Apples form a part of a healthy food plan.  Remember the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?”  I don’t know if that is true of not but “Apples have properties that no other fruits have and its benefits have been proven overtime. You will be able to get the benefits of these properties individually with other fruits, but an apple combines everything and makes it simpler,” according to an article posted at Succeed With This.”  According to this article there are 9 reasons why an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  Here are the reasons:

  1. Apple contains Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps greatly your immune system.
  2. Prevent Heart Diseases. The reason it can prevent both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease is because apples are rich in flavonoid. Flavonoids are also known for their antioxidant effects.
  3. Low in calories.
  4. Prevent Cancers. Notice the plural. We all know that cancer comes in several forms and in different places. Apples target multiple cancers such as colon cancerprostate cancer and breast cancer in women.
  5. Apples contain phenols, which have a double effect on cholesterol. It reduces bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
  6. Prevents tooth decay.
  7. Protects your brain from brain disease.
  8. Healthier Lungs. A research at the University of Nottingham Research shows that people who eat 5 apples or more per week has lower respiratory problems, including asthma.
  9. They taste great!

Apple's are G-d's work of art.

All of the above are good reasons and I’m going to eat an apple right after I finish blogging!  My favorite apple is the Ambrosia which is difficult to find.  I first tasted them last year as Sam’s Club sold them.  I ate apples and couldn’t get enough.  I even took them to Myrtle Beach last year so I could eat them there.  So far this year, I haven’t found them.  My next favorite is the Empire.  Living in Rochester, we can find a good variety of apples as there are many apple orchards around our area of the world.  I used to love to go apple picking with my step-son, his wife and his two children, my grandchildren!  The kids would help their “old” Softa pick the apples and Scott would carry the filled bushel for me and he would help me on and off the cart.  Now, I can’t get on and off the cart very easily so they don’t call me to go apple picking with them.  I miss that a lot.

I use a recipe software program to store my recipes.  It is called “Home Cookin” and it is from Mountain Software.  When I set up the chapters, I dedicated one to Apple Recipes.  No other single ingredient has its own chapter.

So, today’s recipes are all include apples and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

What's not to love about an apple?

 

Apple Bliss Bars

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Crust:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 stick (1/2 cup) margarine

2 1/2 cups chopped apples

1/2 cup sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:

3 eggs

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Mix together flour, sugar and margarine until crumbly and press into an ungreased 9 x 13-inch pan.

Sprinkle chopped apples over crust. Sprinkle sugar-cinnamon mixture over apples. Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Remove from oven and pour topping over apples. Return to oven and bake about 20 minutes more.

Topping:

3 eggs

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup nuts (optional)

Mix all together and pour over partially-baked apples and crust.

Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway. ~Frank Howard Clark

Baked Beans ‘n Apples

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6 slices Bacon, diced*

1/2 cup Chopped Onion (1 medium onion)

2 cans Brick Oven Baked Bean**

1/4 cup Firmly packed Brown Sugar

1 teaspoon Ginger

2 tablespoons Molasses

2 Apples; each cut into 16 thin wedges

*NOTE: For those of you who keep Kosher, as I do, I use Beef Frye when making this recipe.

**Ingredient List should read: 2 (16-ounce) cans brick oven baked beans. Again, for those of you who keep Kosher, I use Heinz Vegetarian Baked Beans.

In large skillet, fry bacon until partially cooked. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Stir in remaining ingredients. Cover. Simmer until thoroughly heated and apple is tender. At this point, I usually put everything into a GREASED, COVERED casserole and bake at 350° Fahrenheit for maybe a half an hour, checking to make sure it doesn’t dry out.

Makes 8 (1/2-cup) servings.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  1/2 cup = 1 serving

Calories 210

Protein 8g

Carbohydrates 39g

Fat 3g

Sodium 425mg

Potassium 395mg

TIP:  To bake in oven, heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Reserve apple slices for topping.  Pour beans into a GREASED 1 1/2 to 2 quart casserole and top with sliced apples.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35-45 minutes OR until bubbly and THOROUGHLY heated.

I make this for BBQ Brings A Dish To Pass party.  Everyone raves about it, especially my husband and my father.  I have been making this recipe for years, but have never tasted it myself as I don’t like baked beans!  My Mom now uses this recipe, but makes hers without any meat.

Those who have tasted it with the meat like it better with the beef frye (or bacon).  I add molasses at the request of my husband and he tells me it’s better with the molasses. I use maybe 2 tablespoons of the molasses.  I first made this recipe for our Nosheri Too group, a singles group I started before Paul and I got married.

This recipe originally came from one of my Pillsbury cookbooks.

~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Apple Strudel is a heavenly delight.

DISCLAIMER:  This photo of a delicious looking slice of strudel is not the photo for the following strudel recipe.  I found this photo on the Internet. ~Softa123

Rachael’s And Softa’s Apple Walnut Strudel

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2 Apples

1/3 cup Walnuts; chopped

1/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice; (NOTE: I used more so apples wouldn’t turn brown)

1/4 cup Margarine

1/8 cup Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/3 pound Phyllo Leaves (6 leaves)

Bread Crumbs

Egg Wash (Beaten Egg and Water)

Cinnamon-Sugar

Peel, core and chop apples. Combine apples, walnuts, lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and cloves in a mixing bowl; fold to mix.

Melt margarine.

Place 1 phyllo dough leaf on a lightly dampened, lightly bread-crumbed cloth. Brush leaf lightly with melted margarine. Place a second leaf on top of first leaf. Brush lightly with melted margarine. Repeat with a third leaf.

Place half of apple filling 2″ in from long edges. Fold long edges in over the filling. Fold over the ends. Roll up dough jelly-roll fashion.

Score top of roll into 10 pieces with a sharp knife or scissors and place on GREASED cookie sheet. Repeat with next 3 leaves. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25 mins. OR until lightly browned.

Makes 18-20 pieces of strudel.

Note: A package of phyllo dough will make approximately 4-5 rolls. I made this recipe up for Rosh Hashanah 2002. It is based upon a recipe I found on the internet, but I greatly changed it. It is easy, fast, and delicious. Rachael did the first two rolls and mixed up the first batch just about by herself at age 6 1/2. We were both very proud of her! I hope this will be a new tradition for us! ~Marilyn aka Softa123

Servings: 18

Every so often we need to turn everything upside down so we can see a new perspective of our life and our world. ~Marilyn Sultar

DISCLAIMER:  This photo of Topsy Turvy Apple Pecan Pie  is not the photo for the following strudel recipe.  I found this photo on the Internet. ~Softa123

Topsy Turvy Apple Pecan Pie

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1/4 cup Softened Butter or Margarine

1/2 cup Pecan Halves

2/3 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar

Pastry for 2-Crust Pie

6 cups Sliced Tart Apples (about 2 1/2 lbs.).

2 tablespoons Lemon Juice

1 tablespoon Flour

1/2 cup Sugar

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon Salt

Spread softened butter evenly on bottom and sides of 9″ pie pan. Press pecan halves, rounded side down, into butter. Pat brown sugar evenly over pecans. Roll out enough pastry for 1 crust; place in pie pan over sugar; trim, leaving 1/2″ overhang. Combine remaining ingredients; pour into pie pan, keeping top level. Top with remaining pastry; trim even with bottom crust; fold edges together, flush with rim; flute.

Prick top of pie with fork. Bake in hot oven, 450 degrees, 10 mins.; reduce heat to moderate, 350 degrees; bake 30-45 minutes or longer, or until apples are tender. Remove from oven. When syrup in pan stops bubbling, place serving plate over pie; invert. Carefully remove pie pan.  SERVE HOT.

I have not made this recipe yet. It sounds great for Thanksgiving. It came from one of the Rochester newspapers, years ago when we had two newspapers.

~Softa123 aka Marilyn

If you want apples, you have to shake the trees.

Caramel Apple Salad

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4 apples, cored and diced

16 ounces crushed pineapple with juice

1/2 cup chopped dry-roasted peanuts

1 package butterscotch instant pudding, fat free, sugar free

1 tub fat free Cool Whip

Combine all ingredients.

Servings: 12

Some like it hot, some do not.

Fire Red Candy Apples Recipe

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Submitted by RecipeTips.com

“These bright red apples would surely catch the eye of all the kids at your next Halloween party. Serve theses yummy treats and be the first to welcome in the Fall season.”

Ingredients

8 medium apples, green or red

2-3/4 cups sugar

1-1/4 cups light corn syrup

1-1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon vanilla

15 drops red food coloring

Serving Description: 1 apple

Servings: 8

Equipment: medium heavy sauce pan

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Directions

Wash and dry apples, remove stems and insert a wooden stick into the bottom (not stem end) of the apples; approximately 2/3 of the way into the apple. Set apples aside. In saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat slowly on low heat, stirring constantly. Once mixture starts to boil, stop stirring and leave boiling until candy mixture reaches 300°F on a candy thermometer, or until a small amount of mixture dropped into cold water separates into breakable threads.

Remove from heat and stir in food coloring. Wait until mixture stops bubbling, then add vanilla, mix well.

Dip each apple into the mixture while mixture is still hot, swirl to cover apple evenly. You will need to work fast to get all the apples dipped before mixture becomes too hard.

Place dipped apple on greased cookie sheet or greased wax paper.

Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at supper time...

Halloween Candy Apples 2

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By Chef Dee

Added October 01, 2004 | Recipe #101064

Categories: Candy Dessert Apples More

Photo by brian48195

Total Time: 1 hrs 34 mins

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 1 hrs 24 mins

Chef Dee’s Note: We make these every Halloween.

Ingredients:

8 apples, firm and medium sized

8 wooden sticks

3 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup water

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon red food coloring

Directions:

1 Wash, dry and polish apples.

2 Remove stem.

3 Insert wooden stick in stem end.

4 Remove blossoms.  (SOFTA123’S NOTE:  I really am unsure what this means, but my guess is that if there are blossoms or leaves on the apples, take them off before you begin making this recipe.)

5 Set aside.

6 Put sugar, syrup and water into saucepan.

7 Heat and stir to dissolve.

8 Boil without stirring until it reaches 300 degrees on candy thermometer.

9 A bit of syrup dropped into cold water will separate into brittle threads.

10 Remove from heat.

11 Stir in cinnamon and food coloring.

12 Dip apple to cover.

13 Hold above saucepan to drain.

14 Place on greased pan or tray stick side up.

15 Quickly dip remaining apples.

16 Return syrup to heat long enough to liquefy if it firms too much.

17 Let stand at least 1 hour before serving.

By Michelle_My_Belle on October 29, 2010

Very easy to make, and using the leftovers to make hard candy was a great idea! I added some extra cinnamon with the food coloring at the end to brighten up the flavor after cooking so long.

By brian48195 on November 08, 2009

These were easy to make. It takes longer for the temperature to reach 300 because you have to wait for the water to boil off. So, don’t worry that it isn’t going as fast as you think. Also, use a small pot so the liquid is deeper. I also did what another reviewer suggested and sprinkled a cookie sheet with sugar to set the apples on. I also took the left over candy and poured it into little tart pans and made candy discs. I will make this recipe again. Thanks for sharing.

By KennKonn on October 23, 2009

This is very very close to my mom’s recipe that she has been making every Halloween for 40 years. She sprinkles white sugar on the cookie sheets then sets the candied apples on that. They don’t stick to the pans and they have a sugary bottom that hardens and makes it easier to wrap in plastic wrap. I prefer the candy to the candy apples anymore.  There isn’t many kids left at home anymore but on Halloween all the past kids come knocking on the door. It wouldn’t be Halloween without her candy apples.

Nutritional Facts for Halloween Candy Apples

Serving Size: 1 (309 g)

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving% Daily ValueCalories 422.5 Calories from Fat

296%Total Fat 0.2 g0%Saturated Fat 0.0 g0%Cholesterol 0.0 mg0%Sodium

15.2 mg0%Total Carbohydrate 110.4 g36%Dietary Fiber 3.3 g13%Sugars 94.9

g379%Protein 0.3 g0%

From Recipe.com™ http://www.Recipe.com

It's yummy, yummy in my tummy and it feels oh so good...

Candy Bar Caramel Apple

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These apples are dipped in fudgy caramel and then into your favorite chopped candy bar. What a treat!

20 min. Prep time

2 :20 Total time

8 caramel apples

8 wooden craft sticks

8 large apples, washed, dried

1 cup chopped your favorite chocolate-covered candy bars

1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1/4 cup milk

1 (11-ounce) bag caramel bits*

1 cup milk chocolate & caramel swirled baking chips**

2 (1-ounce) squares white baking chocolate, melted

Insert 1 wooden stick into stem end of each apple; set aside. Line baking sheet with waxed paper; spray with no-stick cooking spray. Set aside. Place chopped candy into medium bowl; set aside.

Combine butter, milk and caramel bits in 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel is melted and smooth (5 to 7 minutes). Remove from heat; stir in baking chips until smooth.

Place pan over low heat; dip apples into melted caramel mixture until evenly coated, spooning mixture over apples as needed. Shake gently to allow all excess caramel mixture to drip off. Roll bottoms of apples into chopped candy. Place onto prepared baking sheet.

Drizzle each apple with melted white chocolate. If necessary, lift each apple from waxed paper and press caramel and chopped candy back onto bottom of apples. Place back onto waxed paper.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Wrap each apple in waxed paper; store refrigerated. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.

*Substitute 45 caramels, unwrapped.

**Substitute 1 cup milk chocolate chips.

– Make sure to allow all excess caramel mixture to drip off into pan.

– Wrap 2 colors of festive ribbon around wooden sticks for a special touch. Tie at ends to secure.

– Wooden craft sticks are available in craft stores or you can check in the produce section for caramel apple sticks.

– Leftover caramel sauce can be re-heated and served over ice cream.

Calories: 520

Fat: 23g

Cholesterol: 25mg

Sodium: 220mg

Carbohydrates: 77g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Protein: 6g

This recipe was reprinted from landolakes.com.

http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1641

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE TODAY!

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Halloween Fun #11

Posted on October 28, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Cherries, Chocolate, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Honey, Jello, Kosher Recipe, My Ramblings, Nuts, Party Ideas, Popcorn, Recipes, Rochester, Snacks | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |


A Spooky Night

Last night, I got into bed to take my medications before going to sleep, and as I was sorting out the vials, the lights suddenly went out and it was pitch black.  I picked up the phone to call Rochester Gas & Electric, our local gas company, and even the phone was dead.  Thank G-d for cell phones!  Paul had a small pen light to make his way to his cell phone and I knew that I had put an electric candle on the bookshelves right outside our bedroom door.  So, Paul got out of bed, got his cell and the candle.  We tried to find the switch and it was as fine as a hair pin or a very thin needle.  We kept trying to manipulate it and figured the batteries were dead.  So, I opened up the battery  compartment to find that there we no batteries in it.  Luckily, Paul knew just where to get the batteries…on his chair in the bedroom.  Then he had trouble closing the compartment up.  It’s hard to do everything by yourself.  He was trying to do it one-handed while he held the penlight.  I suggested that he give me a try.  I had him hold the light and, of course, because I did it with two-hands, I got it closed and it worked.

Next we called 411 for the phone number of RG&E.  We attempted that three times to no avail!  So, I suggested we call my mother who does not live in our area.  At that point I figured that it was area –wide.  Luckily, everything was fine at my mom’s house and we asked her to call.  We wanted to make sure that RG&E knew what was happening because it was about 40 degrees when I last checked the temperature at about 6 pm and this was 8:30-9:00ish.  I didn’t want to freeze to death!  Mom told me they would have us back up by 11:00 p.m.  They were true to their word.  I’d say we were up around 10:00 p.m.

To make matters worse, I just woke up and discovered that snow on the skylight in our bathroom!  I haven’t looked out to see what it’s doing now, but I am going to the beauty parlor to have my hair done and I don’t want it to get ruined before I get home!

Now for today’s article, I thought I would make this a hodge –podge of recipes for popcorn balls!  They are much fun to make.

Cinnamon Red Hot Popcorn

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10 cups of air-popped popcorn (1/2 cup unpopped)

1-1/2 cups (7 oz.) coarsely chopped pecans

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce

2 tablespoons honey

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into thin pats

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Yield: 18 cups

Heat oven to 250 degrees. Place popcorn and pecans in 5-quart ovenproof bowl or Dutch oven. Bake 15 minutes.

Combine sugars, corn syrup, pepper sauce and honey in 2-quart saucepan.  Bring to a full boil over medium-high heat, stirring just until sugars dissolve. Boil about 6 to 8 minutes or until soft-crack stage (290 degrees on candy thermometer). Do not stir. Remove from heat.

Gradually add butter and cinnamon to sugar mixture, stirring gently until well blended. Pour over popcorn, tossing to coat evenly. Spread popcorn mixture on greased baking sheets, using two forks. Cool completely. Break into bite-size pieces. Store airtight up to two weeks.

Note: If popcorn mixture sets too quickly, return to oven to re-warm.  Popcorn mixture can be shaped into 3-inch balls while warm, if desired.

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls

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6 cups popped popcorn

3 (2.1-ounce) NESTLE® BUTTERFINGER® Candy Bars, chopped

1/4 cup butter or margarine

3-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

These fun-filled popcorn balls are great to make with the kids before settling in for a night of videos and snuggling.

1. Combine popcorn and chopped Butterfinger in large bowl.

2. Melt butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows.

Heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.

3. Pour over popcorn mixture; quickly toss to coat well. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray. Form popcorn mixture into six 3-inch balls. Place on waxed paper to cool. Store in airtight container.

Makes 6 popcorn balls.

Macbeth's Three Witches

Double Double Toil and Trouble Chocolate Popcorn Balls

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1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1/4 cup butter or margarine

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

8 cups freshly popped popcorn

1 cup “M&M’s”® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Baking Bits

Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter and cocoa in medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Add popcorn, stirring until evenly coated. Remove from heat. Stir in “M&M’s”® pieces. Cool slightly. Shape into 2” balls.

Yield: 18 balls

Nutritional Information: (Based on 1 ball) Total calories: 160 Fat: 7 g Carbohydrate: 24 g Sugar: 19 g Fiber: 2 g Protein: 1 g Sodium: 75 mg Cholesterol: 5 mg

EASY POPCORN BALLS

6 tbsp. butter

3 c. mini marshmallows

3 tbsp. flavored gelatin (any flavor)

3 qts. unsalted popcorn

butter (for hands)

Melt 6 tablespoons butter in large pan; add marshmallows. Stir until melted. Blend in gelatin. Place the popped corn in a large bowl (give yourself room to stir!), pour the gelatin mixture over the popped corn, and stir.

Butter your hands and form corn into balls. Be sure to work quickly as it gets sticky when it cools down! Vary flavor of gelatin for season; orange – Halloween; red and green – Christmas, etc.

Yields: 8-10 large balls.

Nutella Peanut Balls

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“Popcorn balls are an old-fashioned, easy-to-make homemade treat. They can be made in a variety of ways. You can make a basic popcorn ball and add little Halloween candies like candy corns, or you can make different flavors of popcorn balls like the Nutella popcorn balls in the photo above.

Popcorn balls are the perfect, not-too-sweet or fattening treat for Halloween. They make great treats for coworkers, friends, and family. You can serve them in cupcake liners like I have done here, put them on lollipop sticks, or wrap them in cellophane with pretty bows.”

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1/2 cup honey

• 3 tablespoons Nutella, or chocolate peanut butter

• 3 tablespoons butter

• 12 cups popped popcorn

• additional butter

• Latex or vinyl gloves (to protect hands from hot, sticky candy while forming

Balls)

Pop popcorn. Combine sugar, honey, Nutella, and butter in a saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until it boils. Cook until mixture reaches hard ball stage, 250 – 266 degrees.

Combine popcorn and hot Nutella mixture in a large bowl. Mix well with a spoon. Butter gloved hands well. Form popcorn balls in hands, pressing popcorn together and squeezing balls so that the popcorn sticks together.

Let cool completely on cookie sheet or in cupcake liners as shown.

Makes 12 popcorn balls.

Trick or Treat Popcorn Balls

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8 cups air-popped popcorn

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/3 cup water

1 tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup orange gumdrops

1/2 cup red gumdrops

1/2 cup yellow gumdrops

Place popped corn in mixing bowl; set aside.

In small saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring sugar, corn syrup, water, margarine, and salt to boil. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring, for ten minutes or until reaches hard-ball stage of 254 degrees F on candy thermometer. Remove from heat.

Wearing oven mitts to shield against splatters, carefully stir in vanilla extract. Pour over popped corn; using prepared spoon, toss until well coated. Stir in gumdrops.

Wearing rubber gloves, form into 2-inch balls; let cool on baking sheet.

286 Calories; 1g Fat (2% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 71g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 135mg Sodium

Halloween Popcorn Balls

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In Diana’s Recipe Book

Servings: 24

Ingredients:

20 cups popped popcorn

1-1/2 cups light-colored corn syrup

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces or candy-coated peanut butter-flavored pieces

Instructions:

Remove all unpopped kernels from popped popcorn. Place popcorn in a buttered 17x12x2-inch baking pan or roasting pan. Keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree F (150 C) oven while preparing marshmallow mixture.

In a large saucepan bring corn syrup and sugar to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallow creme, butter, and vanilla until combined.

Pour marshmallow mixture over hot popcorn; stir gently to coat. Cool until popcorn mixture can be handled easily. Stir in candies. With damp hands, quickly shape mixture into 3-inch-diameter balls. Wrap each popcorn ball in plastic wrap. Store at room temperature up to 1 week.

Makes 24 popcorn balls.

Variations: Popcorn Cake: Turn popcorn mixture into a buttered 10-inch tube pan. Press gently into pan with spatula or damp hands. Let stand about 30 minutes; remove and slice like cake.

To Present This As a Gift: You will need a white glass bowl with lip, glass paint pens in black, orange, green, and silver.

Wash and dry the bowl. Avoid touching the areas to be painted. Paint “Halloween” around the rim of the bowl, drawing pumpkins for the Os and between each word as desired. Let dry. Bake the painted glassware in oven if instructed by the paint manufacturer. Let cool.

Also Try This: Use Halloween stickers in place of painted jack-o’-lanterns.

Source: DianasDesserts.com Date: October 14, 2003

Sweet Popcorn Balls

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From Country Living

“We make this wholesome popcorn treat with an eclectic mix of dried fruit for concentrated bursts of fruit flavor.”  ~Charles Schiller

Ingredients

12 cup(s) popped popcorn

3 cup(s) mixed dried fruit such as golden raisins, cherries, and chopped apricots and figs

1-1/4 Cup(s) granulated sugar

3/4 cup(s) brown sugar

1 cup(s) corn syrup

1/2 cup(s) water

Directions

Toss popcorn and dried fruit together in a large, lightly oiled, heatproof bowl.

Oil 2 waxed paper-lined baking pans and a long metal fork. Set aside.

Bring sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, and water to a boil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer.

Reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture reaches 260 degrees F.

Carefully pour the syrup over the popcorn mixture. Stir with the fork to distribute. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes.

With well-oiled hands, form 3-inch balls, place on pans, and cool completely.

Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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Halloween Fun #9

Posted on October 25, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Cheese, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Coconut, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Desserts, Halloween, Halloween Candy, Halloween Recipes, Kosher Recipe, MINT, Party Ideas, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Recipes with Pumpkin, Snacks, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Today I have to go to the doctor, so my time is very limited.  I am sorry to say this article may have to be posted in two parts, but the end result will be lots of fun recipes for candy making.  I love to make candy and Halloween is the best time to make it.  It is interesting the number of holidays that must have candy to help celebrate it…Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Chanukah, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…and to think we complain about our holidays being manipulated by Hallmark Cards!  LOL

When I make candy, I like to make the molded chocolates, but I am not going to explain how-to’s for those in this article.  Instead, we will look at fun Halloween specific candy recipes and Copykat recipes for our favorite candy bars.  So hang on tight while we begin our journey through “The Candy Shoppe!”

Step Right Up For The Best Candy Anywhere!

Today we will begin with Halloween specific candy bars with such goodies as Candy Ghosts to keep with our ghost theme, pumpkin mints, and marshmallow witches to name a few.  Scroll down and drool!

Aren't I Just The Cutest?

Candy Ghosts

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4 tablespoons of evaporated milk

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Black or red string licorice

Measure the milk into the bowl then add the sugar slowly using a fork to mix it in until all the sugar has been added. It will be thick and you will be able to knead it with your hands. Knead it until the mixture is very smooth and easy to work with, like play dough.

Tear off bits of the mixture and shape into little ghost shapes. Cut bits of the licorice to use as eyes and mouths. Chill.

Makes about 10 ghosts depending upon how big you make them. This can also be rolled out and cut with cookie cutters.

Why Are You Afraid of Me?

Marshmallow Witches

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1/2 cup vanilla frosting, divided

36 miniature semisweet chocolate chips

12 large marshmallows

1 drop each green, red and yellow food coloring, optional

1/4 cup flaked coconut

12 chocolate wafers

12 miniature peanut butter cups

12 milk chocolate kisses

For the face of each witch, place a dab of frosting on the bottom of three chocolate chips; press two for eyes and one for nose onto each  marshmallow.

For hair, combine green food coloring and a drop of water in a small resealable plastic bag; add coconut and shake well. Spread a small amount of frosting on sides of marshmallows; press coconut hair into frosting. Place 3 tablespoons of frosting in a small heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; tint orange with red and yellow food coloring.   Set aside.

For hats, spread some of the remaining frosting in the center of chocolate wafers; press peanut butter cups upside down into frosting. Lightly spread bottoms of chocolate kisses with frosting; place on peanut butter cups.

Cut a small hole in the corner of pastry or plastic bag; insert a small star tip. Fill the bag with frosting and pipe stars around the base of each peanut butter cup. Secure a hat to each witch with a dab of frosting.

Makes 1 dozen.

Marzipan Pumpkins

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“Marzipan pumpkins are easy to make and look beautiful on top of pastries, or as part of a fall display. You can modify the recipe and vary the size of the pumpkins to suit your needs.

You can make your own marzipan, or purchase it from most large grocery stores. Marzipan most commonly comes in 7-ounce tubes (the quantity called for here) but you can use more or less depending on what you have available.”

Ingredients:

7 ounces (1 roll) marzipan

Red and yellow food coloring

Dark-colored jimmies (optional)

Preparation:

Coat your hands with powdered sugar, or wear plastic gloves.  Knead the marzipan until it has softened slightly. Flatten the marzipan into a disc, and add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring to the middle, using a ration of 1 drop red to 2 drops yellow. Fold the marzipan into a ball and begin to knead the color throughout the dough,adding more food coloring if desired, working until the marzipan is one uniform color.

Roll the dough into small balls about 1 inch in diameter. Flatten the balls slightly so that they have a pumpkin shape. Place a toothpick vertically against the side of a marzipan ball, and press the side of the toothpick into the candy, creating an indentation extending vertically from top to bottom. Repeat at regular intervals along the ball, to create the familiar pumpkin creases. Repeat with remaining pumpkins.

If desired, poke small holes in the top of the pumpkins, and push in a dark-colored candy jimmy to form the “stem.” Edible sprigs of herbs can also be used.

Store marzipan pumpkins in an airtight Tupperware container for up to two weeks, or freeze well-wrapped marzipan pumpkins for up to three months.

How realistic can you get?

Mummy Truffles

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“Making Halloween candy is a wrap with these Mummy Truffles! Chewy, soft coconut balls are wrapped in fondant “bandages” to form adorable mini mummy candies.

Don’t miss the video showing how to make mummy  truffles!  Click on the word “video” to view the video.”

Yield: about 24 1-inch candies

Ingredients:

4 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 ounces white fondant

2 tablespoons chocolate chips

Preparation:

Place the cream cheese,vanilla, and coconut extract in the bowl of a large electric mixer. Mix them on medium speed until the cream cheese is smooth and entirely soft.

Stop the mixer, add 2 cups of powdered sugar, and mix on low speed until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Stop the mixer and add the remaining powdered sugar and mix just until combined.

Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and add the coconut and salt. Turn the mixer to low and mix until the candy is homogeneous and well-mixed. Check the texture of the candy: you want it to be firm enough to easily be shaped into a ball, but not too dry and stiff. If necessary, add more powdered sugar to get the right texture.

Using a spoon, scoop up a small amount of candy and roll it between your hands until it is round. Place the ball on a foil-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining candy. Chill until the balls are firm, about 2 hours.

Once the balls are firm, roll the fondant out on a powdered sugar-dusted workstation until it is a thin rectangle about a foot long. Roll the fondant as thin as possible, because you don’t want the fondant layer to overwhelm the candy. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut very thin strips of fondant, about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. At this point, you can use a rolling pin to roll the individual strip of fondant even thinner to get a paper-thin strip.

Take one thin strip and wrap it around one of the coconut balls, criss-crossing it in the front to make the mummy’s bandages. If it breaks, just start wrapping again–it doesn’t have to be perfect. You can use a little water or corn syrup to get it to stick to the coconut ball if it has trouble sticking. Wrap it around 3-4 times total–it is okay if some of the coconut is showing through. Repeat with remaining fondant and coconut balls, re-rolling the fondant scraps as necessary until all of the balls are covered with mummy bandages.

Melt the chocolate chips and use a toothpick to dot the chocolate onto the mummies to form eyes. Alternately, you can stick on mini chocolate chips or M&Ms for the eyes.

Store Mummy Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Pumpkin Mints

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1/4 cup milk

4 tsp. butter

3-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

2 drops oil of peppermint

Yellow food coloring

Green food coloring

Red food coloring

Heat milk and butter and stir till butter has melted.  Add confectioner’s sugar. Mix thoroughly and add the oil of peppermint.

Knead with hands until fondant is smooth. Take out about 1/6 and color it green. Knead to mix color evenly. Cover with damp cheesecloth to prevent drying. Add enough yellow and red coloring to the rest of the fondant to make it a nice orange pumpkin color. Cover with damp cheesecloth.

Work with small amounts of the orange-colored fondant at a time and roll into small balls in the palms of your hands.

Break a toothpick in 2 and make grooves in the fondant like those in a pumpkin, using the broken end of the toothpick.

Roll a bit of the green fondant in thin cylinders and cut in short stem like pieces. Press on top of the pumpkins.

YIELD: 40 mints

These are a must try!

Pumpkin Spice Truffles

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“Pumpkin Spice Truffles are pumpkin-shaped truffles that are bursting with flavor from pumpkin puree, cream cheese, cinnamon graham crackers, and plenty of spices. The cream cheese flavor isn’t overwhelming, but it does give these Pumpkin truffles a bit of a pumpkin cheesecake flavor–which is a definite plus in my book! If you want to stay more traditional you can dip these in regular chocolate instead of making them look like miniature pumpkins.

Yield: 24-30 truffles

Ingredients:

6 ounces white chocolate, chopped (or uses chips)

2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

3/4 cup powdered dry milk

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (I recommend using cinnamon grahams)

1 pound orange colored candy coating

3 ounces green colored candy coating

Preparation:

In a small bowl, melt the white chocolate in the microwave in short bursts until it is melted and entirely smooth. Set aside for now. Combine the softened cream cheese and the pumpkin puree in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth and combined. Scrape the bowl and beat again to make sure there are no lumps in the cream cheese.

Add the powdered milk, the powdered sugar, and the pumpkin pie spice. Beat on low until incorporated, then scrape down the mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, until very smooth.

Add the melted white chocolate and mix until incorporated. Finally, stir in the graham cracker crumbs.

The mixture will be fairly soft at this point. Press cling wrap on the top and refrigerate it until firm enough to roll, about 2 hours.

When the candy is firm, use a candy scoop or a teaspoon to scoop up small balls. Dust your hands with powdered sugar and roll the truffles between your palms to make them round.

Melt the orange candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl until melted and fluid.

Dip the truffles in the coating, one by one, using dipping tools or a fork. Set them on a foil-lined baking sheet when finished.

To make them look more like pumpkins, add a bit of melted chocolate tothe remaining orange coating to turn it a darker shade of brownish-orange. Put it in a small plastic bag and snip off a tiny corner. Pipe intersecting lines across the top of the truffles.

Finish them off with green leaves: melt the green candy coating and put it in a plastic bag as well. Draw a small swirl on to of each pumpkin truffle to simulate vines or leaves.

Refrigerate the truffles to set the coating, for about 10 minutes, before serving.

Store Pumpkin Spice Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, and bring them to room temperature before serving.

Pumpkin Chocolate Bark

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

“Pumpkin Chocolate Bark has a gorgeous swirl of orange pumpkin-flavored chocolate running through rich semi-sweet chocolate. This beautiful treat makes a perfect Halloween candy, and it couldn’t be easier to make.

You will need orange oil-based candy coloring and oil-based candy pumpkin flavoring for this recipe–water-based colorings and flavorings will not mix well with the chocolate. The flavoring can be found in many specialty cake or candy stores, or purchased online by searching for “pumpkin flavoring.”

Ingredients:

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, or chocolate chips

1 teaspoon pumpkin-flavored candy oil

1-1/2 cups white chocolate, chopped, or white chocolate chips

Orange candy coloring

Preparation:

Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or waxed paper.

If you would like to store this candy at room temperature, you should temper the chocolate by following these instructions. (Note that you cannot temper chocolate chips). If you are fine with storing the candy in the refrigerator, it can simply be melted as described in the following instructions. Place the semi-sweet chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating.

Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, stir in ½ tsp of the pumpkin flavoring and stir until smooth. Scrape the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it into a thin layer, about ¼ inch thick, with a knife or offset spatula. Set aside at room temperature while you prepare the white chocolate.

Place the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Once melted, add the remaining ½ tsp of pumpkin flavoring, and a few drops of orange candy oil. Stir until well-mixed, and add more coloring if necessary to achieve the shade of orange you’d like.

Take a large spoon and drop spoonfuls of the orange all over the chocolate on the baking sheet. Use a toothpick or the tip of a knife to swirl the orange and chocolate together. Try not to swirl too much, or the color will become muddy and the swirls indistinct.

Refrigerate the tray to set the chocolate, about 15 minutes. Once set, break the bark into small irregular pieces with your hands. If the chocolate has been tempered, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature, but if not, you should keep Pumpkin Chocolate Bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator to prevent it from becoming too soft.

Vampire Blood Fudge

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1-1/2 C. granulated sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 T. butter or margarine

1/2 C. evaporated milk

1 small box cherry-flavored gelatin

2 to 3 T. raspberry jam

2 C. semisweet mini chocolate chips

1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Butter an 8-inch square pan.

Mix sugar, salt, butter or margarine and milk in a saucepan. Place the mixture on the stove, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir carefully and continuously for exactly 5 minutes. If you stop stirring, the mixture will rise in the pan and burn. If the mixture is too near the top of the pot, the heat is too high and should be lowered.

Prepare gelatin according to package directions, using only 1 cup water. While gelatin is still liquid, add it and raspberry jam to fudge mixture. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove the saucepan from heat. Turn off the heat. Add chocolate chips immediately, and stir until they are all dissolved. Add vanilla extract and stir. Pour fudge into the prepared pan. Refrigerate overnight.

When fudge is hard, turn the pan over and run hot water over the bottom so you can remove the fudge easily. Cut into 16 squares.

So you vant to eat me, huh!

Werewolf Truffles

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By Elizabeth LaBau, About.com Guide

Werewolf Truffles may be the best Halloween candy you’re too scared to eat! A delicious chocolate-peanut butter mixture is dipped in chocolate and decorated to look like spooky werewolves. This recipe yields 16-18 werewolf truffles.

Don’t miss the video showing how to make werewolf truffles!  Just click the word “video” to go to see this wonderful video.

Ingredients:

1.5-2 cups powdered sugar

3 ounces (about 1/2 cup) chocolate chips, melted

2 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon hot water

3 tablespoons peanut butter

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 pound chocolate candy coating

1 graham cracker

2 tablespoons red hots candy

2 tablespoons miniature chocolate chips

Cooling rack with small grid pattern

Preparation:

Place the melted chocolate chips, cream cheese, vanilla, hot water, peanut butter, salt, and 1 cup of powdered sugar in the bowl of a large electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, mix the ingredients until the candy is well-mixed and homogeneous.

Stop the mixer and add an additional 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Mix the candy on low, stopping to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl, until it is entirely mixed and smooth. Check the texture of the candy: you want it to be firm enough to easily be shaped into a ball, but not too dry and stiff. If necessary, add more powdered sugar to get the right texture.

Using a spoon, scoop up a small amount of candy and roll it between your hands until it is round. Now pinch a bit of it in front to elongate it about ½ inch–this is the werewolf’s “snout.” Repeat with remaining candy until you have 16-18 werewolf heads on a foil-lined baking sheet.

Melt the candy coating in a large microwave-safe bowl, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Stir until the coating is melted and smooth.

While you are melting the coating, cut the graham cracker into small triangles between 1/4-1/2 inch tall. These will be your werewolf ears.

Once the coating is melted, dip the bottom of a graham triangle in the coating and press it into the top of the werewolf’s head. Repeat with a second triangle to form a pair of ears, and continue until every werewolf has two ears sticking from the top of its head. Refrigerate the werewolves to set the coating, about 5 minutes.

Once the coating holding the ears in place is set, remove the tray from the refrigerator. Using forks or dipping tools, dip a werewolf head in the melted candy coating, submerging it completely. Remove it from the coating and tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess coating. Place the head back on the baking sheet and repeat with remaining candies and coating.

To create the texture of the werewolf’s fur, the candy coating needs to set just a little bit–you want it to be tacky to the touch but not liquidy. So either let the tray of dipped candies sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, or place it in the refrigerator for 15-30 seconds. Once the werewolves are tacky to the touch, place several of them on a cooling rack with a small grid pattern. Use a fork to roll them around the rack. Some of the candy coating will come off and stick to the rack, and the rest will start to get textured and look “furry.”

Repeat with remaining truffles. If you don’t have a cooling rack that works, you can try using fork tines to create a waved or hair-like pattern on the truffles.

To finish your werewolves, press a miniature chocolate chip into the top of the snout to be the wolf’s nose. Cut a red hot in half, and press the two halves into the head to be the eyes. Refrigerate the truffles to set the coating completely.

Store Werewolf Truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, and allow them to come to room temperature before serving for best taste and texture.

I will post part two of this article tomorrow.  I hope you and I both get a chance to try our hand at some of these great recipes.  I especially love the werewolves, don’t you!  Let me know what you think!

 

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HALLOWEEN FUN #8

Posted on October 24, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Candy, Cheese, Cherries, Chocolate, Comfort Foods, Dairy, Halloween, Halloween Munchies, Halloween Recipes, Halloween Snacks, Kids, Kosher Recipe, Munchies, Nuts, Party Ideas, Popcorn, Rainy Day Foods, Recipes, Snacks, Tried and True Recipe | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


When I go to parties, I like to munch.  So today’s article is all about Halloween munchies.  Most can be used at anytime of the year.  Before I begin though, I’d like to give a special thanks to MadLantern  Arts for most of the Halloween clipart used here.  Please visit their website and let them know we appreciate them!  If there is no mention of an artist or website where I got the art, then it’s by Mad Lantern Arts.  I love their  work!  Nice and sharp and clean!  Here is the link for their website:  MadLantern Arts .  I would also like to thank Free Clipart Pictures for their clipart.

MOM’S M&M MIX

My mother used to mix peanuts (out of the shell, of course!), M&Ms (buy Halloween colors) and raisins.  I always loved that mixture, the sweet of the raisins with the chocolate sweet of the M&Ms combined with the saltiness of the peanuts is just perfect!  Mix the amounts to your own taste.  I like everything equal…well, maybe a bit more of the M&Ms.

Halloween Party Treat (Candy Corn And Peanut Mix)

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By Kim D.

Added May 16, 2002 | Recipe #28603

Categories: Lunch/snacks Snacks Fruit More

Photo by Bonnie G #2

Total Time: 10 mins.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Kim D.’s Note: “Great little snack you can easily throw together for your next Halloween party!”

Ingredients:

1 cup candy corn

1 cup salted peanuts

Directions:

Mix the Candy Corn and peanuts together.  Serve in a bowl.

I loved it when my Mom would make us roasted pumpkin seeds.  They were always a treat because we only got them once a year.  Mom would make hers in a skillet with melted margarine and a bit of salt, then she would roast them in the oven.  Here is a grown up version of pumpkin seeds that I think might even be better!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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Photo by: Taste of Home

“To enjoy the seeds from a pumpkin you hollow out, spice ’em and bake ’em for a fun snack using this easy recipe from field editor Dawn Fagerstrom of Warren, Minnesota.”

8 Servings

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min.

Ingredients

2 cups fresh pumpkin seeds

3 tablespoons butter, melted

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions

Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil.

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients; spread into prepared pan.

Bake at 250° for 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to 325°. Bake 5 minutes longer or until seeds are dry and lightly browned.

Serve warm, or cool before storing in an airtight container.

Yield: 2 cups.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds published in Taste of Home October/November 2007, p19.

This next recipe has been around as long as I can remember and is kid-friendly!

Photo by:  Mama’s Kitchen (Hope)

Bumps On A Log

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1 celery rib, washed, ends trimmed

2 tablespoons creamy or chunky peanut butter

10 NESTLÉ ® RAISINETS ® Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins

FILL celery with peanut butter.  Press RAISINETS into peanut butter.

LITTLE KITCHEN HELPER HINTS:

Even the littlest hands can press RAISINETS into the log. Help the children count out the nut and raisin pieces or make little piles of 5 each. It’s fun math! For those who are still hungry, spread peanut butter on small round crackers and have the kids make eyes, nose and mouths with RAISINETS. Have small baby carrots and apple wedges on hand for hungry kids to dip in the peanut butter jar.

Critter Munch

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1-1/2 cups animal cracker cookies

1/2 (6-ounce) package cheddar or any flavor goldfish crackers (1 1/2 cup)

1 cup dried tart cherries

1 cup plain candy-coated chocolate pieces

1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Put animal crackers, goldfish crackers, dried cherries, M & Ms and peanuts in a large mixing bowl and mix well. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

Makes 6 cups.

Recipe provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.

Halloween Party Mix

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By ratherbeswimmin’

Added July 15, 2002 | Recipe #34045

Categories: Lunch/snacks Snacks Chocolate More

Photo by lets.eat

Total Time: 1 hr. 25 mins.

Prep Time: 40 mins.

Cook Time: 45 mins.

Ingredients:

1 (11 ounce) package pretzels

1 (10 1/2 ounce) package miniature peanut butter filled butter flavor crackers

(I use Ritz)

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine

1/2 cup light corn syrup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 (10 ounce) package M&M’s

1 (18 1/2 ounce) package candy corn

Directions:

1 In a large bowl, combine first 3 ingredients.

2 In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter and corn syrup.

3 Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 5 minutes.

4 Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will

foam).

5 Pour over pretzel mixture and stir until coated.

6 Pour into a greased 15×10 inch baking pan.

7 Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

8 Break apart while warm.

9 Cool completely.

10 Toss with M&M’s and candy corn.

11 Store in airtight container.

This next recipe sounds great to me, but then I do like my sweets.  It may be more appropriate for the younger set.

Halloween Snack Mix

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1/2 cup blood drops (red hots)

1/2 cup cats eyes (blanched almonds) or (gum drops)

1/2 cup cats claws (sunflower seeds)

1 cup chicken toenails (candy corn)

1 cup colored flies (M & M’s)

1 cup butterfly wings (corn chips)

1 cup ants (raisins)

1 cup earthworms (cheese curls)

1 cup cobwebs (Triscuits) or (Golden Grahams)

1 cup snakes eyes (peanuts)

1 cup bats bones (shoestring potatoes)

Mix together in a large bowl. Serve with several pints of blood (cherry punch).

GOBLIN GOOD GORP

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PREP TIME: 5 mins.

START TO FINISH TIME: 5 mins.

SERVINGS: 10

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups Peanuts

1 cup Miniature Creme-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (like Oreos)

1 cup Candy Corn

1/2 cup Cheese-Flavored Tiny Fish-Shaped Crackers

1/2 cup Raisins

DIRECTIONS:

In a 1 1/2-2 quart container with cover, mix all ingredients, cover tightly.  Store at room temperature.

SERVING TIP:  “Make cute-take-home treat bags from small snack-size paper bags and black pipe cleaners.  At the party, serve the gorp in waffle cones and call them upside-down wizard hats!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:  Per 1/2 cup serving:

Calories 330, Total Fat 17 g (Saturated Fat 2.5 g); Sodium 75 mg, Total Carbohydrates 36 g (Dietary Fiber 3 g), Protein 9 g.

Exchanges:  1 Starch, 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrates, 1 High-Fat Meat, 1 1/2

Fat; Carbohydrate Choices:  2 1/2

This recipe comes from my 2011 “Pillsbury Easy Halloween Treats, Cupcakes & More” cookbook. ~Softa123 aka Marilyn

You have to have popcorn on Halloween.  It’s fine if you want the plain ordinary stuff, but if you want to kick it up a notch try these recipes:

Anti-Vampire Popcorn

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Posted by philocrates at recipegoldmine.com May 13, 2001

“You could also call it anti romance popcorn…”

1 bag Pillsbury Microwave Popcorn

2 cups crisp wheat square cereal

2 cups Cheddar cheese-flavored goldfish crackers

1 (1 3/4 ounce) can shoestring potatoes

1 cup unsalted peanuts

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Prepare popcorn as directed on the packaged. Remove any unpopped kernels.

In a large bowl, combine popcorn, cereal, crackers, shoestring potatoes and peanuts.

Place margarine in a 2-cup microwave-safe measuring cup. Microwave on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until melted.

Stir in parsley flakes, chili powder, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Drizzle seasoned mixture over popcorn mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Toss until evenly coated.

Transfer half of mixture to ungreased 12 x 8-inch microwave safe dish. Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring once halfway through heating. Spread on paper towels to cool. Repeat with remaining mixture.

Makes 12 cups.

Halloween Munchie Mix

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By Jolene Green

Added November 28, 2007 | Recipe #268679

Categories: Dessert Lunch/snacks Snacks More

Total Time: 10 mins.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Cook Time: 5 mins.

Jolene Green’s Note: My kids love this!

Ingredients:

1 cup mini marshmallows

1 cup orange and black plain M&M’

1 cup peanuts

1 cup candy corn

2 cups popped popcorn

Directions:

Mix ingredients together in bowl. Serve in plastic pumpkin or witch’s cauldron.

Graphic by ChocolatePug

Monster Mash

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“This Monster Mash Recipe Is A Great “Munchie” Food For Any Haunted Halloween Party.

There are several ways you can serve this ghoulish munchie:

1 ) set it up already measured out in paper cups

2 ) package it up into zip-loc baggies to give as a party favor

3 ) (our favorite) set it out in a large bowl with a spoon

This is an extremely easy and quick recipe.”

Ingredients

10 cups popped popcorn

16 ounces bag of M&M’s

14 ounces bag of chocolate covered peanuts

(You can use the chocolate covered peanut M&M’s)

1 cup candy corn

1 cup peanut butter chips

Preparations

Mix all into one big bowl.  It’s ready!

This next recipe is my favorite recipe for caramel corn!  It is very easy to make and even easier to eat!

Clipart by http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net

DOUBLE CARAMEL MUNCHIN’ MIX

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3 tablespoons Margarine OR Butter

3 tablespoons Caramel Topping

3 cups Double Chex Cereal

1 cup POPPED Popcorn

1/2 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts

In a SMALL MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL, melt margarine and caramel topping on HIGH for 1 minute; mix well.

Pour cereal, popcorn and peanuts into a LARGE RESEALABLE PLASTIC BAG.

Pour topping over cereal mixture inside the plastic bag.  SEAL the bag and shake until all pieces are evenly coated.

Pour contents into LARGE MICROWAVE SAFE BOWL.  Microwave on HIGH for 1-1/2 to 4 minutes, stirring EVERY MINUTE.

Spread on WAXED PAPER to cool.  Store in AIRTIGHT container.

This is a wonderful recipe!!!  I got it  from the Prodigy Food Forum

Bulletin Boards.~Softa123 aka Marilyn

Halloween Popcorn Pumpkins

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By: ALETA1314

“Popcorn balls are colored orange and made to look like pumpkins. These are a fun Halloween treat for kid and adult parties. Very versatile!”

Prep Time: 5 Min

Cook Time: 5 Min

Ready In: 20 Min

Yield 12 pumpkins

Ingredients

5 cups popped popcorn

1 cup candy corn

1 cup chopped salted peanuts

1/2 cup butter or margarine

3 cups miniature marshmallows

4 drops red food coloring

3 drops yellow food coloring

4 sticks red or black licorice, cut into thirds (SOFTA123’S AKA MARILYN’S NOTE: I would use green licorice.)

Directions

Grease a muffin pan and set aside.

Place popcorn, candy corn and peanuts into a large bowl and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows, red food coloring and yellow food coloring, adjusting color if needed to get a nice shade of orange.

When the marshmallows are completely melted, pour over the popcorn and stir to evenly distribute the candy, nuts and marshmallow.

Use a greased spoon to fill the muffin cups. Insert a piece of licorice to act as the stem, and mold the popcorn around it. Let stand until firm, 10 to 15 minutes, and then pull the pumpkins out by their stems and admire your pumpkin patch!

Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 328

Total Fat: 15g

Cholesterol: 20mg

Sodium: 221mg

Total Carbs: 45.4g

Dietary Fiber: 1.4g

Protein: 3.8g

Clip art by http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net

Halloween Snack Mix 2

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Photo by Susan Hunter [skhunter51]

Categories: Snacks, Candies, Nuts, Popcorn, Other Snacks, Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

Collections: Halloween Treats

Keywords: Treats, pretzels, halloween

Serves: 16

Prep Time: 20 Min

Cook Time: 30 Min

Ingredients

2 cups pretzel sticks

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

8 cups popped popcorn

1 cup candy corn

20 hershey kisses (unwrapped)

1 cup walnuts

1 cup candy pumpkins

2 cups cinnamon chex mix

6 tablespoons butter

3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 cup chocolate covered peanuts or raisins

Susan’s Notes: This is a cinnamon treat that your party cannot go without. You can double the batch because it will not last long.

This is a semi-healthy treat that should be at every Halloween party.

It is savory, sweet, crunchy and chewy.

ENJOY

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In the microwave melt the butter mixed with the pumpkin pie spice.

In a large bowl mix the pretzel sticks, walnuts and the sunflower seeds. Pour half of the butter over the mixture. After combining well spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

2 In another bowl mix together the popcorn and the chex mix and pour the remain butter over that mixing well.

3 Mix the popcorn and the pretzels mixture together and bake for 15 more minutes.

4 Let cool and add candy corn candy, pumpkins, chocolate covered peanuts or raisins and Hershey kisses, and serve to all those Halloweeners.

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HALLOWEEN FUN #7

Posted on October 22, 2011. Filed under: Autumn, Crafts, Halloween, Pumpkin Carving, Pumpkin Painting | Tags: , , , , |


More Halloween fun for me and you!

We can’t forget to carve and/or paint our pumpkins!  Here are some great ideas from around the net. On TLC How Things Work, you will find a great tutorial on the basics of pumpkin carving along with some carving ideas.  The definitive site for pumpkin carving is Pumpkin Masters.  They offer some of their incredible patterns for free downloading and also give carving tips.

Now, for the finished product!

The Pumpkin Lady boasts 500 carving patterns, some are free, some are not.  More patterns and how-to’s can be found at Stoneykins.  At Stoneykins  you will find many celebrity faces to carve!

Martha Stewart is my favorite go-to for everything Halloween.  She even has carve-by-number patterns.  Who knew?  LOL!  Of course carve-by numbers is based upon paint-by-numbers, what a great segue to painting patterns!

Capture The Beauty Of Simplicity

e-How says that for painting a pumpkin, you should look for a pumpkin that is uniform in size without any major imperfections. This makes painting easier. Wash and dry the pumpkin completely before painting. Download free pumpkin stencil designs from the Internet to use as a pattern. Consider sealing the painted pumpkin to prevent scratches and chips in the paint.  To create a Ghostly Faces:

  •  Paint the entire pumpkin white. Once the paint has dried, use black paint to create ghost faces over the white paint. Depending on the look you want to achieve, you can create friendly or spooky ghost faces.

I'm Dressed to the 9s and Ready to Haunt!

There are two really cool blogs that I just came across, Think Crafts where I copied the directions for a Henna Pumpkin that is beautiful, abstract and unusual, and for crafters Think Crafts is just a wonderful site to run to!  The other site is Tip Junkie which had a link to Think CraftsTip Junkie is a great site for all kinds of tips.  Check these sites out!  Here is the download link for the directions for the Henna Pumpkinhttp://www.4shared.com/file/G8fULKK8/Henna_Pumpkins.html

I think these sites will keep you busy!  If you are running out of time, you can always go to craft stores and find the ready-mades.  I found a beautiful silver carved-out fake pumpkin last year that I will be putting out again this year.

Patterns for you to download:

Treats 4 Me? By Pumpkin Masters can be downloaded from  here: http://www.4shared.com/document/e5_wXGV_/treats-4-me_pumpkin_pattern.html

Oh My Ghost by Pumpkin Lady can be downloaded from here:  http://www.4shared.com/document/F3toGyD7/OhMyGhost.html

Download Haunt Con here:  http://www.4shared.com/document/vP3lyZCP/HauntCon_CO.html

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