Monday, November 16, 2009

Cooking forThanksgiving

I'm in the process of cooking for Thanksgiving. I try to get as much done as possible beforehand.
Here are a few of the ones I've made in the past week

Cranberry Sauce

3/4 C sugar
1/4 C water
3/4 Orange Juice
1 bag cranberries

My secret ingredients:

1/2 - 3/4 C  of orange marmalade (more or less to taste)

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan Cook until all cranberries have popped

Sweet Potato Casserole

11/2 lb. sweet potatoes'
1/2c granulated sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 beaten egg
3 Tbsp. butter, cubed
1 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. butter 
orange rind
chopped pecan pieces
Pecan halves

Scrub and peel sweet -potatoes. Cut off and discard woody portions and ends. Cut potatoes into cubes. Cook, covered, in a small amount of boiling water for 25 to 3 s-minutes or till tender. Drain.

Combine hot sweet potatoes, granulated sugar, milk, egg, the 3 tablespoons butter,oj, seasonings and vanilla. With a wooden spoon, stir to break up potatoes but not completely mash them. Put mixture into a greased 2- quart square baking dish.

Combine brown sugar and flour; cut in the 2 tablespoons butter till mixture. resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in pecan pieces and sprinkle crumb mixture on top of potatoes. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven about 25 minutes, or till set.

Garnish with pecan halves, if desired. Makes 8 side-dish servings.


  1. This looks yummy just coming over from Blessed with Grace really like the cranberry & The sweet potatoe casserole even looks better i might have to try this ! Thanks for sharing

  2. that sweet potato casserole has my name written all over it ... yum. that will be making an appearance soon :)

  3. Oh my goodness! These look delish!! The addition of the orange marmalade to the cranberry sauce is a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing.


  4. Yuuuummmm. Looking forward to all those yummy foods!

  5. Wow you are ahead of the game!! Looks great

  6. I love making homemade cranberry sauce. Too bad my family likes the canned stuff!!

  7. I love homemade cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole is my favorite dish for the holidays.

  8. I do love getting things ready ahead of time whenever possible! The sweet potato casserole really strikes my fancy! Thanks for sharing and have a great Foodie Friday! (Come see my Norwegian Fruit Bread recipe...perfect for the holidays!)

  9. You've really given yourself a nice headstart. It makes for a far more relaxing holiday when so much of the work has been done ahead of time. Enjoy!

  10. Everything looks delicious. I like your dishes too!