Monday, November 29, 2010

Hot Corn


The couple who invited my husband and me over along with other friends for Thanksgiving are the perfect hospitable host and hostess. The two of them make a great kitchen team. He does the cooking and makes the best Italian dressing. He said he’d email me the recipe. Imagine trying to not indulge with a second helping. It was difficult, but I managed only the one serving.

As a thank you gift for the Thanksgiving invitation, I brought a pinecone topiary Christmas table ornament and my old favorite dish, Hot Corn. 

Hot Corn

2 cans Shoepeg corn, drained (optional: 1 bag frozen white corn)
1 pkg. cream cheese
1 small can jalapeno pieces, drained
1 T. butter

If using canned corn, mix all ingredients together and heat until cream cheese is melted and corn is bubbly.  If using frozen corn, cook as directed on package. Drain, then add the other ingredients. If you prefer spicy hot, do not drain jalapenos. For medium spicy, drain. 

For Thanksgiving I made this recipe. It’s usually a favorite. This time, however, we all got a surprise with the first bite! WOW! It was very spicy hot. I did not drain the jalapenos. So if you don’t like hot, remember to drain the jalapenos. If you like mild, leave the jalapenos out altogether. It’s great that way, too.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tangy Sweet Yams

Today I made a new recipe: Tangy Sweet Yams



5-6 yams, peeled and cut in small chunks
1/3 can frozen orange juice (no water added)
1/2 large bag mini marshmallows
2 cups brown sugar

Boil yams 'til tender in electric skillet or large pot on stove. Drain most of the liquid. Add the frozen orange juice, brown sugar, and marshmallows. If it's too tangy, add more brown sugar and marshmallows.

Yummy delicious!

Plans for the day had changed. Friends had invited us for their family Thanksgiving dinner today. However, they had major water problems and had to get a repairman out. First, the dinner was delayed two or three hours. Then, I received a text saying it was canceled. I had planned to bring my yams, so I fixed them for hubby and me. They were oh so yummy good!

Posting to Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Vegetable Soup Leftovers

This Thanksgiving week we've had turkey, ham, yams, hot corn, mashed potatoes, tater tot casserole, rolls, apple pie, mixed berry pie, and pumpkin pie. Most of that was served on Thanksgiving Day at our friends' home, and I ate a taste of each - not even a 1/2 cup serving each either! If you eat a taste of each, then you can manage to eat only one plate full. Seconds? No way, not when I've finally lost a few pounds that took forever to lose. On this chilly Thanksgiving week, however, Mr. Kitchen Hospitality and I have enjoyed simple vegetable soup leftovers. I had made a large batch of the soup to eat throughout the week. To change it up, I added Velveeta cheese and kidney beans. First, you make the vegetable soup:

Easy Beef Vegetable Soup

3 lbs. lean beef
1 lg. (32 oz.) V8 or tomato juice
1-2 bags frozen vegetables
Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
Ground Cumin
Chili Powder

Season and brown beef. Drain. Add V8 or tomato juice and vegetables.

That's the original vegetable soup. Add Velveeta cheese and kidney beans (unless you already have beans in your soup). Pour in a bowl, add a few corn tortilla chips and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Frog Eye Salad Tradition

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
At this family holiday season I'm thinking of my mother and mother-in-law who have 
both passed from this life. One of the things that comforts me is to prepare recipes that 
they both loved. The Frog Eye Salad was my mother-in-law's favorite dish to bring to a 
gathering as it made plenty for a large group. When I've brought it to holiday and special 
occasions, people are always so curious to know what it's made of. They never guess that
it's a pasta because it's served as a dessert.
 
FROG EYE SALAD


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1 c. Acini di Pepe pasta
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 sm. can crushed pineapple, not drained
2 sm. pkg. French vanilla instant pudding
Cool Whip
Cook 1 cup of pasta in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain carefully as the Acini di Pepe is a very tiny pasta. Add oranges, pineapple and juice with pudding. Add pasta and Cool Whip.
Enjoy!
Do you have a favorite recipe that has become a family tradition? I welcome your comments and would love to have you follow my new blog, Kitchen Hospitality! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Memorable Thanksgiving Meals

Does McDonald's offer a Thanksgiving specialty? I think you get the basic menu. But when you're on the road on Thanksgiving Day, McDonald's may be the only thing open besides a truck stop. My family and I were traveling across the States several years back, pulling our fifth wheel to our scheduled meeting near Tulsa, Oklahoma. We stopped at a McDonald's built over an interstate freeway. Though I'll always remember the melancholy feeling of being far from home and family, eating our McDonald's meal watching the flow of traffic below is an experience we enjoyed.

What are special Thanksgiving memories of yours? I'd love to hear your comments.