Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole

This is a recipe I found online & immediately fell in love with. It combines 3 of my favorite fall flavors: sweet potato, apple, & pecan. Definitely more of a dessert than a vegetable, and seriously delicious!

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large cooking apples - peeled, cored and cut into 1/4 inch rings

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook 15-25 minutes, or until tender but firm. Drain, cool and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 7x11 inch baking dish. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Layer sweet potatoes, brown sugar mixture and apples in the prepared baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, butter and pecans. Sprinkle over the sweet potatoes. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Cranberry Relish

Well, this is the week to share your tasty Thanksgiving recipes with the rest of us, I hope we will hear about some of your holiday favorites.

Here is our family's favorite recipe for cranberry sauce. It's super easy- you make it in the blender, and there's no cooking!

1 regular pkg. fresh cranberries
1 small can mandarin oranges, well drained
1 regular can pineapple chunks, well drained
1 cup sugar

Put all ingredients in the blender. It helps if you put the canned fruit on the bottom. Pulse and blend until it's the consistency of hot dog relish. Store in a covered container, can be made a day ahead. It has a very fresh and fruity taste, it's good stirred into jello before it sets, and it's great on your turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bourbon Chicken

I found this recipe on Recipezaar. It had almost 2000 votes of five stars, so I HAD to try it. I am glad I did because it is really easy and tasty.

35 min | 15 min prep


* 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
* 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 garlic clove, crushed
* 1/4 teaspoon ginger
* 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I left out--I don't like hot stuff)
* 1/4 cup apple juice (or orange juice)
* 1/3 cup light brown sugar (I used white sugar because they don't have brown sugar here)
* 2 tablespoons ketchup
* 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
* 1/2 cup water
* 1/3 cup soy sauce

1. Heat oil in a large skillet.
2. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.
3. Remove chicken.
4. Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium Heat until well mixed and dissolved.
5. Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.
6. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
7. Serve over hot rice.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nacho Cheese Dip

This recipe is so easy that everyone probably already knows it, yet so good that if you don't, you've got to try it!

1 lb Velveeta cheese (I use no-name brand)
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (I can't remember how big a can it was--small, though)

Melt together and enjoy with tortilla chips.

Happy Birthday to Hailey!!!