25 November 2008
Food Meme of Sorts
I wrote about searching for a cranberry quickbread recipe a few days ago, bemoaning the fact that my improvised recipe hadn't turned out quite the way I intended. The recipe I was trying to re-create was something that I knew I had made in Girl Scouts many years ago as a Christmas project. I don't really remember why we made cranberry bread; maybe to give to a nursing home? Or to earn a kitchen safety badge? Skit samma, as we say på Svenska. Doesn't really matter.
My mother reads my blog from time to time (hi Mom!) and she saw the post. She has the recipe with her at their warm and sunny winter residence (as to that...we have snow on the ground and are forecast about 5 more inches of snow by tomorrow morning, so I say :ppppp) and she e-mailed the recipe to me. I went wrong in not including butter, not using enough baking powder, and, of course, not using enough sugar. I'm always trying to figure out ways to cut granulated white sugar out of things, and the resulting end product is usually a little....tart. Duh.
As I recall, though, this cranberry bread wasn't tart, and was not usually what you'd expect from any recipe with fresh cranberries as an ingredient.
(Don't worry, I'll share the recipe at the end of the post.)
That's item #1 to make for the (count them) TWO Thanksgiving dinners I am going to.
Next I had to call my mother's sister, my Auntie B, to get her recipe for a potato casserole; when we were kids, we always called it "Cheesy Potatoes," and looked forward to it each holiday season. I suspect that this is a recipe she got off of the back of a package of one of the ingredients, but I've never asked about the origins. I've never made it myself, either, but it isn't hard. That would be item #2 I'm making for Thanksgiving.
Finally, in a mostly vain attempt to banish that icky cranberry glop that comes out of a can from the Thanksgiving table, I'm going to make a cranberry relish. I made that for the first Thanksgiving I shared with DH's family. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I got the recipe, and I haven't had time to look for it yet. That'd be item #3.
Thank the gentle goddess that *I'm* not making the entire dinner, because I'd really rather not.
So here's the meme part; what is an unexpected essential part of YOUR Thanksgiving dinner? Not the traditional turkey, dressing, mashed 'taters, sweet potato, green bean casserole. Post it & share the recipe.
Grandma's Fancy Cranberry Bread