Friday, November 4, 2011

Foodie Friday...Family Favorites

Cornbread Dressing
1 pan cooked corn bread
2 links of mild Italian Sausage out of the casings
1 apple chopped
1 onion chopped
3-4 ribs of celery chopped
handful of dried cranberries
chicken stock
salt & pepper, fresh thyme and sage 

In large skillet cook sausage and then set aside. Add half a stick of butter to pan, and cook celery, onion and apple (add salt and pepper now) til soft. Put sausage back in the pan and add the cranberries. Crumble corn bread into the pan. Add chicken stock to cover, a little more butter and stir everything to coat.Add herbs.  Put mixture in a buttered baking dish and cook on 350 til golden. Enjoy! We ate this with pork chops this week! I'll send out my great grandmother's Oyster Dressing recipe closer to Thanksgiving. My mom has made it every holiday for my entire life and was published in Rachel Ray Magazine a few years ago for one of the winning holiday recipes!

Fantasy Fudge
 3 cups sugar
3/4 cup margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 12-oz. (340 g) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 7-oz. (198 g) jar Kraft Marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Traditional method:
Combine sugar, margarine and milk in heavy 2-1/2 quart saucepan; bring to full rolling bail, stirring constantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in chocolate till melted. Add marshmallow creme, nuts & vanilla beat till blended. Pour into greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Let cool and cut into 1-inch squares.

Cranberry Pineapple Salad
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE Crushed Pineapple, in juice, undrained
2 pkg.  (3 oz. each) JELL-O Raspberry Flavor Gelatin
1 can (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce
2/3 cup  chopped PLANTERS Walnuts
DOLE Apple, chopped
I added Mandarin oranges

DRAIN pineapple, reserving juice. Add enough water to reserved juice to measure 2-1/2 cups; pour into saucepan. Bring to boil. Add to dry gelatin mixes in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved.

STIR in pineapple, cranberry sauce, nuts and apples. Spoon into a beautiful bowl.
REFRIGERATE 2-1/2 hours or until firm.
My Bama's Salad

  • This is the recipe we grew up with...
    1 package of lime jello
    1 package of cream cheese softened
    1 medium can of diced pears
    Make jello according to package. When almost congealed, add cheese and beat til fluffy. Add pears and pecans and let set. Done. Enjoy. (I think when I made it I used the pear juice to make the jello.)

    This is the recipe for Pear Lime Gelatin Salad from Taste of Home
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pear halves
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed

  • Drain pears, reserving juice; set pears aside. In a small saucepan,
  • bring juice to a boil. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Remove from
  • the heat; cool slightly.
  • In a food processor, combine pears and cream cheese; cover and
  • process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in gelatin
  • mixture until blended. Stir in the pineapple and 3/4 cup pecans.
  • Fold in whipped topping.
  • Pour into an ungreased 11-in. x 7-in. dish. Refrigerate until set.
  • Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Cut into squares. Yield: 8 servings.

I've made and eaten and enjoyed both versions!!

These recipes are some I've been eating every year since I can remember. I love that my great grandparents on both sides of my family started my culinary heritage almost a hundred years ago...These recipes are classics that I hope your family will enjoy too, for many many years to come. This is how I celebrate the season. I cook and I remember my family and how each individual means to me. Happy Fall Blessings to you and yours!
I'm joining these blogs!  Enjoy


Babs said...

Yum!! I'm copying your recipes. Everything looks sooo good, especially the dressing. Thanks for sharing your family favorites.

ButterYum said...

I pinned your Bama recipe - never heard of it before, but it sure looks good!


Anita said...

Meredith, that cranberry pineapple salad looks similar to one my mom makes with strawberries added. In any case, it certainly looks good! You always have the yummiest recipes posted! My family would love to have you cooking for them, instead of me, lol!! Thanks for stopping by! I'm so excited about my free project I can't stand it! I had to fill the inside with styrofoam from packaging I happened to save because I did not have floral foam. Nothing like that challenge!

kitty said...

All your recipes sound yummy!!!

Kathleen said...

Wow, thanks for sharing all those great recipes! It is especially nice that they have been passed down and are a part of your holiday traditions.
Have a great week!

Miz Helen said...

I would feel so at home at your table. So many of your recipe's look familiar to me and are a tradition at our table as well. We have the Bama recipe every year, it is delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
Miz Helen

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful memorable recipes.

Hope to see you again at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Miz Helen said...

Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you are having a great day and enjoy your new Red Plate.
Miz Helen

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