Sunday, December 27, 2015

Cream of the Crop


Born during the depression in Chicago her family was dirt poor her father left when she was very young Grandma, mom and her three siblings had to fend for themselves.  Grandma Helen had to send the 4 kids out to the train tracks to collect coal that blew off the trains it was the only way to heat their apartment during the frigid Chicago winters. That’s when mom started to learn how to cook on a limited budget. Married after World War II she had a big family to feed herself and these are the great recipes that where handed down…

Surviving Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is approaching fast and furious

Mother made the best bird known to man and this was her

Game Plan:

Seven Days ahead [Thursday]

~Make a list of dishes that will be served and line up the recipes.~

~Make a list of ingredients or even equipment you might need to buy. ~

~Make sure you know how much turkey you need and how much time to defrost it.~

Five Days ahead [Staurday]

~Do your Shopping now. ~

~Early morning if possible.~

Two Days Ahead [Tuesday]

~As appropriate, begin defrosting the frozen turkey in your refrigerator. ~

~Save money on ice start making your own ice cubes now. ~

~When Ready, dump them in a freezer bag. ~

~Do major housecleaning and organizing. ~

~Start decorating and cleaning your house. ~

Day Before [Wendsday]

~Tear up bread for homemade stuffing. ~

~Better if the bread is a little stale ~

~ Make Home Made Cranberry Sauce ~

~Set the table in the evening. ~

Thanksgiving Day

~Peel potatoes, place in a pot of cold water. Keep in refrigerator. ~

~Clean vegetables and refrigerate. ~

~Make all dishes that can be prepared ahead. ~

~Prepare stuffing. ~

~Make the side dishes that can be baked ahead of time.~

~Get out all serving pieces. Set out in order on a counter.~

~Fill condiment dishes with your choice of pickles, olives, cranberry sauce, etc. Cover each dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate.  ~

~Remove turkey from the refrigerator for one to two hours. Add stuffing to the bird. ~

~Place extra stuffing into casserole dishes to bake separately. ~

~Preheat oven. ~

~Put turkey in oven and baste every half hour or according to your recipe. ~

~Remove stuffing from turkey and let it rest, cover turkey for about 20 minutes before slicing. ~

~Microwave food to quickly reheat ~

~Make gravy and last-minute vegetables. ~

~Set out refrigerated dishes including condiments. ~

~Heat bread or rolls as needed. ~

~Carve turkey.