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Happy New Year

Happy New Year! My parents reminded me of a southern tradition, eating collard greens, cornbread, ham, and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck. Well, I despise black-eyed peas and collard greens. Last year it was very difficult for me to eat them so instead of preparing them the same old way, I decided to combine them with foods that I actually like. I used a Texas caviar recipe my mom’s friend gave her (which made a ton and I modified a bit) and I hid the collards in a salad. Instead of using my sweet cornbread recipe…

Thanksgiving

Cooking for Thanksgiving went really well thanks to my helper (Matt). It would have been very tough to cook everything alone. I really needed about three ovens. The timeline I made really helped me stay on track because the night before I planned out every movement based on prep and cook time so I was always working on a dish or washing and cleaning up so after we finished eating there was very little kitchen cleanup to do. I bought a cheap apron from Target and I am glad I did because it was useful especially when making the biscuits…

Thanksgiving Step 3

I completed step 3 last by going through my recipe list and determining total prep time and cooking time for each dish in order to figure out what I needed to start with and end with. My conclusion: I need three ovens. I decided that some things could be kept warm and hot biscuits were not a necessity. This will be the ultimate test and determine whether next year I cook or we just visit our local Ruby Tuesday. III. How Early Do I Want To Wake Up? Now you need to make a timeline. How long do these dishes take…

Thanksgiving Steps 4-7

I made some changes to my Thanksgiving menu. I chose to use my other mother’s (Pam) macaroni and cheese recipe which included eggs and milk and I decided instead of using one kind of cheese I would use three (parmesan, fontina, medium cheddar). I actually did some of these steps out of order. I did step 4 about a month ago after step 1 and 2. I did steps 5-7 before step 3 . For step 5 I printed out my detailed recipe list I typed up and made a shopping list. So Monday I went grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, step…

Thanksgiving Steps 1 & 2

Thanksgiving Planning Steps 1 and 2 I. What Do I Want To Cook? So, after skimming through all my cookbooks, online recipe galleries, and Thanksgiving themed issues of magazines I made a list of my Thanksgiving meal. I even drew a plate with separate sections, drawing in the foods, in order to determine if I covered all the food groups. The carbohydrate food group is definitely covered. A. Skim through magazines and cookbooks marking the pages with potential Thanksgiving recipes. II. How Much Effort Do I Want To Exert? Something you might have noticed is that some recipes are really complicated. Some…

Thanksgiving Planning

Well, it’s early but I am a planner so I am planning Thanksgiving dinner. Until this year my involvement in the family Thanksgiving meal consisted of making a green bean casserole and maybe a pecan pie. This will be the first time I haven’t been with my family on Thanksgiving and that makes me sad. However, instead of being sad I am looking at this from a positive angle. I get to create my own menu and attempt to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, creating my very own tradition. This Thanksgiving Day’s events will determine if this “tradition” continues or if…