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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 I cheated and used a boxed cornbread mix and added a cup of sugar but I definitely like mine the best. I also did not use muffin cups thinking spraying the pan would be enough but it was not. I will never make muffins without muffin cups or parchment paper ever again. I bought a two pound fully cooked ham that I just warmed up in the oven. Everything turned out great and hopefully will …

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 (I had flour every where and all over me) which I was most worried about. I had to do a little improvising, I didn’t have a biscuit cutter so I used the lid of a mason jar which worked just fine and they turned out great. Everything tasted really good except the green beans. I know not to use that recipe again. The potatoes, dressing (needed more poultry seasoning), turkey (a little overcooked but still moist), cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, and 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 to cook? What should you start on first? If you are making a whole turkey, do you really want to get up a 4:00 a.m. to put it in the oven so you can make sure you eat by noon? If so, good for you. We are different kinds of people. It is easier when there isn’t a huge group of people coming to your house to eat because then you could say, “We are …