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Old 11-30-2009, 08:12 AM   #11
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Don't get complicated with your menu unless it's an assigned group effort. Too many things to worry about all at once will often send a person's nerves over the edge.

A major protein (turkey, ham, chicken, etc.) with two sides (salads count as a side), one bread and one dessert is plenty and quite satisfying. Holidays are for "everyone" to enjoy, NOT "everyone except the cook!"
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Old 12-01-2009, 01:55 AM   #12
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Are you referring to the gravy recipe? It took a long time. Seems like all afternoon. That is why I did it on Tues. Betsy.
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:25 PM   #13
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I have another one after thanksgiving this year. It was just my hubbie and me
Had a simple menu and worked out great. Less to cook as i did ahead things and after dinner so simple. So nice

So my hint is KEEP IT SIMPLE
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:26 PM   #14
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I ave another one after thanksgiving this year. It was just my hubbie and me
Had a simple menu and worked out great. Less to cook as i did ahead things and after dinner so simple. So nice

So my hint is KEEP IT SIMPLE
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Old 12-01-2009, 12:28 PM   #15
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sorry about the double post keyboard stuck and ???? what happened.
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:11 PM   #16
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Christmas cooking/baking

You can start your baking now & freeze the cookies. Then, just pull out treats whenever you entertain throughout the holidays.

Make dishes that can be mixed ahead; don't leave it all until Christmas Eve or Day. If you entertain both times; make one of the meals super easy like; soups or crock pot type meal.

Two recipes that can be made a day or two ahead and stored in the fridge.

Mashed Potato Casserole
8 large baking potatoes (about 4 1/2 - 5 lbs.)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
4 T. butter

1. Peel potatoes; boil until tender. Drain and mash with electric mixer.
2. Beat in cream cheese, sour cream, garlic salt and pepper.
3. Turn into a buttered casserole; dollop with 4 T. butter.
4. Bake at 400 degrees covered for 50 - 60 minutes.

You can make this ahead & chill in fridge for up to 3 days.

Sweet Potato Puff
**This recipe 2 1/2 times fills a 9 x 13 inch pan, so the numbers in ( ) are for the bigger recipe.

3 cups cooked & mashed sweet potatoes (7 1/2)
1/2 cup milk (1 1/4)
1/2 cup sugar -- I don't use as much sugar as the recipe calls for. You will have to adjust to your tastes. (1 1/4)
1 tsp. salt, scant (2 1/2 tsp.)
1/2 stick butter (1 1/4)
2 eggs (5)
1 tsp. vanilla (2 1/2 tsp.)

Mix the above ingredients and put in a buttered casserole dish.

Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar (1 1/4)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (1 1/4)
1/4 cup flour (3/4)
1/3 stick butter (1 stick)

Mix and place on top of potato mixture.

Bake at 45 - 60 minutes at 350 degrees.
This can be made a day ahead.
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