Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Black Friday, and Merry Belated Pilgrim's Bounty [Thanksgiving]

Black Friday--without a doubt--one of my favorite days of the year, well beside Thanksgiving and Christmas, and maybe New Years Eve. I personally enjoy Thanksgiving more than Christmas, mainly because there is more food, LIKE sweet potato casserole. Its less stressful than Christmas too: no need to worry about gifts, you just spend time with your family eat and be merry.All at the same time. And lets just face it, the after Thanksgiving sales kick the after Christmas sales' ass. I'd just enjoy to point out that the only thing i bought for myself was a set of two murloc action figures, other than that i bought Christmas presents for other people. I got a 150 dollar jacket for Mama for 66 bucks, try and tell me that isn't pro! I got to Kohl's at 4 AM and waited in line for an hour to check out, but was so worth it just so i can see the look on her face when she unwraps it!

There's just something about Thanksgiving food that make me smile inside and out. However the Turkey, which is supposedly the "big star" of thanksgiving dinner, is highly overrated; don't get me wrong i love the turkey but everyone knows that all the other fixings are the main attraction--the stuffing, the collards, the casseroles.At the first Thanksgiving dinner, with my Dad's girlfriend's family, I seriously only got one slice of turkey breast [i don't fancy the dark meat] and then piled my plate with mac n' cheese, green bean casserole, oyster stuffing, challah bread, crannberry chutney, and sweet potato casserole.

Now let me tell you something about the sweet potato casserole i made, when i put it in the oven to reheat and brown the marshmallows I kinda sorta might have uhhh got the marshmallows to ignite into flames because i placed them on the higher self of the oven...I would just like to point out, it wasnt my fault, i blame those dang oven nymphs that like to cause troubles--especially on holidays. Thankfully we recovered and had just enough marshmallows left to cover it again without almost burning down the kitchen. Aside from that mis-hap everything was epic, especially the food.

Oh forgot to mention, the mac n' chesse my dad made was spectacular, everyone was eating it, it had canadian bacon in it. You can't thwart the love for the ever magnificent pig. Bacon-1: Other Stuff-0.

Sweet Potato Casserole:
[flames excluded]
-64 oz. canned yams in juice, drained. [yams are the same as sweet potatoes, just pre cooked and skinned ]
-1 c. light brown sugar, firmly packed
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 large eggs
-1/4 c. evaporated milk
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 tsp ginger
-1/2 tsp cloves
-3/4 c. flour
-5 tbs butter
-8 0z. chipped pecans

Preheat the oven to 375

In a large mixing bowl mash together the yams, 1/2 c. of the sugar, vanilla, eggs, and spices until a smooth consistency is created, use a food processor if so desired. Pour into a 9x13 glass pan; set aside. In another bowl combine the flour, the remaning sugar, butter, and pecans until a crumbly mixture is formed. top the casserole in it--this is the crunchy topping. Bake coverd for 30 mins. Uncover and cook until the topping is a nice golden brown. Remove from oven and cover in marshmallows, return to oven and bake until the mallows are golden brown [not flaming.] Remove and Enjoy!


  1. Just wanted to say it was really great having you guys for Thanksgiving - and thanks so much for cooking all that awesome food! AS for the marshmallow incident, well, the oven nymphs from 1950's era ovens are the worst of them all - they may look cool but that's definitely not the first kitchen fire we've had ;)

    Speaking of the love of tasty pigs, here's a crispy slice for your site:

  2. I had such a great time with you all, thank you for having me over :) I loved cooking for you guys, especially because everyone enjoyed it, every cook loves to have their food enjoyed. Can't wait to see you again.


  4. Thanksgiving was awesome and the company was terrific - one of the best ever - probably the first time I could not even finish one plate!!! I hope that the leftovers were well engaged..

  5. Racheal, Your Thanksgiving dinner was the best I have ever had. I am so glad you put your sweet potato casserole recipe on the site! That casserole was my favorite dish of my plate on thanksgiving day...I was going to have to hunt you down for the words to that masterpiece. I was so happy to meet you and your family! Cant wait to see you again!