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Friendsgiving + Thanksgiving

29 Nov

Thankfully for you, I am posting photos from the last 2 days for you to stare at while you’re in line Black Friday shopping:

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Creme de Tequila from the Floyd’s Mexican honeymoon

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Kevin's smoked turkey

Kevin’s smoked turkey

clockwise from left: mashed potatoes and gravy, 7 layer salad, rolls, cranberry sauce, smoked turkey, sweet potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese, stuffing

clockwise from left: mashed potatoes and gravy, 7 layer salad, rolls, cranberry sauce, smoked turkey, sweet potatoes, collard greens, mac and cheese, stuffing

Present, but out of frame: Ciara, Trina, Ryker, Charles, and Damon

Present, but out of frame: Ciara, Trina, Ryker, Charles, and Damon

 

Pre-dinner munchies at my mom's

Pre-dinner munchies at my mom’s

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traditional spread at my mom’s house

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pumpkin pie with ginger streusel

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Bacon Wrapped Roast with Brown Sugar Glaze

26 Nov

BOOOOOM!!!

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What a week, it feels like I’m being shot out of a cannon I tell ya.  I am truly trying to procrastinate a trip to the grocery store like nobody’s business so let’s talk more about food from the dinner party, k?  I don’t want to think about present or future meals until later tonight when Thanksgiving prep starts.  Also, I’m not sure what I advocate for more – riding pigs for leisure or eating them in 2 separate ways at the same time!

Bookmark, print, or pin this recipe for next week – when you can’t shove another bite of turkey in your face and you are dying for something different!  Alternatively, this would be an awesome Thanksgiving centerpiece if you are skipping the tryptophan coma.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Roast with Brown Sugar Glaze:

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Pork:

  • 3 lb. pork roast
  • 5-6 pieces bacon, uncooked
  • 1/2 t. chili powder
  • 1/4 t. paprika
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon

First, you make a rub out of all the spices and use your hands to rub the blend into the whole rinse and towel-dried roast.  Then, you bard aka wrap the roast with the uncooked bacon slices.  Pop it in the oven at 375F for 1 hour.

About 15 minutes before the roast is due to come out, assemble the glaze in a small pot.

Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 T. flour
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 t. mustard powder

Simmer the above ingredients until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth.  Pour the glaze over the roast evenly and cook it 30 minutes longer, or until your meat thermometer reads 160F.

I let the roast rest while we drank wine and had appetizers, so when we were ready to eat it was waiting for us!

Giving ♥ Thanks

25 Nov

I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing!  Mine pretty much was.  We had a lot of running around to do, but it’s so worth it when you get to see ALL the people you care about.

I try to bring at least a dish to every holiday dinner we attend, so I’m sharing the recipe of my go-to holiday dish.  In fact, last year I made this Food Network Magazine dish for Easter.  This year, I made this mac & cheese to my parents house, where my brother turned sous chef assisted me!  He was my master cheese grater – which was what I was most thankful for during this meal.  I have a pinched nerve in my shoulder and I don’t think I would have been able to grate 3 bricks of cheese.

While your brother gives himself carpel tunnel grating cheese, this is a great opportunity to dive into the antipasto tray your mom has prepared.

YUM.

What You Need:
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • nutmeg, cayenne pepper, salt, & pepper
  • 1 3/4 c. muenster cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 c. medium shells

    Directions:

    In a large stockpot full of salted water, cook cauliflower florets until tender.  Remove from water to cool.

    1 lg. head of cauliflower

    Add medium shells to the water in the stockpot, and cook until al dente.  Drain, but reserve 1/4 c. water.

    Whisk together evaporated milk & egg, along with a pinch of nutmeg, a pinch of cayenne pepper, & a pinch of both salt & pepper.

    In a saucepan, combine milk mixture and cheeses over medium heat.  Stir frequently, until cheese melts and sauce becomes thick.

    Add cauliflower to cheese mixture and combine.

    Transfer the cauliflower & cheese mix to food processor, using 1/4 c. reserved cauliflower water.  Puree until smooth.

    Mix the puree into the shells.

    Move to a baking dish, top with remaining cheese and broil until crispy & brown.

 

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