Wow Kate....looking so good I can almost smell it. Food always smells more delicious on Holidays...I think its all the love thats shared on those speciel days, well I like to think so Thank you for liking Mary's BD card I really gussied up for that one.....I out did myself on the sleeve's !! lol.
For twelve years on the Saturday after I hosted and cooked veritable feast for my family of siblings and progeny. Usually I had 35-45 attend. My goal was to have the type of food that I've associated with the Thanksgiving gatherings I remember from my youth on the farm. I first had it at my home here but then moved it to the local Masonic lodge. As the numbers grew. I would prepare enough food for everyone even if no one brought anything. It became a tradition. I would have turkey ( usually 3 of them). Dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, a corn casarole , green beans with mushrooms and tomatoes and onions . Corn. Jello salad, cranberry sauce, diet cream desert. Rolls, and pies( from 6-8, pumpkin, cherry, lemon meringue , apple) . Everything was homemade except the rolls. Coffee and iced tea
I supplied the eating utensils, condiments table cloths.
All they had to do was just come. Of course most brought something, so we had plenty
This year , since I'm the only one in my area as two of my siblings have died and one moved two hours away, I decided it was time to let the tradition go.
But since I was going to miss the wonderful left overs, I cooked a small dinner for Wednesday evening for three friends. I had a pork shoulder, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, jello salad, green beans and pumpkin pie.
All in reasonable amounts. Not gigantic. So much easier. It really is easier to prepare 4 sweet potatoes than it is 15 pounds. Likewise all the others.
Yesterday for breakfast, I fried eggs. Placed them on two buttered slices of bread. In a small skillet, I put some pulled pork with some chicken stock thickened with some Wondra flour to make a gravy. Poured that over the eggs on my plate.
Yummy. Then I followed that with pumpkin pie and Whipped topping.
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Believe it or not they're one of my favorite things in the whole world I love sweet potatoes (and yams) every way you cook them...fried, mashed, baked, potato chips or in pies.
Doano where my Italian mom started cooking them, but she'd make them as a treat for just the 2 of us (we were the only ones in our family that liked them so it was a secret pleasure we shared when alone.)
She'd rough chip-cut them into a hot skillet and cook them in butter until they'd just start to brown around the edges ((chewy & sweet)) then turn them onto a plate and she & I would share them while watching old movies.
Years later, I finally found a place that fried them like steak fries along with sticky sweet pork ribs...they'd only serve that every Thursday and every Thursday I'd put in a standing order.. A few years on from when they stopped serving them (Ribs done properly take too darn long to be commercially cost-effective) and I found SPICY Oven Fried Sweet Potato Steak Fries in the super market... so I'm on a roll again!
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