comfort food recipes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13080/all en-US Little Old Lady Recipes: Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/little-old-lady-recipes-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/catherine_0.jpg" alt="Catherine" title="Catherine" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="162" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I am the rare person who really, really <em>wants</em> to host Thanksgiving. I've done it twice before, with the requisite newbie disasters (at the first Thanksgiving I hosted, a bubbling pie in the oven filled the kitchen with smoke, and when working on a chair, my father hurt his hand so badly that we thought it was broken). But hosting Thanksgiving combines two of my favorite things &mdash; cooking, and bringing together people I love to enjoy good food and conversation.</p> <p>That's also one of the goals of my book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594745188/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=megbook-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=217145&amp;creative=399373&amp;creativeASIN=1594745188">Little Old Lady&nbsp;Recipes</a>&quot; &mdash; to provide recipes for classic comfort food that brings people together. One of the (many) great things about writing the book was getting to meet with mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers &mdash; lifelong cooks who had served food to several generations of family &mdash; and get their time-tested recipes. Some of the items in the book are the stuff of day-to-day dinners, but there are also great special occasion foods &mdash; like that Thanksgiving classic, sweet potatoes with marshmallows. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-classic-frugal-cooking">Little Old Lady&nbsp;Recipes: Classic Frugal Cooking</a>)</p> <p>What I love about this recipe is that it isn't just sweet, it's also buttery (a requirement for me!), with a bit of citrus tang thanks to the addition of orange juice. I'm not hosting turkey day this year, unfortunately &mdash; I'll be attending a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-potluck-parties-that-help-you-share-the-wealth">potluck</a>, and it looks like I'm bringing a dessert. But if I was hosting, these sweet potatoes featured in &quot;Little Old Lady Recipes,&quot; topped with just-crispy marshmallows, would be on the menu.</p> <blockquote><h2>Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallows</h2> <ul> <li>5 or 6 sweet potatoes or yams</li> <li>1/2 cup brown sugar</li> <li>3 to 4 tbsp butter</li> <li>1 tsp salt</li> <li>Juice of 1/2 orange</li> <li>1/2 tsp cinnamon</li> <li>2 cups mini marshmallows</li> </ul> <p>Show me a Thanksgiving without marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, and I'll show you one annoyed lady. Though you'll normally see these orange-and-white sweets around November, try 'em in the cold depths of February, when you need a little non-holiday pick-me-up.</p> <p>Peel, cube, and then boil the sweet potatoes until tender &mdash; or use canned sweet potatoes. Mash. Then add sugar, butter, salt, orange juice, and cinnamon. Scoop into a greased casserole dish.&nbsp;Sprinkle the marhsmallows on top and bake in a 350&deg;F oven until the marshmallows look toasty. Serve hot. Makes 6 to 8 servings.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>What's your favorite classic Thanksgiving dish? Share in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-thanksgiving-sweet-potatoes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">25 New Ways to Spice Up Rice</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-snow-day-recipes-to-help-you-weather-the-storm">3 Snow-Day Recipes to Help You Weather the Storm</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-dining-out">The 5 Best Credit Cards for Dining Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-healthy-breakfast-cookies-with-chocolate-covered-espresso-beans">Tasty, Healthy Breakfast Cookies With Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink comfort food recipes frugal cooking little old lady recipes side dishes thanksgiving dinner Mon, 19 Nov 2012 10:36:47 +0000 Meg Favreau 955896 at http://www.wisebread.com 3 Snow-Day Recipes to Help You Weather the Storm http://www.wisebread.com/3-snow-day-recipes-to-help-you-weather-the-storm <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/3-snow-day-recipes-to-help-you-weather-the-storm" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/snowstorm.jpg" alt="Walking down the street in a snowstorm" title="Walking down the street in a snowstorm" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Batten down the hatches &mdash; this week&rsquo;s requisite blizzard is under way.</p> <p>If you believe the hype, many of us are in for a strange sort of storm &mdash; complete with ice, snow, and tornadoes, oh my! &mdash; that some meteorologists are suggesting could be one for the records. (Isn&rsquo;t that always the case lately? Ugh.)</p> <p>First the bad news: It&rsquo;s too late to panic and make a mad dash for your nearest supermarket. All the essentials are gone, the lines are nine deep, and you don&rsquo;t have four-wheel drive. So don&rsquo;t even try it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-things-to-have-on-hand-for-power-outages">20 Things to Have on Hand for Power Outages</a>)</p> <p>Now for the good news. You needn't stock up to make these hot and hearty dishes that hit all the right spots. They&rsquo;re made from kitchen staples that you already have. Bon Appet-heat!</p> <h3>Breakfast: Sausage and Biscuits</h3> <p>You can spend an hour making buttermilk biscuits from scratch, but I&rsquo;m of the opinion that Pillsbury makes as good a biscuit as I can. That&rsquo;s what makes this meal so easy. Just pop open the Grands can, place the contents on a baking sheet, and pop &rsquo;em in the oven. They're risen and ready to eat in 20 minutes.</p> <p>To finish this recipe off, brown one pound of ground sausage in a skillet, stir in a quarter cup of flour &mdash; and don&rsquo;t forget to scrape those tasty brown bits of the bottom of the pan &mdash; and gradually stir in two cups of milk (whole milk for maximum flavor) until the gravy is thick and bubbly. Season with salt and pepper to taste and ladle over a set of steaming biscuits. Serve with a side of fresh or thawed mixed berries. (Recipe adapted from <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Super-Sausage-Gravy/Detail.aspx">Bob Evans</a>.)</p> <h3>Lunch: Steak BL (Minus the T) Sandwich with Basil Mayo</h3> <p>All credit for this sandwich goes to <a href="http://www.4seasonsgrille.com/">a restaurant I used to frequent</a> near my hometown in Maryland, but it&rsquo;s easy to duplicate from your fridge.</p> <p>I use strips of seasoned flank steak or London broil and pile it on a hand-size piece of a whole grain baguette in two rows, crosswise. On top of that I add two strips of bacon, fresh arugula (although any lettuce you have will do), and shaved Parmesan. Before I make it a sandwich, I smear <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo">mayo</a> (light, if you&rsquo;d like) flecked with fresh basil on the top piece of bread. I omit the tomato because they&rsquo;re slimy and gross, but you can have at it if that&rsquo;s your sorta thing. Splurge with a few kettle-cooked (or veggie) chips to round it all out. (Recipe adapted from <a href="http://www.kitchendaily.com/recipe/skirt-steak-blt-with-basil-mayonnaise-84306/">Kitchen Daily</a>.)</p> <h3>Dinner: Chicken Noodle Soup</h3> <p>You can&rsquo;t go wrong with this crock-pot classic, but I&rsquo;ve learned a few things along the way. First, store-bought rotisserie <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-to-do-with-chicken-leg-quarters">chicken</a> is best because not only is the bird super juicy, but the submerged carcass will further flavor the broth. If you don&rsquo;t have a rotisserie chicken on hand, roast a few bone-in breasts and thighs at home. Remember to keep the skin on for extra flavor. As for the broth, I use six cups of stock with four cups consisting of College Inn traditional chicken stock and two cups of the brand&rsquo;s new Bold Stock.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s where I get weird: I don&rsquo;t like vegetables in my soup &mdash; it&rsquo;s a consistency thing &ndash; but they&rsquo;re necessary to give the broth flavor and depth. To avoid having to pick the onions, carrots, and celery out of the final product, I wrap the chopped veggies in cheesecloth, tie it up, and let it float in the stock until it&rsquo;s ready to serve. If someone prefers the veggies, I add them to that person's individual bowl, and everybody&rsquo;s happy. Crusty bread, crudité, and a bottle of chardonnay pair perfectly. (Recipe adapted from <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/crockpotsoup/r/bl43c14.htm">About's Guide to Southern Food</a>.)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-snow-day-recipes-to-help-you-weather-the-storm">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/quick-pantry-snacks-for-unexpected-guests">Quick Pantry Snacks for Unexpected Guests</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">25 Frugal Items for Your Organic Vegan Grocery List</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-cheap-and-delicious-punch-recipes-for-holiday-parties">15 Cheap and Delicious Punch Recipes for Holiday Parties</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-you-need-in-your-emergency-pantry">10 Foods You Need in Your &quot;Emergency&quot; Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-unusual-but-necessary-staples-to-add-to-your-pantry">12 Unusual (But Necessary!) Staples to Add to Your Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink comfort food recipes pantry winter Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:00:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 487410 at http://www.wisebread.com