Monday, November 7, 2011

Cookbook Review

This was a very dangerous recipe to test, as it turns out. I hope you all are appreciative. How was I to know that the veggie turkey in the freezer was ALL destined for sacred Thanksgiving feasting? And that I couldn't even use part of it without sighs and recriminations? Experience, you say?

Orange and Maple Glazed Roast Turkey

Orange Juice
Maple syrup
Chili powder
Chicken Broth

In my efforts to placate the outraged Guardian of Thanksgiving Bliss, I only used a small bit of veggie turkey, so to make the dish stretch farther I made rice and put the turkey in slices over it. Aside from the obvious ones of turkey and chicken broth, there were no other substitutions in this recipe.

The glaze was quick and easy to make, and didn't taste that bad. The whole dish was somewhat dessicated by the time it was consumed because I had to wait almost an hour for the camera to get back from Williston. ( >:( )Aside from a certain resemblance to old leather, it was yummy. Of course, veggie turkey is one of my favorites, so I'm a wee bit prejudiced. However, given the sensitivity of the Guardian of Thanksgiving Bliss, this is definitely NOT a recipe I will try again.

Golden Leaf Pumpkin Pie:

Why bother?

I'm not crazy about pumpkin pie in general, but I really can't stand all the dairy and eggs in it. I might as well lick a chicken. So I like to make my own non-dairy version. I did follow the recipe as to the spices---which people didn't end up liking much. It called for cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground cloves. By the time it all got in there, there was somewhat of a bitter taste. Next time I will just season it according to family tradition.

Besides that, it had soy milk instead of half-and-half, a blended up package of silken tofu (WELL blended!), pumpkin, and some sweetener. It has to bake a year and a day, but does turn out slice-able by the end. But please, can we be done with the pies for a while!?

Well, it all got eaten, though I had to plow through some of it myself. Of course, it helped that Caleb was here that weekend, and a teen-age boy is the next best thing to a goat for getting rid of left-overs. My favorite way to eat pumpkin is to make the pie mix, pour it in a baking pan, sprinkle a dry yellow (I wonder how chocolate would taste...hmmmmm) cake mix over the top, then pour melted butter over that, and sprinkle with chopped nuts. Pumpkin crunch is delicious.

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