Monday, February 20, 2012

Cookbook Review

I'm sitting here typing this while wrapped in my Christmas snuggie because I just drank a bunch of smoothie and I am cold from the inside out---why do I always get smoothie obsessed in the winter time when it's freezing? Blogging about some warm comfort food will be just the thing right now.

Turkey and Green Bean Casserole

Slivered almonds
Herb-seasoned stuffing mix
Chicken broth
Cream of mushroom soup
French-style green beans
Cooked turkey, cubed

This is a beautiful recipe of stir-and-dump simplicity. The stuffing mix is poured into the bottom of a pan (using non-stick spray first turns out to be a good idea), tossed with the broth, and then covered with the soup/turkey/green bean mixture (of course the turkey was of the veggie variety). Sprinkle toasted slivered almonds on top, bake and enjoy.

This recipe is one of the reasons I've been slogging through this stupid cookbook; I knew I would love it, and it did not disappoint. I even made it for potluck without testing it first, I was that sure. It got good reviews there, though like I said earlier, non-stick spray would have made things a little easier. But by the time people had the stuffing scraped out of the pan they'd worked up a good appetite!

Sour Cream Squash Pie

1 package frozen winter squash
Sour cream
Pumpkin pie spice
Evaporated milk
Graham cracker crust

This was another first in my pie making career---I've never had, let alone made, squash pie. The recipe was simple to make; just mix all the ingredients, pour them in a pie crust, and bake. I used soy milk instead of evaporated milk and it still came out OK. I did have some difficulty getting the sour cream mixed well because I used a substitute that has a firmer texture, but I'm sure no one minded the little white blobs in their dessert.

This was a decent pie. I may make it at least one more time since my dad, in his eagerness to please, got me twice as much squash as I needed! I took the pie to potluck and people seemed to enjoy it. I'm still looking forward to the end of the stupid pie section in this cookbook; only one more recipe and I'm set free into the Classic Cakes and More section!

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