We all get so busy this time of year, I’m sure you’ll agree that there is no time for mistakes or for making dishes that don’t turn out. That’s why I tend to stick to the tried and true -- those recipes that have stood the test of time. Many of these recipes have been passed down from friend to friend or from one generation to the next. Making the recipe is a sweet way to remember the person who first gave it to you.
This is the best time of the year to make soup. It warms you up on a cold evening and it makes for an easier meal when you’ve already run out of daylight hours. I like to get the soup going at a simmer before starting my other chores. At a simmer, soup is pretty self-sufficient -- maybe give a thicker soup a stir more often. Why bother making soup, you might ask, when there are so many brands, varieties and price points in the canned soup aisle? The big reason is that you can control what you put in your soup if you make it yourself.
Not everyone will be home this Thursday cooking Thanksgiving dinner — some will be traveling to the holiday destination. Hopefully, you will be asked to bring something.
A side dish of vegetables, a special salad or homemade rolls donated by a guest will make the cooking load a bit lighter for the host or hostess. Make one of these dishes before hitting the road for your Thanksgiving destination.
Pull up some new ideas with root vegetables
Everybody seems to be going back to their roots lately. Genealogy groups are growing in popularity and shows like “Who Do You Think You Are?”?have made history cool again. Well, I hope to do the same thing for these roots:?turnips, parsnips, carrots. To prepare these vegetables for the dinner plate, you’ll need to peel them before cutting them down to size. This is important because they can have a tough core to them, and if left whole when the vegetable is a little oversized, the outer edges will be done, but this core will be barely al dente. Now, for the specific varieties and a few recipes on how to get started dining on this very “a-peeling” root family.
Daylight saving time ends today, Nov. 3, and that’s good for early risers, but it’s rather sad to come home from school or work in the dark. It seems to make time disappear when it’s dark so early. But there’s always time to make a nice dinner when you use one of these recipes -- everything in one pot and you’re free to do something else for a couple of hours.