Happy Thanksgiving!

Right now, it’s 43 degrees in Austin.  So legally, according to the strict laws of Hil’s family, I can have my oven on all day!  We’re spending Thanksgiving in Austin and heading over the Sam and Julia’s.  They are hosting a potluck for all the misfits in town who are without their families.

My husband works for a grocery store, so I don’t think we will travel for Thanksgiving while he has this job; he’s always busy this time of year.  I don’t mind either – I-35 during Thanksgiving weekend is a MESS and a HALF.

So – we have been preparing all day. Ryan brined the turkey yesterday (using the Fire and Flavor Brining Kit), and today I am making a coffee cake (for a nutritious breakfast), Jalapeno Corn (the Texas version of creamed corn) and Andria’s Apple Cranberry Crisp (if Ryan’s parents ask, it’s Hil‘s Apple Cranberry Crisp – don’t blow my cover).

Hollis and Mercedes have been helping too – Mercedes emerged from her secluded corner just in time to see Hello Kitty’s “Super Cute!” Macy’s Thankgiving Day Parade float.  For Thanksgiving they got to eat soft food and Hollis got a piece of apple.

Here are my Thanksgiving Recipes!  Note: If you make the Jalapeno Corn on Thanksgiving, make Mashed Sweet Potatoes too.  The next day, take a couple slices of leftover turkey, some Jalapeno Corn and a bit of Mashed Sweet Potato and place it in a wheat tortilla.  This wrap may not have a “moist-maker,” but this wrap is a delicious left-over Thanksgiving combination!

Jalapeno Corn (from my friend Carrie)

1 1/2 sticks Butter
3/5 jalapenos, seeded and diced
2 (8 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, cubed
1/2 c. milk
white pepper
garlic powder
4 cans white corn (or 2 bags frozen white corn)

Melt butter in large skillet. Add jalapenos. Add cream cheese and milk and stir until you get creamy mixture. Cover mixture with white pepper and garlic powder to taste. Add corn, stir until thoroughly mixed. Transfer to baking dish. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until edges are golden brown.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

3 cups peeled, chopped apples
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 packages instant oatmeal (cinnamon and spice flavor)
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter melted

Combine apples, cranberries, and 2 tablespoons flour, tossing to coat; add 1 cup sugar, mixing well. Place in a 2-quart casserole.

Combine oatmeal, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour, and brown sugar; add butter and stir well. Spoon over fruit mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for
45 minutes.

Hil and Husbanks arguing about corn

Hil cutting up the honeycrisps for the Apple Cranberry Crisp

Yes, we feed our dog organic honeycrisps – stop judging me!

Ryan “Brine” Marchbanks

Gettin’ those pecans ready

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  1. #1 by Deirdre on November 22, 2007 - 6:34 pm

    happy turkey day, hil and ryan!!

  2. #2 by Julia on November 23, 2007 - 4:41 am

    The food was so tasty!!! We’re going to make noodle soup with the yummy brined turkey leftovers tomorrow. And I’d gladly be eating leftovers of the jalapeno corn stuff if we hadn’t devoured it all!

    Thanks so much for joining in on our misfit Thanksgiving 🙂

  3. #3 by Weslie on November 23, 2007 - 5:54 pm

    Nice Friends reference! Every Thanksgiving I think about that episode. And yet, I’ve never dipped a piece of bread in gravy for a post-tg sandwich.

  4. #4 by Suz on November 23, 2007 - 8:12 pm

    Sounds yummy…I’ll have to try your jalapeno corn! Also, I feel a little silly for complaining about the cold weather here yesterday, it was 75.

  5. #5 by Weslie on November 23, 2007 - 8:34 pm

    That seems so surreal! I can’t imagine eating turkey, gravy and potatoes and sweating!

  6. #6 by Suz on November 23, 2007 - 11:19 pm

    Not to worry Weslie…my blood has thinned enough that I need a sweater and/or jacket when it gets below 88. I’m a weather-wuss.

  7. #7 by hilstreet on November 25, 2007 - 12:07 am

    I hear ya, Suz! My blood is thin too. It’s actually cold here (41 degrees) and I am waiting on the “National Disaster Area” call from W. Damn you Texas! Damn you and your blodd dictatorship!

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