Country Cook News – Early Thanksgiving Edition – November 20, 2012

Hi Everyone!

THIS WEEKS RECIPE
According to an English proverb, “necessity is the mother of invention” and it was the need to use up leftover turkey that lead me to making Savory Turkey Crepes. Click here to read the story about my friend, Bobbi, and I experiencing an unexpected turn during Thanksgiving Day weekend.
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BLOG OF THE WEEK

The Mom Chef uses the motto, “Taking on magazines one recipe at a time.” And she does a fine job of it! This can be a very helpful site to those of you who get recipes from magazines, cookbooks and the Food Network (magazine or television). Site creator, Christiane, writes a lighthearted story about a specific food such as Sausage-Apple Stuffing. Following the story she details The Process involving the same recipe, The Verdict and What I’d Do Different Next Time. A printable recipe follows with a picture of the Sausage-Apple Stuffing. Another recipe is Accidental Roast Turkey, which comes from the Food Network and Ina Garten. This recipe got a high rating and Christiane notes there were no changes for improvement to the recipe or process (you did good, Ina).

Cookbooks and magazines are reviewed with each having a link to well chosen recipes. Scalloped Potatoes from All You’s Delicious On a Dime Cookbook is reviewed and what can I say other than those Scalloped Potatoes look fabulous! Totally Off-Topic is another tab you might want to click where a mixture of recipes, cookbook reviews and giveaways are discussed. I suggest you make this your go-to site for learning and entertaining. Thank you, Christiane!

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CB’s KITCHEN TIPS OR FOR TWEETERS #CBKITTIP
~~Thumbprint Cookies: Tired of messy looking thumbprint cookies? Fill a turkey baster with jam and then easily and neatly squeeze the jam out onto the thumbprint cookies for perfect jam centers every time.
~~Enhance Pie Flavor: Freshen pies by placing them in a warm oven (oven turned off, not set on warm) while you’re eating dinner. This will even make store-bought pies taste more like they’re fresh baked from the oven.
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HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY SAUCE
You have never tried making your own cranberry sauce? It is really simple and after seeing this video on How to Make Cranberry Chutney, you’ll never buy the canned stuff again. There are as many different recipes for making cranberry sauce as there are families who gather around a Thanksgiving dinner table.

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MAKE AHEAD TURKEY AND GRAVY

A Taste of Home creates a make-ahead turkey and gravy that looks intriguing. I’m seriously thinking of doing my turkey this way so I can enjoy more time with my guests. Check it out here.

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AN APPLE A DAY BOOSTS YOUR HEALTH

Stave off weight gain. A new University of Iowa study suggest apple peels may increase your muscle mass and “brown fat” which is known for burning calories and warding off obesity. Woman’s World Magazine, October 22, 2012, Number 43.
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THIS WEEK’S ANSWER TO ASK CYNTHIA A QUESTION

Alli asked: Any suggestions for softening and dissolving yeast when making yeast breads? Sometimes mine seems dead, even though the package shows it has not expired.

My answer: Make sure your water or milk is at 110°F. or less; just to be safe I add my yeast to the liquid at 100°F. I buy new/fresh yeast every time I make yeast breads, again, just to be safe. Making raised breads can take the better part of a day so I don’t like to take the chance with questionable yeast. Thank you, Alli, for your question and your interest in Ask Cynthia a Question. Happy Holidays!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
CB

Cynthia Briggs
Author of books, stories and recipes that come from the heart.

Bumper Crop: Beginning w/ Apples
Now available at the Kindle Bookstore
Pork Chops & Applesauce
www.cynthiabriggsbooks.com
Sweet Apple Temptations
www.cynthiabriggsblog.com
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