Monday, November 23, 2009

my kind of thanksgiving



so i decided that this year i wanted to have thanksgiving at my house for my little family all by myself. i wanted to cook and i wanted to have this warm homey holiday in my own home. i've been SO excited because i get to make whatever we want to eat (normally thanksgiving isn't that great food wise for vegetarians if they go to meat eaters houses for it).



this is what i've decided to make:

three sisters stew:
  • 1 small sugar pumpkin or 1 large butternut or carnival squash (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium green or red bell pepper, cut into short, narrow strips
  • 14- to 16-ounce can diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 2 cups cooked or canned pinto beans
  • 2 cups corn kernels (from 2 large or 3 medium ears)
  • 1 cup homemade or canned vegetable stock, or water
  • 1 or 2 small fresh hot chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 teaspoon each: ground cumin, dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the pumpkin or squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and fibers. Cover with aluminum foil and place the halves, cut side up, in a foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until easily pierced with a knife but still firm (if using squash, prepare the same way). When cool enough to handle, scoop out the pulp, and cut into large dice. Set aside until needed.

Heat the oil in a soup pot. Add the onion and sauté over medium-low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.

Add the pumpkin and all the remaining ingredients except the last 2 and bring to a simmer. Simmer gently, covered, until all the vegetables are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

If time allows, let the stew stand for 1 to 2 hours before serving, then heat through as needed. Just before serving, stir in the cilantro. The stew should be thick and very moist but not soupy; add additional stock or water if needed. Serve in shallow bowls.



garlic romano mashed potatoes:

4 pounds unpeeled red potatoes, quartered
10 ounces butter, room temperature
1/4 pound Romano cheese, grated
3 tablespoons and 2-1/2 teaspoons chopped roasted garlic
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried oregano

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 45 minutes; drain. Stir in butter, cheese, garlic, salt and oregano. Mash with a potato masher or with an electric mixer.
  2. (and i'll make some bisto gravy)

ciabatta stuffing:


  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 (7.4-ounce) jars roasted peeled whole chestnuts, coarsely broken
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 pound day-old ciabatta bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 cup (or more) vegetable stock
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs, beaten to blend


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter a 15 by 10 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, and garlic. Saute until the onions are very tender, about 12 minutes. Gently stir in the chestnuts and parsley. Transfer the onion mixture to the large bowl. Add the bread and Parmesan and toss to coat. Add enough vegetable stock to the stuffing mixture to moisten. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs.

Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Cover with buttered foil, buttered side down, and bake until the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.


apple pie:

Pastry
2cups white whole wheat flour
1teaspoon salt
2/3cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening
4to 6 tablespoons cold water

Filling
1/3to 1/2 cup sugar
1/4cup white whole wheat flour
1/2teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8teaspoon salt
8cups thinly sliced peeled green apples (8 medium)
2tablespoons butter or margarine







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1.In medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
2.Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half; shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.
3.Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one pastry round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.
4.In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/4 cup flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in apples until well mixed. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over filling. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate.
5.Roll other round of pastry into 10-inch round. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute as desired. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.
6.Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Serve warm if desired.



my aunt is coming down and hopefully my grandma and grandpa will feel well enough for us to pick them up and bring them over.

i can't wait!

3 comments:

Beth McDermott said...

um. that ciabatta recipe moved me in ways a woman ought not to be moved by food...

sounds DELISH!

xo

Elissa said...

awwww how fun!!!! sounds delicious and so special... have a happy thanksgiving...

meg said...

dang. it sounds rad.