Harvest Dressing

Apple Raisin DressingTurkey Pies and Dressing. On Saturday for our lunch we were experiencing the glorious smells of fall. My kids thought I was crazy and kept asking me if it was October. Goofy kids. Truth is I found store-bought turkey pies on a super sale, I guess not everybody wants to buy them in the hot summer months. So I bought them. Then we proceeded to eat them with this delicious new dressing recipe I found. Stuffing is by far my favorite item on a turkey dinner plate so I will make a dressing, once in a while, and love every single bite. It goes along with my theory that bread, or anything made out of bread, is one of the most delicious things ever. So I found this recipe in the Goose Berry Patch Big Book of Holiday Cooking. An enjoyable afternoon reading Christmas cookbooks led to another enjoyable afternoon eating this.

  • 2 apples, cored, and chopped ( I used Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Cups. whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 1/2 cup apple cider

1. Melt butter in large skillet. Add apples and raisins. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

2. Add the pecans, sugar and bread. Stir until combined. Add Apple cider, stir until combined.

3. Place in greased 1 1/2 quart casserole and bake, uncovered, for 18 minutes at 400 degrees.

4. Eat and enjoy!

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry SauceSometimes one needs to make turkey dinner just for fun. No holiday to celebrate, yet still a turkey in the oven. This my friends is a fabulous thing. I actually made homemade cranberry sauce this time around too. A rare feat in this house as I must admit I am partial to the good old canned stuff. Cold though, it must be cold. It is just not the same if it isn’t put in the refrigerator. Guess what, homemade cranberry sauce is super-duper easy!

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. grated orange peel
  • 2 cups frozen cranberries

1. Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in medium-sized saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes. Add cranberries. Return to a boil. Boil until cranberries pop, about 2 minutes.

2. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

3. Eat and enjoy!

Turkey Salad Sandwiches

Turkey Salad SandwichesHello all! Do you still have Turkey in your freezer leftover from Christmas. It is time to use it up. I love putting the leftovers in meal sized portions, to make at a later date. This way my kids don’t get to sick of it, and it comes together for a super quick meal in the future. This helped immensely yesterday when I had quite a bad headache. Rare, for me, as I don’t get headaches. Dinner came together lickety split, and this is one of the tastier “salad” type sandwiches I have made.

Recipe from Betty Crocker

  • 1 1/2 cups cooked leftover turkey
  • 1/2 cup diced apple, with peel
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 8 slices of your favorite bread

1. Mix together all ingredients, well not the bread, obviously.

2. Evenly spread mixture between, said, bread.

3. Eat and enjoy! How easy is that!

Layered Turkey B.L.T Salad

Turkey Bacon SaladAlthough the weather has probably been cool enough for me to actually have the oven on, I made the grocery list when it was hot, which meant I totally planned, summery no cook meals. Or if they do require cooking at least it is just on the stove top, not heating up the whole house to a sauna with the oven. I am already missing my lovely, muffins, and other baked goods, even suppers that use the oven, I could really go for a good lasagna right now. And so we have been having a lot of salad, not a bad thing really, salad is healthy, delicious, and really quick to put together. This was our dinner on Wednesday which came together really fast with minimal preparation , which turned out great as luck would have it that was the day our kitchen was in chaos due to storm water leakage! And I was still able to make this dinner with ladders, and stuff all over my kitchen.

Recipe from Kraft What’s Cooking Fall 2012

  • 4 cups tightly packed romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups chopped leftover turkey ( I had some in my freezer, you could also use deli turkey)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes cut in half (I used grape tomatoes)
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cooked bacon pieces
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat croutons
  • 1/4 cup Ranchers choice dressing

1. Layer ingredients in order listed above on large serving platter.

2. Eat and enjoy!