Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce and Cornbread Stuffing

Some people who live in Southern California may remember that many years ago we had a natural foods market called Mrs. Gooch’s (later bought by Whole Foods). When I was first learning to cook, I picked up a little booklet from Mrs. Gooch’s entitled simply, “Thanksgiving Dinner Menu.” I tried the recipes for cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing, and they were so good and so easy that I have made them every year since then. For my family, Thanksgiving would not be the same without these simple but delicious dishes. This year, when I took out my now old and tattered copy of Mrs. Gooch’s Thanksgiving Dinner Menu, I thought it would be fun to share these recipes. I hope they will become well-loved classics in your house, as they have in mine. Happy Thanksgiving!


Cranberry Sauce (Pareve)

1 pound fresh cranberries
¼ cup water
¾ cup honey

Mix honey and water, add cranberries and cook over low heat until cranberries have cooked down (you will hear them pop). Pour into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Cornbread Stuffing (Pareve)

1 small pan baked cornbread (any recipe will do. I follow the recipe on the cornmeal box substituting milk with soy milk)

1 small loaf whole wheat bread, cubed
1 ½ cups chopped celery
1 ½ cups chopped onion
3 cups vegetable broth, with 1 ½ sticks margarine melted in it
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 ½ teaspoons salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Crumble the cornbread in a large bowl and add all the remaining ingredients. Mix well.

Stuff your turkey, or place in a well-oiled 9x13 pan.

Bake for 30-45 minutes covered, then 15 minutes uncovered.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shop, Shop, Shop!

Adat Ari El Sisterhood is having their annual Hanukkah Boutique tomorrow. Hard to believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks away and the shopping craze gets under way. Every year I have great intentions to shop early, only to be in the mad rush with everyone else. The Hanukkah Boutique is a perfect place to shop for all your friends and family. So, don't delay any longer and do your holiday shopping with us!

In the cooking arena you will find The Chocolate Traveler, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, bamboo kitchenware, table linens, gourmet latkes to order for your Hanukkah parties and items in our very own Gift Gallery.

Join us for lunch as Lena and I, along with our team of extraordinary volunteers, offer the "Famous" Lentil Soup and Sour Cream Biscuits inspired by Paula Deen.

We hope to see you there!