For our Friendsgiving celebration I brought in some friends to do the cooking. I want to thank Erica and Joey for pulling some recipes from my massive list and bringing them to Friendsgiving. They were all delicious. Look forward to more recipe making in the future with you! Here’s what they made:
Parker House Dinner Rolls - by Joey
I have been on a bread dough kick lately, ever since the leaves have changed I have enjoyed making dough in my kitchen. While I have a bread maker, nothing beats kneading dough when you are trying to work out your arms so that you can enjoy the said dough later with less guilt 😉
When our book club, let’s be honest wine and girl time club, was planning our Friendsgiving, I was very excited to step up and make the bread for the meal.
This recipe for parker house dinner rolls was very easy to follow and yielded rolls that were soft and pillowy that were a perfect accompaniment to our meal.
To make the rolls even more fitting for the Friendsgiving table I made some maple cinnamon butter ( 1c. softened butter, 1/4c. maple syrup, 2tsp. cinnamon)
The only suggestion I would make would be to adjust the temperature of the water that the yeast is dissolved in. I have experienced that yeast works best when the temperature of the water is around 105°F
Roasted Root Veggies - by Joey
Another recipe for Friendsgiving, roasted root veggies. A perfect recipe for this time of year that also utilizes vegetables that are in season and sometimes don’t get a lot of love when it comes to recipes (hello rutabaga).
I was shocked that the recipe didn’t call for any salt, so I added about a teaspoon of salt to the vegetable mixture, I think that this definitely helped bring out the caramelization of the vegetables. This with the rolls made for great sides to go with the main focus of the meal, the Turkey.
Caramel Apple Pecan Pie - by Erica
I totally LOVED this pie! I was worried that it would be too sweet with all of the caramel, but it was perfect! This was my first foray in to fruit pies, so it was quite the adventure! The hardest part of the recipe is peeling and coring all of the apples, I highly recommend getting something to do that! Other than that, the recipe comes together super quick and is DELICIOUS!
I mean, the entire pot was meat and beans. The only liquid was the ¼ cup of vinegar (I hate the smell of vinegar by the way!).
To my surprise, I saw it starting to boil. Because I wasn’t sure what kind of kitchen ware this cabin in the woods would have. I made this recipe at home and froze it for the following weekend. It was the first time I used my fresh and seal device and I must say I’ll have to use it more often. How much fun!
I did not win the cook-off, I did not even come close to winning, but it was all eaten up and gone within an hour. I’m blaming my low votes to the two chilis I was in between and my location in the room. First, I was in the corner, nobody puts Baby in the corner. Second, I was next to one chili that was extremely hot so no one could taste mine after eating that. And third, the other guy I was next too had steamed tortillas and toppings for his chili. Can’t really compete with chili eaten like a taco. Cheat much?
I ended up just using ground turkey for the meat. This would be an awesome chili to make with leftover Thanksgiving turkey… just an idea for everyone who gets sick of eating leftover turkey sandwiches after Thanksgiving. Also, it was the perfect day for chili. Slightly cold and a little rainy. I’ll probably want to make this chili again for myself, I only got a taste, but it was delicious and not at all spicy (my kind of chili). Thumbs up for Black Bean and Pumpkin chili.
Instead of dipping the whole apple into caramel and then into the oreos and then drizzled with white chocolate candy, here’s what happened at my house: Diced the apple, drizzled with caramel, sprinkled with oreos and white chocolate chips and halloween colored sprinkles. Oh man it was way too much sugar! I think I only ate like a fourth of the entire thing, but it was good.
Even though the outcome didn’t look as pretty as the picture in the cookbook, I can only imagine that it tasted exactly the same. I won’t be attempting this recipe again, but still counts right?
Dinner & a Movie
Bringing you food and drinks so that you can make movie night that much more delicious.
"Food is essential for life; therefore make it good"
Shannon does it Julie & Julia style as she cooks through a cookbook and shares thoughts and recipes along the way.