Sunday, November 23, 2008


This is my 100th post. I guess I've been writing up a storm about nothing at all.

I have a book to share from one of my favorite chefs, Ina Garten. So leave me a comment and I will pull a name from a hat on Friday. Anyone who posts between now and Thanksgiving will have a chance to win!!

The book is great- there are so many recipes I want to try.I'm sure whoever gets it will agree!

Continuing my Thanksgiving preparations...I always make the Mashed Potatoes and my sis Maggie makes the Scalloped Mushrooms. Here are the recipes for both- well worth trying..

Scalloped Mushrooms

9 tbl unsalted butter
3 lbs assorted mushrooms cut in 1/4's
1 tsp. coarse alt
1/2 tp pepper
1 cup plain breadcrumbs
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup grated parm. cheese

Preheat oven to 350'

1.Heat 1 tbl butter in large skillet ove med. heat.
2.Work in 4 batches of the mushrooms, melting more butter over and over, till all mushrooms are cooked-about 5 minutes a batch.
3.Add heavy cream ,parm cheese and salt and pepper.
4.Transfer all to a baking dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs and the rest of the cheese.
5.Bake until golden- about 25 minutes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

These can be made early in the morning and put out on the cold porch till dinnertime or covered tight and frozen for a week or two and thawed.Heat in the oven for about 3o minutes till slightly golden on top..

Preheat oven to 350'

7lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 1/2 packages Philly Cream Cheese
1 pint sour cream
1 1/2 cups half/half
1 tbl coarse salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

1.Peel the potatoes and cut in half.Boil till done- about 15- 20 minutes.
2.Place the potatoes in the mixer along with 1 stick of butter and the cream cheese. 3.Add the sour cream,half and half and salt and mix till combined.
4.TASTE-This is a def taste as you go dish- I add butter, more half and half and sour cream or salt -or all if need be. This is very important. If its perfect- leave it alone but I always have to fix it up.
5.Pour it in a large baking dish and dot with 1/2 stick of butter. Place in oven til lightly browned- about 30 minutes.

Both recipes are a bit of Heaven on a plate.

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