November 27, 2007

redneck holidays

Sorry for the blog break, I was recovering from Thanksgiving! We really had a nice one, despite one particular relative driving me absolutely insane, the food was all good and my hubby and kids said it was the best Thanksgiving meal I'd ever cooked. Score!

So I thought I'd share my secret. I know it's a little late, but maybe you can keep it in mind for next year.
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And just in case you can't figure out how to get it out of the can, it comes with instructions. Oh yes, it does!!




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Somehow I'm picturing you all with a face similar to this one:



LOL! Just kidding folks!

Hope you got a laugh out of that one ;)

It was actually something my DH requested that I make for him on his birthday. I had to work that night, so his official birthday dinner wasn't until the following Sunday (at The Cheesecake Factory...YUM), so when I was getting ready to slice and fry for his sandwiches, the back of the can just cracked me up! I've been opening cans of Spam since I was a kid and have to admit, it's a skill! But now they have the instructions right on the can, so anyone can do it!!....it's just too funny.

Spam. People either love it or hate it. We have it about two or three times a year, always fried and in sandwich form and it usually makes my husband sing part of the old Monty Python Spam skit which is good for a laugh or two!

So anyway....I brined a turkey, best thing e.v.e.r. OMG, I'll never make a turkey any other way. So tender and juicy! We used the Williams Sonoma brand of brine mix, it was wonderful!

We had all the regular stuff to go with it, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce (always from the can and after 30 years of slicing it, my mother tells me I'm doing it wrong!), pies, and then these:



the only thing I got a picture of during preparations because my camera battery died.
They were from the November issue (I think) of Everyday Food, shown here:



Super easy but they were HUGE when I baked them the next day, I'm not sure that we really liked them that much....they smelled and tasted great but eh. Nothing to write home about. Of course, everything else was to die for, but alas, no pics.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well and are gearing up for the holiday season now. I'm almost done with my shopping already! Yippee! Now I need to get my list ready for what all needs to be baked and what candies to make. Probably the same stuff as I always do, my peoples would probably kill me if I deviated any from the norm, lol! They wait all year, or at least that's what they say!

Stitching wise, working on a big sampler, will try to post of photo of that soon :)

7 comments:

Jackie said...

Yeah . . . I am so glad you blogged! :-) Your Thanksgiving sounds yummy. And the rolls look great even if they tasted just okay.

Ew Spam. Being from the south I have eaten it a time or two in my life, but I never buy it. I think it's neat your husband likes it. Spam is very retro and I love retro/vintage stuff.

XOXO

Nancy said...

I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving Andrea! Your menu sounds almost identical to ours. My husband always cooks our turkey on the grill, and it's very yum!

You had me looking like Astro with your Spam and then laughing. I used to eat that as a kid with scrambled eggs. I know better as an adult!

Looking forward to seeing your stitching project.

Hi! I'm Michelle said...

You got me with the Spam! LOL I thought "What the..." and cracked up! Spam is hurricane food down here... and I've eaten plenty. :)

Glad you are back on the blog. I missed you! I love your dog!!!

Teresa said...

Please forgive me, but you had to know someone would ask. What does your mother think is the right way to serve the cranberry sauce?

andrea said...

Teresa,
My point exactly!! There's a WRONG way to serve it? LOL!
Actually, she said I was slicing it too thin, but that's how my DH likes it...he layers it on his other stuff, so it has to be thin.
Anyway, she also tried to tell me how to get it out of the can....she spent 10 minutes trying to do it so I just took back one of the cans and did it in two seconds flat.
Can you tell it was HER that was driving me insane??! The cranberry sauce fiasco is just one small example.

Lois said...

My mother drives me insane too! Oh I so hope my daughter's aren't saying that about me!!! Lois

andrea said...

Oh I know Lois!! I tell my girls all the time, please tell me if I ever start driving you nuts so I can quit it!