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Thanksgiving Smorgasbord

Thanksgiving is just that. . . A time for thanks, and a time for giving. As you share your home with others this Thanksgiving, share your faith, traditions, and your recipes! Here are some of my favorite recipes fitting for the Thanksgiving holiday. Click on the photo to go to the recipe.

Yams

Yams

Mac n Cheese

Mac n Cheese

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Collard Greens

Collard Greens

Bring in the New Year with Soul Food

soulfood_complex_comSoul Food is a historic tradition amongst the African-American community on New Year’s Day. Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s has been considered good luck for at least 1,500 years. Collard, turnip, mustard greens and golden cornbread are also good luck.  Eating soul food at 12:00am on New Year’s Eve brings luck. It is often said “Peas for pennies, greens for dollars, and cornbread for gold.”

Soul Food is a familiar term used for food traditionally prepared and eaten by African-Americans in the United States. Many of the various dishes and ingredients included in “soul food” are part of our Southern US history. The style of cooking originated during American slavery. African slaves were given only the “leftover” and “undesirable” cuts of meat from their masters (while the white slave owners got the meatiest cuts). Despite the “leftover” ingredients, southern whites have grown to love soul food as well.

Soul Food also represents the comfort of lovingly prepared, good food and the gathering of family and friends.

Today when preparing soul food, we use healthier ingredients for seasoning. Instead of “fatback” or “pork fat” we use smoked turkey or sausage. So in the coming days, bring a little luck to your humble abode, and indulge in the historically prepared comfort of Soul Food. Here are a few of my recipes to try:

Collard Greens
Black-eye peas
Macaroni and Cheese
yams
Sweet Potato Pie

Thanksgiving Smorgasbord

Thanksgiving is just that. . . A time for thanks, and a time for giving. As you share your home with others this Thanksgiving, share your faith, traditions, and your recipes! Here are some of my favorite recipes fitting for the Thanksgiving holiday. Click on the photo to go to the recipe.

Yams

Yams

Mac n Cheese

Mac n Cheese

Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash

Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

Collard Greens

Collard Greens

Brown Sugar Yams with Orange and Cranberries

A delicious holiday faire. It’s a trio made in heaven.

INGREDIENTS
4 3/4    lbs. Yams, Peeled & Cut into 2″ pieces
3/4    Cup of brown sugar
6    Tbsp butter, melted
1 1/2    tsp. Orange peel, grated
6    Tbsp. Craisins Dried Cranberries
2    Cups miniature marshmallows

INSTRUCTIONS
1.Cook yams in a large pot of boiling water for about 3 minutes. Drain and transfer to a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish.
2.Blend brown sugar, butter and orange peel in a small bowl, pour over yams. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to coat. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes until yams are tender.
3.Mix in dried cranberries and top with marshmallows. Continue Baking for about 3-5 minutes until the marshmallows are melted and lightly browned.
4.Serve hot.