Here it is - that time of year when everyone's thoughts turn to food! I'm thankful that at our house, we have plenty of food, but sometimes I am not so grateful that I am the one who usually gets to cook it!
So I am always on the lookout for simple, tasty recipes that are also easy on the budget. Here are a few of my family's favorites:
Corn-Rice Casserole1 1/2 cups minute rice (uncooked)2 cans cream-style corn1 small onion, chopped1 medium green pepper, chopped1/2 cup butter or margarine8 oz. jar Cheez Whiz
Melt butter in large saucepan and add onion and green pepper. Cook until tender. Add other ingredients and cook on low for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
Pour into greased 2-quart baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.
Sweet Potato Casserole2 16-oz. cans sweet potatoes1/4 cup butter3/4 cup sugar1/2 tsp. salt2 eggs1/2 cup milk1 tsp. vanilla
Topping:1 cup brown sugar1/4 cup butter2 tsp. cinnamon1/4 cup flour
Drain sweet potatoes and mash. Add other ingredients and mix well. Pour into ungreased 9" square baking pan. Mix all topping ingredients till crumbly. Spread on yams then bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Tip: You can make this the day before. Just refrigerate till you are ready to bake.
This one is perfect for supper the night before Thanksgiving.
Harvest Time Soup1 1/2 cups water1 cup cubed potatoes1/2 cup chopped carrots1/2 cup chopped celery3/4 lb. process cheese spread, cubed1 cup ham, cubed
Bring water, potatoes, carrots and celery to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer till vegetables are tender.
Add cheese and ham; cook, stirring till cheese is melted.
This makes about 4 servings, but it could easily be cut in half or doubled.
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Samuel Adams, father of the American Revolution:
"It is therefore recommended ... to set apart Thursday the eighteenth day of December next, for solemn thanksgiving and praise, that with one heart and one voice the good people may express the grateful feelings of their hearts and consecrate themselves to the service of their divine benefactor ..."-November 1, 1777
(adopted by the 13 states as the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation)
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