Thursday, November 12, 2009

Holiday Recipe Share Fridays

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Welcome to our first post for this event. This will continue for each friday thru New Year's Day, so you are all welcome to share and swap your favorite holiday recipes.

With Thanksgiving coming up soon, I thought I would share a couple favorites of mine.

Growing up as a child we always went to Grandma and Grandpa's farm (my Mom's parents) Grandma prepared the feast always, and we helped her to clean up the dishes and such afterwards. Grandma always put out her best silver and china and made everything from scratch.

I don't remember any particular dish, except for her jello salads, bean salad was always one of her dishes, she always had lots of different pies made, rolls made, the turkey and dressing, veggies, mashed potatoes and gravey. Always "good eats"

Bean Salad-Grandma Jones

1 can onions

1 can red beans

1 can yellow beans

1 onion sliced in rings

1 fresh red bell pepper cut in strips

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup salad oil

1/2 cup vinegar

dash salt and dash pepper

In a large bowl, stir together all the beans, onions, and bell pepper. In a seperate bowl mix together sugar, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour over the beans and stir well. Chill overnite.


Golden Glow Salad by Grandma Jones

1 package orange or lemon jello

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup boiling water

1 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup drained crushed pineapple

1 cup cold water or pineapple juice

Dissolve jello and salt in boiling water. Add the cold water or juice. Chill. When starts to thicken add the carrots and pineapple and allow to set in one large mold or indivual molds. Serve with dressing or not.

Grandma always made individual molds, and them placed them on salad plates with lettuce leaves. The dressing she used was:

fresh cream, sugar and vinegar. Take the fresh cream in a bowl and add sugar and vinegar to taste. (this was always her own cream, since they milked several cows)



1 pound fresh whole cranberries

1 can whole berry sauce

chopped nuts or diced celery optional

mandarin oranges optional or

diced apples optional or

fresh blueberries optional

In a saucepan cook whole cranberries in just a little bit of water, stir often, cook only til they start to pop.

Take off the heat and stir in the can of whole cranberries til well blended. Fold this til mixed well, but don't crush the cranberries. Add in some nuts or celery if you wish. I also love to add a small can of drained mandarin oranges, and/or a cup of fresh blueberries. Diced apple is nice too. Chill overnite.

This is a real favorite of ours.


Over the years I used to make alot of homemade breads and rolls. I got away from it when we were working so many hours, and when I learned I couldn't eat wheat or gluten I stopped making alot of breads. I really miss that, so I may start up again and experiment with perfecting gluten free breads soon.

Next week I may share some bread recipes. If you have a recipe you would like to share and swap with us, leave a link in comments here, or in the calender post and I will set up a link to you.


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