A Few Thanksgiving Meal Tips

Food is the center of attention at Thanksgiving. It's a celebration of the Pilgrim's early successes in America, won through hard work to tame the land in what was for them a new world. Every year it's a traditional meal. Pumpkin pie ends a turkey dinner that includes all the extras. It's also a time when families get together to celebrate history. The food may be similar, but Thanksgiving dinner recipes have as much variety as the colors of the leaves on the November trees.

Food and healthy cooking, even during the holiday season, can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. A sure recipe for disaster is to attempt a new recipe while under time constraints or feeling pressured by the other holiday stresses. The greatest cooking tips anyone can give are ones that let you know that mistakes are inevitable but nothing is impossible so let's check out a few below.

How about this recipe for a delicious appetizer? It's a pretty simple Pumpkin soup. Add butter and oil to a pan over medium heat. Add leaks to saute, only the white portion, until soft. Now throw in some pumpkin puree along with cloves, cinnamon, ground ginger and some salt. Now stir in some vegetable broth. Add brown sugar. Use low heat to simmer it for 10 minutes. If desired pour a tsp or so of cream or half and half into the bowl before adding soup and a dash of cinnamon. That soup is a real treat.

Fried turkey is also good. Don't worry, fried turkey isn't greasy. The oil is so hot it sears the skin, thus the oil can't penetrate it. Get a big drum and a propane burner, otherwise known as a deep fryer. You'll need two thermometers, one for the meat and one for the oil. Fry outside in a large open area. Get that oil hot, up to 350F. Cook it for 3 minutes per pound, until the breast is 170F. Dressing isn't fried inside the turkey, but spices can be injected into it.

People who love to cook soon develop their own ways of doing things - that includes holiday cooking as well. Almost every recipe we come across, we tweak after we have tried it a couple of times to fit our taste buds. It keeps the food we cook more interesting and more appealing to our family. It also keeps the food we make fresh and the people we feed happy. Try it for yourself. A good cook always experiments with new things.

For some other soup ideas try curried pumpkin apple soup, butternut squash soup, or pumpkin and sausage soup. But there are other good appetizers for the meal. Give cheese wrapped asparagus a try. Both sliced and spread cheese go into this one. One idea is swiss cheese slices with a softer blue cheese spread. Spread the soft cheese on the slices, wrap it around a few asparagus spears, then cook in a 230 degree C oven for about 15 minutes, or until the asparagus is soft. Okay, this way asparagus isn't healthy. But Thanksgiving isn't a time for a diet. Live a little!

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