Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: "when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
~Thornton Wilder

In light of the Thanksgiving holiday approaching at the end of this week, I decided to focus my top ten on the food I am looking forward to both making and eating.  You can read more about part of the family tradition on my father-in-law's cooking blog There's a Hippy in the Kitchen.

1. Apple Pie - This pie I make myself, and was lovingly dubbed "Christmas pie" by a friend when I attempted to make a traditional 4th of July apple pie.  Instead of a fresh apple flavor, I managed to recreate Christmas in  a bite, though it is not necessarily a bad thing.

2. Cherry Pie - This is the pie my mom makes that is her grandmother's recipe, and has been something I look forward to every year since I was very young.

3. Bread - My brother-in-law has a knack for baking bread and whichever recipe he brings to our feast will be absolutely delicious.

4. Mom's School Rolls - Yes, these are the rolls you remember from the elementary school hot lunch line.  My mom has worked in a school cafeteria since my brother and I were in elementary school and this is one of the great recipes she has brought home with her.  There is nothing like these fluffy rolls.

5.  Butter - Last year at Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law brought out a butter churn from her mother's house, something they used to do all the time on the farm.  We had a blast passing it around, whipping heavy cream until it turned into butter.  It was delicious. This year, I plan on bringing butter to dinner, but I will be using my Kitchenaid mixer instead of doing it by hand.

6. Turkey Gravy - I am not a gravy fan at all, unless it is turkey gravy.  I love it on my potatoes, but not so much on my turkey.

7. Mashed Potatoes - AC makes the best creamy mashed potatoes, and I am looking forward to sampling them before we head to my in-laws house.

8. Cranberry Mousse - This is my father-in-law's famous recipe and Thanksgiving would not be the same without small bowls of this pink deliciousness decorating the table.  Here is the recipe if anyone wants to try it on their table this year!

9. Green Beans - There is nothing special about these, but they are my favorite vegetable.

10. Turkey - I am a dark meat eater, because I typically find that the white meat is too dry (even when it really isn't). Yes, I know this is last on the list.  It just doesn't compare to all the other foods.

I asked SC what she was looking forward to eating for Thanksgiving and she said "mac 'n' cheese."  Somehow, if the message gets passed along, I bet BOTH grandmothers will have this offering, just for her.

What are you looking forward to eating on Thursday?  Leave a comment, then check out other top ten lists at:
Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings

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