Monday, November 19, 2007

A Wild Weekend

As I mentioned in my last post, we had Sleek's brothers and their families in for the weekend. We wrap Thanksgiving and Christmas into one weekend with them. I won't lie. It gets crazy at times, but our kids sure love having a whole weekend to play with their cousins. Fortunately, one of my sisters-in-law usually brings a "portable bar". Together, they are the martini masters! They are always shaking up some new kind of martini. I love it!

I began to prepare for the weekend on Friday afternoon. I made a batch of Apple-Pie Crumb-Cake Muffins from VWaV. Those are so good. I usually make a batch every other week. I substitute whole-wheat pastry flour for the all-purpose flour. Then I made a pumpkin pie, which really turned out nice. (Sleek's brother actually thought it was fake when he saw it! Yeah, I always keep fake pies sitting around. Heehee!) For my pie-crust, I used previously-made dough, which I had frozen. It was actually very easy to work with. Maybe I'll start freezing all of my dough before I use it.

On Saturday morning, I woke up early to get my broccoli-cheddar quiche into the oven. I made the same as the onion quiche, but instead of onions and gruyere, I used broccoli and cheddar. It's really easy to make, and Sleek said he liked it better than the onion quiche.

Saturday evening was when my sisters-in-law and I made the big meal. We decided on broiled sea bass, potatoes, corn pudding, and salad. I know everyone sees "corn pudding" and thinks WTF? Many people would call it baked corn. I'm fairly sure it's a southern thing. Anyway, the recipe is from my great-grandmother, and everyone who's ever tasted just loves it. It's not very healthy, so I usually just make it when Sleek's family is visiting. Here's the recipe for it:

2 cans creamed corn
1 small can whole-kernal corn (like 6 oz?)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 stick of melted butter or margarine
1.5 cups evaporated milk (I use fat-free)
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 good pinch of salt

Mix everything well. Pour in baking dish and bake in a pan of water at 375 degrees for about an hour and 15 minutes.

Unfortunately, the bottle of Viogner that the girls and I drank while preparing the meal prevented me from taking a picture of the food! Sorry!

The kids and I are at my parents' in rural WV (as opposed to the extremely urban Morgantown) for the next couple of days. I can't wait to spend Thanksgiving Day with getto and his family and my great friend, olives. It will be so much fun!


Rebecca Burch said...

Corn pudding is so good, and I haven't had it in years! I might have to try this.

The broccoli quiche looks awesome! I make one pretty similar to yours and it's a family favorite.

Mmmm... pumpkin pie!

Okay... know what? I can't read these food posts on mornings when I didn't have time to eat something as I ran out the door. I am so hungry, now!

olives and more said...

no wonder no one is answering the phone at your house today. Man, i like the portable bar. and the martinis sound awesome. I'll have to find the recipe for the cranberry cocktail. Are those the muffins i tried that one time. Those are good! so, when are you getting back?

The Dalai Mama said...

rebecca: Cool! You've had corn pudding! Too bad there's not such thing as "virtual tasting". Then you could just eat here at Chez Mama.

olives: If you can't find the recipe, maybe we can just make some pomegranate martinis? Those are indeed the muffins you tried. We'll be back Wednesday morning. What time will you be in?

Inarticulate Fumblings said...

Martha WHO? There's a new domestic goddess in town.

Wow. What a huge compliment when your baking is mistaken for store-bought. It means it looks too perfect. Nice.

If you're ever wanting to make something easy and delicious for people that are visiting (I'm thinking after a holiday, people are still sleeping, they wake up smelling the coffee you just put on)try THIS

It's kind of like a breakfasty heartattack on a plate, but somehow it's justifiable on the holidays, no?

The Dalai Mama said...

IF: Oh, I think that will be my next breakfast-for-company dish! Lordy, that sounds good. (Yes, I just said Lordy.)