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!