I Don’t Bake!!

This is going to be a real time post. I am going to lay it all out as it happens. I hope y’all are ready for the ride because I am not sure that I am!!

Happy Thanksgiving! This year our’s is non traditional and exceptionally hard. Our matriarch has passed on so we seem to be at loose ends so someone suggested store bought fried chicken and sides but I suggested that I make the sides and once the side dishes were figured out fried chicken just didn’t go but turkey and ham were both shot down so our menu is going to be *throat clear*

Brisket, Mashed Potatoes, Green-bean Casserole, Macaroni Salad, Apple Pie and Cherry Pie. I might get a bag of lettuce salad just for a fresh thing.

I don’t bake. I have never cooked an 11 pound brisket. I am prepping in one kitchen and finishing in another kitchen. I was nice to myself and got pre-made pie crust and a can of cherry filling but the apple pie is going to be all me. I want to put some basil in it but the eaters are skeptical.

I have such big shoes to fill and I have never been more nervous about cooking a meal than I am this one. These women have been cooking for longer than I have been alive but I have been learning at their knees as long as I have been alive so I might not have as much to worry about as I think I do. I am not really a beginner, I do have the knowledge and the skills and the tools to make all of this happen. I hear you shouting about how simple our menu is and how I don’t really have anything to worry about but honestly I am looking for pizza coupons just in case!!

Stay tuned. It is 11:05 on Friday the 23rd

Sweet Family Dinner! It is hard to write a blog when you don’t have your computer or the charger to plug it in!!

Dinner was a success! The pies came out beautifully, the brisket was delightful, the green beans were perfect and my sisters mashed potatoes were just the right amount of chunky and creamy!! My Aunt and I worked together on a macaroni salad and it was also delightful!! More than the food being tasty, the family was all together! My sister came home from Oregon and that is always a treat!!

Our recipe for the brisket is for a 6-8 pounder and I got a 10 pounder so I added a little extra of the liquids just to make sure we had enough jus! And here are the directions:

  • Meat tenderizer
  • Celery Salt
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Crushed Garlic
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • 6-8 teaspoons liquid smoke
  • 2-3 ounces Worcestershire sauce
  • 1\2 cup red wine or dark beer

Rub both sides of the meat with all the seasonings then place fat side up in a roasting pan or deep baking dish and pour the liquids over the meat. Cover your beast with foil and bake at 225 for 1 hour per pound of meat. For my toddler sized hunk of meat I got it in the oven at 630 in the morning and it was ready and on the table by 530 in the evening. Super easy and super tasty!! I didn’t have any celery salt so I only used the season salt but that ended up being OK as the liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce have salt in them.

For the green bean casserole I use the recipe that is printed on the back of the French’s Dried Onions but with a twist

  • 2 14 oz cans of green beans either cut or whole
  • 2 10 oz cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 7 oz cans of mushroom pieces
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon each of ground black pepper, onion powder and granulated garlic
  • 2 6 oz packages of dried onions 1 for mixing in and 1 for topping

mix together beans, soup, seasonings, liquids, mushrooms and 1 package of the onions in a baking dish and bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 until it starts to bubble around the edges, then top with the other package of onions and bake for another 5 or 10 minutes until the onions on top start to brown and get crispier!

What else? Aunt K made the macaroni salad and she uses Dijon mustard, mayo, celery, pickles, a pinch of salt and some fresh ground black pepper.

The potatoes  were pretty basic, there were 7 of us at table so I chopped and boiled about 2 and a half pounds. My sister chose to mash by hand and we added salt, pepper, garlic powder and a pinch of MSG as well as a half a stick of butter, maybe 3 ounces of sour cream and about 1/2 cup of milk.

We already talked about the pies, we didn’t make a lettuce salad since all the romaine has e. coli and we didn’t make bread because I was hogging all the oven space but we did have a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon and a bottle of Prosecco.

Our holiday dinner was non traditional but it was a great meal and the company was even better! I hope your holiday was also lovely!!

Thanks ya’ll!! Happy cooking!

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