It’s almost here, it’s almost here! Thanksgiving is only two short days away! Soon, kitchens across America will be filled with the aroma of turkey roasting and pie cooling. Two of our readers will also be awaiting packages from IceMilk Aprons for their future cooking endeavors!
We asked readers to tell us their favorite recipes for their chance to win an apron from IceMilk Aprons. Congratulations to Jennifer H and Laura!
I am a newlywed (March 2010) and my mother-in-law is the most AMAZING Southern cook there ever was. I am no expert, but I am trying! Although I’ll never cook with the charm, ease, and secret ingredient arsenal as her, I have learned from my MIL that cooking is so much more than putting together ingredients and throwing something in the oven or a pot. It is fun to play around and make what those you love, love to eat!
After we made it together once, I was so honored when she shared one of her special recipes with me and it has quickly become a favorite for my husband and me. I’ve only recently convinced him to love tomatoes, which is a good thing, because if he were comparing my pie to his mom’s, he may be disappointed! Here is her version of Southern Tomato Pie::
1 baked pie crust
sliced tomatoes…enough to fill the crust
2 or 3 green onions chopped on top of the tomatoes
salt and pepper
mixed herbs…yes there is a bottle of these!
grated sharp cheddar cheese – around 1-1 1/2 cups
mix the cheese with enough mayonnaise to hold the cheese together…then “place” the mixture on top of the pie with your hands
Bake @ 350 until the cheese bubbles
Oh how cute! I totally need one of these, since the apron I currently use is from when I was a kid (the pocket is a barn). Not to mention that the flour tends to fly when I bake, since I happily learned not to worry about the portions too much.
My favorite thing to bake is a cake that I only make at Christmas, just to keep it special. Plus, I’m telling you, this cake tastes like Christmas.
White Chocolate Cranberry Cake
6 squares white chocolate for baking
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 T orange zest (CONFESSION: I skip this and add just a dash more orange juice with pulp, since zesting has never really worked for me)
3 T orange juice
2 c flour
2 t baking powder
1-1/2 c fresh or frozen cranberries
Chop the chocolate. Beat together butter, brown sugar, and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, orange juice and zest, and mix well. Add the flour and baking powder, then stir in the chocolate and cranberries. Bake in a bundt pan at 350 for 1 hour.
Melt together 3 squares of white chocolate and 2T of orange juice over low heat. stir, drizzle over cake, and enjoy. It’s best if you wait until the cake is COMPLETELY cool.
Make sure to leave a comment below if you decide to try one of these scrumptious recipes for Turkey Day!