Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Dinner

Turkey in the Crock Pot
Mashed Potatoes
Ginger Ale Carrots
Collard Greens
Deviled Eggs
Dinner Rolls
Strawberry Trifle
Cookie Dough/Oreo/Brownie Bars

TURKEY - I am cooking an 11-pound bird in the crock pot. Aunt Louise and Uncle RP told me years ago that it worked great, which it does. I miss Uncle RP, and so in his honor and to honor my sweet Aunt Weezy, the turkey's gonna hit the crock pot! I'll cook mine in my big crock with the lid on and I cover that with folded up beach towel. I'll use an old dark colored one, because the last towel I used discolored. If your bird is a little too big for the pot, just cover with heavy duty foil and then the towel. The turkey goes on at 6AM and my job is to ignore it all day. Dinner will be ready at 2PM. I have done it before, but found these directions online and, sans the celery and carrots, it looks like it'll be pretty tasty.

MASHED POTATOES - No brainer. Peel, boil, mash Yukon Gold Potatoes with cream and butter, sea salt and white pepper. We have an ancient potato masher that belonged to my mother in law. It is special to me.

GINGER ALE CARROTS - I love ginger. I do all kinds of acrobatics in the kitchen, but grating ginger is at the bottom of my list. When I saw this recipe, I knew it would taste great!

COLLARD GREENS - Grown in my organic community garden. Clean and cut it up, add a pound of raw smoked apple wood bacon (cut up), onion, salt, seasonings. It'll just be a simple reheat on Easter Sunday.

DEVILED EGGS - Paula Deen has my recipe! I sometimes add a slice of stuffed olive for pretty, or a shake of paprika or parsley.

ANGEL FOOD/STRAWBERRY TRIFLE - I love's the best of all sweets: vanilla pudding, strawberries, whipped cream and angel food cake.

COOKIE DOUGH/OREO/BROWNIE BAR - My sister Kat says this is amazing. I might have to make it for the kids. Who am I kidding? It's for me!!

I'll probably skip the cookie dough thing on Sunday, but posted it here for future reference. If I can get off of work for our family reunion, I may make it for this, but not for the contest as this isn't from scratch.

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