Posted by: houwr | 11/16/2011

The Cook’s Guide to a Successful Thanksgiving

Here at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library, we like to encourage everyone’s greatest interests and simplest hobbies. But when it comes to Thanksgiving, well. . . things can become a bit stressful.  To ease your tension about those frustrating in-laws or your home’s cleanliness, we have ordered some new cookbooks that offer a twist on tradition and will at least keep you confident about your holiday feast.  Here is a sampling of what your dinner could look like:

 Turkey & Stuffing Bake

First comes a brand new recipe from our new The Ultimate Casseroles Book – a simple solution to getting that turkey and dressing into one big dish.  This recipe includes such tasty ingredients as sweet peppers, herb-seasoned stuffing mix, cubed turkey and long grain rice and only takes about 35 minutes to bake.  Now that’s my kind of Thanksgiving – thank you, Better Homes & Gardens!

Cranberry Fruit Conserve

Let us never underestimate the power of a good magazine! Here at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library, we subscribe to many great weekly and monthly reads, such as Good Housekeeping – and this one just happens to have a great recipe for a cranberry sauce alternative in its November issue.  This recipe calls for granny smith apples, cranberries, and walnuts.   The ingredients are served with a sugar and citrus sauce, so you really can’t go wrong here! Way to go, Barefoot Contessa!   

 

Chocolate Brownie Clusters

Take it from me (or from the “Boss” I should say), dessert is probably the most important part of any feast.  Here at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library, we firmly believe this – therefore, we have called on Buddy Valastro to ensure our Thanksgiving  meal is complete.  His new book Baking With the Cake Boss includes a recipe for chocolate brownie clusters that are absolutely irresistible.  It is made with Dutch-process cocoa powder and walnut halves, and bakes up in about 20 minutes.  Another great thing about this book: the boss gives tips on sifting and the benefits of using egg whites among other great baking advise.  Long live dessert!

As you can see, we appreciate many of the professional cooks, so don’t forget about the wonderful resource that is www.foodnetwork.com for all your cooking needs.  Also, if you would like to check out any of these cookbooks or flip through our magazine collection, visit the Nola Brantley Memorial Library anytime, or call (478)923-0128.

The Ultimate Casseroles Book can be found under Dewey number 641.82 BET

Cooking with the Cake Boss can be found under Dewey number  641.8 VAL

                                                         

 

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