Wild Mushroom – Barley Holiday Stuffing

2 Teaspoons – salt, divided 1 ½ Cups – uncooked barley, pearl variety 2 Teaspoons – olive oil, divided 1 – medium onion (chopped) 5 – slices of Canadian style bacon, diced 2 – small carrots, diced 1 lb. – mushrooms, fresh, assorted wild varieties, sliced* 2 Teaspoons – garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons – thyme, […]

Thanksgiving Tofu

1 Block – (14 ounces) extra firm tofu 1 Tablespoon – olive oil 1 Teaspoon – dried ground sage 1 Teaspoon – dried rosemary 1 Teaspoon – dried thyme Drain tofu and place in a small casserole pan.  In a small dish, combine the olive oil and spices. Rub all over the tofu, cover and […]

Sweet Potato Wedges

10-  medium sweet potatoes sea salt pepper Preheat oven to 425.  Wash and scrub potatoes well, but leave peels on. Cut in half and then into wedges, about ½ inch thick. Place in a single layer on large nonstick baking sheet.   Coat with canola or olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake […]

Spiced Apple and Cranberry Sauce

1 – 12 ounce bag of fresh cranberries 1 cup – water 3 apples – (Fuji and honey crisps are the sweetest) Juice of 1 large navel orange 1 Teaspoon – cinnamon ½ Teaspoon – ground nutmeg ½ Teaspoon – grated orange peel 1 Teaspoon – alcohol free vanilla extract ½  Teaspoon – alcohol free […]

How to Cook a Turkey

The biggest complaint people have about turkey is that it is usually dry.  If you follow these instructions, your turkey will come out beautifully roasted and juicy. The best and safest way to defrost a turkey is in the refrigerator.  Here are some defrosting times: 8-12 lbs. – 2 to 3 days 13 – 16 […]

Green Beans Almandine

3 ½ 1bs – fresh green beans (trimmed) fresh garlic fresh lemon juice sliced almonds salt and pepper Bake almonds in the oven 350 for about 5 minutes until toasted. Steam green beans until tender, about 5 minutes.   Run under cold water and set aside. Spray large pan with cooking spray and sauté garlic over medium […]

Celery Root Mashed Potatoes

1 – celery root (sometimes hard to find) or 2 large parsnips 1 ½ lbs. – Yukon gold potatoes salt and pepper (to taste) ¼ cup – half & half ¼ cup – margarine ½ Tablespoon – prepared white horseradish (optional) or ¼ Tablespoon – dried tarragon (optional) 1 Teaspoon – olive oil Remove skin […]

Cauliflower Casserole

1 – Large Cauliflower 2 – Egg Whites Onion Flakes (to taste) Salt and Pepper (to taste) 1 Teaspoon – Oil Paprika (garnish)   Cook cauliflower (boil or microwave) until very soft, almost mushy. Mash cauliflower and add beaten egg whites, onion flakes, salt and pepper. Spray a small casserole dish with cooking spray.  Pour […]

Baked Apples with Crunchy Oat Topping

1 – spray of cooking spray 4 –large apples (sweet baking variety such as Gala or Rome) ½ Teaspoon – Splenda no calorie sweetener ½ Teaspoon – ground cinnamon ½ Teaspoon – ground nutmeg, or freshly grated nutmeg Topping ½ Cup – rolled oats ½ Teaspoon – Splenda no calorie sweetener ¼ Teaspoon – ground […]