John & Gloria (Ryan's parents): Egg Casserole on Christmas Eve, Cheesy Potato Casserole, and Deviled Eggs - I quickly learned that you have to be quick to grab an egg or two, or there won't be any left!
Kelli & Joel (Ryan's sister & her husband): Turkey, Mama's Dressing, & Mashed Potatoes - Seriously, I think Kelli is probably my favorite cook! I like every single thing she makes and in turn always eat WAYYY too much when we're there.
Dad & Danette: Green Bean Casserole, Cheesey Potatoes, and a new addition this year - CHEESE CURDS. These delicious little bundles of goodness are delightful!
Mom & Kent: COOKIES, COOKIES, COOKIES! My mom can bake! Whether they are sugar cut-outs, peanut butter blossoms, or FROZEN chocolate chunk cookies, it does not matter. I simply love them!
Because it's just Ryan and me eating at home (Noah still prefers simple toddler food), I don't have a chance to cook/bake very often. I mean, I could make two dozen cookies, but we would then eat them...every last one of them. So I refrain. Thanksgiving and Christmas give me the opportunity to try new recipes, make old favorites, and watch my loved ones love (or maybe hate) my creations. I think I did pretty well this year, though I know there are a couple dishes that I would change a little something here or a little something there.
I don't know about you, but I heart recipe sharing! I feel so much happiness to know, for example, that someone likes my stuffed mushrooms enough to ask me for the recipe. So, although you didn't ask for these, I'm going to share some of my favorites from this season.
RYAN'S FAVORITE DUTCH APPLE PIE
1 pie crust (I use the Pillsbury refridgerated roll-out kind)
5 1/2 cups peeled and cored sliced cooking apples
1 T lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
3 T flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit
2. Fit pie crust to pie plate & crimp edge
3. Mix apples, lemon juice, sugars, flour, cinnamon, & nutmeg in a large bowl.
4. Pile mixture into pie crust
5. Prepare topping by mixing flour, sugars, and butter until coarsely crumbled with a fork/pastry blender
6. Sprinkle evenly over apples
7. Bake for 45-50 minutes until browned on top