Saturday, November 22, 2008

Horrors of the Holiday Kitchen: What won't you be making this year?

Welcome Utah, welcome Pennsylvania, welcome California! It's that time when people are furiously searching the interwebs for recipes and ideas for what they'll be making for that special holiday meal, and many of them are ending up here on my blog. If you haven't read these favorite posts of mine, you should (they really should be titled Horrors of the Holiday Kitchen or something).

The famous holiday cheese salad? (pineapple + cheddar cheese + lemon jello) Yep, it's here.

Cherry berry on a cloud? Yep, it's here too. Along with the many other jello recipes I inherited from my grandmother.

Perhaps you're seeking Frog Eye Salad? It seems to be a most popular search with visitors from Utah. You can find it here.

I don't believe I'll be making any of these this year. Have you ever made the green bean casserole? I haven't, but am intrigued with it for some reason. But the sodium content scares me. It uses that classic standby of cream of mushroom soup.

What horrors from Thanksgiving pasts are you avoiding? I'm all ears.

14 comments:

bemused said...

Forgetting to remove the giblets and neck from the turkey's innards before stuffing and cooking it. Yep, I did that the first time I made a turkey. I only realized my mistake as I removed the stuffing. I laughed so hard! What a silly idiot I was, but hey, it didn't come with instructions so it's understandable, right? I recommend against this boo-boo - it's a good way to get food poisoning (my guinea pigs, er, uh, guests fortunately did not suffer such consequences).

Heather said...

Oh, but Jello salads are so good! (But I think I may pass on that cheese one). Of course all my recipes came from my grandma too. My favorite is a frozen cranberry and coolwhip combination with of course, jello and crushed pineapple. Is it a requisite of every jello salad that there is crushed pineapple involved?

Heather said...

Ok, I finally clicked over to the cheese salad recipe and OMG - no wonder we click so well - rural Kansas and probably the same cranberry whipped cream jello salad! I still make it every year and force it on my Thanksgiving co-horts. But I know I'm probably the one who eats most of it! I probably should try the cheese one now I suppose. I bet I'll end up liking it!

Heather said...

OK, definite kinship now. I read the list of salad recipes and about fell over - I never thought I'd see the two words Kitchen Klatter on a blog! I too, kept several of my grandma's recipes, many of which I'm sure came from listening to the Kitchen Klatter radio show. I also kept her Kitchen Klatter cookbook, which of course has many jello salads in its salad section. (PS - what area of KS were your grandparents from? My family is from the extreme northeast corner.) Now I must go read all your archives for more gems - I never made it as far back as 2005 for these revelations!

LeLo said...

Hi Heather! I was wondering when you were going to discover this connection. You need to e mail me. I believe that info can be found in my about me. :)

purpletwinkie said...

Heh. Everything I make is fabulous. Lines for blocks just waiting for a chance at a taste or two. The end.

Rozanne said...

When I go home for Christmas, my sister and I are going to try to re-create my Aunt Dorothy's famous cranberry-celery(?)-strawberry-walnut jello salad and we are going to serve it up for Christmas dinner whether anyone else likes it or not. I cannot wait!!!!! We're having trouble, though, trying to figure out how she made the "dressing." It may have contained any or all of the following: cream cheese, sour cream, Miracle Whip, Cool Whip, or the poor man's Cool Whip, Dream Whip.

Posy Quarterman said...

Hey Trader Joe's has awesome French Onions in a can that have a recipe on back for green bean casserole that is delicious and free of cream of mushroom soup. I'll be making that this year, along with cranberry sauce and ice cream. But I'm really looking forward to my sister in law's jello salad, green olives, celery, sour cream and all!

in medias res said...

This year and every year, I avoid a grease-laden cornbread stuffing I had a couple of times when I lived in the South. Also, that candied yam crap with marshmallows and brown sugar? Who in their right mind does such a thing to an innocent, lovely yam? Also, I avoid my mom's stuffing. It's heavy, giblety,and mushy. Especially the half of it she always insists on cramming inside the turkey, despite my statistics that a) 95% of us will not eat it, and b) 100% of the people who will be eating that half of the stuffing have diabetes and are...her.

Holidays rock.

Kathryn said...

I have a corn bread stuffing recipe from Cooking Light that is delicious. It calls for chestnuts, which I always have a bit of a hard time finding. I love green bean casserole but I don't make mine with cream of anything--I always make my own white sauce for those types of dishes. I want to try the Trader Joe's onions, sounds delish.

Carla said...

Oh my lawdy...

I loathe those canned yams with the marshmallows and brown sugar. Blech. Ewww...eww...ew...

However, I am going to make this really rocking sweet potato au gratin.

Yay me.

Pat said...

Lelo,
I sent you an email asking about two jello recipes. Perhaps you didn't get it? If need be, I will resend or put it in here, ok?
Thanks,
Pat

LeLo said...

bemused: I'm glad to hear you laughed about that happening. Sometimes stress at the holidays renders us unable to laugh, especially about cooking situations. And you know? How were you supposed to know?!?!

Heather: I'm still waiting for your e mail!

Purpletwinkie: Are you sure about that?

Rozanne: If you need any help finding that recipe, you're welcome to peruse my grandmothers. I'm sure I have it!

Posy Quarterman: You know, the whole jello salad thing is just a weird and wonderful world, isn't it? P.S. I love your name!

in medias res: I agree about yam atrocities. Wrong! Oh holidays. They give us the stories we'll tell the rest of our lives. :)

Kathryn: Your stuffing recipe sounds delish!

Carla: Sweet potato au gratin sounds very very good.

Pat: gotcha covered!

bemused said...

In defense of yams: my SIL has this incredible yam recipe that includes the juice of a lemon, orange, a vanilla bean, brown sugar, and cinnamon sticks. It is so delish (I can't wait until tomorrow).

Yep, Lelo, laughter is a great stress reliever (and I find I often supply plenty of opportunities for glee).