Category Archives: Holidays

Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe has become a favorite and is the dish I’m asked to take for Thanksgiving.

Source: Bon Appetit, November 1994

4 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces*
2/3 C packed golden brown sugar
5 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground ginger
2 C miniature marshmallows
1/2 C sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 375F. Arrange potatoes in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Combine sugar, butter, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and ginger in heavy small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour over potatoes; toss to coat. Cover dish tightly with foil.

Bake potatoes 50 minutes. Uncover; bake until potatoes are tender and syrup thickens slightly, basting occasionally, about 20 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 500F. Top potatoes with marshmallows and nuts. Return to oven; bake until marshmallows begin to melt and nuts begin to brown, about 3 minutes.

*In recent years I’ve bought the bags of cubed sweet potatoes at Trader Joe’s. ┬áJust empty the bag into the baking dish and proceed with the recipe.

Serves 8.

Chocolate Drizzled Cherry Bars

We clipped this recipe from a package of Land O’Lakes Unsalted Butter. We haven’t tried it yet, but how you can go wrong with this combination of ingredients?
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Holiday Cranberry Punch

This recipe was printed in late 1999 in the Food section of the Los Angeles Times. Credit goes to Missouri’s former first lady Jean Carnahan, who shares this and other recipes in her book Christmas at the Mansion: Its Memories and Menus. Is a colorful and delicious beverage to serve at holiday parties.
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Golden Potato Casserole

Don’t even think about planning a holiday meal in Jim’s family without including the Golden Potato Casserole! This is a must-have dish at every holiday meal. It can be prepared a day ahead and baked just before eating.
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Potato Puff

In an effort to make holiday meals a little simpler and lighter, my mom tried this recipe for Thanksgiving dinner one year. Everyone liked it, so she continues to serve it for holiday meals. It’s a fluffier casserole version of the heavier, traditional mashed potatoes, and can be made a day ahead. Source:  The Complete Family Cookbook.
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