Tuesday, October 09, 2007

The dishes are done, the floor swept, the left overs precariously stacked in the fridge threatening to cause a landslide everytime the fridge door is opened. Another Thanksgiving Day come and gone. It was a lovely, albiet, busy weekend. Saturday was spent running around looking those last few ingrediants to make some of those mouthwatering dishes. But it was worth it. Sunday, in the midst of 50 - 70 mph winds, we had dinner at my sister's for one side of the family. My brother in law and sister served a wonderful dinner for all of us but my cooking was nominal for it. We took a mouth-watering huge pumpkin pie from Costco (I don't do pies) and for those who don't enjoy pumpkin or pie I baked the Apple Pie Cake. The food was delish, the company even better. With full tummies we retired to the tv room to watch a pirate adventure. A wonderful day.

Thanksgiving Monday morning, with the wind gone and beautiful skies, I made dinner for the other side of the family. Unfortunately, my Tia (12) started to get sick even while we were at my sister's the night before. She complained that her nose was starting to get stuffy. By evening, she had a bit of a fever running, which turned into a sore throat, which in turn turned into being sick through the night. So Monday morning found me stuffing turkey quite bleary eyed. I did get into the groove after the 1st or 10th cup of coffee, though, and woke myself up enough to try two new dishes. Both were awesome.

The first was the link I gave you the other day to these. They were absolutely heaven. This little number will now be gracing my Thanksgiving Day dessert table for years to come. Easy, quick, looked beautiful and absolutely melt in your mouth delicious, they disappeared quickly.

The second was a spaghetti squash dish. I love spaghetti squash. Usually I just bake it, then mix it with butter and salt and pepper, sometimes adding brown sugar too. Pretty basic. But this year I found a new recipe and gave it a try. Everyone thought it wonderful. So I'll share with you. It's a perfect, lovely looking dish to take with you somewhere also. Sorry, didn't get a picture though. Was a little too rushed to grab the camera for this one too. You'll just have to trust me when I say it looked lovely with all it's yellow squashyness, with the red of the tomatoe and brown of the mushrooms and little bits of white flecked throughout. This also disappeared quickly.

Yes, there was much to be thankful for. Family being able to be together, food on our table, having homes to gather in, being able to gather together without fear with other believers in church on Sunday, a long weekend to enjoy and even having a young lady over who didn't have family around to go to was an extra blessing this year. This year made me feel very humble for the goodness and grace of God in my life over the last year. To know I could count on Christ being my Rock and solid foundation in the ever shifting thing that we call life is a gift from the hand of God that I cling to and pray I never take for granted.

ITALIAN SPAGHETTI SQUASH (makes a 13 x 9 dish full feeding at least 12)
(recipe may be made to fit a smaller casserole dish by using a medium squash and halving the other ingrediants)

-1 large spaghetti squash

-1 large onion, chopped
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 tsp. oregano
-large handful of fresh parsley, chopped or 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
-2 large fresh tomatoes
-2 cups cottage cheese, drained
-2 cups grated mozzarella
-grated parmesan

Earlier in day, or the night before, cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out seed and pulp. Pour a little water onto a baking sheet with edges and lay squash cut side down on the sheet. Bake in 350*F oven for 50 - 60 minutes until a fork stuck in the skin side goes in easily. Remove from oven. Let sit on baking tray until cool enough to handle easily. Taking a fork, shred the squash by running the fork from the top and coming through the squash down to the bottom making long strings like spaghetti. Place in lightly greased baking dish.

In a 10 inch skillet, in 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, saute onion & garlic until the onion just starts to turn transluscent and tender. Add sliced mushrooms, salt & pepper, oregano and parsley. Saute a couple minutes. You want the mushrooms to retain their shape and not shrink too much.

Meanwhile, while that's cooking, seed your tomatoes by cutting into quarters and running your finger through the juicy, seedy part of the tomatoe over a bowl or sink. Chop the meat of the tomatoe into bite sized chunks and add to mushrooms in pan. Saute over medium high until the juice is almost all gone.

Add to cooled squash. Add the cottage and mozzarella cheeses and toss together distributing ingrediants well through the squash. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake in a 350*F oven until it's hot and bubbly, approximately 45 - 60 minutes. (Depending on how hot or cold your squash was).


ellen b said...

It sounds like a wonderful thanksgiving weekend. The dessert you made looks very pretty with the swirls..yum. Thanks for the recipes and blessings on your week...

Lisa writes... said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cyndi said...

I'm so glad your holiday was wonderful... and I love the recipes you shared!! Thanks!

Kelli said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Here's to a huge success :)

I'm dying to make that Apple Cake, and now have to try the rest, too.

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts said...

Glad you had a wonderful holiday weekend! Is Canadian Thanksgiving always on a Monday (like ours is always on a Thursday) or is it always on Oct. 8?

Tammy said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving to you, Susanne! It sounds wonderful...(but wow, those were high winds!)

I use to love spagetti squash, too- so I'm going to try this recipe! Thanks so much!

Jen said...

Your Sunday dinner sounds wonderful

your Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars look YUMMMY
I might have to try making them
I LOVE PUMPKIN and chocolate

Praying Tia gets better soon

God is good :)

Shalee said...

Hope Tia is feeling better! And I'm thrilled to here that the holiday was lovely, even though rushed.

Can't wait to try out those extremely delicious-looking recipes!

Laurel Wreath said...

mental note...don't read this blog before dinner. Now I am hungry and what is my refrig does not look nearly as appetizing ;))

Great recipes.

Beck said...

That dessert was gorgeous and your dinner sounds like it was a hit!
Poor Tia. She and The Baby could have commiserated with each other.

Jen said...

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theres something on there for you

Barb @ A Chelsea Morning said...

Oh, how sad that your daughter was sick. It's bad enough to get sick, but on a holiday? Poor thing.

Your thanksgiving has made me really think about my plans for mine. I tend to cook the same ole, same ole dishes year after year. I think I'll throw something new at my family this year. Who knows. Maybe they'll be thrilled!

I love the way you get so reflective and thankful, Susanne. It is, after all, "thanksgiving," and I think we get so caught up in the holiday, we forget what we're celebrating.

All of your Thanksgiving posts have been inspirational to me. Thank you for that, my sweet friend.

Tammy said...

Those pumpkin bars look great! I will have to try them! I also linked back to your apple cake. I think my family would like both of them this fall. Thank you for sharing!

Islandsparrow said...

ooh those cheesecake squares sound delicious!

Sounds like you had a great feast! We did too - tummies were too full!

Jenny in Ca said...

you are making me hungry right now!

sounds like you had a wonderful holiday.

Jen said...

It sounds as if you had a great Thanksgiving. I sure hope your daughter feels better soon. Your recipes sound divine and I have bookmarked them..thanks for sharing them with us.

GiBee said...

I had spaghetti squash prepared like this one time, and had been searching for a recipe for it! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Mommy Cracked said...

I am going to try my hand at the cheesecake bars. They look heavenly!!

jennwa said...

Those pumpkin bars look so good. I wish I had one now.
Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

Jenn said...

Oh my gosh - those bars look amazing. I bookedmarked the site so I can make them - yum!

{Karla} said...

I thought I had commented on this post when you first had it up...

this sounds so yummy! cheesecake bars are one of my favorites.

thanks for joining the fun!