Girl in the Kitchen

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones.  I know I did, celebrating with my family on Thanksgiving day and then traveling to visit my in-laws on Saturday.  Family, food, and fun times!

I do love turkey and gravy and all the other yummy holiday dishes, but I have to confess, up until this year I mostly just enjoyed the benefits of eating and didn’t participate in the meal preparation process.  My mother and sister (and in-laws) seem to have been blessed with superior cooking talents but sadly it does not come easily for me.  However I was determined to make a change – why the heck not?! – as this is turning out to be a year of firsts for me and for stepping outside of my comfort zone. (Spolier alert: I did NOT cook the turkey or anything else too elaborate… baby steps, people!)    😉

I started with breakfast on the day before Thanksgiving- I found a recipe on Pinterest with a picture that looked absolutely delicious!  This is my Cinnamon Roll Bake (cassarole):

Here is a link to the recipe I used:    The only difference is that I didn’t add the nuts- and next time I will use less syrup because the bottom was a little too moist and I’m pretty sure it was from the syrup.  Otherwise- it was SO good and if you like sweets, you need to try this!

For Thanksgiving day I tried two new recipes (also found on Pinterest)- baked macaroni and cheese which tasted good but the recipe seemed to be geared to feed like 30 people, but since there were only 10 of us, I kept having to make changes after I had already started it.  Also it seemed way too complicated for simple macaroni and cheese.  If I make it again I will definitely search for a new recipe.

The second dish I made was Parmesan Roasted Potatoes.  The first recipe I found was from an English website so I started converting the measurements but then decided to Google an American recipe.  (lol)  I ended up combining the two since they were a little different and I had already bought most of the ingredients for the English version.  Here it is right before I put it in the oven, because I was bad and forgot to take an “after” picture before we ate it.  I used red potatoes, olive oil, parmesan cheese, rosemary, and a few other things.  Next time I will use more parmesan cheese.  Also- I did not use five full sprigs of rosemary- I only used about half that and the taste was still very potent and delicious!  This recipe will definitely be making future appearances at the dinner table!

BBC recipe:

American recipe:

Funny story:  When I was trying to convert the BBC recipe, I thought it called for 8kg of potatoes which is about 17lbs!  I almost passed out until my sister helped point out that I only needed 1.8kg (about 4lbs).  Much better, or I really could’ve fed 30 people (or more)!

And just for fun, here are a couple pictures of my boys from this long weekend:

Happy Holidays!   Jen


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