Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard.....Thanksgving Edition.....11/24/2011

In all my blondness, last Thursday I didn't realize that this Thursday was Thanksgiving. If so, I would have mentioned that I would do a Thanksgiving Edition of Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard. In this post I am posting what has been made or served for our Thanksgiving feast from our stored goods.

Eggplant Caponata - canned - served with homemade toasted French bread
Cheddar Cookies - served with various homemade jellies & jams
Tapanata  - served with homemade toasted French bread

A couple of months ago I found this great recipe for Cheddar and Pepper Jelly Cookies here. We decided that these cookies would be great served with various jams & jellies as an appetizer for Thanksgiving.

Cheddar Cookies
  • 8 oz (2 cups) Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 TBL (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup flour
  1. Place cheese and butter in a food processor (could be creamed by hand or mixer); add flour and process until the mixture forms a soft dough. Gather up the dough and divide into two flat disks. Wrap in wax paper and freeze until chilled, about 45 minutes. (I made my dough ahead of time and put it in the frig.)
  2. Position two racks in the center and top third of the oven and preheat to 400°. Line two baking sheets with parchment or use nonstick sheets.
  3. Using 1 teaspoon dough for each, roll the dough into small balls and place 1 inch apart on the sheets. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and make an indentation in each cookie for the jelly.
  4. At this point the original recipe states to put a dollop of jelly on each cookie and return to the oven. Since we are serving these with various jellies and jams, I just returned them to the oven and baked until done about 5-8 minutes for my oven.
  5. Transfer to racks and cool completely. Recipe makes about 20 cookies. I made a double batch and made them a bit smaller.

The Feast:
Stuffing made with homemade bread & Herbs, Celery & Onions from the garden.
Mashed Potatoes - from the garden
Applesauce - canned

Pumpkin Pie - made with fresh cooked Long Island Cheese Squash from the garden
Cherry Pie - made with frozen local sour cherries

I think that this is going to be the best tasting pumkin pie that I have ever made. The squash batter tasted just wonderful before I cooked it!

Yum, yum.....Cherry favorite!!

The rest of the feast was made with locally grown produce. I also made the Brown Bag Apple Pie.....yum! The locally grown Granny Smith Apples were the biggest, yugliest and best apples that I have ever had! I only used 5 apples for one big pie!

Isn't that just wonderful???

From our hearts to you.....Wishing each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Next Thursday I will do an update on the mustards and post the Horseradish Mustard recipe.

I may not have the time today to respond to all your comments or visit your blogs...since we still need to make the Living Room the Dining Room and the Dining Room the Living Room like we did last year.


  1. That cherry pie looks so scrumptious!
    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I think I gained a pound just looking at those pies. :-)

  3. Gosh, those pies look great and I don't even LIKE pie. Happy T-day, Robin!

  4. Martyn made our first ever pumpkin pie a week of s ago which he mentioned on his weather blog. Ours was made from Crown Prince squash. It tasted so different to what I had expected and i also expected a pie to have a lid on too. I said it was more a squash tart than a pumpkin pie. We really liked it and will no doubt have more

  5. Your feast sounds absolutely delicious. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Beautiful food! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  7. OK I am hungry and have along wait until dinner today. It all looks so good.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Three pies! Now that is thanksgiving. Have a happy day.

  9. Happy Thanksgiving! Your menu, pies and crackers look GREAT!!

  10. A heart warming feast! Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. I hope you had a wonderful day...your meal sounds like it was wonderful.

  12. This post makes me hungry! ;) happy thanksgiving to u..:)

  13. What a spread of delicious food, and so much came right from your own garden. The pies looks amazing. I hope you and "the Italian" had a great Thanksgiving Day!

  14. Thanks Sue, The cherry pie was a big hit!

    Dave, I was good yesterday and only ate a small slice of each! I hope that you and your wife had a nice holiday

    Tami, Happy T-day to you too! The pies were great!

    Sue, Pumpkin pie is a great....not too sweet like a lot of other pies are.

    Thanks Liz, We had a lot of other food that I did not list. It definitely was a feast!

    Melissa, Belated Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Our day turned out perfect!

    Daphne, Hope you had a great day. Thanks for posting!

    Wilderness, I hope that you held out until dinner and had a wonderful day!

    Thanks Mrs.P, Everything turned out great!

    Malay-K, It was a heart warming feast and day!

    Karen, We had a great day! It's a good thing that I had restful tea time with you on Wednesday!

    Thanks HangKebon, It made me hungry too!

    Hey Jody, I forgot to mention your wonderful wine! We really enjoyed it. We had a great day...hope you did too!

  15. Yum! Would love to have a bite of that cherry pie. I'm making pumpkin today since we celebrate today. Love making it from our own pumpkins. Anyway, looks like you had a wonderful feast. Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Those cheese biscuits look delish. I only have one son with me this weekend... I might whip up a batch as a surprise for him when he (eventually) wakes up.

  17. Lynda, I hope that you and Dave had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The cherry pie was a big hit! Next year I really need to freeze more cherries. These cherries were in the freezer from 2010. I just have to remember to go to the orchard when they are in season. It is such a short growing season that I tend to miss it!

    Hi Frogdancer! Those cheese biscuits turned out great! I assume your son is a teenager, hopefully he will get up before the day is over!

  18. Your pies look lovely! I stumbled upon your recipe for a brown-bag apple pie. I can't wait to try it. Then, I saw your pumpkin pie made with cheese squash. I'm growing cheese squash for the first time this year. Would you mind sharing your pie recipe?



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