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Simple Thanksgiving

Tired of spending hours in the kitchen on Thanksgiving
Day with very little time for family and friends? Consider baking a turkey that
you don’t have to watch and that bastes itself in a brown paper bag. It comes
out tender to the bone and golden brown, and will give you more time to enjoy
the holiday. The cranberry relish can be made in advance and the other dishes
are a snap. Get ready to relax and enjoy this Thanksgiving.


2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch slices

14-16-lb. turkey

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

3 teaspoons paprika

4 teaspoons hot water

1 cup peanut oil

1 large brown paper sack

Preheat oven to 325°. Combine pepper,
salt, seasoned salt, paprika, and hot water. Let stand 15 minutes. Add peanut
oil and mix thoroughly. Turkey cannot exceed 16 pounds and ideally should be
between 14-16 pounds. Wash and dry turkey. Rub oil mixture inside and outside
of turkey. Pour remaining oil into large brown paper sack, like a grocery bag.
It is very important that you rub the oil inside the sack until every pore in
every inch of the sack is sealed. Add additional oil if needed. Place turkey
in the sack, breast side up. Fold over end of sack and tie securely with string.
Bake at 325° for 10 minutes per pound. The sack is airtight so the turkey
will cook by steam. Be careful when opening the bag: steam is very hot. Check
that juices in the deepest part of the thigh run clear.


1-1/2 cups chopped red apples

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup raisins

2 Tablespoons mayonnaise

4 Tablespoons sugar

Dash salt

Combine first three ingredients. Mix together
remaining ingredients and pour over apple mixture. Toss gently and serve on
lettuce leaves. Garnish with apple slices. Serves 4.



1 lb. fresh cranberries

1 orange, unpeeled, sliced and seeded

1 apple, unpeeled, cored

1 lemon, unpeeled, sliced and seeded

1 cup sugar

Place cranberries, orange, apple, and lemon
in food processor and grind for a few seconds until you have a medium consistency.
Don’t over-process. Pour into large bowl and add sugar. Mix well and store in
airtight container. Will keep in refrigerator for several weeks. Serves 6.


4 Tablespoons butter

1 small onion, peeled and sliced

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into

1 white turnip, peeled and sliced

1 large ripe pear, peeled and cored

Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in a large, heavy pan and sauté
onion until soft. Add squash, turnip, and pear; simmer, covered, until tender,
for 15 to 20 minutes. You may need to add a small amount of water if vegetables
become dry. Remove mixture from pot and puree in a food processor until smooth.
Salt and pepper to taste. Serves 8.

Celery Bake

2 cups celery, sliced

1 (8-oz.) jar water chestnuts

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 stick melted butter, melted

1 tube crackers, like Ritz or Town House,
crushed fine

Cook celery in boiling water about 7 minutes
and drain. Mix with water chestnuts, soup, and half of melted butter. Top crackers
with remaining melted butter and sprinkle on top of mixture. Bake at 350°
for 30 minutes. Serves 4-6.


2 cups frozen cut green beans

2 Tablespoons butter

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook green beans according to directions,
omitting salt and fat. Drain and set aside. Melt butter in a small saucepan
and cook over medium heat until browned. Pour over beans and sprinkle with garlic
powder, salt, and pepper. Toss gently and serve. Serves 4.


1 gallon apple cider

1 quart orange juice

1 cup lemon juice

1 quart pineapple juice

24 whole cloves

4 sticks cinnamon

1 cup sugar

Mix ingredients and simmer about 10 minutes.
May be reheated in mugs in the microwave. Goes great with pumpkin pie. Makes
1-1/2 gallons.


4 or 5 pounds of bananas

1 cup sugar

3 Tablespoons cider vinegar

3 Tablespoons water

1 egg

1 bag crushed salted peanuts

Peel bananas and cut into 2-inch lengths.
Simmer all remaining ingredients except peanuts over medium heat until sauce
thickens slightly. Roll bananas in sauce and then in nuts. Serve on a lettuce
leaf. Makes about 8 servings.

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