Family, Friends, Food

Posted by Buddy The Elf on 11/25/2014 to Lighting

The holidays are the perfect time to gather with family and friends to create memories.  Food is often a perfect way to bring people together.  We found some wonderful recipes for you to try this holiday season.

Need an idea for all those leftovers after Thanksgiving dinner?  We found a wonderful option.

Easy Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie





2 1/2 cups chopped cooked turkey

1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream

of chicken soup

1 (15.5 ounce) can whole kernel corn,


1 (14.5 ounce) can sliced carrots,


1 (15 ounce) can sliced white potatoes,

drained and chopped

1/4 cup chicken stock

salt and ground black pepper to taste

2 1/4 cups biscuit baking mix (such as


2/3 cup milk




Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease an 9x11-inch baking dish.


In a large bowl, gently mix together the cooked turkey, cream of chicken soup, corn, carrots, potatoes, and chicken stock until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. In a second bowl, mix the baking mix and milk to form a dough; roll the dough out to a 9x12-inch rectangle on a floured work surface. Place the dough on top of the baking dish.


Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is bubbling and the biscuit dough topping is browned, about 25 minutes.


This sounds like a wonderful twist to a classic holiday staple.

Apple Pecan Corn Bread Dressing





1 (9x9 inch) pan cornbread, cooled and


4 cups herb-seasoned dry bread stuffing


2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

3/4 cup butter

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped onion

2 cups apple juice

2 cups chopped apples

3 eggs

1/2 cup chopped pecans




Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter one 3 quart casserole dish.


In a large bowl combine the corn bread, stuffing mix, parsley, salt and ginger.


In a heavy saucepan melt the butter and saute; the celery and onion for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Add this to the cornbread mixture and mix well. Stir in the chopped apple, chopped pecans, apple juice and beaten eggs. Toss lightly. Spoon dressing into the prepared casserole dish.


Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.


Of course pumpkin is a necessity this time of year, but it doesn’t always have to be in the form of pie or a roll.

Pumpkin Spice Ring





1 (18.25 ounce) package angel food cake


1 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice




Combine pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, and mix well. Set aside.


Mix cake as directed on package. Fold in pumpkin mixture. Pour into an ungreased tube pan.


Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until lightly browned, using the box directions as a guide to cooking time.


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