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Robinsbite: November 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

From Cranberry Girl to Sweet Potato Casserole Gal

In years past, I've always been the cranberry relish girl. I had no problem with the cranberry relish recipe as I used one from my Aunt Ryna's mother-in-law, Eleanor. It was a fan favorite.

Since getting married 1 1/2 years ago, I've become the sweet potato casserole gal.

When give the assignment for sweet potato casserole, I had to go searching. I must say that this one from did me right. Made a few modifications (less brown sugar, added vanilla, omitted nutmeg) and added marshmallows to only 1/2 of the casserole. The citrus makes it delicious and the finished product is one that is considerably less sweet than most others. I'd highly recommend it--and not just for Thanksgiving!

  • 3 cups firmly packed unseasoned mashed sweet potatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter a 2-quart casserole and set aside.

2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, beating until smooth. Taste for salt and pepper and adjust as needed.

3. Scoop into the casserole, spreading to the edge and roughing the surface. Bake uncovered on the middle oven shelf for about 45 minutes or until tipped with brown.

4. Serve hot as an accompaniment to roast turkey, chicken, or pork. Good, too, with pork chops.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Holiday cooking helplines and web sites to get you through your holidays!

I love the holidays and the cooking questions that arise.....luckily, you are just a hop, skip and a click away from the professionals that help make your holiday favorites come to life. Got a question about that still frozen turkey? Not sure about cooking the stuffing inside the turkey or outside? (It's outside, by the way). Never fear....the necessary websites and phone numbers are here!

Crisco Pie Hotline: 877-367-7438

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 1-800-BUTTERBALL (288-8372) or

Empire Kosher poultry customer hot line: 717-436-7055 or

Fleischmann's Yeast Baker's Help Line: 1-800-777-4959 or

Foster Farms Turkey Helpline: 1-800-255-7227 or

General Mills: 1-800-248-7310

King Arthur Flour Co.'s Bakers Hotline: 802-649-3717 or e-mail questions to

Nestle Toll House Baking Information Line: 1-800-637-8537

Ocean Spray consumer help line: 1-800-662-3263 or

Reynolds Turkey Tips Hotline: 1-800-745-4000 or

U.S. Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Hotline: 888-MPHotline (674-6854)

Feel free to ask me, too!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Found on

Mr. Bacon vs. Monsieur Tofu

by Joanne Camas
on 11/16/08 at 01:13 PM

Baconvstofu_2Looking for an offbeat gift for a foodie friend? This classic matchup pits omnivore against versatile vegetarian in a marquee food fight. Salt or soy? You may have to play with these bendy foes to find out. Seen any other funny food-related gifts?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nothing Makes Me Happier than Fiber

And I'll even wear clothing touting the benefits of fiber to prove it.

Exhibit A: T-shirt from new dietitian and clothing peddler Tyson Weems.

For more inspiring t-shirts than only some will be able to identify with, go to:

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Can you eat on 1.00 a day?

I found this link on Election Day:
Essentially, 2 people spent 30 days living on 1.00 per day for food. It traces their good days and bad and reveals the obvious as well as the covert issues people deal with who are hungry. With belt tightening going on for everyone, this is a timely topic and an interesting blog that I was enthralled will be, too.

I was inspired by Christopher and Kerri, so I started tallying my food consumption...was doing well after 2 slices of high fiber bread and peanut butter...was feeling really good with my homemade black bean- soup- for -pennies lunch and then I blew it. On a Diet Coke of all things. $1.07 with tax. Sadly, I didn't even think twice about it.

I started again today...and have consumed homemade chicken noodle soup-again, pennies per serving, the bread and peanut butter routine and leftover noodles with shrimp for lunch. But it was that habitual Diet Coke that put me over the edge--again!

Trying again tomorrow...wish me luck!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

In Case you Live in a Cave or an Underground Dwelling....

Today is voting day.

Just do it.

It's your right as an American and your excuse to complain if the vote doesn't go "your" way. If you don't vote, you don't get to complain. Period.

Let's strive for a complaint free world, shall we?