Good Morning and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at 102.9NOW! I hope that you have enjoyed reading about what Jagger, Tara and Josh are thankful for and what they love to eat for Thanksgiving.
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Thanksgiving for me happens to be everyday...if you spend anytime with me, you will see that I eat whatever I want and will try anything when it comes to food. Oink! So for me to say what my favorite recipe is...all of them! I do happen to like my mac and cheese and all the recipes I post. :)
What am I thankful for?? I am thankful for those of you that come to my page each day to see what I'm up to. I hope that you will begin to watch me on News8 Daybreak on Saturday mornings between 7:30am-8am to see what I'm cooking up in the kitchen over the next couple of weeks. I look forward to sharing the holidays with you, making some amazing recipes and keeping you up to date with culinary events around Dallas...
Gratitude is everything and it helps you keep the right perspective, and I am so thankful for the people that have been placed in my life. I couldn't even begin to express the gratitude I feel to 102.NOW for the opportunity to do what I love. My biggest stress is having to choose what I will make, eat, or go see regarding any food article I have written so far. Thank you to Chris Jagger, for capturing my heart with your food pictures and always being more than generous with your time and supporting me.
Annnnnd of course, my sweet Alicia Hargrove who posts my blog for me THANK YOU!!!!!!! You are so kind and wonderful.
I hope you are eating well and enjoying your time off with your families....I will be thinking about you and what you are eating! :)
Happy Thanksgiving to YOU
I absolutely adore this sweet and funny guy!! After reading about Rachel's family, I want to go over there and have Thanksgiving :) Thank you Josh for always making me smile with your awesome food pics...who doesn't love your s'mores or your famous Ranger's broomstick?? My favorite foodie picture was your bacon laced rice crispy treats!! OMG!!
What are you most thankful for this year?
I'm thankful that this has been another great year. My family is healthy and happy. Everyday I get to come home to 3 cuddly puppies who are obsessed with me. Also my wife is cool too.
What is your favorite food you look forward to at Thanksgiving?
My father-in-law is a really good cook so I always look forward to his dishes. I also really like Macaroni and Cheese so my wife and I have kind of made it our thing to bring it each year. We've tried a lot of different versions (baked, slow cooked, even vegan...although I'd prefer if we don't do that again), but the one consistent thing is that it gets spicier each year because we like spicy food.
Yeah, throwout the traditions! We usually spend Thanksgiving with my wife Rachel's family because it is her favorite holiday and that is typically when we celebrate her birthday. It's a big potluck event and because Rachel's side of the family is huge AND everyone likes to cook, there are a lot of dishes outside of the traditional Thanksgiving food. It's like an international buffet! You want seafood? You got it. In the mood for Greek food? Sure, it's right over there! Want egg rolls, noodles and/or rice next to your turkey and cranberry sauce? Yup, it's a total possibility. My wife is a vegetarian so you'll also find a Tofurky or some time of vegetarian protein "celebration loaf" (yeah, this is the one thing I avoid). Last year, Rachel's dad made a Spanish dish--mixed paella featuring shrimp, mussels, chicken and sausage. I'm literally drooling just thinking about it.
Want to share a favorite recipe or what your 2013 Thanksgiving Menu will be?
Here is the recipe for the Spicy Mac and Cheese we made last year!
You can cut this recipe in half, but we always make a lot so every gets to try it and so we have plenty of leftovers.
32 oz. pasta (we usually use shells or penne)
8 tablespoons original Earth Balance natural buttery spread (you can use real butter if you want)
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
5 cups soy milk (you can use real milk, heavy cream or half-and-half)
8 oz. (or 16 slices) of processed American Cheese (yeah, this is the gross, square sliced cheese, but it will help with the consistency)
16 oz. shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon Frank's Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce sauce
Optional: 2 chopped jalapeno peppers and 1 chopped serrano pepper (we do this when it's just us at home, but since were kids at Thanksgiving, we left it out last year).
1. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain well.
2. In another pot, melt the Earth Balance (or butter) over medium heat. When it has melted and has started to bubble, whisk in the flour; cook for 1 1/2 minutes whisking constantly. This makes a rue and is important for the texture of the cheese sauce.
3. Gradually whisk in the milk until no lumps remain. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook milk mixture, whisking frequently, until it thickens and bubbles, about 8 minutes.
4. Remove sauce pan from the heat and by the handful, stir in the cheeses allowing all of the cheese to melt into the sauce before adding more. Stir in the mustard, salt, and hot sauce.
5. Return the sauce pan to the heat and stir in the pasta (and peppers if you decide to use them). Be sure to stir the sauce at the bottom of the pot and thoroughly coat all of the pasta. Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium-low heat until heated through.
6. Add fresh ground pepper to taste.
Love, Love and Love Tara Ward! She is a bright spot in my day and I hope you enjoy reading her favorite traditions about her favorite recipe and of course, her beautiful girls!!
Happy Thanksgiving Love!!
Tara Ward: It has been such a fabulous year. I am so thankful for my beautiful little girls that continually remind me to celebrate the “small things” EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! I’m thankful for the most supportive and loving father on the planet!!! I am thankful for the job that I LOVE and coworkers who make coming to work every day a BLAST!!!! It’s a BEAUTIFUL life be thankful and celebrate every day!!!
Our favorite Traditions…
Each year we have a Thankful For Besties Feast. The week before Thanksgiving our BFF groups gathers together families and all and we share a meal together. It’s SUCH a blast to get everyone together. I love all of our kids playing together and seeing the friendships being built amongst our children.
Our Family tradition every year!! We start the morning with donuts and Thanksgiving parades and then we set up our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving table. Yes, we are SO totally THAT family. My girls make the toast together, then we pop the Jiffy Pop (they LOVE this!) then we put out fun bowls for our pretzel sticks and jelly beans. After dinner we put out our Charlie Brown Sundae bar. This is a fun tradition that my girls look forward too every year.
My “famous” dish isn’t very traditional but is expected at all of our family meals.
Hash Brown Casserole I’ve never really had an official recipe but this is how I make it.
2 boxes of the Betty Crocker Hash Browns
1 and ½ cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
Tons of Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese (grated)
Chop up a bunch of crunchy bacon (Wright Brand is my fav)
Chopped onion (I like to sauté mine in a little bit of the bacon grease for a few minutes)
Prepare the hash browns.
In a separate bowl mix the cheese, soup, jalapenos, onions and bacon.
Fold in the cooked hash browns. You want it to be moist but not runny.
Pour into a baking dish and bake in 375 oven for 30 minutes or until it looks brown and crispy and YUMMY!!!!
Serve it with ketchup and Tabasco. I’ve never had leftovers.
Photo Credit: Tara Ward