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In this week's newsletter: a borrowed family recipe, resting turkey face, and a community of stitchers.
One of the very best things about spending Thanksgiving with people other than your family is discovering the dishes that make their Thanksgiving uniquely theirs. One such dish is the curried fruit recipe below. Steve and I spent one of our first Texas Thanksgivings in balmy Galveston with our friend Susanne and her family. I soon got over the fact that there were mosquitoes at Thanksgiving once I took a bite of turkey with this fruity, almost chutney-like family dish. It's been years since I've made this, but think it's high time to trot this out for my guests this week... especially since someone else is bringing the cranberries.
Schlankey Family Curried Fruit
1 can (16 ounces) sliced pears
1 can (16 ounces) peach halves
1 can (16 ounces) pineapple chunks
1 can (16 ounces) apricot halves
1 can (16 ounces) dark sweet cherries
1 can (16 ounces) mandarin oranges
½ cup pitted dried prunes
¾ cup brown sugar
1-1½ tablespoons curry powder
¼ cup butter
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
Drain fruit in a colander and pat dry with paper towels.
Put all fruit in a 13x9 baking dish.
Sprinkle with brown sugar & curry; mix gently.
Dot with butter.
Sprinkle with remaining ingredients.
Bake @ 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
Refrigerate overnight (or for several hours).
Remove from refrigerator 15 minutes before baking again at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
This recipe is excellent with poultry and pork, and Susanne's brother-in-law swears it’s amazing on vanilla ice cream.
Hey Turkey! Give it a Rest!
Do you always worry about the turkeygetting cold while other dishes are in the oven? This article by Cook's Illustrated may make your holiday a wee bit less stressful. I'll let you know if it does mine. Link here
My favorite things this week:
1. Cook's Illustrated's Instagram is the most helpful IG account ever. IMHO 2. Dublin Murderson STARZ. This series is adapted from two novels, In the Woods and The Likeness, by Tana French. 3. Read this beautiful story of how a group of strangers worked together to finish a dead woman's WIP.
4. This is hands down my favorite recipe for Turkey Tetrazzini.
Next time... holiday crafts, tiny sweaters, and festive tunes
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