Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving day, as you wonder how long to cook the turkey and if you have enough food, there is no longer any need to stress. Betty is here to help! With two of her favorite simple side dishes and her turkey time table, you can sit back and enjoy the parade! All you need is her candied carrot and tart green beans with bacon recipes and your dinner will be a hit.

Betty's Turkey Time Table:
4 to 8 pounds (breast) 1½ to 3¼ hours
8 to 12 pounds 2¾ to 3 hours
12 to 14 pounds 3 to 3¾ hours
14 to 18 pounds 3¾ to 4¼ hours
18 to 20 pounds 4¼ to 4½ hours
20 to 24 pounds 4½ to 5 hours
4 to 6 pounds (breast) Not usually applicable
6 to 8 pounds (breast) 2½ to 3½ hours
8 to 12 pounds 3 to 3½ hours
12 to 14 pounds 3½ to 4 hours
14 to 18 pounds 4 to 4¼ hours
18 to 20 pounds 4¼ to 4¾ hours
20 to 24 pounds 4¾ to 5¼ hours

Quick Dishes for the Woman in a Hurry
Shop-Rite Cookbook: 1960's
Candied Carrots

Set out a small baking dish.
Wash and pare or scrape 6 medium-size (about 2 lbs.) carrots
Cook whole carrots 15-25 min., or until just tender.
Meanwhile, combine in a small saucepan
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
6 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Drain carrots and place in baking dish. Cover with sugar mixture. Bake at 350 degrees about 10 min., or until carrots are completely glazed; baste occasionally.
6 servings

Tart Green Beans with Bacon

Wash, cut off ends and cut into crosswise pieces. 1 lb. green beans.
Cook 15-20 min., or until tender. Meanwhile, panbroil in a skillet
4 slices bacon, cut in 1/2 in. pieces
Add to skillet
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon monosodium glutamate
Dash of pepper
Bring to boiling.
Drain cooked beans. Pour bacon mixture over beans and toss lightly together.
4 servings

Friday, November 20, 2009

Harvest Table

As Betty plans her Thanksgiving dinner she takes out her favorite Fall linens, serving bowls, plates, and pitchers. Everything is perfect for the harvest table and everyone is grateful for the beautiful setting. This year transform your dining room table into a vintage Autumn feast. Even though Betty's juicy turkey will be the star of this show, she knows these lovely details won't go unnoticed.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Chill Out!

Betty will always remember the November she and her husband bought their first Frigidaire, just in time for the holidays and her visiting Mother-in-law. Everyone was impressed with their new kitchen appliance. Now Betty can’t imagine life without it! With shelves of storage space, never again would Thanksgiving leftovers go to waste. Except someone forgot to put away her Mother-in-law’s cranberry jell-o mold, oh well.

In preparation for the holiday season add to your retro kitchen with these wonderfully mid century appliances. Created by Big Chill, each dishwasher, refrigerator and stove mixes 1950’s design with modern technology. Just because your fridge was made in the twenty first century doesn’t mean it has to look that way!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Set Your Table with Edith Heath

Betty spends every November preparing for Thanksgiving and remembering all that she is grateful for. As she begins to wash and organize her Heath ceramic dishes for the big day, she can’t help but feel lucky. With simple clean lines who wouldn’t appreciate each beautifully designed piece?

Edith Heath was one of the most influential designers of the 20th century. Her avant-garde ceramic dinnerware caught the attention of the nation. Her use of glazes and clay bodies added to her distinctive look. Her company Heath Ceramics also created architectural tiles, which won her the American Institute of Architects Gold Metal as well as the admiration of many architects including Frank Lloyd Wright and Eero Saarinen.