Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Traditions Tuesday

Traditions Tuesday

Here's the last installment of Traditions Tuesday b/f Thanksgiving.  That means that Christmas traditions are next and they are so much more fun!  I can't wait.

I have several more to share for Thanksgiving, but will just choose 2.  The first is our annual Thanksgiving breakfast.  Because my Mom does the bulk of (if not ALL of) the cooking for the Thanksgiving dinner, we provide breakfast.  They come over to our house for a big delicious breakfast that will last us till dinner.  It is a very special treat that we look forward to all year!  I don't have a picture to share....arg!  But it is beautiful as well as delicious!

Corned Beef Hash w/ Poached Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup, thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds deli corned beef, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bag frozen hash browns
  • 2 tablespoons southwest steak marinade seasoning
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/8 cup beef broth
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 6 white bread slices, toasted
  • Special equipment: medium-size biscuit cutters, for poaching eggs
For the hash, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add corned beef, hash browns, seasoning, peppers, green onions, beef broth and Worcestershire. Cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are golden and crisp, about 15 minutes.

For the eggs, fill a shallow frying pan 2/3 full with water. Add white vinegar. Over low heat, place biscuit cutters into water so they lay flat along the bottom of frying pan. Crack eggs and drop 1 into each biscuit cutter. Simmer until eggs are poached, about 4 minutes. If you like your yolks cooked through, poach an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Carefully remove with spatula. Serve eggs and corned beef hash with white toast.

The last is a tradition that comes from my childhood.  Every year we would make pomanders.  Mom would get a bag of oranges and a big deal of whole cloves and tell us to go at it.  We would make all kinds of designs and faces till our fingers were raw!  These last all the way through Christmas and smell DIVINE!!!!  They look so beautiful displayed in a bowl around the holidays!  I've even seen people hang them from ribbon.  

It's super simple.  But a little trick that I learned this year is to give your kids a tooth pick (use good judgement!  ;) and let them initiate the holes w/ that first!  It will save their little fingers.  You know how smells bring back memories?  Well, the smell of oranges and cloves will always takes me home...and I hope it will always take my kids home too.

1 comment:

Laura said...

I like this idea! It's fun to hear your traditions :)

Recipe sounds yummy too! I may have to try this one at Christmas!!


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