Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year's Day Eats


As I was walking through the grocery store, a fellow shopper requested to see a manager. One of the owners came to her assistance. She apparently couldn't find something and wanted to know what 'they' would substitute for it. She insisted that they must have it for dinner since it was New Year's Day. The man apologized, and then stated, "we know that true prosperity comes from the Lord, not from what we eat".

I certainly *know* that, but, I am one who enjoys keeping traditions. For me, they are a connection to those I love who came before me, as well as a connection to those sharing that particular tradition with me at that particular time.

After moving here, I found a brand of canned foods that make some of my southern traditions a little easier to prepare. There's nothing like made from scratch food, but, there's also nothing wrong with semi-homemade. (In fact, someone has made quite a living from sharing this philosophy of cooking/baking).

Anyway, the brand is Glory* and because hubby worked today and our dinner is not a formal one, it helped make the meal for this evening fall together quickly - Smoked Sausage, Black-Eyed Peas* (went with Hoppin' John for a little more flavor this year), Cabbage,* Mashed Potatoes and Mac and Cheese. For dessert, Sweet Potato* Pie.

The pie is in the oven and smells delicious. Enjoy your meal today with those you love.

Sweet Potato Pie

3 T. melted butter
2 large eggs
1 c. sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. cornstarch
1 can Glory Sweet Potato Casserole
1-9" deep dish pie crust

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees, set rack in center of oven with a cookie sheet.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine all the liquids. Add the cornstarch and mix.
  • Add the sweet potato casserole and mix until smooth.
  • Pour mixture into the raw prepared pie shell.
  • Place filled pie shell in oven onto the cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 10 min.
  • Reduce heat in over to 300 degrees and bake for approx. 40 min.
  • Test the filling. The filling is cooked when the tip of a knife inserted in the center is clean when removed. Bake till filling is set.
  • Carefully remove the cookie sheet with the pie from the oven. Allow to completely cool.

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