It's been a busy week! Preparatons galore are underway. Today the fridge got cleaned out. I have a very strange thing about clean fridges' anyway so mine isusually clean and organized, but I made sure all the shelves were wiped down, checked expiration dates and tossed anything just ready to go by or bygone. All in preparation for Thanksgiving. I am making my gourd soup that I serve at Thanksgiving. The recipe is here at Old Sturbridge Village where I fisrt made it and it is delicious! Use beef broth if you make it--much tastier than chicken. And I do double it for the crowd I have coming! I am going to freeze it--yes freeze it , then it will go over the fire to warm up Thanksgiving Day.
Dundee cakes are getting a vacation in the freezer. Only a few of us like Dundee cakes so I only make four and two are given away. I have often used Tasha Tudor's receipt form her cookbook, but I have also used thse recipe from my very favorite Christmas book that I bought at Barnes & Noble on a severely reduced table years ago. It is here on Amazon and it is cheap, but so worth it. I can't tell you how many recipes and ideas I have used and still use from this book. Every year it comes out and I look through it again to get inspired. It is also my favorite go to for my plum pudding recipe!
You can do an internet search and find Dundee cakes aplenty! I do like the loaf size best I must say and do cut them when they are still slightly frozen, they are a crumbly cake.
A little tutorial in the way of dried orange slices for my prim tree. I am decorating my dining room tree with homespun ties, orange slices, gingerbread people, cinnamon stick bundles, and a cranberry and popcorn garland. I think it will look fantastic and will share some pics when it is done. These orange slices are just too cute and very old-fashioned! Give your home a bit of that homespun, colonial Christmastide feel with these.
And don't forget to inventory your serving pieces and silverware. Every year I am short a spoon or something! Well, the Thanksgiving menu is cemented, dishes delegated, and the baking and cooking has commenced! Hope your starting too so you can enjoy a stress free season!