Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving with Sandra Lee and Joshua Bell GIVEAWAY

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The Perfect Thanksgiving is filled with family, food and ambiance. You already have the family so Sandra Lee and Joshua Bell (read my review of his album here) have teamed up to help you with the rest. Sandra Lee has created the perfect Thanksgiving Meal inspired by music from Joshua Bell's new album At Home With Friends and Joshua Bell has made his entire album available through streaming audio for you to enjoy during your Thanksgiving Celebration (click on Pop Up Audio to listen now!)

Here are some tips from Sandra Lee for creating wonderful, yet simple Thanksgiving dinner that your guests will enjoy:

  • “Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring everyone together to celebrate a year of blessings. Serve savory and decadent dishes such as Savory Bread Pudding and Praline Sweet Potato Casserole on an inviting table, filled with rich colors and seasonal textures. Simple, time-saving shortcuts to create a meaningful feast can be found in my new book Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time. Give your gracious gathering a heartwarming start with my personal favorite, Joshua Bell’s album, At Home With Friends and greet guests at your door with a vibrant cocktail, such as a Peach and Apricot Cider or Pumpkin Pie Martini . The main attraction is food, so try turning your Turkey or Pork Roast into a colorful centerpiece, served with a side of cornbread stuffing or cranberry sauce. For a quick and easy dessert try Semi-Homemade Glazed Spice Donuts with Pecans or a Sweet Potato Cake with Citrus Glaze, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating with your family and friends.”
  • “If you’re facing a time crunch—pick party foods that are delicious and impressive, without being fussy. I recommend, Savory Bread Pudding and Fig and Port Tartlets—both of these tasty treats can be prepared before your guests arrive and served at room temperature.”
  • “Sometimes you need the culinary equivalent of a big warm hug. Praline Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic, comfort food creation that is baked to perfection.”

Savory bread pudding - Appetizer
Prep 25 minutes Bake 35 minutes Makes 12 mini bread puddings
o-stick cooking spray, Pam®
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage, Johnsonville®
1 package (8-ounce) sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon canola oil, Wesson®
1 teaspoon bottled crushed garlic
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, McCormick®
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1⁄2 loaf country-style bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Coat twleve 21⁄2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray; set aside.
2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook sausage until browned, breaking up lumps. Remove sausage from skillet. Add mushrooms, oil, and garlic to skillet. Cook and stir until mushrooms are lightly browned. Remove from heat and stir in sausage. Let cool.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add cubed bread and sausage mixture to egg mixture; press bread with back of a large spoon to submerge into milk mixture. Let stand for 10 minutes or until bread absorbs milk mixture. Ladle bread pudding mixture into prepared muffin cups and place in a large rimmed baking pan. Carefully pour hot water into the baking pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until top is golden brown and bread pudding puffs. Serve warm.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Cocktail Time, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com

Praline Sweet Potato Casserole – Side Dish

Prep 15 minutes Bake 45 minutes Makes 6 servings

No-stick cooking spray, Pam®
3 cans (15 ounces each) cut sweet potatoes, drained, Princella®
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 can (5-ounce) evaporated milk, Carnation®, or 1⁄4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons lemon juice, Minute Maid®
1 teaspoon vanilla extract, McCormick®
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, McCormick®
1 cup packed light brown sugar, Domino®/C&H®
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup (1 stick) unsalted cold butter, cut in small pieces
2 cups finely chopped pecans, Diamond®
Pecan halves (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with cooking spray; set side.
2. To make the casserole, in a large mixing bowl, mash the drained sweet potatoes with a potato masher. Stir in the eggs. Add the butter, evaporated milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice; mix until well combined. Spread into the prepared baking pan.
3. To make the topping, in a medium bowl, combine the sugar and flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture is the size of peas. Stir in the chopped pecans. Sprinkle topping over the casserole. Garnish with pecan halves (optional). Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is browned.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Weeknight Wonders by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com

Pork Roast and Cranberry Dressing - Entree

Prep 15 minutes Cook 5 to 6 hours (Low) Stand 15 minutes Makes 6 servings
1 1⁄2 cups frozen chopped onions
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 3-pound boneless pork shoulder roast
2 tablespoons Montreal steak seasoning
1 can (16-ounce) whole cranberry sauce
1⁄2 cup dry white wine
1 cup vegetable broth
1⁄4 cup butter
1 box (6-ounce) pork stuffing mix
3⁄4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1. In a 5-quart slow cooker, combine onions and celery. Sprinkle roast with steak seasoning; place on vegetables in slow cooker. In a medium bowl, stir together cranberry sauce and wine until combined. Spoon over roast in slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on Low heat setting for 5 to 6 hours.
3. Transfer roast to a cutting board; let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
4. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, over high heat, bring vegetable broth and butter to a boil. Stir pork stuffing mix and dried cranberries into pan. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.
5. To serve, mound some stuffing on center of plate. Spoon a portion of celery, onions, cranberries, and accumulated juices from slow cooker over stuffing. Top with sliced roast.

Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com

Brownie Bottom Cheesecake - Dessert

Prep 30 minutes Cook 2 1⁄2 to 3 hours (High) + 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours (Low) Chill 4 hours Makes 8 servings
Canola oil cooking spray
1 box (18.3-ounce) fudge brownie mix
4 eggs
2⁄3 cup canola oil
1⁄4 cup espresso-and-cream coffee drink
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
1⁄3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cake flour
Pinch salt
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Coat an 8 1⁄2-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Wrap foil around the bottom of cake pan. Crumple additional aluminum foil to create a “ring base” about 5 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, stir together brownie mix, two of the eggs, the oil, and coffee drink until combined. Pour into prepared pan.
3. Place foil ring in bottom of slow cooker; pour 1⁄2 inch of hot water into bottom of slow cooker. Using 2 long strips of foil, make an “X” over foil ring and bring it up along the sides of slow cooker to assist removing pan from slow cooker. Place springform pan on top of ring and the “X” in slow cooker. Stack 6 paper towels; place over top of slow cooker bowl. Secure with lid.
4. Cook on High heat setting for 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours. (Do not lift lid for the first 1 hour of cooking.)
5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add sugar, flour, and salt; beat until smooth. Add the remaining two eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add cream and vanilla; beat until combined. Pour over brownie mixture in slow cooker.
6. Cover and cook for 1 1⁄2 hours more. Turn slow cooker to Low heat setting. Cook for 1 to 1 1⁄2 hours or until cheesecake is set with a wet-looking center. Turn off heat and let sit, covered, for 30 minutes.
7. Use foil strips to lift springform pan from slow cooker. Place pan on wire rack; let cool to room temperature. Chill in pan for at least 4 hours. Just before serving, remove cake from pan.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2009 SLSH Enterprises, Inc. www.sandralee.com

You can purchase both Sandra Lee's newest book and Joshua Bell's CD at Amazon.com.

And one lucky reader will win a copy of Joshua Bell's CD At Home With Friends!

You MUST complete the first entry before you can qualify for any additional entries. US addresses only and I MUST have an email address to contact you. Either leave your email address in your comment or make sure it is set as public in your blogger settings.

1. (MANDATORY)Head to Joshua Bell's Website and tell me another album you would love to own.
2. Follow my blog publicly through Google Friend Connect
3. Subscribe to my feed through a reader
4.Share your favorite Thanksgiving recipe (you can leave in a comment or link to your blog with the recipe)

Contest ends 11:59 PM Mountain Time on December 6th.

I received one copy of Joshua Bell's CD to giveaway. No further compensation was received for this post.


Camille said...

I wouldn't mind owning the Gershwin Fantasy album. I love classical music! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Camille said...

I follow your blog through Google Reader.

Rebecca Graham said...

I would like Romance of the Violin.

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Ken said...

I'd like to own the Bernstein - West Side Story Suite. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

erma said...

I'd like to own the Gershwin Fantasy album.

sibabe64 said...

I would like Romance of the Violin.

Anonymous said...

The Grammy-nominated "Gershwin Fantasy"!


ky2here said...

I would do the Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story Suite.

Wehaf said...

I'd love the The Red Violin Concerto!

urchiken at gmail dot com

Pamela S said...

We love Joshua Bell. My daughter plays cello and has even seen Joshua in concert!! We love classical music so I'd like to hear his Vivaldi: The Four Seasons.

Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S said...

Already a follower on GFC. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

Pamela S said...

One of my favorite dishes to make is cubed sweet potatoes, sprinkle on chopped pecans and raisins, and drizzle on melted butter, maple syrup and a bit of water. YUMMY and easy.

Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

FDP 4 Life said...

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

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Gianna said...

Romance of the Violin :)

Hotsnotty2 said...

I'd like to hear the Gershwin Fantasy album, thanks!


Atreau said...

I'd love to own Romance of the Violin.

masonsgranny59 said...

Gershwin Fantasy album

masonsgranny59 said...

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purango said...

I would love to own Romance of the Violin. garrettsambo@aol.com

lilyk said...

I love Romance of the Violin!