Easy Recipes for the Holidays

The holidays are a wonderful time of year. They’re a time to share with family and friends and of course a time to eat. All families have wonderful recipes that are shared and passed on from generation to generation. Here are a couple of recipes that my family always makes during the holidays.

The first recipe is for Corn Casserole. If you like corn but are sick of the plain old way of making it, this recipe is for you. Plus, it’s extremely simple to make. The ingredients are: 1 can cream style corn 1 can whole kernel corn (with liquid) 2 eggs 1 box of Jiffy cornmeal muffin mix 1 stick of margarine 1 cup of sour cream Mix all of the ingredients together and bake in a greased 8 Ã?½ x 11 dish at 350 degrees for 40 minutes to an hour. At 40 minutes take the corn casserole out of the oven and stick a toothpick in the center. Pull the toothpick out and check to see if it’s clean. If some corn casserole comes off on the toothpick, then stick it back in the over for another 5 minutes. Keep checking the casserole until the toothpick comes out clean. This is a great way to tell when you’re food is ready to be taken out of the oven. You can also use this tip while baking a cake. A couple of hints for making this recipe even easier, if that’s at all possible, are to melt the butter and beat the eggs before adding them to all of the other ingredients. You can either melt the butter on the stove in a sauce pan or put it in the microwave. I prefer the microwave. It’s a lot easier and faster. Be sure to cut the butter into little squares before putting it in the sauce pan or the microwave. This way it melts a lot faster. To serve your corn casserole all you need to do is spoon it onto your plate. It is extremely easy to serve and excellent to eat. If you’re lucky enough to have any leftovers, just put a piece into the microwave with a little bit of squeezed or spray butter on the top and cook for your desired amount of time. I think the leftovers are just as good as the fresh corn casserole.

The second recipe is for Yam SoufflÃ?©. This is an excellent dish to serve at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Some people get sick of the same old sweet potatoes year after year. This year you can spice up the dish a little by making this wonderful soufflÃ?©. The ingredients are: 3 lbs. of yams 3 eggs Ã?¾ cup brown sugar Ã?½ cup melted butter 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon Pecans First thing you need to do is peel and cut the yams into chunks. Once that is done, mix the yams in a mixer. Next take the two eggs and beat them. Next mix a Ã?¼ cup of the brown sugar, a Ã?¼ cup of the melted butter, yams, eggs, orange juice, salt, and cinnamon together. Arrange the pecans on top of the soufflÃ?©. We just lay them on until they are nicely spaced out across the whole top. If you have kids, this is a fun way to get them involved in cooking. They could spell out their name or even make a little design with the pecans. Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar on the top and pour the rest of the butter on. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Once the yam soufflÃ?© is done, serve it the same way as the corn casserole, with a spoon. You can also warm up the leftovers in the microwave. I hope you enjoy these two recipes. They’re great during the holidays, but remember, you can have them anytime of year.

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