I love my Crockpot and I love Thanksgiving

I just made Jamaican Sorrel. I placed I guess about a cup of sorrel, a thumbs length of ginger root, about 10 pimento seeds and I guess about six cups of water ( I filled it ¾ to the top of the medium sized crockpot). I put it on warm last night and this morning I added two heaping ladles of brown sugar and maybe a quarter cup of white sugar. I just kept adding until I was content it was sweet enough. And I let it simmer for another hour with the sugar in it before I strained it into a pitcher. I served myself some warm because it is very nice warm, like tea. My husband likes it cold. But it met his strict Jamaican standards, receiving a “very good,” so I’m happy.

Tonight we had cordon bleu (a little dry – I baked instead of sauteed), rice pilaf cooked in chicken stock made from the chicken bones (removed before adding the rice and a bullion cube. Also, I made scalloped corn & okra casserole (corn sheared from the cob sautéed in butter with cut okra and then baked in a cream sauce covered with bread crumbs). It received an “alright.” Anything non-Jamaican already loses a couple stars so less biased taste buds may have given them a better score.

In the crockpot now – portabello mushrooms, artichoke hearts, scraps of chicken breast, prosciutto, garlic, onions, oregano and basil, crushed peppercorn, chili powder. It’s going to end up as a cream sauce tomorrow when I add a little cheese and cream. For now, when it cools, the pot’s going in the fridge to marinate overnight.

The turkey was seasoned last night and I’ll put it in the oven in the morning. I can’t remember all the seasonings, but I stuffed it with thyme, apple slices, cranberries, onion and garlic I think. I wanted a red bird so there was lots of old bay, paprika, chili powder and seasoning salt. LOTs of garlic.Tomorrow: sweet potato casserole, mac n cheese (gouda, provolone, ramona, american) casserole homemade cranberry sauce, mesclun salad with a red wine vinaigrette (made from a really BAD wine that can only be cooked with – I won’t name names, oregano, apple cider vinegar, thyme and some other good stuff). Dessert: Blueberry pie and maybe a chocolate mousse. I haven’t decided what I’m doing with the chocolate morsels yet. What I really want are smores.

I’m not feeling well, but Thanksgiving cooking makes me so happy that I couldn’t NOT cook. Since it has been pointed out that I put cheese in EVERYthing, so the YMCA gym will be seeing me again very soon. I was going to take pictures, but from what’s left, I’d say that it was better than “alright.” Not much leftovers tonight!


  1. Anonymous4:11 AM

    i have to get up out of my bed and go eat now. that sounds soooo good.

  2. I lurrrvvvvvv food, I cannot deny it. :-)


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