Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell – Quick and easy pre-Thanksgiving meals

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By Andy Bedwell

My sister and I grew up with a mother who enjoyed cooking and was a wonderful cook. She taught us the importance of presentation and taste. During our school years, we entered our home daily with something on the stove simmering or a new recipe she wanted us to try. I treasure all of the sweet memories of my mother standing at her mixer making one of her delicious pound cakes, frying meat in her electric skillet and cutting countless squares of her rich chocolate fudge.

This week, I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes!

Crock Pot Dressing
8 slices white bread
1 (8-inch) pan of cornbread (can cook day before)
4 eggs
2 cans cream
of chicken soup
2 cans chicken broth
1 medium onion, chopped
3 teaspoon sage
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and black pepper to taste

Crumble breads together. Add onion, sage, salt and pepper. Mix well. Beat eggs and add to bread mixture. Add cream of chicken soup and broth. Mix well. Pour into crock pot. Top with pats of butter. Cover, cook on low four to five hours.

Andy’s Note: I think I am getting all of you ready for Thanksgiving with these recipes. These are quick and easy to just give you a taste of the wonderful holiday that will soon be here. My daughter cooks dressing about every six weeks for her family.

Whipped Sweet Potato Bake
1 (40 oz.) can yams, drained
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ cup butter (melted)
Pinch of salt
3 cups marshmallows

Beat sweet potatoes, butter, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg together with an electric mixer. Spoon mixture into lightly greased one and one-half quart baking dish. Top with marshmallows. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

Andy’s Note: These are also quick and easy! I always add a little sugar to this mixture.

Pineapple Fluff Cake
One Duncan Hines Butter cake mix
1 cup mandarin oranges
½ cup oil
4 eggs

Mix together cake mix, oranges, oil and eggs. Bake according to package directions.

Icing:
One large can crushed pineapple
1 (8oz.) package cream cheese
1 large package Jello
vanilla pudding
½ stick butter (softened)

Mix all frosting ingredients together. Frost cake.

Andy’s Note: This cake is delicious, and it always has to be kept refrigerated. A square piece of cold cake is so refreshing in the summer.

Happy Cooking, Andy

“Southern Cooking with Andy Bedwell” may be purchased at The Messenger newspaper located at 1957 Rainbow Drive.

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