For me to say I like cooking during the holidays would be an understatement. I actually LOVE it! I look forward to creating a wider variety of dishes that I don’t normally cook throughout the remainder of the year.

A typical meal during the week consists of some type of meat, pasta and veggie, or pasta and a veggie, or a combination of 3 main dishes. But for the holidays I make several side dishes aside from the meat (turkey or ham)– our favorite being my homemade dressing. In it I put torn up and dried pieces of bread, shredded chicken, crumbled and browned sausage with sage, an egg, broth/celery/onion that my chicken was cooked in, salt and pepper and more sage. It’s very tasty and very hearty. My hubby actually begs me to make it.

Honestly, although I love my dressing, it wouldn’t be a holiday without creamy whipped potatoes. I mound it on my plate with a pat of butter and watch as it melts and runs down the sides. Then scoop it up and eat it. YUM! Ok, I admit it, I’m still a kid at heart. hehee!

We like steamed veggies as well — broccoli and carrots are mighty tasty. Top ’em with a little butter and Mmmm. Man, now my tummy is growling. hehee!

When it comes to butter it HAS to be Country Crock — the brand I’ve been purchasing for many years. It’s creamy goodness has 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter. At this time of year, the more calories we can eliminate, the better, right? Only thing is, I’m not willing to sacrifice taste but with Country Crock, you don’t have to. It’s the perfect accompaniment to all veggies, and breads. Plus, it works great in baking recipes.

You know Country Crock offers some pretty tasty recipes themselves including:

Have you tried these? I’ve never made mashed potatoes with cauliflower but I’m intrigued. I love cooked cauliflower and since it’s fairly mild in flavor I’m sure it would taste good.

My mom makes scalloped corn (with creamed corn being the main ingredient) for the holidays every year, she always has. It’s quite easy actually. You add in creamed corn and a few other simple ingredients and that’s it. A filling dish with little effort.


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