We hosted our first last year, and will do the same this year. 10 total in attendance (both sets of parents, both sisters and Terra's grandparents). Not sure about appys, but we'll do two turkeys (one fried, one roasted), two types of stuffing (actually, each Mom will bring their own), mashed potatoes, yams, maple-glazed carrots, green beans, sweet corn, cranberry sauce and dinner rolls. Big Grin
Bella, I'll give you a recipe you maost likely can follow without screwing up too badly. No blenders, cars, or flour are necessary. No follow very carefully.

1. Use a teapot, pot, frying pan, or sauce pan.

2. Put water in it. Tap water, bottled water, or water in a can.

3. Put vessel on range.

4. Turn on range.

5. Open package of tea bags.

6. Take out mug, coffee cup, or glass.

7. Put in one tea bag.

8. Leave tag from tea bag sticking out.

9. When water boils, you know it by bubbles spewing forth.

10. Pour boiling water into mug, cup, or glass to about a half inch from rim.

11. Wait til liquid darkens appropriately. If you don't know what appropriately is, start 10 or 15 mindless threads about it asking for help.

12. Remove tea bag. Use tag to remove it.

13. Add appropriate amount of sweetener, lemon, or cream as desired. If determination of appropriately difficult, see #11 above.

14. Sip liquid carefully. It will be hot unless it takes you a long time to progress from step #10 to step #14.

15. Start several threads about your achievement.
This is from November 2005 issue of Food and Wine

Herb-Topped Sweet Potato Biscuits
-1 pound of sweet potatoes
-2 1/2 cups (and a little extrat) all-purpose flour
-3 tbs light brown sugar
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 stick cold unsalted butter, diced
-1/2 cup whole milk
-1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tbs heavy cream
-30 small herb sprigs

Set oven at 400
Bake the sweet potatoes for 1 hour or until tender
Let sweet potatoes cool, mash
Refrigerate sweet potatoes

Mix the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cayenne pepper, and butter

In another bowl mix the chilled sweet potatoes and milk

Mix both bowls together and refrigerate for atleast 15 minutes

Set oven at 425

On a well-floured surface, pat the dough until is is 1/2 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter (or other utensil) stamp out biscuits. Reroll dough and repeat.

Brush biscuits with egg wash and press a small herb sprig into each biscuit

Bake for 20 minutes or until brown
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Originally posted by Bella Donna:
I honestly don't think it will take that long.
It'll take about an hour to roast the yams, then you have to let them cool until you can work with them... say another 15 mins. After you mash, you need to refridgerate until chilled... I'd assume 30 mins minimum. Then, mix together and refridgerate for another 15, finally bake for 20. I'd bet at least 3 hours.
If the only thing you are making and doing at the time are the biscuits...it will take 3 hours. But I usually cook several things at the same time or study in between cooking times.

But you are correct when adding up all of the prep and cook and wait time that it can be 3 hours.

I would throw the sweet potatoes in the oven a day or two ahead while you are baking something else around that temperature.
Studious: we do fried turkey every year. T-day is a tough pairing because of all the different types of food. Personally, I've found that pinot works well, as do Cotes-du-Rhones. Zinfandel is another good match... as long as it isn't one of those 15%+ bombs. For whites, we like Riesling or Gewurztraminer.

I'm not sure how spicy your injection is. We use Creole Butter, or the Garlic and Herb marinades. Both are very mild, and go great with the wines. I don't know how my recs would stand up to a spicy marinade.

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