With the holidays coming up it means that you will more than likely be cooking in your own home or even bringing a dish to share with someone else. This post is #sponsored by #Targetwedding. Target Registry is a wonderful way to stock your home full of holiday entertaining essentials. What are some of your essential Thanksgiving tips? Be sure to share your Thanksgiving tips in the comment section below to be entered to win a Target giftcard.
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Target Registry is a wonderful way to stock your home full of holiday entertaining essentials. Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware set is a great starter set for any family. It gives you a lot of versatility in the kitchen when you are cooking for any number of people. One particular stainless steel item by Calphalon that is available at Target is the Pour and Strain Saucepan that is essentially two items in one. It allows you to cook, and then drain without using an additional colander using the side slots on the lid. I used to to help create a delicious Old Bay Mac and Cheese recipe that is sure to be a hit at any holiday or casual get together. The other dish I made that is a wonderful holiday side is an Apple and Cranberry Oatmeal Casserole baked in the Corningware casserole dish from Target.
The saucepan along with a few other wonderful dining essentials are a great gift idea. I put together this Thanksgiving inspired table with items from Target and in my own home. The gold chargers and Threshold Round Beaded Dinner Plates are available in store, and can easily be used for any type of occassion. I also included some white pumpkins from a local farm. I like that the baking dishes and plates are white, which means they can be paired easily with many different table linens and decorative additions. I used some simple ribbon to tie the utensils on the placemat. I also added my grandparents wedding drinking glasses to the table setting as well. They are almost in perfect condition almost 70 years later.
The Apple and Cranberry Oatmeal Casserole is a dish that I remember my sweet Aunt serving every year at Thanksgiving. I always looked forward to having it in her home. It was always the first dish on my plate, and I was always heading back for seconds for sure. It brings back memories of spending time with my family.
1 c whole cranberries
1 1/2 c chopped apples with peel
3/4 c of white sugar
1/2 c of chopped nuts
1/2 c of brown sugar
1 stick of melted butter
1/2 c of maple brown sugar oatmeal (I use one packet)
2/3 c of flour
Combine first three ingredients in a prepared pan. Then mix other ingredients and place the mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.
The other dish I am sharing is a delicious Mac and Cheese that is spiced up with a family favorite. We put Old Bay seasoning on everything we can in this house. Mac and Cheese is the perfect dish to be combined with Old Bay. It actually reminds me of summer, and eating crabs on the back porch. Now, that the weather has changed to cooler temperatures Rob and I love to have the taste of summer in our food.
1 lb of elbow pasta
4 c of milk
8 tbsp (one stick) of unsalted butter
2 tbsp or more if wanted of Old Bay Seasoning
1/2 c of all purpose flour
1 tbsp of kosher salt
10 ounces of aged sharp cheddar cheese
2/3 c of panko bread crumbs
Heat milk in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once it is simmering remove from heat and set aside.
In a second saucepan melt butter over medium heat, and then gradually add flour by whisking it in.
Whisk constantly for a few minutes until the mixture is a light brown. Gradually whisk milk into the first saucepan with the flour and butter mixture.
Return saucepan to medium heat, and continue whisk it until it thickens. Stir in one tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning. Add the cheddar cheese and stir until melted.
Use the Calphalon Pour and Strain saucepan to boil water, and cook the elbow macaroni. Once it is cooked to close to al dente rinse the pasta in cold water in the saucepan.
Then pour the pasta into a prepared casserole dish, and pour in the cheese mixture. Mix together well so that all the pasta is coated. Cover the mac and chese with the panko bread crumbs and one tablespoon of Old Bay seasoning. I am sure you will find the Old Bay adds the perfect spice to this dish.
Bake the dish at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
I hope you check out Target for your own personal wedding registry or to purchase a gift for someone you know. It is easy to pull together a gift that will be used for many years to come. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. Be sure to share your Thanksgiving tips below in the comment section for a chance at a Target giftcard.