Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

The Recipe: Cheesecake bars with four pretty layers, one cheesecake, one pumpkin and one whipped cream, all atop a graham cracker crust. Positively addictive! COMPLIMENTS! "It's very yummy." ~ Anonymous "... now a family favourite." ~ Anonymous "Made for Canadian Thanksgiving dessert four years in a row." ~ Michelle Oh dear, this is gonna date me. Who else remembers that layered concoction of pudding mix, cream cheese and Cool Whip? As a teenager in the 1970s, it felt naughty to call it "sex in a pan" cake and "better than sex" cake. Even the more polite "Robert Redford in a Pan" warranted a titter or two. The cake was a favorite at church suppers – take that, church elders! – and neighborhood potlucks. Well, this is the very same cake, just gussied up a bit with fresh ingredients. It’s not complicated to make but does have several moving parts. Diet alert: it’s positively addictive. The recipe

Perfect Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
(Party Potatoes Recipe)

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes for a Crowd How to make smooth, rich and fluffy mashed potatoes with baking potatoes, butter, cream cheese, sour cream and seasonings – sure, serve them right away but these mashed potatoes are especially designed for cooking ahead of time to serve later, heated up in the oven or in a slow cooker. These mashed potatoes are great for serving a crowd and perfect for parties and family gatherings. Trust me, making the potatoes ahead of time takes so much pressure off the cook. Hooray! No more mashing potatoes at the last minute! Homemade Comfort Food, Perfect for Thanksgiving and Other Family Occasions. Budget Friendly. Great for Meal Prep. How to Feed a Crowd. Potluck & Party Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

Make-Ahead Fresh Green Bean Casserole

How to Freeze a Homemade Green Bean Casserole Made with Fresh Green Beans & Fresh Mushrooms First there was the World’s Best Green Bean Casserole , a huge hit on A Veggie Venture, my food blog about vegetables. Now? Let's call this new recipe the World’s Most "Convenient" Green Bean Casserole. Both recipes are made from scratch and call for fresh green beans and fresh mushrooms. But with Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole? You make the entire casserole in advance and then freeze it for serving later! See what I mean? Convenient! America’s Favorite Thanksgiving Casserole, Made In Advance & Frozen. Vegetarian. Travels Well.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

It's turkey talk here, my friends, a column stuffed (!) full of useful turkey tips. Maybe you've been wondering why or how to cook a turkey breast in a slow cooker. Or how to make turkey gravy or turkey stock. Or what to do with those little sacks of giblets found inside turkeys. So many tips for cooking a Thanksgiving turkey! Easy Enough for Every Day, Special Enough for Occasions. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Carb. High Protein. Great for Meal Prep.

Considering Convenience:
My Favorite Kitchen Tools

Last night I had supper atop a glade in the middle of the Missouri Ozarks. The October evening was unseasonably warm, the sun hanging low above the surrounding oaks and cedars, the dog splashing in the creek at the bottom of the hollow. (That’d be the ‘holler’ if I lived in Mizz-ur-ra, not Mizz-ur-ee.) Over a small Indian fire, we cooked buffalo steaks, toasted whole-grain rolls, and roasted apples, all speared onto V-necked dogwood shoots and balanced over the embers by a heat-reflecting stone. Twas some feast. Twas some feast, yes, but one of considerable incongruity too, given that the buffalo and the rolls came from Whole Foods – but then were cooked entirely without benefit of modern convenience save a sharp knife and stick matches. It just goes to show, technology isn’t a necessity, it’s a convenience – which isn’t to say that we all don’t rely on these conveniences, that they don’t make our lives easier, even better. Here are ten conveniences that make my life

No-Knead English Muffin Bread

Are you a "yeast-a-phobic" cook? A Kitchen Parade reader shares her recipe for English Muffin Bread to banish all your fears. COMPLIMENTS! "I absolutely love this recipe and have made it four or five times." ~ Jasmine "I made it with half whole wheat flour and half white flour. YUM!! ... Nice texture and flavor." ~ Shannon "... so freakin good that I plan to make this weekly. ... final product is so tender and moist." ~ Mary "An artisan loaf at the store will run you between $3-$4, but you can make it at home for less than a dollar." ~ Budget Bytes Crestwood reader Carole Splater has a message for what she calls "yeast-a-phobic" cooks. “It’s almost a sin that my English Muffin Bread is so easy. We love it, our guests love it, everybody loves it.” And I love it too, ever since Carole e-mailed her recipe last fall. No bread machine, no stand mixer, no kneading. Just a few ingredients, 15 minutes of a