Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Let's Talk Turkey

I am posting a link to several creative ideas to make candy corn turkey cookies using store bought items. Since I volunteer in a school where treats can not be homemade these ideas are perfect.
I posted a picture of the Oreo turkey cookies I will be making next week with a kindergarten class and the directions below.
 Directions for Oreo Candy Corn Turkey Cookies
·          7 Candy Corn
2 Double Stuffed Oreo Cookies
1 Whopper
1 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
1 Tube of black piping gel
1 tube of white icing
1 Yellow and red food coloring
1 Yellow and red food coloring
1 plastic Ziplock bag
1 sharp knife
1 pair of scissors
1 bowl
Prep:Put your Peanut Butter Cups in the fridge to cool. If you have cold hard chocolate to work with it makes it a lot easier.
Squeeze some of the white icing into a bowl. This will be your orange. Mix red and yellow food coloring with the icing to create your desired orange. Then put that into a plastic bag and set it aside for later.
First you will be creating the tail using 1 Oreo cookie and 6 Candy Corns. Gently, with one candy corn pull apart just one side of the Oreo. Don't don't break about the entire thing. Put a good amount of icing in between the two sides. This will help the Candy Corn stay. Place 6 Candy Corn (white side down) in between the cookie. See picture.
Take your white icing and squeeze a generous amount onto the top back of an Oreo cookie. Take the other Oreo and put the bottom into the icing to have it stand up. If it doesn't stand, add more icing! Once you have it stand put it up against something so it doesn't fall until the icing is dry. I use a thick book.
Remove your Peanut Butter Cup from the fridge. Take your knife and cut off the very bottem so you have a flat surface. Put icing on the bottom of it the bigger flat. Bump it up against the bottom and back of your Oreo cookies. See picture.
Next take your Whopper and squeeze more icing on it on one side. Place the whopper on top of the Peanut Butter Cup to make your head.
Find a piece of Candy Corn that has a nice big white end. Using your sharp knife cut the color off leaving you with the white end. Place some icing on it and stick it on your whopper as the beak to your Oreo Turkey. Hold for a moment.
Take your icing and place two white dots as eyes. Get your tube of black piping gel and place a black dot on each eye to make them come alive.
Grab your bag of already created orange. Cut a very small hold in the corner of the bag. Now, pipe feet.
I would suggest having a couple of mint cups available to use instead of a peanut butter cup just in case someone has a peanut allergy
The following recipes might be helpful for your holiday entertaining 
Apple Cider Drink
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 4 cups CranRasberry drink
  • 2 TB. lemon juice
  • 2TB. honey
  • 2TB. whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • Mix all ingredients
  • Simmer uncovered on low heat 1-2 hours
  • To serve discard cloves and cinnamon sticks
Oranges with Cinnamon
This side dish is a nice addition to a brunch menu
  • 8-10 oranges peeled and sliced 
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 orange liqueur or brandy
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Arrange orange slices in a glass shallow dish
  • Mix honey, orange juice and cinnamon in a blender 
  • Add blender mixture to a saucepan pan and heat slowly but not to a boil
  • Whisk in orange liqueur and pour over orange slices
  • Refrigerate at least three hours 
  • To serve drain juices from orange slices
ANSWER to Question concerning: Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup Question On Freezing
To have best results freezing Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup and reheating for another time I would suggest omitting the potatoes from original recipe. The potatoes get rather mushy in the reheating process and lose flavor. The soup mixture with noodles can be frozen in freezer ziploc bags. To reheat remove soup from bag or container and place in saucepan on a low heat. Cover for 20 minutes. If soup is too thick can be thinned adding equal parts of chicken broth, water and 2% milk.  

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