Saturday, November 21, 2009

Travel For The Holidays

Instead of me outlining my domestic godessness (cough) to all of you, I'm asking anyone out there to give it to me.

We're traveling for the holidays. We'd be leaving on Tuesday night, arriving on Wednesday night, and eating at noon on Thursday. That'll include one night in a hotel before we get there, and when we get there, very little time/space to contribute to the cooking of the Thanksgiving feast. My mom will have the stove occupied with the turkey and other trimmings.

So I'm looking for recipes of things that will travel well. At best, I can bring a cooler and keep it cold with ice. I'd have to cook it on Tuesday so it also needs to store for two days without losing flavor/form/whatever.

Any suggestions for awesome Thanksgiving recipes? Anything from potatoes and side items to desserts to hors d'oeuvres? Even something I could whip up quick on Thursday morning, if it didn't require oven use?


  1. Challah Bread (it traveled in a car for 14 hours with me last year)

    Berry pie or apple pie (if you make it from real ingredients you won't need to refrigerate it and can warm it in a toaster oven.)

    Cranberry sauce.

    Mulled cider!

    Travel safely =)

  2. We just got home from out of town so I might come up with other things later but thought I would at least leave you these ideas...

    I was thinking homemade rolls and like was suggested above a berry or apple pie (apple came to mind first for me), pumpkin pie bars, or pecan pie bars.

    I really like the idea of mulled cider. Just bring the ingredients with you. And you can do that in a crockpot so no need for stove top on Thanksgiving. I know that Master's family hadn't ever had mulled cider and now its become a tradition because I introduced it to them and they loved it so much. (If you want recipes for anything let me know)

    Going to think on it...see if I can think of any other sides for you.

  3. Mulled cider in a crock pot sounds great! Recipes please!

    Thanks bunches, guys. :-)

  4. kaya, I am going to give you a few different ways you can make it so you can decide what is easiest for you.

    1 gallon apple cider
    15 whole cloves
    6 cinnamon sticks
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    8 allspice berries
    1 whole orange sliced

    Take a piece of cheesecloth that you can usually get at Wal-mart or the like next to the utensils. If no cheesecloth available, a coffee filter will do also. Take the cloves, brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries and put them in the cheesecloth and make a little bundle. Tie it off and then put it in the crockpot with the apple cider and sliced orange. Cook for at least an hour on low and up to 8 hours. The longer it cooks the better it gets.

    I don't like that at times cheesecloth sometimes starts to break apart (filter does the same thing). So I keep checking it throughout the day and have a back up piece of cheesecloth or filter to wrap around it again if it looks like it is starting to break apart.

    I know that at times whole cloves, allspice berries are hard to find in smaller towns such as the one I live in - I then just add ground cloves and allspice (usually I can find cinnamon sticks but if I couldn't I would use ground too). I use about 1/4 tsp for each 3 cloves or berries. Cinnamon I would probably up to 1/2 tsp per stick.

    Another option is to get this at the grocery store usually next to the teas and coffees. Then all you do is follow the directions on the box. I can't remember if it tells you to add an orange or not but I usually add a sliced orange too. It is easy and good. If the grocery store doesn't have it, a kitchen specialty store usually will have it. And oddly enough I have gotten them at Hallmark stores too. Especially around this time of year they seem to carry it for those entertaining.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to ask here or email.

  5. I always make a something called christmas cranberry salad it is actaully very easy and requires no cooking on the stove or oven and would be very easy to prep the stuff a head of time and just mix together thanksgiving morning.
    it is kinda like a fruit salad but sooooo much better and a little makes a lot. I can email you the recipe if you like just email me at

  6. The only warning I have about mulled cider, learned from years of experience, is that certain family members like to add certain ingredients not listed in danae's recipe.

    If you want to be able to drink it without any, er, unintended side-effects, make sure the kids are drinking it freely. That's usually a deterrent.

    (Personally, I prefer it without the alcohol, lol.)


  7. danae~
    Thank you for posting this cider recipe. Sounds wonderful and I am going to try it too and Thanksgiving. I am hosting, 21 I think and this sounds delish. thanks again!


    PS:kaya, sorry, read this after you would have left so I am too late to help, but I voted this cider too!



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