Roo's Casa

Pumpkin Pie
December 6, 2011, 12:49 am
Filed under: Gluten Free, Recipes, Thanksgiving

I have been trying for a few years to find a great pumpkin pie and so far this one is the winner.  The recipe is from Canadian Living.  I choose to make it without a crust.

2 eggs

14 oz. canned pumpkin

1 300 ml can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. cloves

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Directions: Mix all of the ingredients and pour into a pie shell (I just pour it into a round pie dish without a crust). Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. Turn down the heat to 375 and bake for another 35 minutes.  Remove from the oven and wait for it to cool.  We like ours chilled, so I always put it in the refrigerator after it is mostly cool.

Optional: Whip some whipped cream with sugar for a topping.



Patty’s Sweet Potatoes
December 1, 2011, 1:35 am
Filed under: Recipes, Thanksgiving









My sister makes this great sweet potato casserole every year for Thanksgiving. My kids love it!



1 cup all-purpose flour

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup stick butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and halved (about 2-1/2 pounds)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 large egg white

1 (5-ounce) can fat-free evaporated milk


Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter; set aside.  Boil the potatoes until soft and then mash.  Add the egg white, milk,  vanilla, white sugar, and 1 cup of the set aside mixture.  Mix everything and then top with the remaining mixture.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Yum!

Cranberry Sauce
November 23, 2011, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Vegan, Vegetarian

I am in charge of the cranberry sauce this year and decided on this recipe from Emeril.  The original recipe can be found on the Food Network site.  The only thing I changed was doubling the sugar since I like the sauce sweet.


  • 2 cups cranberries
  • Juice and zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup Port
  • 1 cup sugar (Emeril uses 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water


Stir the orange, zest, cranberries, sugar, port, and cinnamon in a saucepan over high heat.  Bring to a boil and then turn to simmer until the cranberries are soft and you can mush them with a spoon.  Add the cornstarch and water mixture.

Turkey Roll
November 25, 2009, 8:28 pm
Filed under: Fall, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving

Last week I made this turkey roll from Food Network and it was great!  The only problem was that I couldn’t find turkey breasts so I had to use chicken.  It had such a nice look and flavor though. I would definitely make this again.  I also couldn’t find the twine so I used toothpicks.  The kids didn’t like the sauce that accompanies it, but liked the roll itself.

Mini Pumpkin Pies
November 25, 2009, 8:23 pm
Filed under: Fall, Halloween, Recipes, Thanksgiving

I loved the way these mini pumpkin pies looked on Bakerella’s website.  I made them using a Pillsbury crust and they were surprisingly easy.  I really don’t like to eat all of the chemicals in Pillsbury though so next time I need to make these with a homemade crust.  Check out her site to get the recipe.

Practice Thanksgiving Feast
November 9, 2009, 12:08 am
Filed under: Fall, Family, Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving


Since my mom always cooks the Thanksgiving meal, I thought I would give it a try on my own this weekend.  Instead of a big turkey I made a chicken, so I will have to try the big turkey some day. Right now it is just too intimidating and expensive.  I made all of our usual Thanksgiving sides though and boy was it hard to juggle all of the different times and oven temperatures. I sure have a new appreciation for all of the work that goes into this wonderful meal. Here are the recipes I made:

Chicken from This chicken cooked quickly and was tasty.  

Mashed potatoes- just regular potatoes. Next time I will try the garlic mashed potatoes.

Sweet Potato Casserole– my sister makes this casserole every year and it is my favorite dish by far.  The kids really liked it too.

Green Bean Casserole– this recipe is adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.  I have made it according to the website I found it on and found that I still like my green bean casserole like the one on the cream of mushroom can. So, I make the creamy mushroom sauce according to the website above, but I use canned green beans and just the fried onions that come in the can like the regular recipe states. So basically I just use this recipe for the cream of mushroom sauce since I don’t like the ingredients used in the can.  This was very good as well.

Poultry Stuffing– I found this stuffing on a bulletin board and you can find it by clicking on the link and going to #26.  We like this stuffing a lot.  I also left out the sausage. 

Pumpkin Pie– I made the Canadian Living recipe.  

Fresh Bread from Safeway

Eggnog from Kroger- I will not buy Kroger eggnog again.  It was too watered down. 

I still need to figure out how to make gravy.

I didn’t make the cranberry sauce, but my sister-in-law makes a great one found on Food Network.

Pumpkin Pie
September 14, 2009, 5:53 pm
Filed under: Recipes, Thanksgiving

pumpkin pieThis is our favorite pumpkin pie so far.  It is from Canadian Living and the recipe can be found here.

I made the whipped cream just by whipping the cream and a lot of sugar. I added the sugar to taste.  I also left the crust off the pie since I don’t care for it.