My family resides in a condo. I am not a fan of condo living. It might be great for some people but I don’t enjoy living on top of people, next to people and across from people – especially with paper thin walls dividing us. We can hear everything that goes on.
There is a perk to condo living and that is smelling all the delicious things the people in my building are whipping up for the holidays. You can tell when people are baking holiday treats because the hallway has a yummy cinnamon and spice scent. You can also smell the delicious meals people are making too. It makes me want to knock on their door and invite myself over for dinner.
During the holiday season our building is a non-stop array of delicious scents because everyone is cooking for family and friends.
With the holiday season in full bloom, Country Crock would love to help make your holiday preparation a little easier with some holiday veggie recipes (they can be enjoyed year round too!).
For me and my family no meal is complete without a vegetable or two. It doesn’t matter if it’s steamed, mashed, grilled or boiled… we must have veggies at every meal. I am grateful that my kids will eat things such as broccoli, spinach, chick peas and even lima beans (although my picky husband won’t even consider trying lima beans).
I personally don’t have a special veggie dish, but my mom did. She make the most delicious carrots and turnips I’ve ever tasted. She never gave me the recipe on how to make them, and she passed away almost 10 years ago next month, so I’ll never be able to re-create them. Since they were a lot of work she’d only prepare them during the holidays (and every now and then as a special treat).
If anyone has a recipe for carrots and turnips PLEASE let me know. I would love to make them for my family.
Country Crock has a lot of great veggie recipes on their site to help make it easier on you during the holidays. There is no need to worry what to serve at your holiday gathering. Simply stop by the Country Crock website and pick out a recipe or two.
I tried two of their recipes recently – Baked Spiced Squash and Easy Creamed Corn.
I have never cooked squash before and I wasn’t sure about peeling it (of if you had to) and de-seeding it. I sort of cheated and purchased pre-cut up pieces of squash. Instead of following the recipe to a “t” I sort of tweaked it a bit. I put the cut up pieces in a casserole dish along with the other ingredients in the recipe. I wasn’t sure how long to cook it for since I wasn’t going by the recipe. I ended up cooking them a bit too long so the squash was very soft and mushy. It kind of turned out like chunky mashed potatoes (although it was squash). Even though it didn’t look appetizing it DID taste great! I am definitely going to make it again, but next time I’ll follow the recipe step by step.
I also made their Easy Creamed Corn. That turned out really good. The only exception is that I had green onions but they went bad before I had a chance to use them in the recipe and I forgot to pick up more. I also may have used a wee bit too much flour because it wasn’t as creamy as it should have been. I used a tablespoon where I should have used a teaspoon. It’s OK though. My family enjoyed it. I will certainly make this side dish again too.
If you would like to check out these and other recipes from Country Crock visit www.CountryCrock.com. You can also follow the brand on Twitter (@CountryCrock) and on Facebook. I would also like to recommend that you check out the Crock Country Chronicle for more great recipes, tips and more – www.CountryCrock.com/CrockCountry.
Country Crock would also like to make sure that your kitchen is fully equipped for all the delicious veggie dishes you will be preparing. To help you whip up your family favorite veggie dishes, and some new ones, a lucky read will receive this special Country Crock Holiday Veggie Kit:
- 1 coupon for a FREE tub of Country Crock
- Veggie preparation tips
- Four Country Crock holiday recipesVegetable Chop & Measure
- Calphalon® Contemporary Nonstick Bronze 12″ Frypan
Thank you Country Crock!
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 9, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
To enter please comment on this post and either tell me about an article or recipe you enjoyed on the Crock Country Chronicle – or – leave a recipe for your favorite veggie dish that uses Country Crock.
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.
*I received a free sample kit in order to try out recipes to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.