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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving Recipes from Melody Durant

Yield: 8
3 c. sweet potatoes, mashed
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. brown sugar
¼ c. sour milk (add ¼ t. vinegar)
1/3 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. pecans, chopped
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. margarine, melted
½ c. margarine, melted

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F.
2.  In a large bowl combine the potatoes, eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and margarine.
3.  Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.
4. In a medium bowl combine the sugar, flour and pecans.
5.  Drop in clumps over the potatoes.
6.  Drizzle margarine over the top.
7.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Now some say this is a vegetable to be eaten with the meal while others say you need to save it for dessert BUT everyone agrees that IT’S OH SO GOOD!  Years ago when my hubby preached a revival in Alabama one of the church ladies served him this.  He brought the recipe home and it’s been a part of our family ever since.

Yield: 2 Pies

1 ½ c. sugar
½ c. milk
2 heaping T flour (use serving spoon heaping)
1 unbaked (real) pie crust
1/8 t. salt
1 T. butter
1 c. whipping cream
¼ t. nutmeg

1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2.  In a large bowl combine sugar, flour and salt.
3.  Stir in cream and milk.
4.  Blend with electric mixer until thick.
5.  Pour into pie crust.
6.  Dot with the butter and sprinkle with nutmeg.
7. Bake for 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350° and bake 40-45 minutes or until center does not jiggle.

This is soooo rich, creamy and rich.  It has a crusty top that makes you go  OHHHHH  MY!  This is my sister in law Susan’s recipe.

(Note from CFP: This looks like it could have been made during colonial times as well, given the ingredients.)


1# fresh cranberries
2 c. sugar
1 c. water, boiling
Dash of salt

1.  In a medium pan cover cranberries with the boiling water.
2.  Cover and place over heat and gently boil 10 minutes. 
3.  Remove and puree in a blender.
4.  Move puree back to pan and stir in sugar and salt. 
5.  Cook and stir continuously for 4 minutes.
6.  Place in a pretty bowl and refrigerate!

So simple to make this.

Yield: 2 pies

4 eggs, beaten

1 t. cinnamon
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
½ t. ginger
1 ¾ c. sugar
¼ t. cloves
½ t. salt
4 c. half & half (secret ingredient)

1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Have two unbaked pie crust ready.  Don’t you dare use a FAKE crust!
3. In a large bowl combine all ingredients.  Using a whisk – BEAT IT!
4.  Right before you pour into pie crusts, stir again…it’s gonna be jiggly. 
5. Bake for 15 minutes.
6.  Reduce temperature to 350° and bake for 45 minutes longer or until knife
comes out clean.

You’re thinking…another Pumpkin Pie recipe, but IT’S NOT just another.  It’s not a strong pumpkin flavor.  This one uses 4 cups of half & half.   This recipe makes 2 pies rather than one.

My husband and I traveled with our pastor and wife across Oklahoma to preach a revival.  We arrived early at her mother’s house and these two beautiful pies were sitting on the table.  Who knew they were for later?  They were soooo good we devoured them! 

 *CFP: While these recipes may not technically be Colonial, they do look yummy!  Thanks to Melody Durant who has contributed these recipes for CQ.


  1. My mouth is watering! thank you, Melody.

    1. Don't these look yummy!!! I am very grateful Melody shared these recipes with us!

  2. Yummy sounding recipes! Thanks for sharing. :)

    1. SONIA, Our guest, MELODY, is a missionary and is enroute to Mexico as I write this. I need to put up the link for her cookbook as I am sure people will want to purchase it!

  3. I think I gained weight just reading these recipes! Sounds yummy. :)

    1. HAHA, DEBBIE, me, too! Hey are you coming in costume for the Tea Party on Friday?

  4. Well, now, I do believe these recipes have tempted my taste buds and put me in the mood for this week, Mel, which is good -- I have 30 people coming for Thanksgiving!! May just have to give one or two of these yummy recipes a try!!



    1. JULIE!!! These look pretty straight forward. They all sound really great. And Melody is such a sweetie pie, I am really glad she shared with us! Praying your big feast goes great!

  5. Of course....there is always the cookbook I wrote a year ago..."& You're A Preacher's Wife?" with lots, lots more along with funny stories from my preacher/missionary/home economics/mom days!

    1. I need to get that link up there, Melody, for purchase.

  6. We'll be leaving in just a few minutes to our Dump Church service in Reynosa, Mexico (we're missionaries!)and then to another service in Rio Bravo, MX. Just finished making 15#'s of mashed potatoes (they asked for NO garlic this year) and 4 cakes for our Thanksgiving meal at the Dump church.

    1. Bless you, Melody!!! I pray it goes well. Why no garlic? Garlic is so good for you. What is Dump church, is it located near a dump?

    2. Five years ago we went along with another pastor to a church that was located in the old dump of Reynosa, MX. Smack dab in the middle of it! The majority of our folks live in homes with dirt floors, cook over firewood...outside, bath in the Rio Grande. Today there were 85 there with 35 including kids. People walk to get there, no a/c, recently got electric though no one else has it. You couldn't deny the presence of the Lord and see how FINALLY, folks are learning to look outside theirselves to minister to others. Every week I take giant pans of cake or brownies but this week we brought America to the dump and had Thanksgiving. The garlic in the mashed potatoes? When you're used to eating charro beans, rice, tortillas...new things aren't very tasty - and that included the garlic!

  7. Oh that Melody---she is a wonder woman!! Blessings! dear Lady. Darlene

    1. Once in Nicaragua I saw that Robin Hatcher was having a Facebook party. I hadn't ever done that but sat on the edge of my bed with my little phone & participated. That's how I met Darlene! She was also online and shared with me about all you other wonderful author folks and how to keep up with you!

  8. The Old Fashioned Cream Pie is a lot like the Jeff Davis pie recipe that I found on the Milnot website. I have been wanting to try it and plan to do so soon. Perhaps, I will try this recipe too.


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