November 20, 2014

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Christmas at McCloud Mountain Resort

We visit the beautiful McCloud Mountain Resort to talk about the good foods we like year around
Christmas Special From McCloud Mountain Resort Saturday, December 24 at 11:00 PM Right off the top, I need to tell you that the good folks at McCloud Mountain Resort have wisely closed up for the winter. They will be open again in mid March. This is for a very good reason. When you climb to the mountain top on a good road that is well paved and moves majestically up the side of a mountain, you never know when a storm, you know ice/snow, is going to come along. But before they closed, they let us in to show you this beautiful place and to get some of their secret (until now) recipes. First, let me tell you about the place. The public restaurant and lodge is right on the very top and on the very edge of shear stone bluffs. The view of Powell Valley is even more beautiful than it looks during the show. At the bottom of this blog, I will give you the address, web address and phone number of this great place that you can use to be in touch with them next March and arrange a weekend in one of the rooms in the lodge which is next door to the restaurant. Or Maybe you want to have a family reunion in the restaurant or even a wedding on the terrace. Of course, you will be able to just go up and have a meal in this beautiful restaurant while looking out through the big windows which give you that wonderful view. Does it sound to you as if I like this place? Well, I do. Now let’s get down to serious business. While we visited with Rita Jordan, she shared a number of recipes with us. Here are all we did and a couple of bonus ones.

Rocky Top Christmas Cookies
2 sticks butter
2 cups dark brown sugar
4 eggs
¾ lb English Walnuts
¾ lb pecans
¾ cup dark raisins
¾ cup white sugar
¼ lb candied green cherries
¼ lb candied red cherries
1 tsp nutmeg
3 ½ cups flour
3 TBSP baking soda
1 cup whiskey (bourbon is traditional)

Beat eggs well and set aside. Mix butter and sugar with mixer; slowly add eggs and bourbon. Add the rest of the ingredients and work the mixture well with your hands.

Chill overnight. Pre heat oven to 350 deg. Grease baking sheet. Drop cookie dough 2 inches apart.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Ham Glaze
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1 sliced pineapple enough cornstarch to thicken juice (about 2 TBSP)

Bring juices to a boil and then thicken with cornstarch which has been stirred into a small amount of water. Place sliced pineapple on ham. Next pour glaze over ham and bake for an extra 10 minutes.

Sweet Potato Casserole
3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup sugar
½ tsp salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 stick butter, melted
½ cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 350 deg. Mix mashed sweet potatoes and sugar well. Add salt and eggs. Add butter, milk and vanilla. Stir. Pour into a greased baking and bake for 35 minutes. Remove dish.

Topping
1 stick butter
1/3 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup pecans, chopped

Melt butter. Add sugar, flour and pecans. Mix well and spread on top of baked sweet potatoes. Return to oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Pineapple Casserole
1 8 oz can of pineapple chunks
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 ½ cups round buttery cracker crumbs
½ cup butter Pre-heat oven to 350 deg.

Combine both cans of pineapple, flour, sugar, and cheese. Mix well and place in baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix cracker crumbs and butter. Sprinkle on top of pineapple mixture. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. You may use this as a side dish or put ice cream on top and serve as a dessert. And last, but certainly not least:

Dinner Rolls
2 pkg rapid rise yeast
2 cups warm water
1 tsp salt
3 tsp sugar
4 ½ to 5 cups all purpose flour
¼ cup butter

Dissolve yeast with warm water in mixing bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add sugar and salt and mix well. Stir in flour 1 cup at a time until well mixed. Place in a large container, cover and allow to rise about 45 minutes (or until doubled in bulk) in a warm place.

Punch down dough and divide. After dividing dough, knead on a floured board. Roll out and shape your preferred size of roll. Dip each roll in melted butter. Place rolls on a pat and set aside to let rise until doubled in bulk.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a pre-heated 400 deg oven. They should be golden brown.

Now here is your information on McCloud Mountain Resort: Phone 423 562-3282 www.mtcloud.com This number and web site will give you all the information you need to visit this beautiful place. By the way, if I were going to visit, I would definitely make reservations. Otherwise, you may not get in.

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