My suggestion if you will be traveling to get to your sister and you say she does not bake/basic cook, would be to bring a portable dessert like a bar cookie e.g. a pecan pie bar, pumpkin bar cookie, apple pie bar cookie etc... You get the idea. It would not be a technically difficult recipe, has the fall/Thanksgiving flavor vibes, would be easily transportable, and would not require oven/kitchen facilities when you get there. Other ideas....???an appetizer of some sort like a layered dip, roasted flavored nut mix, or some other finger type one bite item (quiche bite, spinach balls, brie cups, deviled egg etc..). Hope this helps. Good luck and let us know what you end up doing!
Post by traildoggie on Nov 7, 2019 11:57:31 GMT -5
Agree with McGee... most things you'd have to buy locally after you get there, right? chances are best with appetizers but you still need to know if an oven will be available. my guess it would not. or refrigerator. How about a couple bottles of wine …. nuts, cheese, crackers, some fresh fruit, hummus. even those things will need a little prep, not easy in a motel room.
You could bake assorted nut breads at home (Banana-Nut, Apricot, Pumpkin, or Apple Strudel, etc.) and a Cream Cheese Spread. They travel really well, and actually improve if made ahead. They would be an addition -- not meant to replace dessert.
Post by emptynestmom on Nov 8, 2019 11:32:51 GMT -5
This is a good appetizer, put in middle of platter and surround with cut up apples and crackers...looks nice and tastes good...
Pumpkin Cheese Ball
INGREDIENTS 2 (8-ounce) blocks extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 (8-ounce) container chive-and-onion cream cheese 2 teaspoons paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper 1 broccoli stalk Red and green apple wedges or crackers
Combine Cheddar cheese and next 4 ingredients in a bowl until blended. Cover and chill 4 hours or until mixture is firm enough to be shaped. (I used my hands to mix this up and then formed the pumpkin shape prior to putting in refrigerator)
Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. Smooth entire outer surface with a frosting spatula or table knife. Make vertical grooves in ball, if desired, using fingertips.
Cut florets from broccoli stalk, and reserve for another use. Cut stalk to resemble a pumpkin stem, and press into top of cheese ball. Serve cheese ball with apple wedges.
Note: To make ahead, wrap cheese ball in plastic wrap without stalk, and store in refrigerator up to 2 days. Attach stalk before serving.
YIELD: Makes 16 appetizer servings PREPARATION TIME: 30 min. COOKING TIME: Chill: 4 hrs.
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Since you're going to be flying in, I think something like sugared or spiced nuts is a good idea--easily made ahead and transportable, and you won't have to worry about potentially competing with someone else's time in the kitchen.