Today, Carole and Kat wanted us to talk about a recipe we love, and if it could be tied to Thanksgiving and/or a special memory, all the better.
Thanksgiving is a week from today - only a week! Hooray, hooray, hooray, I love Thanksgiving so very much! It's cozy, it's happy, it's relaxing, and it's food-related which to be honest all holidays are to me. But, on Thanksgiving, no one cares if things are food-centric which makes it even better. :-)
For the past week or so, I have already been thinking about STUFFING! I don't care if you call it dressing instead of stuffing, but I DO care if you don't have it and you invite me for Thanksgiving ...
When we used to eat meat, I did enjoy the turkey, the leftover turkey for sandwiches, etc. And I've never met a Thanksgiving side dish I couldn't make friends with, but for me the biggest and best thing in the meal has always been stuffing. I think it was because when I was growing up, it was such a long and drawn-out process (still is, actually in our house), and it involved getting to spend time with my dad,
And yes, I do know that you a) you can actually make stuffing any time of year, and b) you can even purchase already-made stuffing, some of it pretty decent. But at Thanksgiving, I only want REAL stuffing!
As an adult, the thing I find amusing is that it was such a special and tasty thing to me, and what it was/is, the way we make it, is what other people have as the base for their stuffing. No sausage, no chestnuts, no berries, no oysters, nothing but just:
Day old bread
Mushrooms (if affordable)
Seasonings - sage, thyme, rosemary, pepper, salt (or as we used to have at home, a can of McCormick's spices "Poultry Seasoning" though my dad would still add more of the other stuff)
There's no recipe per se, But it's still my most favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving.
And I *always* start thinking about it around Veteran's Day. And then I can't wait. :-)