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Oct
20
2007

Day Five of Give Away and…

can we talk a minute about Thanksgiving? First here is the addition to the give away box…my very favorite coffee!  Blend and grind it myself.

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This box is getting full! Just two more additions!  And then I will do the drawing.

Now for the next subject…Thanksgiving.  With my mom’s passing the traditional Thanksgiving fare will be my responsibility.   I have made dressing/stuffing exactly ONCE in my life.  And honestly, it wasnt great.  My family doesnt like a bunch of additives in their stuffing.  Mostly cornbread.  Yellow cornbread only.  No breadcrumbs, or left over crackers and such.  Nope, freshly made yellow cornbread and NOT from a mix.  No sugar in our cornbread please.  Cornbread should be salty ~ NOT dessert.  So I will do my best.  I have Mom’s recipe of course.  But that won’t help me with the decades of experience that I shall need.  Our peeps don’t exactly love turkey, and they certainly dont like stuffing made with chicken stock so I suppose I am going to buy some turkey parts and make a stock for the stuffing.   Husband will then fry a turkey breast, we will make a fresh ham and he is working on a recipe for a meat roll that starts out with a piece of Andouille.  And it almost has to be delicious if Andouille is involved. There will of course be a tutorial for this dish when it is perfected.  He is going to do a trial run the first full week he is home so he can make changes if necessary.

I have marked several recipes in our very large collection of Gourmet, Saveur, Food and Wine and BonAppetit. Plus we have a HUGE ring binder with our own collection of recipes, tried and true.  Husband started this notebook when he first “got into” cooking.  Here are all the notes and changes to recipes he and I have made and don’t trust ourselves to remember.

I am always looking for new and delicious side dishes.  And desserts as well.  I do know I am making individual Pumpkin Pots de Creme in esspresso cups.  There will likely be individual coconut tarts in ramkins.  And something chocolate.  Along with assorted cookies and such.  Hannah has ordered sausage balls and I plan to make my mom’s recipe for stuffed baby bella mushrooms.

One more thing I plan to do for this Thanksgiving is start a scrapbook.  What better time to start one?  Looking through pictures at my mom’s inspired me to do this.  She never threw anything away.  And her scrapbooks are priceless now.  Such treasures.  So…I have some ideas I will share as they pan out.  But it will be more or less a diary of the days leading up to and the actual menu, meal and family time with lots of pictures.

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Laura

I wanted to come back today to visit your blog as I enjoyed myself so much yesterday.

I lost my mother back in 1991. I was 27 when she died. She was the central figure in the lives of myslef, my brothers, my sister & all my nieces & nephews. Even though I was the youngest the tradition of carrying on the holidays fell to me. I remember thinking how will i do it like mom? Well, I did O.K. & everyone appreciated the effort. Now all these years later with a husband & children of my own. My house is still where my brother & several nephews & nieces look to for the holidays. Many of us have taken some of mom’s holiday ways & kept them just the way they are & added our personal touches. I think she would be proud. My children who never knew the grace of knowing Grandma Ella can still tell stories about her cooking & Christmas decorations as those stories & traditions have been passed on to them.

Happy Planning as our Thanksgiving & Winter Holidays begin.

Laura

Susan

Hey Susan:

What a wonderful way to honor your Mother. We certainly don’t appreciate all the things our Mother’s do until they are gone. My mother-in-law passed away in February and to go by her house now without any Halloween decorations is shall I say different..I keep all my pieces of paper with recipes, with all the stains and I think putting them in a binder is a wonderful idea..Thanks and have a wonderful weekend..

What a lovely tribute to your mom.

mariealicejoan

Wonderful tribute to your mom! Sounds delicious. My mom always makes bread and potato stuffing. Equal parts of bread crumbs and mashed potatoes, plenty of chopped onion and herbs (sage, summer savoury, parsley0 some salt, pepper and drippings from the roasting pan. It’s delicious. I try to make it every year but for some reason mine never ever tastes as good as the memory of hers does! My ex mother in law had scrapbooks. I loved to go through them and read all the goodies inside whenever we visited.

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday and it gets so little credit. Your dishes sounds just lovely, and even though it won’t be your Mom’s Thanksgiving meal, I bet she’ll be proud of you for making it your own and doing your best to remember (and be grateful for!) her through it. And the scrapbook sounds fantastic too. :)

Starting a scrapbook sounds like a great activity to get involved in especially at this time of year.

I’ve only had cornbread once and that was with a vegetarian chilli. Yum. I’m sure you’ll do your Mum’s recipe great justice.

It sounds to me like your mother would be proud of everything you’ll be doing. And I love the idea of a scrapbook. I wish I had started one of the holidays when all of my children were little. Now I’ve got two that are out of the house, but two littles still here. You’re right – no time like the present. I think I’ll start a little scrapbook this year, too.

Deanna

Susan,
I’m sure your stuffing will come out just fine. You are right about the cornbread though. No sugar!

Hope you are doing well.
Deanna :)

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