If you are Pinterest junkie like me, you’ve probably been inundated by the holiday pictures already with everything from making your own paper maché stockings to unique gifts made from paperclips. Don’t get me wrong. I love perusing some of the crazy ideas and the really good ones. It’s a great source to find inspiration for just about anything you might need inspiration for.
Lately, my Pinterest homepage has been churning out stovetop potpourri recipes. Sure, boiling a huge pot of fruit and spices will make your house smell amazeballs but then what are you going to do with it? Leave it on your stove? Dump it out? I have a better solution. Why not cook up a huge pot of fruit and spices that will not only make your house smell like an enchanted holiday fruit forest but that you can also taste as well as sniff?
This morning I woke up to read the latest reports of the carnage that happened on Black Friday. People were trampling over each other at department stores across the country, numerous shootings were reported and someone even stabbed another in the stomach here in San Diego County. And for what. $50 TV’s? Half off the latest gaming system? T-shirts for a dollar? A WalMart spokesperson reportedly announced that they beefed up their security this year to help reduce the number of incidents, but I wonder, what is wrong with us as a society when we are willing to assault another person for something so trivial. And, are these stores really doing all they can to keep this craziness from happening in the first place?
So it’s the day before Thanksgiving and you’re freaking out because you haven’t bought the essentials yet. When you finally make it to the insane madness called the grocery store the night before the Thanksgiving, you find they only have 20 pound frozen turkeys left. Aaaak! What to do? Well don’t fret, my friends. I have a solution for all you slackers out there that will allow you to serve a whole Thanksgiving meal in one dish.
Only a few days left until the big turkey day! I’ve been cooking up a storm all month to share with you some of my favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes. So, as you might be finalizing your menu, I thought I’d provide a recipe roundup of all my Thanksgiving Extravaganza recipes along with many other delicious eats from some of my favorite bloggers. And for all you slackers, I have something coming up tomorrow that may solve all your woes so stay tuned.
So is it stuffing or is it dressing? Well, that all depends. The Joy of Cooking states that it is stuffing when cooked in the bird and dressing when cooked in a dish. I’ve also heard that those in the Southern States are more likely to say dressing whereas those in the Northern U.S. say stuffing. I grew up in Indiana cooking and eating stuffing all my life and changing vocabulary is a hard habit to break. Truthfully, I really just prefer the sound of it. ‘Stuffing’ sounds more decadent and sinful than the starched ‘dressing’. No matter what you call it, though, I’m sure we can all agree that it’s some damn good eats.
Last year for Thanksgiving I made two different stuffings. One was for meat lovers and the other vegetarian. I was highly anticipating my sausage, fennel and sage stuffing and thought for sure it would be met with rave reviews. I wasn’t quite as excited about the vegetarian chorizo cornbread stuffing but I knew it would be appreciated by my vegetarian friends at the table. I had never made either dish before (yeah, it’s very much like me to experiment on a crowd of hungry people), and I was anxious to hear what the polls said.
Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I’m still cooking up a storm. Everyone knows you can’t have a traditional Thanksgiving meal without cranberry sauce but we like to do it a little differently in my family. My mother makes the best cranberry sauce on this planet, but instead of a sauce, it’s really more like a cranberry relish. There’s no cooking involved and it’s really quick to prepare. My favorite part about it is that it’s made with fresh ingredients. This is not the canned jelly version of cranberry sauce.