The month of November brings the elections of our leaders, the honoring of our veterans, and the return of Libby's Pumpkin, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, and my personal favorite Bell's Seasoning to the supermarket shelves. The supermarket is a well oiled machine of suggestion. You may just be going in for milk, and come out with mulling mix, apple cinnamon air freshener and that "spray on your windows" fake snow. That is what supermarkets do best, they target people like my husband and I. This time of the year, we are attracted to any catalyst that will launch us into the mood. What better place to get in the spirit than at your local supermarket.
The big dinner, is kinda like the big game for my husband. Each aspect complimenting the next. Stuffing is the big dilemma for me at the moment. Part of me, is rooted in tradition and another part of me is looking for change. I think my husband is too, because when I got my "prized" Food Network Magazine, November addition, it had 50 mix and match stuffing for your turkey. That was when I heard the word "cornbread". My husband really wants the cornbread, but I must confess something,...every time I think of cornbread stuffing, the slimy, salty, gloopy oyster seems to rear it's ugly head in my vision. I must get over that and think outside the box.
1/4 cup butter
6 stalks of celery diced
4 cups of crushed premium saltine cracker
1 cup chicken stock
2 tsp Bells seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
dash of pepper
Saute onions and celery in butter until golden, pour 1 cup of chicken stock and sauteed vegetables over crushed crackers and toss. Add 2 tsps Bell's seasoning, salt and pepper and toss. Stuff turkey or don't stuff turkey as desired.
I love chicken. I would eat chicken fingers on Thanksgiving if it were socially acceptable.~Todd Barry