Talk about a tectonic shift. I have never made cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving. Then, all of a sudden, it was essential to me to make cornbread dressing. Perhaps it was nostalgia. Someone would bring cornbread dressing to my Grandma’s Thanksgiving, and I was always standing there with a crappy look on my face, like only a 10 year old can properly do, wanting regular bread dressing. “I don’t like it,” I would utter, having never even tried it. Perhaps my Grandma Katie made it. Perhaps my Papaw Virgil made it. Would that I could have those moments back in life, when I scoffed at the unknown. I’m better now. I could cry at the thought of so glibly insulting the gifts of such dedicated people. I knew nothing of life, then.
This is a slightly different beast than their dressing. I relish the chunks of bread and the large textural components like the sausage and pecans. I think I once felt that stuffing and dressing needed to be somewhat homogenous, appropriately wet cement that could also be used for brick making.
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Last week my son had achievement tests at school…you know the all-day standardized fun-fest. A note is always sent with the kids to caution parents to send their children to bed on time and to feed them a nutritious breakfast.
As though we don’t usually…
So, I figured I probably shouldn’t send the fella off with a snickers and a mountain dew as I do every other day of the school year. And, the cotton candy and beer didn’t seem to do the trick last year for achievement test week…so…what’s a mom to do?
My kids are not in an egg phase. Cereal doesn’t quite feel like the “healthy breakfast” they had in mind. Waffles sound great, but are sort of like cake and ice cream when you get right down to it. So I searched around for a whole grain waffle recipe with good protein numbers so that I could feel like I was giving them something delicious and something that might actually keep them going all day.
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Ketchup. This is one of the recipes that I needed to make because I think it is something handy for my kitchen. It is a self-sufficiency recipe.
Ketchup is funny. It packs a lot of baggage for a condiment. For one thing, it is just about the simplest condiment to be found, and also the most beloved. It is an afterthought, though. It is something we rarely, if ever, make ourselves because it is so cheap and convenient to purchase, and because…as a result of these two factors…no one really knows how to make it. It also has a low brow reputation. It is the stuff of fast food. It is a cover. Ketchup can hide a multitude of sins. Ketchup is how we get our kids to begin eating.
Pitts and I have few disagreements in life. We are a rather agreeable pair. But the few things we disagree on are bone deep and not bound to change. One of those things involves ketchup. Namely, he thinks ketchup should never ever go in the refrigerator. I was raised in a home where everything went in the refrigerator. Here is the hell hole of contention. Facts. Yes, cold ketchup is a little gross. No, we are never going to remember to take it out of the fridge an hour early. And, yes, opened ketchup that does not go in the fridge turns maroon and tastes tinny. These things are all true. I’d rather have cool red ketchup. He’d rather roll the dice on it turning maroon and not have to eat cold ketchup. I bet your family also has strongly held beliefs about this issue. I feel very fortunate that this is a problem for us.
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What is the power of pie? Well, pie is just a pastry. Pie is just a dessert. Right?
You know those are trick questions coming from me, right? I have spent the last 3 years waxing sentimental about how pie is sacred amongst desserts, not because of any one ingredient or any one quality, but for the feelings that a pie evokes in those who gaze upon it.
Pie is comfort.
Pie is home.
Pie is love.
Pie is warmth.
Pie is everything we want Thanksgiving to embody. Thanksgiving is the day we give thanks that we are comfortable, at home, surrounded by love, and warm. No wonder Thanksgiving and pie are rarely without one another.
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