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Mom’s Turkey Stuffing Recipe with Sausage and Apple

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Every Thanksgiving my family looks forward to homemade stuffing.  Here’s my mom’s famous recipe!


6 cups freshly crumbled french bread
1 pound pork sausage meat (without casing)
2 medium onions diced
1 cup celery diced
2 cups apples diced
2 eggs slightly beaten
2 tbsp poultry seasoning
1 tsp thyme
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cups turkey stock (or more)

Tear apart french bread into breadcrumbs.  Place on baking sheet and toast at 350 degrees in the oven.  Brown sausage meat and set aside.  Saute onions and celery in meat fat until soft, not brown.  In large mixing bowl combine bread, apples, sausage meat, onions, celery, slightly beaten eggs.  Add poultry seasoning.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well.  Add melted butter and turkey stock to moisten as desired.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  Add turkey juices as desired.  Or stuff in turkey and it can cook with the bird!

Kids and Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

It is important to involve children in Thanksgiving day.  With the cooking, cleaning, football watching, and adult conversation, children can sometimes get lost in the moment.  Here are some ideas of how to involve your children in the holiday which can make it more enjoyable for both you and the little ones.

Cook with the kids. There are lots of little things kids can do to help you get the meal ready.  Even if it doesn’t feel like a big help to you, it will help them feel invested in the meal and proud to have been a part of it.  Rinsing potatoes, stirring, tearing bread for stuffing, arranging the cheese and cracker tray, sweeping, and setting the table are all ways to get some help from your little ones.

Have activities for the kids. This may apply during prep time or the actual day.  Check out this site for Thanksgiving free printables, crafts, and games.  Find an area where the children can have enough space for their supplies (paper, crayons, markers, glue) and you wont get upset if it looks a little messy.  In my house we have an arts and crafts area in the garage.  You can even use some of the crafts they make  as decorations for the table. You can have older kids create place cards with each person’s name or you can dot the letters for a younger child to trace.

Seat the kids with the adults. A controversial one, I know.  But I really do enjoy having the kids seated with the adults during the meal.  We are one family and I like it to feel that way.  You can also avoid all those trips to the kids table to check up on them.  If space is an issue and you need to have a kids table, make it fun!  Line it with butcher paper so the kids can decorate the “tablecloth”.

Desert,coffee, and clean up help. The kids can help by asking each guest for their dessert preference and also who is need of after dinner coffee.  Younger children can assist by putting forks or spoons on the dessert plate and older children can serve.  Make a game out of clean up and see who can get the most items from the dining room table into the kitchen.

Traditions. Make sure your kids understand your family traditions and where they came from (if you know).  In our house growing up we always watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and my kids do as well.  What is your family tradition?


Preparing Thanksgiving for 22

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  It’s a time to get the family and perhaps some close friends together to enjoy a meal and good company.  No presents to stress about.  In our house it’s about the food, wine, people, and some football.

This time of year always sneaks up me though.  We are expecting 22 people this year for Thanksgiving (including ourselves), but thankfully it is our family tradition for everyone to bring a dish.  I have already started working out the menu:  deviled eggs, cheese tray, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, broccoli-cauliflower gratin, creamed corn, sweet potato, fruit salad, and pies.  The  guest list and grocery list are in Google docs.  I love having my lists web based!

Starting early really does save money.  I usually need to go to Costco, Smart and Final, and Ralphs (our local grocery store).  I bake a 20 lb bird and then deep fry a 12 pounder.  The grocery store usually has the best deals on turkeys with a minimum purchase, which is easily met with today’s grocery prices. I borrow extra tables and chairs to accommodate the large group.

On to the best part, choosing the drinks!  I like to have a nice selection of wine for each stage of the day.  A nice Prosecco champagne during the appetizers.   The main course will be accompanied by Ferrari Carrano Fume Blanc, Groth Sauvignon Blanc, Sterling Chardonnay, and Sanford Pinot Noir. Since my family like heavy reds we will also have some Liberty School Cabernet on hand.  I usually purchase the wine at Costco, but also check BevMo or Cost Plus World Market.  Beer drinkers will enjoy some Stella Artois and Fat Tire.  I will also make some fresh lemonade and coffee.  Sodas are a must as well so in addition to the basics we have Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer and Black Cherry soda.

I am starting to feel prepared.  Just need to start the shopping!

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