Many of you have written in asking for recipes. The holidays are upon us and many of our traditions are centered around food – be it turkey and stuffing or cookies and hot chocolate. If you ask me it’s really comfort we seek. So Margaret and I have decided to share a favorite recipe from each of us for each of you. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
As much as I love this web page blog, I love my family more. So now I need to go and get everything ready for the holidays. At my age, you never know how many more of these times you’re going to get. So many things to do and so few days left to do them before the first wave of family begins to arrive. Mind you, I’m not complaining. At least this isn’t the Palin house where guns and evidently now drugs need to be checked at the door this year! You gotta believe that woman is praying harder than ever for end of days to get here.
It starts before Christmas and continues several days past. One family comes before so that they can be with the in-laws day of. Can’t imagine why I never got the “day of” visit but they say a son is a son until he gets married… how true. Now how you can have a suitable holiday when your in-laws are vegetarians is beyond me. No ham? No turkey? No thank you. And then we get another house full on Christmas morning, but they are in-town so I really don’t give them a choice in the matter. I feed them well so it can’t be all that bad.
My family has grown so much these past few years. Sons became husbands and their girlfriends became daughter-in-laws. My own precious daughter is now a Mommy of three. Seven grandchildren total and a whole mess of nephews and nieces and great-nephews and nieces. And most recently we are excited that the first great-grandchild will be joining us in 2009. Now when did I get old enough to be a Great Grandmother? It never seems to slow down. You never really do get to sit back and say, “There. All done. Now I can just relax and have a piece of pie.”
I do have much to be thankful for… much to be joyous about. When I look at my children and their children and soon even their children, I find it hard to believe that it was ever even close on who would be our next President. The audacity of hope… audacity indeed. I believe America is in good hands. Maybe, just maybe I can relax now. Maybe…
But about that recipe: Bacon. Forget about sausage, nuts or god forbid fruit for your stuffing. That’s all just a bunch of crap. The surefire way to have the perfect holiday meal is bacon. Unless, of course, you are Jewish or vegetarian. Then I can’t help you. A little day-old, plain, white bread, some butter, onions, seasoning, a little celery and a pound of bacon – fried crisp. Mix it all up complete with the bacon grease from the pan. You can’t go wrong. It’s the perfect stuffing every time.
And that will have to take us into the New Year everyone because I’ve got a family to feed.
Well, Helen dear, here we are again on the verge of yet another Christmas. My but the days do seem to be flying by, don’t they? I can just picture you in your very active household. I can tell that all is indeed well in your world. The day you tell me that you just can’t fix another meal or stir another drink is the day I will know that my dearest Helen is slowing down. Won’t happen anytime soon, I know.
Howard and I do wish you and your Harold the best of Christmas. It will be only Howard and me for Christmas this year since we spent Thanksgiving with his family. You know me, Helen; this is the way I love spending my Christmas. Me, Howard, the dogs, and my beloved bird. Presents for the dogs and bird are wrapped. My work here is done.
And as for that recipe? Buy a pie at Hannaford’s…life is too short.
Happy Holidays to all our new friends out there. Celebrate as if they were your last. Leave a recipe for all to enjoy. And do stop by again in the New Year. We mean it. Really
Helen’s Perfect Stuffing (Unless You’re Jewish or Vegetarian)
3 loafs day-old white bread, air dried
1 lb bacon
1 stick butter
1 large onion
1 stalk celery
2tsp poultry seasoning
Salt & Pepper to taste
Prepare the night before. Chop the bread in a blender or food processor. Fry the bacon but leave the grease in the pan when you remove the bacon. Add stick of butter to the grease to melt. Chop onion and celery and cook in the grease/butter mixture. Combine contents of pan with bread and crumbled bacon. Toss in poultry seasoning and salt/pepper. Mix well and if the dressing isn’t “gummy feeling” go ahead and moisten it with chicken broth or warm water. Refrigerate until morning. I like to stuff my bird - just make sure you adjust your cooking time to accommodate. And forget about all that crap you hear about not stuffing a bird. Been doing it for 60 years and we’re all alive and well. Enjoy.