- Cucumber and Mint Gimlet (abeautifulmess.com)
• 1 lb Golden Raisins
• 1 lb Bacon (cut into little pieces)
• 1 lb Sage Breakfast Sausage
• 1-2 Small Onions, finely chopped
• 6-7 Stalks Celery, finely chopped
• 1 Stick Butter
• 2 Bags Stuffing Croutons (I use Arnold Stuffing)
• 2 Eggs
• Cook the pieces with the turkey like the neck, etc. remove from turkey and bag. Put in medium sauce pan with a quartered onion and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour. Strain the liquid and use instead of water in the stuffing.
Put the raisins in a microwave safe bowl, cover with water and microwave for 10 minutes.
In a large skillet, on medium heat cook bacon, sausage, onion and celery until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat. Add butter and let melt.
In large bowl, add bacon and sausage mixture and drained raisins. Add stuffing mix to the bowl and add at least a cup of water (or the stock from the turkey parts). Beat two eggs and lightly stir until the mixture is wet.
Chop the turkey parts and remove the meat from the neck and add to stuffing, if desired.
If you are not stuffing your bird or have more than will fit inside, you can butter a table ready casserole, fill with remaining stuffing, add one cup of stock or dry white wine and dot with butter. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees (or up to 400 degrees depending on what else is in your oven) covered until the last ten minutes. Remove the cover and let get crisp on top. If there is not enough room in your oven, when you remove your turkey to rest for 30 minutes then carve, put the casserole in. It will be perfectly cooked in time for dinner.
JudeTheFoodie.com Have a yummy day!!
has gotten me thinking…
The mind games we play with ourselves about food is absolutely crazy. And, to tell the truth, is likely one of the main reasons why it’s an obsession for so many.
We have given an inanimate object a great deal of power.
Take the Twinkie. Hostess has caused quite a stir, announcing they are closing their plants and no longer producing the iconic Twinkie along with other products like orange cupcakes
or Wonder Bread
My sister’s favorite was the Ho Ho.
I liked it but always deconstructed it as I ate it…first nibbling off the chocolate coating (chocolate so waxy that it built up on your teeth), then unrolling it and licking off the cream filling (so sweet it sometimes made me shiver) and finally eating the chocolate cake. That was a lot of work for a thin slice of cake!
But, I digress. My Twit Feed and Facebook wall is filled with Lamentations about the closing of Hostess. Boomers like me are all going down their own culinary memory lane. With Thanksgiving looming we are all talking about food memories (or maybe it’s just that I have foodie friends…birds of a feather…) and over and over I hear about how bad Twinkies are.
You would think Twinkies shoved themselves into people’s mouths!
We give food power.
News flash: it has none. No food is completely good and no food is completely bad. As soon as I made up my mind that I could eat anything I wanted I took the power back.
If I want a Twinkie I would eat one. Bad example…I would never actually crave one but you know what I mean.
Reframe. Food has no voice…we are ventriloquists. If the food speaks it is really our words.
Just change your mind.
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I cannot remember the last time I had one but I can still taste it. I can still feel the sponge cake in my mouth and the way too sweet cream filling. So bad on so many levels but so right in the culinary cavern in my mind.
Have a yummy day!
Small towns can be quite amazing. It is difficult to explain unless you experience it. When you walk into your local cafe someone will know you. Your local pubs are filled with folks to clink your glass. The food you eat in local restaurants are not only prepared by your neighbors but they are likely family recipes passed from generation to generation.
To my friends in Lewiston and Youngstown, feel free to comment on this column and plug your restaurant or shop. Let’s build some momentum for Shop Local Saturday.
“Like” my Facebook page and give yourself a shout-out to let folks know why it’s not only fun but smart to shop locally.
I will feature as many as possible so come on, play!
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I remember them called Jingles. But, no matter what you call them these anise flavored cookies not only evoke memories of Christmases past but specifically of a lady in the office at my father’s car dealership. My mother did not buy them so I only ate them there. Have a yummy day!
At 6:15 AM I saw the light on at Panera as I was I driving to work. Yes, I know it’s Saturday…
Much to my delight, Brittany was ready for me.
Dark roast with milk. Check.
Thank you Brittany!
Which leads me to one of my favorite TV ads for Labatt Beer: