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Thanksgiving Recipes

Filed under: By Bread Alone,Criticism, Marginalia, and Notes,Deep Thoughts,Hoffman's Home for Wayward Boys,Life, the Universe, and Everything,Personal,The Network Geek at Home — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Tiger which is terribly early in the morning or 5:57 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is a Full Moon

Now is the time, gentle readers, to help your Uncle Jim out.

So, Thanksgiving is at my house this year. Maybe this will be the start of a new tradition, who knows? In any case, this year, I’m bringing the joy of the season to my house. Only, now, I have a small problem. Outside of making the turkey, which is frightening enough, I don’t have any simple, traditional, passed-down-from-grandma recipes that are easy enough for me to do. So, give me yours.

No, seriously. Look, I’ve invited a lot of people and, while I’ve gotten some polite refusals from some of them, many more have either said yes, or are waiting until the last minute to confirm. What’s more is that I’ve told several of them not to worry about bringing anything, lest that hold them back from coming. All of which means, I have an unknown number of people coming, some of whom aren’t bringing anything and may show up at the last minute. And, now, I sort of feel obliged to, you know, feed them and stuff. Except, I’m a fairly inept cook. Truly. So, I need your help. Kat has already sent me a brilliant and easy corn pudding recipe, which I’ll share in just a minute, but I need more. I especially need a good, simple, but interesting stuffing recipe. Most of you have my e-mail, so if you want to share privately, you can, otherwise, just leave them in the comments. At some point, I’ll collect them all and share them, and let you know which ones I actually try.

So, while you ponder that, here’s Kat’s Best-Friend’s Cousin’s Corn Pudding:
Fold in this order: 1 can drained corn, 1 can creamed corn, 1 stick melted butter, 8 oz. sour cream, 1 box jiffy corn mix. Bake at 325 for an hour to an hour and a half (should be the consistency of pudding in the middle). You can also add shredded cheese and jalapeno if you like.

Now, Kat knows me well, so she’s got a handle on the “keep is simple for the kitchen dunce” vibe that I need. Let that be your model and your guide.
Help me cook to fill stomachs, hearts and souls with warmth and joy.
But, keep it simple.


  1. http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/SimplyTriniCooking/~3/450419701/ochro-rice.html

    Comment by hassan voyeau — 11/12/2008 @ 6:10 am

  2. Don’t scoff at this stuffing recipe! I have NEVER gone wrong with it! I use (OH SHAME) Stove top cornbread stuffing mix (2-3 boxes depending on how much I want – ok usually 4) First, I boil the giblets from the turkey and cut them up into little pieces. Then I take a yellow onion and three stalks of celery, chop them, and saute in olive oil until the onion just starts to become translucent. I then add 1 lb of sliced, fresh mushrooms, and about 1 tsp of minced garlic. I then add 1 can of sliced olives, stir it up and put it into a 2 quart saucepan. I add the amount of water and butter as directed on the box of stuffing(amount on the box multiplied by the number of boxes – but you knew that, right?), bring to a boil and add the stove top stuffing – as per box directions. It rarely outlasts the mashed potatoes, which never last because everyone LOVES mashed potatoes when they’re whipped with real sweet cream butter and cream or whole milk.

    Really, stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes/gravy and great bread rolls are thanksgiving dinner (and maybe even in that order!) Oh, and pumpkin pie. Zach makes that here. Vegetables are obligatory. When my grandma did thanksgiving dinner, she always made banana cream, coconut cream, chocolate cream and lemon meringue pies. I did that one year. It only works if people keep coming by for a couple of days to eat it. They didn’t. The kids and I ate all of that pie. I’d send those recipes, but there isn’t anything easy about them. They take a lot of cooking and you have to know just when they’re done. Pumpkin pie is easy, though- if you follow the directions on the can of pumpkin, and use Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust – the kind that is rolled up. It’s really pretty good for pre-made pie crust.

    I think I just gained 10 pounds writing about thanksgiving dinner! I can’t believe it’s almost that time again!

    Comment by Cheri — 11/12/2008 @ 10:43 am

  3. Gosh such complicated stuffing. I don’t eat stuffing, but at my house you’d be lucky to get Breadcrumbs, “mixed herbs” and chopped onion for stuffing! hahahah

    Good luck with it, Have you tried simply googling for it?

    Comment by Dataceptionist — 11/23/2008 @ 4:02 pm

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