‘Tis the Season

With Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday, the holiday season is officially here.

Have you started your shopping yet? Or are you waiting for all those Black Friday deals? I plan to stay home and avoid the crowds on Black Friday, although I’ve already started my holiday shopping. I like giving folks things that I know that they will enjoy, and every year on my blog, I share some books, music, and more that I’m giving and hope to receive for the holidays.

Wrapped in RedIt’s just a fun way for me to talk about books and more, and I hope that it might spark a gift idea for someone. One of my picks this year is the holiday album Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson. You can see more suggestions on my blog.

But before Black Friday comes Thanksgiving. In keeping with Edie’s idea to share holiday recipes, here is one of my favorite dishes. My mom makes this dressing every year, and it is so good. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Mom’s Cornbread Dressing

8 cups of cornbread, crumbled into bite-size pieces (so that it resembles big chunks of breadcrumbs)

4 stalks of celery, diced into bite-size pieces

Turkey stock, to taste 

Poultry seasoning, to taste

Place the celery in some water in a small saucepan. Simmer the celery until it is just softened, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from pan, drain off all the excess water, and let cool.

Meanwhile, place the cornbread crumbs in a big mixing bowl. Add in the celery and enough stock (start with about 1/2 cup) so that the cornbread moistens. (The mixture should be about the consistency of a thick, chunky cake batter). Add poultry seasoning to taste, and mix well.

Pour the cornbread mixture into a greased baking dish with deep sides (you may need two dishes, depending on the size), and spread out until the mixture is even. Bake at 350 degrees F for about one hour, or until the top and edges are golden brown and crusty. Serve warm with turkey, cranberries, and all the fixings.

Note: If you want to make this dish vegetarian, just use vegetable stock instead of turkey stock.

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10 Responses to ‘Tis the Season

  1. marilynbrant says:

    Oh, yum, Jennifer!!
    The cornbread dressing recipe sounds delicious ;). Thank you for sharing it!
    As for shopping…I am a dedicated avoider of Black Friday, lol. I *will* shop online, but going to stores at 3am and stuff like that? No!
    marilynbrant`s last blog was …Giving Thanks

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    The dressing sounds delicious. I have a small turkey in the freezer, and I’m going to try it. And I looked at the cover of Kelly Clarkson’s album, and I thought it would be a great book cover (though her face would have to be smaller). She is such a good singer.

    I bought 2 gifts in September! They were on sale for a great price, and I knew the recipients would like them. I’ll probably go shopping on Friday for two nieces. I might go shopping for myself and my husband, but I’ll see what I can find online.

  3. Hi Jennifer! I’ve done a little shopping – which for me is huge. I’m always last minute. I also avoid Black Friday, preferring to stay home and eat leftovers. 😉 Thanks for sharing your mom’s dressing recipe. Stuffing is my favorite part of the the Thanksgiving meal! Happy Turkey Day!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Her Accidental Boyfriend Love!

  4. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I’m usually a VERY late shopper but this year my kids are all done now and really putting me to shame! I love online shopping and detest huge sales. lol. I really am not much of a shopper at all.

    And I’ve never made cornbread dressing. It looks great. Thanks. 🙂
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Design Trilogy

  5. Jennifer, I do a lot of online shopping because my family lives in the UK, and its easier to buy gifts online at UK sites and have them delivered. My kids usually get one big thing each, so that’s pretty easy, too 🙂
    Michelle Diener`s last blog was …Cover Reveal: Mistress of the Wind

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