Bread Stuffing Beginnings

Copyright © 2010 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

My favorite recipe for Bread Stuffing is from my first cookbook Betty Crocker. The orange book with the pie sections on the cover, and in each section there is a food item. I can’t find the edition or year mine was printed.
It’s really old and falling apart, anyway the Bread Stuffing is simple. Bread, Butter, celery, onion,salt, pepper, sage, and thyme. I add chicken stock to keep it moist since I don’t stuff the bird. I bake mine in a casserole dish.

When making a small batch I use:
1 loaf of white bread, torn into bite sized pieces
2 sticks of unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp salt
black pepper to taste
1 Tbs Ground Sage- add more or to taste
1 Tbs Thyme- add more or to taste
1 14oz can of Chicken stock- less salt
In a large pot melt the butter. When melted stir in 1/3 of the bread pieces and mix, add the other ingredients and the rest of the bread. Mix well. Add chicken stock to moisten.
Put into large casserole, cover and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

I use my hand to measure my herbs, and I taste. When it tastes the way I like it I mix it then put in the dish to bake. I don’t usually pull out the recipe anymore.

The house smells great! Dinner should be done in 40 minutes or so.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 35mm f2, 1/200s, ISO 640, Aperture Priority

The Table is Laid- waiting for the feast!

I’ve  got my table laid for the Thanksgiving feast. The only thing missing is the food. Dinner will be about 4PM today. I am not usually too late.

Here is the table:

I have loved Spode’s blue and white dishes for as long as I can remember. When I found Thanksgiving plates back in the early 90’s I purchased 12 of them.

Here is a close up of a dinner setting:

I never did find matching pieces like bread plates or bowls, but that’s alright I like to mix, match, and blend in the old, new, and different patterns too.

Back in the mid 90’s I went through a Ceramics phase and when I saw a mold for a Turkey Platter I purchased it. I painted it blue and white to match my Thanksgiving dinner plates. I recall how the ladies in the shop thought I’d made huge mistake painting my platter blue and white. They were painting theirs in the rich colors of Fall. When my platter came out of Kiln there was a gasp or two. I was thrilled with it. To this day it’s one of my favorite pieces.

There is still much to prepare for our Thanksgiving feast. It’s with a heart full of Thanksgiving and happiness that I  baste, whip, stir, and dance around my kitchen trying to choreograph the perfectly timed meal.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! May your day be filled with love, family, friends, and a good meal.