Time for a Break


from scouring Getty for images of "old folks being happy and active", for the project I am working on. I am sooo excited that I have absolutely no freelance work this weekend! I don’t know the last weekend I didn’t have to work on.

Egad, my grammar, Oh this reminds me of a joke . . .

A lost man is walking in Harvard Square and stops a very professorial looking man and aks him, "Excuse me Sir, where’s the library at?"

The other man says to him, "Here at Harvard we don’t end our sentences in a preposition."

The lost man then says, "Oh, I’m sorry, where’s the library at Asshole?"

I have given up on knitting Gretel, just way too much undivided attention needed to knit it and undivided attention is something I very much lack these days. I did however finish my scarf for my scarf exchange, yay! I bought some beautiful Noro Kochoran to knit something for K.

Yesterday I wore flip-flops to go shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. When I got home I had to turn on the AC before I could unload the groceries. Seriously, I have kinda sorta gotten used to the no snow thing for the holidays but puhleeze crank down the sun so a gal can feel warm and buzzy from the holiday spirit and not  not just plain hot. I’m a knitter people, I wanna wear my hand knits. Okay, I’m feeling a bit better now. But first I must take off my cardigan and tilt up my blinds because the sun is blinding me.

I have a clear hands down favorite in the stuffing department, it’s from The Silver Palate Cookbook  I think I have had this copy for near 20 years.

Corn Bread-Sausage Stuffing With Apples

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/2 cups finely chopped yellow onions
3 tart apples (I use Granny Smith), cored and chunked; do not peel
1 pound lightly seasoned bulk sausage (breakfast sausage with sage is best)
3 cups coarsely crumbled corn bread
3 cups coarsely crumbled whole-wheat bread
3 cups coarsely crumbled white bread  (I toast a baguette)
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
1 1/2 cups shelled pecan halves

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

2. Melt half of the butter in a skillet over medium
heat. Add the chopped onions and cook, partially covered, until tender
and lightly colored, about 25 minutes, Transfer the onions and butter
to a large mixing bowl.

3. Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet.
Add the apple chunks and cook over high heat until lightly colored but
not mushy. Transfer the apples and butter to the mixing bowl.

4. Crumble the sausage into the skillet and cook
over medium heat,stirring, until lightly browned. With a slotted spoon,
transfer t1he sausage to the mixing bowl and reserve the rendered fat.

5. Add the remaining ingredients to the ingredients
in the mixing bowl and combine gently. Cool completely before stuffing
the bird; refrigerate if not used promptly.

6. If you do not wish actually to stuff the turkey, spoon it
into a casserole. Cover the casserole and set into a large pan. Pour
hot water around the casserole to come halfway up the sides, Bake for
30 to 45 minutes, basting occasionally with the cooking juices from
the bird or with the reserved sausage fat if necessary. I f you want your stuffing a bit crispy on top (as I do) remove lid and bake a while longer or stick under broiler for a few minutes.

this recipe makes enough stuffing for a 20-pound turkey

2 thoughts on “Time for a Break

  1. Mona says:

    Lately I get thrown for a loop when I think of something I have done or used for 20 or so years. Its just seems so strange to say, “I’ve been using it for over 20 years!” weird…. The weather here is chilly crisp and dry. I like it, but we usually have rain this time of year. Adonis and I are having preseasoned leg of lamb (Trader Joes) Sweet potato pie w/ poppyseed cheddar crust (Me, and I usually use yams and it freezes beautifully for leftovers… though with sweet potato it is more dessert-like, ) And a French apple tart w/ whipped cream (TJ’s) Reading this I think I need a veggie so I may score some broccoli this afternoon or troll the freezer… but I think all I have are green beens and peas, which are lovely but not really veggie, more starchy. Might just stick with salad…. Have a wonderful turkey day with those you hold in your heart my dear!!!!!


  2. Ahna says:

    That looks like a lovely recipe – I’ve got to try it. I bought two turkeys (BOGO, you know) Soon I get to do the whole thing all over again. Only this time, it’s going to be the food that I think is lovely, not what the family expects!
    Health and Happiness to you and yours.


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