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Thanksgiving, Stuffing, and Ice Cream, Oh My!

November 25, 2013

Remember way back when I talked about making Thanksgiving food pre Thanksgiving? So, that did actually happen. Last weekend I made the Double Corn Cornbread Dressing from the November issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

Click here for the full recipe. Follow along with my cooking with these pictures:

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Cornbread time. I use a revised Southern Living version of cornbread. Usually I add a whole can of creamed corn, but opted out to keep things a little more dry.

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This is what we are going for (the picture in the magazine, of course). I knew it wasn’t going to be exactly like this, though, because I was adding carrots, celery, sourdough bread, and some other veggies. In case you’re wondering- I do a really bad job sticking to the recipe.

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Sautéing the onions and corn. I tried to keep the onions in quarters because they look particularly beautiful in the end result.

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The end result! It actually looked a lot like the picture (plus more green- I got carried away with the spinach) but the flash tends to brighten things up a bit.

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With all the veggies I added, I didn’t feel too bad about making this a meal in itself. In fact, I was talking to my mom while I was making it and the conversation went a little bit like this:

Mom: So, what are you up to tonight?

Me: Oh, I’m just making some stuffing.

Mom: That sounds good! What else are you having?

*adequately long pause*

Me: Yeah, just stuffing. It’s got lots of vegetables in it and spinach.

In my defense you will also notice the bowl of clementines on the table.  At any rate, the stuffing was absolutely delicious.

A few days later I had a girls’ night and decided we needed some pumpkin ice cream. One can of coconut milk, one can of pumpkin, three tablespoons of maple syrup, and several shots of Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon liquor later (in the ice cream of course) we had awesome ice cream. I’m not a huge pumpkin fan (that’s one pie that goes to the far end of my list) so it was a nice, light way to enjoy pumpkin flavor without committing to a whole dish. Needless to say, I am very excited to see Thanksgiving dinner come together this year.

Happy Monday and happy cooking!,

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