Monthly Archives: November 2012

Shopping or Hiding?

The Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States is termed Black Friday, and signals the start of the holiday shopping season. It’s become rather controversial the last few years as stores open earlier and earlier. This year, instead of beginning Black Friday sales at midnight, some stores opened on Thanksgiving evening.

My local online paper featured several stories about people who began camping out as early as Wednesday afternoon in front of Best Buy to be first in line for the sales. Just the thought of it made me cringe. Stand in line for concert tickets? Yes, I did that in my youth (and hope to never do so again). But camp for days to get a sale? No.

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Happy Thanksgiving America!

Our Canadian neighbors celebrated on October 8 but today is Thanksgiving in America. This year I am thankful for my precious family, friends and a mom who buys ham. I hate turkey. No, seriously, I hate the stuff. I am looking forward to pigging out on stuffing, broccoli cheese casserole and a myriad of other dishes. I know I am very fortunate for the food that will be sitting on the table and for the people that will be sitting around it. I don’t really have it easy but I definitely have it good. I am glad that a day is set aside every year to remind me to be grateful for that. Continue reading

Struck mute

Each winter, I suffer from a cold or two, and just occasionally this results in me losing my voice for a week or so. It’s that time again, and here I am struck mute. I am still able to, but really should not, whisper, so I limit my verbal communication to a minimum. And even though I am used to this situation by now (having experienced it several times during the last 15 or so years), I still feel weird. Continue reading


Wikipedia states that “there are also regional differences as to the stuffing or dressing traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make their dressing from cornbread, while those in other parts of the country make stuffing from white, wheat or rye bread as the base. One or several of the following may be added to the dressing/stuffing: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets. The traditional Canadian version has bread cubes, sage, onion and celery. Rice is also sometimes used instead of bread in some parts of Canada.” Delish talks a little more about the regional differences in the way we fix our Holiday meals.

I have spent Thanksgiving Dinner with family most of my life, but when I wasn’t able to travel home, I spent it with friends. I was in my thirties before I had anything other than cornbread dressing. Surprisingly, it was one of my very Southern friends that fixed bread dressing instead of the more standard corn bread dressing. And I have to tell you I wasn’t impressed. It was like she took  white bread and torn it apart and then put broth over it and warmed it up. To me it was gummy bread.

I checked out to see what other recipes are out there.


The first one I found is Oyster dressing and no offense to people who like Oyster dressing – but Blech! I know, don’t knock it until you try it, but seeing the slimy, muscle oysters being poured in the dish about did me in. I would have to be very hungry to eat this.


Next up is bread dressing with fruit and nuts. It looks okay, and I like all the ingredients especially the nuts and apricots. So I am reserving judgment on this one.


They also had a recipe for cornbread dressing. However no one in our family uses all cornbread. We use a mixure of cornbread, crackers, biscuits  or toasted bread. I tend to use crackers,and biscuits.

I have never eaten rice dressing and really couldn’t find a recipe that appeared to be dressing or stuffing. I found one that was wild rice cooked in broth. Then they added grapes, parsley, and nuts. Not sure why this is called rice dressing? Do any of you make a rice dressing?

So, do you eat dressing with your Thanksgiving meal? If so, what type of dressing do you cook?

– – Leigh AAR

What Do You Do With a Pomegranate?

pomegranateWhat can I say about the pomegranate? The seeds (the part we eat) are a dark, beautiful shade of red that seems particularly appropriate at this time of year. It’s supposedly one of the “super foods,” rich in antioxidants. And it can be quite tasty. But just what do you do with a pomegranate?

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