Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Things You Remember

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in Canada.  Thanksgiving in our family (and for a good many families) means turkey.  Every year as I prepare the stuffing I think of my Mom.  I can see her sitting at the kitchen table with her cup of tea close to hand and a loaf of French bread in front of her.  The bread is stale and the huge loaf cut in half.  Mom is patiently 'pulling' the bread into teeny tiny pieces and dropping them into a bowl.  All the pieces must be small and pretty much identical.  Must be!!!!!  I am conscripted to help but my pieces are never quite right.  Years later I sit at a kitchen table with my own loaf of French bread, suitably stale, cut in half and waiting for me to 'pull'.  I did this for several years until one day, I had an epiphany.  The dressing comes out all stuck together.  You can't see how big or small the pieces are.  From that moment on I sliced the bread, resliced it into fingers, cubed and dumped the cubes in the bowl.  Fifteen minutes start to finish.  No one can tell the difference.  It sure took me a long time to figure that one out.


  1. That's a bit funny. I remember my dad as being the one to make the turkey and dressing. My mom was not a good cook, sometimes even the dog would agree. ;-)

  2. You're funny. My daughter still makes "Grandma's dressing."

    1. The funny thing is, I still refer to it as 'pulling' the dressing.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving. I have had an epiphany or two like that myself. And still make some recipes just as mama did, knowing that there are quicker ways.

  4. I do remember my mom doing the same thing. Her stuffing was delicious and no matter how we try, my sisters and I cannot replicate it. Maybe it was the way she "pulled" the bread.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Delores.

  5. I have to confess here that I use my mother-in-law's stuffing recipe, not my mother's, but even my mother prefers it :)

    Making old recipes (even with modern shortcuts) is a good way to remember our family or friends who provided them.

  6. Nice! I like to do things the easy way too but, pulling causes all those nooks and crannies to hold the flavor......... I be.t it tasted just as good the easy way. Just funnin' with ya....

  7. Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving ...
    My good wishes

    All the best Jan


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