The White House has released details about the First Family's Thanksgiving dinner.
They are hosting about 50 guests including family, friends and staff. Obama's favorite Thanksgiving dishes are turkey and pumpkin pie.
Macaroni and Cheese
Green Bean Casserole
Banana Cream Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
That's one hell of a mess o' pie! And may I simply say hats off to the White House chef for preparing that grand old staple of my own Thanksgivings: oyster stuffing. Here's how I make mine:
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup butter
4 cups bread cubes
1 teaspoon pepper
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
turkey or chicken broth
8 whole oysters
2 cups cracked hazelnuts
Sauté onion and celery in the butter until softened. Combine onion mixture with bread, pepper, eggs, salt, sage and poultry seasoning in a large mixing bowl. Add oysters and finger-push them aggressively throughout the stuffing, allowing them to come apart and merge into the stuffing. Add the hazelnuts and toss and fold into the stuffing mixture. Stir in broth until well moistened. Bake in a greased covered shallow casserole at 325° for about 35 to 45 minutes. Take the cover off the last 5 - 10 minutes to brown.
You cannot go wrong here, folks! Happy Thanksgiving!
With gratitude, I remember the many hours my mother allowed me to be her kitchen companion. I learned the most basic of all foundations from her: buy as fresh as you can get.
This meant most of our vegetables were grown in our own terraced gardens, or from the farms that encircled our small town of Columbus, Indiana. Our meat was, most often, from Bush's Market -- a farm-run stand with the freshly butchered bounty of hogs, beef and chickens.
I've always followed my mother's freshness rule, and I admire those who do so, as well.
This blog is for anyone who believes a meal can change your life for the better.