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Monday, November 25, 2013

Stove Top Stuffing

“Next year, I’m taking everyone out for Thanksgiving. Your dinner was terrible again!” Yep. That’s what the Sweetman said about last year’s Thanksgiving dinner.

You see, I make everything from scratch. From the pies to the stuffing. Why? Well, because I love to cook for one. And two, I’m one of those foodies who refuses to eat anything processed. This includes the turkey. While I want an antibiotic, cruelty, and hormone free one, Sweetman wants a Butterball.

I should know better since he loves to eat cold Progresso soup right from the can. Not to mention, he delights  in Tortino Pizza Rolls and fixes himself bowls of Cocoa Crispies for a late night snack after he’s indulged in several handfuls of Twizzlers, Snickers, pretzels, and chips. And the later mind you is before and after dinner.

“I just can’t understand why I’m gaining weight,”he says.

Hmmf! Gee, I wonder.

This year Sweetman handed me a hundred dollars to buy what I needed to make Thanksgiving dinner. Guess he forgot what he said after the last one. Anyway, he gave me these instructions, “I want corn on the cob. Get a Butterball turkey. Some couscous. And get Stove Top Stuffing.”

“Why Stove Top?” I ask.

He says, “I don’t like your stuffing.”

“But its from scratch. What’s wrong with it? Not enough chemicals for you?”

Obviously, he has no clue that there are over fifteen ingredients in this crap. Among them is fructose corn syrup, BHA, BHT (doesn’t this cause cancer?), and propyl gallate-another name anti-freeze. The stuff sounds like its meant for a deadly weapon of mass destruction. Not to mention, there’s three hundred ninety milligrams of sodium in it. After reading what I just wrote, this stuff may explode his already expanding tummy.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. And no matter how you prepare your dinner. Prepare it with lots of love.

Hugs and chocolate,


Gobble Tov


  1. Tell him to drop the chips and pretzels. Snickers are perfectly acceptable.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  2. LOL At least my husband loved my homemade stuffing (yes, I even make the cornbread for it from scratch), but I really can't fault your husband on the Butterball turkey. I'll admit the fresh is wonderful, but I have so much to spend and the dollars fly out the window at this time of year. The pumpkin pie is my own recipe, and if it wasn't for love of my family I certainly wouldn't work that hard for any other reasons. Hugs! Have wonderful day!

    1. Thank you, Mari. Hugs to you and happy Thanksgiving

  3. I've bought pre-prepared Thanksgiving dinners. I consider any meal during which the fire department does not have to be called a rousing success!

  4. I can eat very few things from boxes. Now days I don't even try them. Almost everything I cook is from scratch. I'm thankful for the organic farming friend this year because I can finally eat corn that isn't GMO. Yay!

    The secret to good stuffing is finding that balance between too mushy--doesn't happen often with turkey because it's a dryer and leaner meat--and too dry. I swear by butter and broth. :-) Lots of homegrown spices and herbs. Yum.

    Hey, I've had wild turkey--it's really good and fresh domestic turkey which was good. But, I love Butterball and Honeysuckle turkeys! Best turkeys.

    Happy cooking Shelly. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

    1. Thank you, Sia. Happy Thanksgiving to you and happy cooking, as well.

  5. The idea of so many turkeys dying for one meal on one day makes me want to eat some tofu.

    1. Funny you should say that. Today, there were wild turkeys on the side of the road on the way back from work today. Maybe they're coming for the butterball's in the neighborhood.

  6. Sarah: I hope yours is, too. Thank you.

  7. I love homemade stuffing. The stuff from the box doesn't even taste the same. I've been spoiled with a family recipe and look forward to it every year.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. I love homemade, too. Don't like the taste of chemicals in my food.

      Happy Thanksgiving back to you!

  8. I gave up making homemade stuffing because no one my family would eat it.I think I have forgotten how to make it.

    Have a happy day.

  9. You can come cook for us any time, Shelly! LOL I think for many folks, it's the tradition of the "flavor" if that makes sense.

    I tend to like things the way you make them (from scratch, without a bunch of extra gunk). But I still make broccoli a broccoli and rice casserole every year (made with Cheese Whiz), because that's what we ate growing up. :)

    Sincerely hope y'all have a fantastic Thanksgiving and get to spend time with everyone you love most. :)

  10. My family would love to have you cook for them! My younger son is constantly asking me what ingredients I use, and telling me what to use instead. We just can't win. Happy Thanksgivukkah to you and your family!


  11. I hope you had an awesome thanksgiving. Ours was excellent. Thankfully the hubby does the cooking, so there are no complaints. ;)


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