It Makes Me Happy

It makes me happy to prepare a beautiful meal.  It makes me happy to feed my family something that is healthy and delicious.  I get so much satisfaction out of knowing that not only am  I doing a body good, I am really going to enjoy eating it too!  How much satisfaction do you get out of preparing and eating a favourite meal?

I sent Bil to the grocery store earlier this week to pick up a turkey at 99 cents/lb.. Deal!  We cooked it tonight in full regalia, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn (that was fresh from the cob…before I froze it :)–why you ask would I endeavor to cook such a meal the week after Thanksgiving??  Well, mostly because we didn’t host Thanksgiving this year…which meant no leftovers for me ( so sad…).  No soup, no Turk-O’s, no turkey sandwiches, no Turkey pot pie…sad, sad, sad.

So, Bil trucked to the store to buy me a turkey, so I could stuff it and roast it today, and left-over  it tomorrow, and the next day and the next day…

My mission here is to see how many meals we can get out of 1, 10 pound Turkey.  I will keep you posted, and let you know what I do with the leftovers and share all the recipes.  I can’t wait to see how far the $9.82 we spent will go!

This recipe is the turkey stuffing my  Mom has made forever (…with one tweek made in my kitchen-of course!)  Amounts given are all negotiable depending on the size of the bird you have, this is what I used for a 10 lb bird.

Stuffing for Turkey or Chicken
 3/4 Loaf of sliced white french loaf (Baltic brand is my favourite, if I don’t have homemade bread avail.)
3 stalks celery chopped
1 large  leek chopped (whites only) (you can use green onions like my Mom always did, but the leeks add a richness you don’t get with the onion)
6 button mushrooms chopped
cracked black pepper
poultry seasoning


Tear the bread into small quarter size pieces.  Add celery, leek. mushrooms and pepper.  Mix lightly with your hands.  Add poultry seasoning a bit at a time, mixing with your hands to distribute evenly.  You will most likely need 4-5 tablespoons or more, until it colours the bread nicely and “smells” like stuffing (…sorry for the vagueness on that one, as I am typing this I realize that some of the things I do in the kitchen, don’t  translate all that well into an explanation…) 
Use stuffing in cavity of bird as well as the neck area.


Enjoy!

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