November 21, 2007


Did I mention that I LOVE to cook ? Move over, Paula Deen, 'cause I'm stirring up a lot of Southern Comfort at the Sweet Home Chicago Kitchen . No, I'm not frying my turkey this year but I am brining it. You'd of thunk that brining was a new discovery but it's been around for a very long time. Soaking the turkey in a salt water solution really does tenderize it. I even brine my chicken.

I don't think there's any comfort food more comforting or fattening than Southern cooking. Good golly, Miss Molly ! I'm cooking a 23 lb. turkey and a good sized country ham ( just in case the turkey is not enough ) Creamed English peas with pearl onions, southern-style corn pudding, candied yams, mashed potatoes, homemade muffin tin popovers, wholeberry cranberry sauce with walnuts, orange rind and pineapple, country cornbread with sausage and sage dressing, gravy and for dessert, pumpkin walnut bread pudding with Bourbon sauce.

I'm cooking the turkey and ham but I'm NOT eating it since I'm a vegetarian . I will eat the rest of the stuff and have an extra helping of red beans and rice for my protein later on.

Wishing Y'all a very happy Thanksgiving. Let's all count our blessings.


  1. hey carolyn! i have to say that thanksgiving is one of the few days of the year that I proudly roll up my southern sleeves and show off my favorite southern classics. I've never tried brining the turkey - how do I do that exactly? For me, every thanksgiving is an opportunity to knock my families socks off with great dishes. I love to cook, too. I never eat the turkey but I'm always striving to make it the best one they've ever tasted. my other favorite southern dishes made from scratch are homemade cornbread dressing and gravy (they never know the gravy is meatless), candied yams, turnip greens (also meatless), red velvet cake and peach cobbler. we have tons of other food too like Mr. W's homemade mac n cheese and the old standard green bean casserole.

    Happy Thanksgiving Southern Sister!

  2. That turkey sure sounds good! Happy Thanksgiving,

    Carol, May Dreams Gardens

  3. Such will power, I couldn't do it! That turkey just smells to good. Have a great day!

  4. Southerners do know how to feast don't they? We had our traditional Southern cornbread dressing and sweet potato casserole- YUM!


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