Early Thanksgiving Feast a Hit!

Many of you hopped on over to Dotter’s new blog and read about our early Thanksgiving feast, sans the Turkey.  Thank you all so much for being so supportive and for leaving her those great comments.  We were sitting in her living room that night, and as she was checking her blog on her I-Phone, I heard her say, pensively, “Hm.  I have about 66 visits to my blog.  Must be some of Mommer’s friends.”  Y’all are the best!

So, here’s the really cool thing about having Thanksgiving early:  I can come back here and tell you about a couple new things she/we tried and liked and can share the recipes with you.

Even though I’ve been making this dressing for a few years, this year it came out better than ever.  Well, at least I thought so. You just can’t mess with perfection.

The background story.  Do you like stories behind recipes?  Well, I do.

Several years ago, my retired brother-in-law was spending some time back in his little hometown of Verda, Louisiana, where he died unexpectedly.  His funeral was at a small country church, and there was a meal for everyone in the fellowship hall afterwards.

Everyone knows just how good country cooks are, and this spread was no exception.  What caught my eye, as I went down the line looking at the offerings, was a big, oval Magnalite pot of cornbread dressing.  I’ve never seen dressing at a church pot-luck of any kind and have only ever eaten it on special holidays.  (I’m not sure why that is.)  So I helped myself.

LilSis was with me, and I think she tried it, too.  I apologize, but I can’t remember if Dotter was there or not, but either she or LilSis (or both) went ga-ga over the banana pudding.  I’m not a great fan of it anyway, but they went on and on about how delicious it was and could not quite put their finger on what made it so special.

Turns out, after I went around the room to find out who made the dressing, it was Mrs. Geraldine Fletcher.  She was such a nice lady.  She found a piece of copy paper, folded it in half, and sat right down beside me and wrote out the dressing recipe from memory.  And then we imposed on her again when we found out SHE was the one who made the banana pudding as well.

A photo of the dressing will have to suffice for now, because having already launched the duck-hunting boat at 5 a.m. for Termite and his new hunting companion, I now have to get ready to head to the big city of New Orleans to help with a concert to benefit those families who are ill from the BP oil spill of April, 2010.  All the proceeds are going to help them through LEAN (La. Environmental Action Network).  I will come back later and post the recipe, if anyone is interested.  Be warned, though, it is not for the faint of heart; rather, for those who want to start with the making of their own chicken broth. (Update:  Here’s the recipe)

Until then, hop on over to Dotter’s blog, Pocketful of Pennies, and read all about the wonderful meal and time we had at our early Thanksgiving feast!  She covered it quite well–in person and on her blog!

See ya later, alligator!


PS  Those kids made me laugh so hard, I only almost wet my pants twice!

PS Again:  Termite just text me from the duck blind “I got a do-gris!”  Gotta love technology.  Guess we’ll be cooking duck tomorrow.

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  1. I can’t wait to see the recipe! I’m glad to see there’s a reason for you posting this post so late – or early as I see! Hope you have a fun day.

  2. The dressing WAS delicious! I’m glad you’re going to share the recipe, and some pictures too. And yes, I was at the funeral and absolutely did nearly drive myself crazy trying to find out what made that banana pudding SO good!

      1. Nope… And I haven’t yet decided if we should leak the trick, because then anyone can make banana pudding as good as mine! *lol* What state do you live in? We won’t turn up at any of the same potlucks, will we? 😉

        1. I make a banana pudding with coconut milk in it and use a tad bit of rum extract (or rum). But I can’t wait to see what’s in this one.

  3. So glad the day was great – and the dinner, too! I’d be happy as can be for both recipes, since I love dressing any time of year, and I’ve never found a good one for banana pudding.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  4. I plan on making cornbread dressing for our dinner Thursday and any new tips/recipes are welcomed!
    I also picked up some nice, green bananas today for banana pudding for dinner also. My grandsons love it and I always send any leftover home with them. So, post the recipes please.
    And eat some fresh duck for me. I love it and goose.

  5. Good job Termite! Tell him Bryce got a goose….standing in the yard, lol. I’m sure if those two boys were together all the time we would eat really well! Never have to worry about a meal with them around. 🙂

  6. I was a little intimidated at the thought of making cornbread dressing for 15 people, as I’m never sure how much liquid to put in – it’s hit or miss. You sounded so sure that your recipe was foolproof and I believed you. Glad I did, because it was perfect. I doubled the recipe and had way too much – oh boy, leftovers (: