#FRIDAYFOOD Everyone’s favorite holiday food — dressing


I love my momma’s chicken dressing. When I think of the holidays, I think of her dressing. I can almost make it. But I am getting something wrong. It is close, but not quite the same. I think it was the water that you boil the chicken with. Who would have thought water would make such a big difference, but she loads hers down with celery and onions and carrots. She doesn’t put any of those veggies in the actual dressing, but strains them for the broth. It is all about the broth, apparently. My problem was not enough veggies in the water for the broth. But, I will keep trying!

I asked Facebook and Twitter friends and followers to share their favorite dressing recipe, and there was a LOT of responses. Everyone seems to LOVE dressing during the holidays.

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#FRIDAYFOOD (A little early) It’s Turkey Time! #HAPPYTHANKSGIVING


It is TURKEY TIME! What an incredible time to get the family around the table and give thanks for all your blessings! Even if it has been a tough year (and some years are like that) Thanksgiving as a special time to enjoy your family.

There have been years I was in the hospital and missed all of the fun, and other years I had a hard time enjoying myself and others (mostly due to my own or very touchy personal issues), and other years that I have had a BIG time. Last year was one of those tough Thanksgivings. But this year, I am planning on having a BIG time!

I have always taken the holidays for granted. Up until just a few years ago, I just assumed the holidays was one big food fest for everyone. But that is not the case. A few years ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks. When I returned from Thanksgiving adventures (with plenty more food gatherings in the following days) there were some of my coworkers who moved here for a job and their families were far away. They didn’t experience the wildness of “Great Uncle so-n-so” or “momma’s dressing.” They ate a Thanksgiving meal with those around them, usually a group of friends or their own little family. Maybe they ate with a church family.

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#FRIDAYFOOD Beyond the #THANKSGIVING turkey


It is so hard to believe the holidays are upon us. I guess I say that every year. But Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and around our house, we are discussing when, where and who is making what.
As usual, we will have lunch on Thanksgiving Day with Aunt Margie Pepper, and she will have a house full of food, before everyone brings something to add to the meal. There will be all the traditional favorites, and a few unusual items, such as Asparagus Casserole and scalloped potatoes.
Then either Thursday or Friday night (it is still up for discussion, depending on how many are attending the Egg Bowl), we will have Thanksgiving Dinner at my parents house in Stewart.

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#FRIDAYFOOD A great bowl of #chili for the Fall


I will admit, I was a picky eater growing up. And while I am trying to expand my “gourmet palette,” it took a while to like chili. Can I just say, chili beans. I didn’t like them in any way, shape or form.
A few years ago, I worked as a food editor for a newspaper. I LOVED it, but a lot of people went to a lot of trouble to fix food for me. I was compelled by reasonably good manners (and let’s just say I had to say that to myself every time) to eat what was prepared for me. (The voice of my mother and both grandmothers resonating through my head.) Eventually, I had to eat a bowl of chili. At first, I just picked around the beans. After the next couple of times, I like it. I do not cook it, but I have grown to LOVE IT! (This is also from a girl who would not eat pizza until high school.) Continue reading

#FRIDAYFOOD #Fall Soup Part 2


landscape-1454611443-olive-garden-soup-1Alright, I am in the mood for a few different kinds of fall soup, and the husband, Pepper, doesn’t like change. He likes what he likes. Until he is introduced to something new. Then it is a struggle, just like a kid!

For a short time during round one of chemotherapy, we had a food prep service in Starkville help us out with a few meals. I was great, and it challenged our “gourmet palette.” (Unfortunately, they have closed up shop) On of those “challenging” nights was a soup with potatoes and sausage and kale. KALE. It was tough to try, just based on looks, but it smelled GREAT and was awesome once we took a chance. Most already LOVE Zuppa Soup, because when asked on Face book and Twitter, tons of people responded that it was one of their favorites! Continue reading