Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Thankful Day Of Cooking Together...

Acorn Cornbread Ingredients-Used For Stuffing
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We had California Black Oak Acorn Flour left over from the delicious class Orchid Black taught on our deck last Sunday (detailed post coming soon) so I decided we should use Acorn Corn Bread in our turkey stufffing this year.
The ingredients in the foreground are what was used in the recipe except that I was going to add the sunflower seeds (in the jar at the right) to the batter but we deciced to use pine nuts in the stuffing mix, so the sunflower seeds were left out.
The wine is to drink later, and the home-blended trail mix is just a staple we keep on the table to munch on, add to hot cereals, salads, or whatever.
Oh, and no pepper in the corn bread either, it's just on the table.
Peggy is on a wheat-free gluten-free diet, and she doesn't eat sugar, so there's no wheat flour in the corn bread and Stevia is substituted for sugar.
The Acorn Corn Bread Mixture is ready for the oven.

Stuffing Ingredients And A Waiting Turkey
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My Acorn Corn Bread is cooling as we assemble the ingredients for the stuffing.
Peggy Mixes Up The Acorn Corn Bread Stuffing

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Acorn corn bread, onions, celery, fresh parsley, pine nuts, garlic, one egg, vegetable broth, sage, thyme, salt & pepper.


Peggy Basting The Stuffed Bird With White Wine & Butter

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So the turkey's been in the oven for an hour or so, the house smells really good, and I'm about to uncork that bottle of wine.

May you all...


To the turkey above, the chicken embryos, and the plants too, whose lives were sacrificed to nurture our bodies, we bow in humble thanks. One day, in the not too distant future, our bodies, back into earth & the food chain, will nurture the lives of your own relatives, and all the rest of our biological cousins, in the never-ending exchange that enables life to exist.

And, to all the Native Americans whose ancestors showed the white man how to survive here on Thanks-Giving Days so long ago, I also humbly apologize that we proved ourselves to be such ungrateful assholes.

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Blogger Val said...

Hope you enjoyed the day! We dont have Thanksgiving in the UK, but I like your style!!

3:05 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

Mmm, that looks like a feast.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


The meal was delicious but the best part of the day was working together in the kitchen. We had a really nice time, just the two of us.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


It was a little feast and a very nice day here.

I'm so sorry your Thanksgiving was interrupted by life's bluntness, but I'm even sorrier I didn't know about it until now.

I was out of town for 2 weeks and so busy when I got home that I just haven't had time to check in with everybody.

Peggy and I send our love and good wishes your way.

Give The Hermit, and yourself, a big hug from us.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you guys...will you adopt me and my family hahaha. We're a group of Chippewa/Cree's that left California 5 years ago (long story) and will be returning shortly. Looking to live somewhere in Big Bear. Tired of corporate and business world. Need to return to the simple life. We're in Texas working and I'm at the end of my proverbial rope. Selling all but personal stuff to get out of here. Hope to hook up with the likes of you and your kind. 'Til then, keep your ear sharp to the whistle of the wind. See you soon.
Kim and family.
Fire Horse Woman

8:41 AM  

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