SAST: To Infinity and Beyond!

Food, photos, fwork. Not necessairly in that order, but food does tend to come first. Mmmm, food.

Hey there, bet you thought I was going to forget about you all today eh? No such luck. It’s been a mix of busy and apathetic around here so I haven’t updated as frequently as I had wanted. Also, I have been doing something weird at work called…work I believe, or at least I have heard it referred to as such. It seems to be taking up a good deal of my time during the day lately so I haven’t been crafting my usual gems of wisdom. I hear though, through the grapevine, that at certain intervals I am compensated for the tasks I perform while at work.

While I am at home, I’m playing NeoPets very busy doing house hold chores and organizing and Thank Yous and all that very important domestic stuff a newlywed finds herself doing. Never you mind that my pets NeoHouse is coming along quite well and the training is proceeding nicely. Ahhh, TheMan just dialed in. I should check my…mail and see what level-messages are there for me. Very important. Just a sec.

So, what has been going on? We just got back from Target (said with a French accent, which in turn is said with a French accent) where we were going to pick up a photo album for the wedding pics (the insta cam ones). I’m itching to get those things organized. Of course we came home with the Two Towers deluxe 17 disc set of doom and some picture frames for the BoxJam prints. We did NOT come back with any Bionicles. Those we glutted out on at Meijers yesterday (hey, the Kals were on sale for half price!). With five you get egg roll!

Our wedding photographer called yesterday and our proofs will be ready and waiting for us to pick up next week. We are going to zoom over Friday to get them and then I can have a look see at what she captured on film (I’m so excited…wheee!). Everyone I have talked to said she got some awesome shots so I am eager to see for myself. I don’t remember seeing her the entire ceremony and only about five or six times at the reception (well, besides the whole staged photos deal) so I have no idea what she might have gotten good or bad. That’s not to say she was gone, au contrair (apparently it’s French day here at the booniverse), she was bustin butt everywhere snapping this and clicking that. She was just very unobtrusive about the whole deal so you never really knew she was there. I’ll ask her if we can post some of them on the web (with her byline, of course) so you all can take a peek at them.

What else…Oh yes. I am dog tired and will be going to bed after I post and do a little NeoPetting. We had a pot luck lunch today and I decided to make stuffing this morning because I didn’t get around to it in time last night. 5:20 am found me chopping and mincing and browning and slicing away (don’t worry, I counted all my fingers before and after and came up with the same number both times). I have a very boss stuffing recipe from the Great Harvest Bread Company that makes some lip smacking good corn bread stuffing (tres yum). This is good, because normally I hate stuffing. My mumses used to make this god awful oyster stuffing that my sister and I would literally gag down every Thanksgiving while tears rolled down our face. The rule at the boo house was you had to try some of everything and that included the nasty oyster stuffing and rutabaga. Man, the two worst things in the world in one meal.

Not to bash my mumses, because she makes a mean pie and some righteous potatoes but the stuffing. Ahhhh! The Stuffing! I think it was the oysters (and mumses, you had to have known by the faces we made that we did not so much like the stuffing). So, one year I found this recipe for corn bread stuffing, which had neither oysters nor celery (I am not a big fan of cooked celery either) AND had sausage, cherries and apples in it. How fun! So I volunteered to bring the stuffing, made that, loved it and have been making it every year since. It is truly fine and good and I’ll throw it up at the bottom of the entry for anyone who is interested.

I also discovered that I have not one can of unopened corn meal, not two cans of unopened corn meal but thee whole cans of corn meal in various stages of openness. Before the corn bread I had two unopened and one full but opened can, which I of course did not use because I found the two unopened cans first. If you find one new can and a second new can, even if you think you might remember having an opened can somewhere you can’t possibly own almost three full cans of corn meal. No one owns that much corn meal. And neither do I, anymore. Anyone want some corn bread?

And for the record, my mumses really does make a bitchin pie. Which pie you ask? Well, so far, the answer is yes. Some of them aint too pretty (she suffers from goosh disease, which I inherited. It has to do with the inability of a pie to set up. It’s a curse the women in our family bear I think) but I don’t think any of them have been less than stellar. Just so y’all don’t go around badmouthing my mumses l337 cooking skills based solely on her oyster stuffing. *shudder*

You know, I wanted to say something else here but it’s gone. Cest lavie. Here’s the world’s best (not oyster) corn bread stuffing:

Corn Bread Stuffing

  • 1/2 loaf Great Harvest Corn Bread, cubed 1″
  • 1 lb. Turkey sausage, browned and drained
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 small white onions, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 2 TBL minced fresh parsley
  • 3 large tart apples, pared and chopped
  • 1/2 c. dried cherries
  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 c. milk, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Red pepper flakes

  • Combine all ingredients (except for milk and eggs) in a large bowl. Add 1/2 of the milk and eggs and mix. Pour into a greased 3 qt. baking dish; pour remaining milk over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. (or stuff a 16lb. Turkey).

    Yield: About 16 servings

That is the original as printed in 1996 (I just had TheMan look up some numbers. The sheet has no date but does say the GHBC will be closing on Friday,11/29, which last happened in 1996. Woah! I’ve been baking this for seven years! Well not continuously). I have made some modifications and substitutions over the years:

First off, this makes a LOT of stuffing. I would recommend cutting the recipe in half (I usually make it that way) unless you are feeding a hungry family of 12 or so. I’ll list the substitutions in full portions just to keep the scale straight.

Do try to get GH corn bread because it makes the recipe much easier to make. If you can’t find or get GH bread, then use a bready corn bread (like something that has a sour dough type texture) or go half and half with sourdough bread and corn meal bread. You will want to do this because the corn meal bread will disintegrate and there should be some sort of bready thing there holding stuff together.

I axe the nuts.

I also double the garlic. You can’t have too much garlic.

If you can’t find turkey sausage, spicing the hell out of ground turkey (no, even more spices than that) will work. This morning I used spicy turkey brats, which also work.

I at least double both pepper portions.

Adding turkey drippings over the top when it’s cooking makes it even tastier.

I would recommend cooking it covered for 30 minutes and then removing the top the last 15 minutes to get that crispy brown goodness going on the top.

2 Responses to “SAST: To Infinity and Beyond!”

  1. Scott Rutter Says:

    Let us know how the Delie-Do’s pix turned out!

  2. Boo of the Pics Says:

    Hey there! We can do one better…wanna see them up close and personal? There is a really nice one of TheRCK and baby and there are some fun ones of Lunargeography and flying baby. I’ll send yous an e-mail and maybe we can get together (or maybe if the next Traveller game is December 6th we can bring the stuff then).