Cornbread Stuffing, Part 2

Not just for Cornbread Stuffing!

Okay, so this is a little late… if you haven’t figured it out by now, just so you know, I’m a terrible procrastinator. So let’s get to it!

So you take that lovely cornbread you made the day before, and crumble it into a bowl.

It’s okay to have some bigger chunks of cornbread.

Then take two pieces of whole wheat bread and toast ’em.

Then try not to eat them since you’re super hungry because you’re eating small meals until Thanksgiving.

Crumble that with the cornbread. It’s a carbolicious feast!

Take two eggs and crack them in a bowl and mix…

Unless you’re an airhead like I was when I did this, distracted by Orlando Bloom and all. Then you’re going to add the two unbeaten eggs directly to the cornbread and toast mix (thankfully, this did not affect the stuffing in a bad way at all… promise.)

Then you take two cups of Vegetable broth and add it to the mix.

Then add in two tablespoons of Soy Sauce… or if you’re like me, realize you only have about one tablespoon of soy sauce left in the bottle that is rarely ever pulled out. And then decide that it’s the night before Thanksgiving, and you’re not gonna ask a family member to risk life and limb at the grocery store, so you go with the one tablespoon (don’t worry, the taste is still nearly the same. Just a little less than it would be with two.)

Then add in three tablespoons of Poultry Seasoning. This adds in a little of the flavoring that you would most likely get with turkey (I don’t know, seeing as I’ve never had turkey. Vegetarian home and all.)

Then add in a sprinkling of salt…

…and a little bit of pepper. Please note the movie on the tv was Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. I do believe in the shot is Gandalf the White. And nail polish remover from the spray painting of the fake pumpkins and corn bronze. Got bronze spray paint on my nails, 100% acetone nail polish  remover takes care of that.

Here’s what it will look like once you’ve added everything in, but before you mix it.

This is what it will look like once it’s all mixed in.

And now for my less favorite part of it. The onion bit. Anyone else here sensitive to onions? Weep whenever you work with them? Because I always start crying halfway through this part.

Take three stalks of celery…

And one sweet onion (enough for about 2 – 2.5 cups)…

And dice them up… I used my mom’s awesome Pampered Chef Chopper thing. It contains some of that onion tear gas.

And put them in a separate bowl as you chop. By this time you may be crying your eyes out, so feel free to let this be the time when you sob out “I DID MY BEST!!” even though you’re not sad, just onion-related. (Name that comedian with “I DID MY BEST!!”

Okay, then take a frying pan and coat it with about three tablespoons of vegetable oil.

Add a sprinkling of salt to the celery and onions, and then saute them for about 7 minutes.

They’ll be nice and tender and juicy, not overdone and mushy. Forgive the quality… by this time I could barely see from the dang onions. Really, I have to work on my eyes with onions.

Then grease your Mama’s Le Creuset pot, or a 9×13 baking pan, and get ready to pour the stuffing in!

Put the celery and onions in with the crumb mixture, and then put all of it in the prepared pot or pan, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, until its somewhat firm and crispy on the top. You don’t want to overbake… it’ll be dry.

It should look somewhat like this. Yum!

Here’s the recipes:

Cornbread:

-2 eggs

-1 cup buttermilk OR whole milk

-1/4 cup cooking oil

-3/4 teaspoon salt

-4 teaspoons baking powder

-1 cup white or yellow cornmeal

-1 cup unbleached white flour

 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Beat together eggs, milk, oil, and salt until well blended.
  • Sift in the baking powder and whisk until foamy.
  • Quickly mix in the cornmeal and flour, beat until the batter is smooth.
  • Pour into an oiled 9-inch square pan OR cast iron skillet OR 10-inch round baking pan.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

 

Cornbread Stuffing:

-1 pan Cornbread

-2-3 slices whole wheat bread, toasted

-2 eggs, lightly beaten

-2 cups vegetable stock OR water

-2 tablespoons soy sauce

-3 tablespoons poultry seasoning

-Salt and ground black pepper to taste

-3 celery stalks, diced (about 1 cup)

-2-2 1/2 cups finely chopped onions

-3 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil

-pinch of salt

 

  • Butter a 9×13 baking pan or a 2-quart casserole dish.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Crumble the cornbread and whole wheat toast in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the eggs, stock, soy sauce, and seasonings, mix well.
  • In a frying pan, saute the celery and onions in the butter or oil on medium heat with a pinch of salt. Stir often or saute until the vegetables are tender and juicy but not mushy, about 7 minutes.
  • Add celery and onions to the crumb mixture and stir well.
  • Spoon the stuffing into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20 minutes until slightly firm and crisp on top. Don’t overbake.

Happy Holidays!

Recipes from Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant. Moosewood Restaurant does not know me, and I am not trying to steal their recipes. Just spread the yuminess around to others. No copyright infringement is intended through this.

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Thanksgiving Food – Cornbread Stuffing Part 1

Happy day before Thanksgiving! Up above are all the cookbooks used at my house for the delicious meal. My mom is an awesome cook. And every year, I get to make one of my favorite parts (it’s been my favorite long before it became assigned to me to make) of this meal… the cornbread stuffing. It comes from a cookbook that I believe is called the Moosewood Lodge Cookbook (I’m not at home with all the books right now, I’ll check this for sure later); and is absolutely delicious. This morning I’ll be giving you the first, and most vital part of this recipe, the Cornbread.

Start with two eggs in a bowl.

Pour in a cup of buttermilk (okay, if you detest buttermilk you can use whole milk, but buttermilk really makes it that much better. And this is a savory cornbread stuffing, not a sweet one).

Pour in after that a 1/4 cup of cooking oil. And it’s important to use the same measuring cup you just poured the buttermilk in, after all, you’re lazy. Why rinse a cup out if it’s all going the same place anyhow?

Add a 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Stopping to admire the pretty purple on your nails. Painted on because it matched your top on Saturday night perfectly. And then was team-supporting on Sunday when you cheered on Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, and all the other Ravens to a seriously awesome win. Then reflect that you’re also a Steelers fan at the same time, and wonder if you need help. Cooking is a process I tell you!

Once you’ve added all of those ingredients it’ll look like this. Then you want to whisk it together until it’s combined.

So it should look like this.

Now we’re going to sift some baking powder.

This is my mom’s sifter. She’s had it for years, since she got married. It was a wedding present with some other kitchen stuff. I call it a little vintage. It still works pretty good… a little faded, the cherries that were once bright red when I was a little girl are a little less red; but it’s a good sifter. Please note the tv on in the background. It is important to have Star Trek on in the background. It’s a classic Thanksgiving movie, did you know? The crew of the Enterprise is thankful that they defeated the Romulans, and I’m mighty thankful for Mighty Fine Chris Pine. See? Thanksgiving movie.

While measuring out the four teaspoons of baking powder, make sure to break the handle on the already broken teaspoon measurer. It makes things more fun, yay!

Whisk the four teaspoons of baking powder into the mix until it’s foamy.

Add in a cup of cornmeal (bad blur, I left my camera upstairs and was lazy, so I used my iPhone camera… didn’t always work well).

And a cup of flour. Then mix it all together until combined and thickened a little.

So it looks like this.

Next is an important step…

The pan. No, you don’t have to use your Mama’s (and Grandma’s before she gave it to your mom) cast iron skillet, but the skillet makes life better.

Pour it into a prepared pan. Greased, ready for action, all that stuff.

And pop it into a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until you’ve inserted a toothpick and it comes out clean.

Your finished product should look something like this. Now let it cool, cover it with a towel so your dumb cat doesn’t think you’ve made it just for her, and let it set for a day… you want your cornbread a little stale for the stuffing. It just works better.

I’ll be back later to post the stuffing recipe! Once I’ve made the stuffing and all.

Disclaimer: I’ve never been to Moosewood Lodge, nor do they know me. I’m not affiliated with them, and I don’t have any ownership of this recipe. I just love it more than a lot of things and want others to experience the happiness that comes from Cornbread Stuffing.

The Beauty Routine Post

So I’m doing this after the Pretty Shiny Sparkly post up a couple days ago: http://prettyshinysparkly.com/my-beauty-routine/. So here it all is.

Let’s start with what’s in the medicine cabinet… alllll my skin care items. My favorite products can’t be bought in America anymore, which sucks, because they work so well. I’ll give you a bit of backstory. In high school, I was in Drama, and we did mime. I swear the mime makeup was made out of Elmer’s glue and flour, with a splash of water thrown in. And it killed my skin. I graduated in 2007 and my skin has still not fully recovered. Bad pores, a couple scars, all that stuff. Mime makeup is evil. Enter Soap and Glory, which has saved my life. And now it’s left American shelves. And I await their triumphant return to the States. Here’s the medicine cabinet full shot. Then we’ll go shelf by shelf.

Top Shelf:

From Left to Right: My sister’s things (I share a bathroom with my 12-year old sister), L’Oreal Go360 Clean for Sensitive Skin Cream Wash. This is my morning wash. Mornings I need a simple, fast routine, because it’s already hectic enough. And the little scrublet thingy is great! Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It, which I use on Tuesday and Friday nights. It clears out pores and has a fine grit scrub to it. I leave it on as a mask for three minutes and wash it off with a hot washcloth. Murad Oil Control something… I got as a sample from Sephora, but my sensitive skin rejected it… so I don’t remember the name. And then a Color Protectant Spray (I’m naturally dark, dirty blonde that I dye reddish golden brown) and volumizing spray and root boosters.

Second Shelf:

The main skin care shelf. From Left to Right: Soap and Glory Dr. Spot Treatment. Put this stuff on a zit popping up and it’s gone way before it would without it. Hurry back Soap and Glory! Nuetrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover. I do serious eye makeup and need a way to get it off without raccoon eyes, this is it. Clinique Clarifying Lotion Number 3 for Combination Oily Skin. Gets the last bits of build-up off my face. Don’t look at the cotton pads after swiping this across the face! Clinique Face Soap for Oily Skin. Use this after the shower to wash, I love this and have for years. Soap and Glory Fab Pore Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is a creamy cleanser I apply on Wednesday and Saturday nights, leave on for a minute, and then wash off with the included muslin cloth. It shrinks the pores! Soap and Glory Fab Pore 15 Minute Mask. Okay, they advertise this as a facial peel, but it has more mask-like qualities. I put this on for 15 Minutes every Monday and Thursday night and after I take it off, my face is glowing and healthy. Soap and Glory! Benefit Dear John Facial Cream. Thick, rich moisturizing cream that is the only moisturizer I can use and not have a horrible reaction to. I’d hate to think what would happen if Benefit stopped making this. I use this every morning and every night. Origins Modern Friction Microdermabrasive scrub. I got a mini-facial at Origins for my birthday last year, and the girl used this on me… this was the first scrub I’ve found that didn’t cause a horrible reaction of red sore patches. It costs a lot, but it lasts forever. Use it every Sunday night. Rare Minerals Active Triple Treatment Eye Cream. I may be 21, but I don’t believe it’s too early to protect and prevent. This eye cream takes care of puffiness, fine lines, and some dark circles. Every morning and evening before my moisturizer… I also use it at the corners of my mouth, where there’s delicate skin too.

Third Shelf:

From Left To Right: The sister’s face scrub, oatmeal, a trick I used until I found a real scrub and passed on to her… it works for hyper sensitive skin, or peeling really bad sunburnt skin. Garnier Anti-Puff and Circle Eye Roller. This I use to help with my big under-eye circles. They don’t totally disappear, but they fade a lot. And Sister’s stuff.

So that’s the skincare part. Now for the other part… my love, the makeup!

The Base:

Left to Right: Benefit The Porefessional. Another product to shrink my pores… with all the products I use, you can only see the big ones on my face if you’re right up in my face. And if you’re right up in my face, you’d best introduce yourself or prepare to be slapped… personal space, please. Benefit That Gal Primer. A pretty pink primer that brightens up my tired face. And smooths and holds makeup well. Benefit Erase Paste in No. 1 Fair. Cover up the little bits of dark circles left after the skincare, as well as any breakouts I may have. Benefit Hello Flawless! in Never Settle Petal. A great powder foundation that seriously lasts all day. My mom wore this stuff while at a conference in Atlanta. At the end of a busy day of running around in a hot July Atlanta day, she had to go on tv, and the makeup artist didn’t need to do much of anything, her Hello Flawless! had stayed all day. That convinced me it was worth the $$. L’Oreal Bare Naturale Concealer in Light. Dust this on to catch any fallout eyeshadow and do a last cover-up.

Cheeks:

Left to Right: TheBalm Mary-Loumanizer Luminzer. This is a shimmery white-gold, I dust it on with a fan brush over my cheeks, no disco-ball effect from it with the light brush strokes! NARS Blush in Orgasm. I. Love. This. Blush. It’s lasted me forever, I wear it daily, and it gives me a pretty flush. So perfect.

The Eyes:

As much L t R as I can: TooFaced Shadow Insurance. My greasy eyelids would make the best shadows crease within a few hours, but with this they last all day and don’t crease. Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Smoky. I’ve discussed this before, but to give you a little more… It helps to keep shadows from creasing, keeps them intense and gives the eyes a smoldery look. It’s also got a great consistency. Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten. I use this shadow every day as my base color. It’s nice and smooth, and the pinky-gold color is great. Urban Decay Black Palette. Need I say more? Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Liner in Bourbon. I don’t wear black liner often, and this dark brown one with little gold glitter bits is perfect for me. Buxom Buxom Lash Mascara. I use this as a base mascara, lots of good volume, great dark black color. Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara. I use two coats of this after the Buxom Lash, it amps up my little lashes perfectly. Benefit Bad Gal Blue. I use the tiniest bit of this on the base of my lashes, it’s a bright blue and brightens up the whites of my eyes great. Sephora Atomic Volume Mascara. I use the tiniest bit of this on my lower lashes, for a little extra definition. Yes, I use FOUR (4) mascara’s… but I have tiny, sparse lashes… so I need them all. Benefit Eye Bright Pencil. Use this at the corner of my eyes… it’s a creamy pink and wakes the eyes up a little more. Benefit High Beam. I use this shimmery silver pink highlighter on my brow bones to give them an instant lift. I love makeup.

Brows:

TooFaced Brow Envy Kit. I overplucked my eyebrows too many times and was lucky to have them grow back almost fine… I use a brow shaping kit now every day, to keep them in good shape. It has wax, two powder shades (I only use the light one), three stencils, a brow pencil and spooly brush, mini-tweezers, and an angled brow brush.

 

Tools:

Ulta Lash & Brow Comb, Clinique Pencil Sharpener, Revlon Eyelash Curler, Sephora Mini Eyelash Curler (for the corner lashes), Revlon tweezers, and an old mascara applicator I use as a brow comb (I think it was CoverGirl)

And that’s all I do… almost every day. Yeah, I feel weird without a face on, unless I’m sick, and then I see no point to wearing makeup if all I’m doing is lying in bed sleeping and feeling icky. Sorry to have bored you, or shocked you.

And here’s a hint about the next makeup post I’ll do:

 

And I’ll have face shots for this one!

 

Please forgive the terrible quality of pictures… I couldn’t find my camera, so I had to resort to using my iPhone camera. And as much as I love my iPhone, the camera is not the best, and I have inferior photo-editing stuff. As in the stuff the computer came with.

Oh, and can you tell I love Benefit Cosmetics?