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I know you’ve been thinking about the election and not about your Thanksgiving dinner menu, but the election it’s over— thank goodness—and you have to think about the menu whether you want to or not.

I have expressed in this very space that I was well into my 40s before I ever thought about cooking a turkey and I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I would make the dressing to go with it.

We always went to Crandall, Texas to visit my relatives for Thanksgiving and we had lots of expert cooks there to do all the dirty work. But times do change and I called Mamaw and Aunt Boopie to see what all I should do to prepare my first turkey and dressing.

Here’s their dressing recipe and I haven’t been able to deviate from it for all these years. (Except for the year that daughter-in-law Christine and I decided to make tamale dressing and we still get fussed at over that!)

Cornbread Dressing

2 pkgs. cornbread mix, cooked not brown 2 pkgs bixcuit mix, cooked, not brown

2 cups onion, fry slow, not brown, in 1 stick butter

1 cup celery, cook with onions

1 tablespoon sage, salt and pepper to taste

4 boiled eggs, chopped

2 cans chicken broth (No. 2) and enough turkey broth to make it juicy.

Mix all together well, put in baking pan, and cover the top with bacon slices. Bake until slightly brown. Makes 2 quarts dressing.

I like to sneak in a little green onions with tops, fresh parsley and sage and extra poultry seasoning, but don’t tell anybody because everybody fusses if you change anything.

And as my Dad always used to say, “If you don’t like it, you can give me a quarter!”


In case you have no plans for the turkey holiday this year, you can join with others at the annual Community Thanksgiving luncheon in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center on Nov. 19 for a delicious meal of turkey and dressing with all the usual, including dessert.

It’s all free as several churches around town have joined New Hope Baptist in this special project.

Needed are donations, volunteers on Friday night and Saturday. Serving will be from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

You can help!

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