You know you live in the south when you go to Publix and in amongst all of the Thanksgiving desserts, they have sweet potato pie. We do love our sweet potato pie here. It's very much like pumpkin although I think it's better. I mean- which would you rather eat- a nice baked sweet potato or a glob of baked pumpkin?
I know, I know. It's all about the spices. But I think that sweet potatoes carry the spices in a more profound and delicious manner than pumpkins. I could be wrong.
I went to Publix today to get the last few things I need for Thanksgiving. The whipping cream, more butter, eggs, self-rising flour and buttermilk and shortening for angel biscuits. Things like that. I still haven't made my angel biscuit dough or the cornbread for the stuffing but I'll get around to it. I made my regular cranberry sauce this afternoon though.
Now over the years, my stuffing has evolved into more of a cornbread stuffing. I still use the Pepperidge Farm but I make a skillet of cornbread with sage and rosemary and let it dry out and use that too. The other things in my stuffing are celery, onions, a broth of some sort (if I am on top of things enough I get the giblets out of the turkey the day before and boil those with more onions and celery and use that broth for both stuffing and gravy) and because it's a cornbread-ish stuffing, a sliced hardboiled egg or two must also go in it.
Do not ask me why. This is just how it is done.
I would love to hear about any of yours and/or your families' Thanksgiving traditions whether of food or anything else so bring 'em on. I'm completely ready to be impressed and mystified, delighted and curious.