Friday, May 21, 2010

Southern Cooking

Simon & Schuster's imprint Gallery bought Murder Takes the Cake, are making revisions and are rereleasing the book in January of 2011. One of the things the NY publishers are revising that had not been a sticking point with Bell Bridge are some of the "Southernisms" I take for granted that everyone knows. Apparently, they don't.

Case in point, this sentence: The smell brought back memories of our grandmother mixing up dressing every Thanksgiving while I stood by her side and waited for a taste test.

Now, ya'll know what dressing is, right? No, it isn't salad dressing. It's stuffing that's not stuffed. LOL! To clear things up for non-Southern folks, I'm including the dressing recipe in the new book. Since the book won't be out until after this coming Thanksgiving, I'll put the recipe on my webpage.

The revisions got me to thinking about how people often have Christmas in July promotions. Well, I suppose we could have Thanksgiving in June, then--after all, it's just a little over a week away. So if you want some dressing, to go with your Thanksgiving-in-June, here's a recipe:

Grandmother's Turkey Dressing

2 long loaves of bread
2 medium onions (diced)
Cooking oil
Turkey or chicken broth
Rubbed Sage

Preheat oven to 350°. Toast bread on both sides until lightly browned. Sauté onions in enough oil to cover bottom of frying pan. Crumble toast in large bowl. Add sage and pepper to taste. Pour in onions. Saturate mixture with broth. Mix well. Add rubbed sage to taste. Bake at 350° until brown.

Yum! I can almost taste it now. And better than that, in my mind I can smell the sage and see her strong hands mixing the dressing while I go back and forth from the living room to the kitchen in my nightgown to tell her what's going on with the Macy's Day Parade. Happy Thanksgiving, Grandmother.


Marian Allen said...

Ohhhh.... Dressing...!! I'm partial to cornbread dressing, but I never met a lump of seasoned bread I didn't like.

Lisa Hall said...

The typesetter in New York has caught some of my southern terms. I sometimes forget that we say things that they don't say everywhere else.
I know exactly what dressing is. We have a pan of stuffing that does not go in the bird. That's our dressing. At Picadilly, you can get sliced turykey with dressing on the side. I don't think I've ever seen "turkey and stuffing" on a menu.

Gayle said...

Excellent point, Lisa!