Saturday, November 22, 2014

Stuffing Vs Dressing part Deux lol

Whoa there's a graphic on THE turkey authority Butterball's website-
LOVE it!

Stuffing vs Dressing

Stuffing Vs Dressing

A post born out of curiosity and boredom....
What are your thoughts on this? What do you refer to this lovely Turkey side dish as?
I grew up calling it stuffing, but when I lived down south for a few years , everyone called it dressing. I always thought the terms were regional,  then today while watching a cooking show, the host mentioned that the difference in terms refers to whether or not it's "stuffed" into the turkey.
Then I googled it. Seems it's a little bit of both- regional speak and cooking method.

The following are some key points from the site Difference Between
3.Stuffing is usually dryer than dressing; dressing has more of a sauce-like consistency so that it can be poured over the food. It has added ingredients in it like onions and vegetables and looks prettier in presentation.
4.Stuffing is a mixture of ingredients, stuffed inside the cavity of a bird or stuffed inside a bread or dumpling; dressing is not stuffed inside anything, they are always prepared and served separately or poured over the food.

The National Turkey Federation (which I didn't know existed until I stumbled upon it) has this to say about it
 Food historians indicate the practice of stuffing (or dressing) the cavities of poultry with mixtures of breads, spices and other chopped ingredients is an ancient procedure used by both the Romans and Arabs.
The word "stuffing" first appeared in English print in the 1530s. After the 1880s, however, Victorian propriety in America made the term "dressing" more acceptable and is still used more frequently in the South and Southeast. Currently, both terms are used interchangeably. Today's turkey stuffing mixtures focus on bread or cornmeal crumbs and various ingredients based on tradition, regional and/or ethnic ingredients. In the 19th century, oysters were added to the stuffing mix and continue to be a popular enhancement today. Sausage, pecan or rice stuffing is often used in the South and Midwest. Italian-Americans may use a stuffing of sausage, onion and Mozzarella cheese, while dried fruit, potatoes and apples are customary among German-Americans. Latino culinary influences are reflected with the addition of chilies, peppers and herbs to the stuffing mixes.
 Epicurious writes
"Dressing" as a search term is almost exclusively Southern. In two years of peak-season search queries, only one state north of the Mason Dixon was home to any cooks searching for "dressing." Guess which state? Hint: Starts with I, ends with "owa." Who knew.
 "Stuffing" is far and away the preferred search term for the side dish, even in most states where people are also searching for "dressing." The only states where more people search for "dressing" than "stuffing" are on the Gulf Coast: Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. (In Mississippi, "stuffing" as a term didn't even crack the top 50.)

So there ya have it. Stuffing, dressing, whatever you call it, I say-just eat it!
In truth after researching this a bit, I became far more interested in the difference of ingredients in stuffing/dressing by region and ethnicity. Maybe one of these Thanksgiving's I will have a stuffing bar where I just have everything from cornbread with chiles to sausage and mozzerella versions ...nevermind the turkey! ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Garnier fructis Damage Eraser

I have what I deem to be unruly hair. It's long,color treated,naturally curly and has a mind of it's own I have tried everything out there...from the affordable (Suave) to the BIG bucks (Ojon) shampoo and conditioner. On a whim I decided to purchase Garnier's new Damage eraser line.
Let me just say I was honestly blown away by how well it lives up to it's claims. My hair has never been so silky and tame. If you're in the market for an affordable hair care line that delivers on it's promise, I highly recommend Garnier Fructis' Damage Eraser.
One of the best products in this line is the split ends treatment. Over the course of three weeks, the ends of my hair have recovered remarkably well from all the color treatments i have put it through. I am talking visible results here.
And the bonus? The low price! Win-Win!

Eggnog as pie

My laptop was down for the count this past week but all is well now and I can blog once more! *insert Happy Dance Here*
Over the weekend I adapted a recipe I stumbled across for Eggnog pie. I tweaked it to suit what I had on hand . The flavor is mild enough that even eggnog haters will love this dessert-I promise!

Eggnog Custard Pie

1 ready to go pie crust in a foil pan (or use your our pie dough, fitted into your pan)
12 oz can of evaporated milk
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut rum (or light rum)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat your oven to 350F.
With your mixer beat the eggs and sugar until well combined, now mix in your rum and evaporated milk, the cinnamon & nutmeg. Pour into your crust. place your pie into a larger baking dish and pour water about half an inch deep, creating a water bath for your pie.Pop your pie into the oven and bake until set. 55-60 minutes. Cool completely and refrigerate before serving. The flavors are even better the next day!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Fall Favorites!

My picks for the perfect,cozy fall and winter!

1. A great coat that will shield you from the blistering evils of the harsh weather. Land's End is a go to shop for my whole family. I can't remember a winter where we haven't gotten some essentials from Land's End. I love the color selections, the terrific quality, and the affordable prices. I was a good girl this year, so I am hoping Santa brings me this coat! ;)
    Land's End Women's Expedition Parka

2. Boots that are functional, cozy & come in three colors...I love the brown ones.
    Land's End Women's Renata Boots

3. A kit for your skin that will protect and nourish your face against the elements, while keeping you free of blemishes. I've been using Philosophy for more years than I can remember and even when I try out something new, I find I ALWAYS go back to Philosophy.
    Philosophy Skin Car Essentials Kit

4, This is my favorite time of year to hit up Bath & Bosy Works. The seasonal scents can't be beat. it's tradition for my Mom & I to get together and do a massive stock up haul of all the holiday scents. My favorite will always be the Twisted Peppermint. If they ever have a winter without this scent I will perish LOL
    Bath & Body Works

5. Though I love experimenting with makeup and trying out new brands, there are days I prefer to look like "me" if you know what I am saying? A standard makeup look that I wear on a day to day basis and suits my personality. My two favorite eye shadows that fit the bill for this come from MAC Cosmetics. They are Gleam and Woodwinked. I love pairing browns and pinks!
  MAC Cosmetics
  My favorite everyday lipstick is a newer find that I received in a recent Birchbox. It's a lipstick by Model & Co in the color Kitty, which is the perfect shade of soft baby pink. It's long wearing and flattering to any skin tone.
 Model & Co Party Proof Lips

6. Last but not least, COFFEE!!! Archer farms Candy cane coffee has the perfect amount of peppermint, not too subtle not too strong. Just the festive touch you need to get going in the morning and face those Black Friday crowds !
   Archer Farms Candy Cane Coffee

There you have it, my fun finds to make this season a little bit warmer and sweeter!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie with Maple Sour cream topping

In case you hadn't noticed--I have this problem.....shall we say... around the holidays. I just can't be patient and bake or cook things closer to the holiday that is coming up . I have to jump the gun and do things for the whole month that are in theme with the holiday that's going down that month.
Today it is pumpkin pie.It should be noted, though, that I never make the same thing for instance if I happen to make 4 pumpkin pies before it's really Thanksgiving, not a single one will be a repeat :)

Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie w/Maple Sour Cream Topping

1 prepared pie crust (store bought or your favorite recipe) already rolled out and ready to go in your pie pan.
1 15 oz can pumpkin (not pie mix) I use Libby's.
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 12 oz can 2% evaporated milk
2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 F. In a bowl combine the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon and eggs, blend well. now add the evaporated milk until it's incorporated and pour this mixture into your prepared pie crust. I often times have more filling then can fit inmy crust so I bake off that excess filling in a ramekin.
Bake your pie for 15 minutes then lower the temperature to 350 F and bake another 40 minutes or until the pie is set and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
While your pie is cooling prepare your topping.

Maple Sour Cream Topping

1 c sour cream
1/4 brown sugar
1 tsp maple extract

Mix all three ingredients together and keep in your fridge until your pie had cooled completely. Once your pie is cool you can spread the sour cream on top. Refrigerated your completed pie for at least an hour before serving.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Autumn Themed

Spur of the moment decision at the grocery store-I need to make chocolate covered pretzels. Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chunks to the rescue!

All you need is some grid shaped pretzels, colored sprinkles of your choice and a bag of Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate chunks. Line a cookie tray with tinfoil or wax paper.
In a microwave safe container melt your chocolate in 30 second intervals, stirring after each go-through in the micro, until the chocolate is smooth. Now drop your pretzels one or two at a time into the chocolate, coating them. Lift out with a fork and place on your lined cookie sheet , sprinkle on decorations.Once all your pretzels are done,place them in the refrigerator for a half hour or so to firm up. Store them in an air tight container .Mmmm