We go Wisconsin to my sister-in-law's (my late husband's sister) although sometimes there is too much going on and then I make a nice dinner for just the kids and I. This year since my thanksgiving staples are pretty different than the in-laws and to celebrate having the kids home from school I'm going to make my Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday so we'll get two meals. This is my stuffing:
1 sweet yellow onion, chopped
2 gloves garlic
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 sweet red pepper, chopped
2 Tbl Olive oil
1 Cup dried cranberries
1 can tart cherries in water (not syrup)
1 stick melted butter (please do not use margarine!)
1/2 Cup honey
1 Cup milk
Lemon pepper, Basil and Sage to taste
12 oz unseasoned bread crumbs
Heat frying pan (remember – hot pan, cold oil – food won't stick!) Heat olive oil and add onions, celery and peppers and sauté until transparent. Add garlic and herbs and sauté a few more minutes. Mix this with bread crumbs and cherries. Add honey, melted butter and milk. Do not over mix.
Everyone seems to be afraid to put stuffing inside the turkey these days. I always stuff the turkey. I also have leftover dressing that I bake in a pan. The stuff that's been in the turkey is MUCH better, I don't care what they tell you. Nobody's died yet.