Growing up, it was just my Mom and I for many Thanksgivings, after my Dad passed away when I was just 5 years old, myself. My Mom did not care much for turkey as she thought it was dry and cooking for just the two of us, with the smallest turkey weighing at least ten pounds, it didn’t make sense to buy one. Therefore, we always had a roasting chicken with her homemade stuffing, baked with carrots, potatoes and onion in the roasting pan. It was our tradition.
After I got married and had my children, I began to make the Thanksgiving meal of turkey, with Mom’s homemade stuffing and still roasted carrots around it. Mom then was a guest at our house each Thanksgiving and she even enjoyed eating turkey. Sometime during those years, I added a ham to the menu to please my daughter and niece who were not really fond of turkey.
I still make Thanksgiving dinner each year, and miss my Mom who has been gone for 22 years now. The ham is still on the menu, as my daughter and son-in-law both do not like turkey. My grandsons, as of last year, still have not been tempted to try turkey either. We are hoping to change that this year, as they did try Pumpkin Pie at school yesterday and loved it.
My Mom’s stuffing recipe is still my son’s favorite part of the meal. Each year, I make extra, which I roll into balls and freeze. He takes them home and when he makes a roasting chicken, he stuffs it with those stuffing balls. I have given him the recipe, but he swears it does not turn out the same when he makes it. Which I really don’t understand as it’s a pretty simple recipe with minimal ingredients. Guess I must have the special touch that my Mom had with that recipe.
My Mom cooked very simple and basic food, so I don’t have many recipes from her. It makes me very happy that something as simple as a stuffing recipe has become such a tradition that my son wants to carry on.