Thursday, November 22, 2007

Good Eatin' Day.

Like most folks, We here at Neil Creek have our holiday traditions, inherited mostly from our parents and the old, funny-smelling folks from our distant past. As y'all might already know, we ain't too big on most traditions, especially if they have to do with fishing or thinking...but sometimes, tradition is good. It keeps you in touch with an identity, a place you come from, and folks that did a whole lot so that you could be around to enjoy it all.

Gramps loved oysters, and every year on Turkey Day he had oyster dressing. It wasn't necessarily a hit, but by god he was gonna have it, no two ways about it. Over the years, we grew to appreciate the taste for the older-style touches in the recipe, and it is now a Neil Creek staple on the day of thanks.

We ain't gonna insult your intelligence by giving you step-by-step instructions. Assuming you weren't raised by wolves, are mostly bipedal, and can hold down a steady job at least 6 months of the year, you can probably figure out how to put together a dressing recipe.

1lb sourdough bread, cubed
1pt oysters with their liquor
1/4lb salt-pork
1/4lb butter
1 boiler onion
3 celery ribs
flatleaf parsley
some thyme
a little sage
salt, pepper

Thanks, Gramps.

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