Wikipedia states that “there are also regional differences as to the stuffing or dressing traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make their dressing from cornbread, while those in other parts of the country make stuffing from white, wheat or rye bread as the base. One or several of the following may be added to the dressing/stuffing: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets. The traditional Canadian version has bread cubes, sage, onion and celery. Rice is also sometimes used instead of bread in some parts of Canada.” Delish talks a little more about the regional differences in the way we fix our Holiday meals.

I have spent Thanksgiving Dinner with family most of my life, but when I wasn’t able to travel home, I spent it with friends. I was in my thirties before I had anything other than cornbread dressing. Surprisingly, it was one of my very Southern friends that fixed bread dressing instead of the more standard corn bread dressing. And I have to tell you I wasn’t impressed. It was like she took  white bread and torn it apart and then put broth over it and warmed it up. To me it was gummy […]

By | November 19th, 2012|Categories: AAR afterhours blog, Cooking|7 Comments

What Makes a Special Setting Special?

My favorite of all the Special Title Lists is the Special Settings List. I can’t begin to say how many times I’ve scoured through that list looking for books to read in different exotic locales, paying particular attention to the Europe and the Middle East and Africa sections of the list.

I’ve written here before about my fondness for romances set in Greece. But in reality, I’m a sucker for romances set in any exotic or unusual location. Sure, like many of you, I love romances set in the U.K. But as a travel lover — both armchair and in real life — I long for variety in settings. […]