Guest blog post by Becky of LollysCubbyHole
I was born in Huntington, West Virgina in 1951. I think that officially makes me old, but I am fighting against that for now!
I loved Christmas always. I grew up in my grandparents home, and Christmas meant lots of good smells from the kitchen, prickly pine trees that we picked out at the Christmas Tree Stand next to the local Dairy Queen and a good holiday argument always!
Mostly the arguments seemed to come from standing the tree in just the right corner of our tiny living room and putting the lights on. I think of that now, as we easily put up a lighted tree, right out of the box! The slinky silver “icicles” blew around every time the door opened and landed on the sofa and I would get the job of collecting them and placing them ever so gingerly back on the tree!
I come from a family of crafters, sewers and artistic people so I have dabbling in paints, glue and fabric forever it seems. We always had some sort of project and the holidays were no exception.
One of my delicious memories was getting to snip the sugared gumdrops with an old black-handled pair of scissors for the “Pork Cake” otherwise known to most people as “Fruitcake”. I don’t remember it being the dreaded Fruitcake of the Chevy Chase standards, it was moist, with gooey fruit inside and nice crunch on the top. The secret was a piece of pork fat that was used in place of lard, butter or Crisco. My Grandmother made it every year for as long as she was able to cook. I would love to have a piece of it today!
Another tradition was the Turkey with Oyster Stuffing INSIDE the turkey…YIKES! Some folks really frown at that process today, but oh, was it delicious! The extra stuffing that would not fit into the the 24 lb. ( or more ) Turkey were shaped into patties and placed around the Turkey in the pan…they were crispy and soaked in the juice of the baked Turkey…my choice of the entire meal.
And who could forget making Snow Ice Cream during the winter…even if it was late at night, when the snow would fall, ever so silently for hours, we were allowed to run outside, sometimes in our pajamas, to scoop up a metal bowl full of clean snow. ( no yellow snow, please!) Add to that some sugar, vanilla and a little milk and it was the most delightful treat ever!
For your own Christmas, maybe you would like to try the Oyster Stuffing!
GRANNY’S OYSTER STUFFING ( as written by me in 1971 over the telephone w/Granny)
Approx. 2 loaves of white bread, cubed & toasted
1/2 stick of butter ( melted )
1/3 C chopped celery
1/4 C chopped onion
1 tsp of salt
dash black pepper
1 can of oysters
1 C of milk
“Crumble” 1 tsp of dried sage
Wash inside & out of Turkey
Turn upside to drain
salt & pepper the inside of Turkey
Cube & Toast your bread under the oven broiler and set aside to cool
Place in a large bowl
Pour the milk over the bread cubes, add your melted butter, celery, onion, salt, pepper and oysters. Mix well with your hands.
Stuff the cavities with your stuffing mix.
Place the turkey legs back in place and secure with baker’s twine. ( today they have clips)
If you have extra stuffing, make patties and place around the Turkey in the baking pan.
Wrap the whole Turkey & pan with aluminum foil uncovering to brown for the last 20 minutes.
BAKE 20 min. per lb. in a 325 oven or until turkey leg juice runs clear when pierced with a fork.
Allow to stand for 15-20 minutes before carving!
If I breathe in deeply I am certain I can smell that Turkey baking now!
No need to wait for December, Happy CHRISTMAS IN JULY 2015!
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