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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mother's Dressing

When I approached my mother and mother-in-law about getting their recipes for dressing, I received the same answer from both of them.  They didn't measure the ingredients and did not have a recipe written down anywhere.  I had to go to their homes and take a seat in their kitchen and stop them before they put any ingredients in their dressing, so that we could get the measurement each time before they added it.  I found that even after getting a recipe from each of them that it would still be necessary to tweak it here and there but I am sure thankful that I pursued this.  My mother-in-law can no longer cook and can no longer communicate with us due to Alzheimer's.  It is her recipe that I prepare for my family at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Don't miss an opportunity to get those treasured family recipes! 

                                                     Mother's Dressing

Boil 1/2 hen for 2 to 2 1/2 hours in plenty of water.  Save chicken broth.

Stir together 1 1/2 cups of plain corn meal, 3/4 cup self-rising flour, salt, 4 eggs, and approximately 3/4 cup milk.  Pour into a greased iron skillet and bake at 400 degrees until light brown.

Place cornbread in a dish pan.  Mash corn bread with a potato masher.  Add 1/2 to 3/4 sleeve of saltine crackers.  Pour chicken broth over this and continue to mash.  (You will need 3 - 4 cups of chicken broth).  Add 1 chopped onion.  Add 8 eggs.  Continue to mash and stir.  Add 1 can cream of celery soup.  Add chicken pieces.  Pour into a large baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

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