|Ciabatta and Sausage Stuffing|
I still yearn for the recipes of my childhood. Mimi never wrote a recipe down, and when asked it was; “always just a little of this and a little of that”, nothing was ever measured. In that spirit every year I fixate on a certain dish. This year it is the dressing, it’s the one dish that I make that is never quite right. Too soggy, too much bread, too spicy, not enough herbs, you get the picture. Which leads me to this recipe……
The recipe I used is straight forward and simple, the way Mimi cooked and baked, right from the heart. This rustic dressing is from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro in Yountville, CA. It is this holiday and restaurant that Mr. Keller and his staff volunteer and serve a Thanksgiving feast to the local veterans and their families. Crusty ciabatta bread holds up wonderfully with the fresh herbs, the trinity of onions, carrots and celery and the sweet sausage.
Some years ago I realized that there is no such thing as a perfect meal. What I perceived as a child was what I saw and felt being around a close knit family that loved being together. It is this tradition that will keep our family happy and optimistic in this year, this holiday. Take care!