Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Dressing for The Day apres Thanksgiving

As a Canadian living in a foreign land (the large country directly south) for twenty years now, I still cling to some things I grew up with: I say "washroom," for instance; the letter "u" has popped back into my spelling; the expression "eh" may even find its way into a comment (though I NEVER uttered that verbal tic when living in the Great North; it's now entirely deliberate).

When I first moved here, I also made some sort of nod to our Canadian Thanksgiving, which takes place during the American Columbus Day holiday.  Maybe I wouldn't exactly cook a turkey, but I'd remember our Thanksgiving and raise a festive Moosehead. 

This year I don't even have time for beer, with increased demands at work and chauffeuring duties for children.  But I did have time to imagine a pretty side dish, inspired by the colours in these gorgeous photos from October's Vogue.  They're the ingredients for my butternut squash and cranberry dressing, with a dash of blueberry.


As gentle readers may note, I also grew up saying "dressing" instead of "stuffing"--and I like this distinction.  I'd rather dress a turkey, and dress one's own self, rather than stuff them both.

6 comments:

GSL said...

That redhead certainly is a pretty side dish-especially in those two frocks.

Kim Kelly said...

Thinking the same as a Canadian living in Minneapolis.
Love the Canadian traditions www.pinksiren.blogspot.com

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Dress a turkey but stuff oneself.at thanksgiving that is.

materfamilias said...

That sounds like a delicious dressing -- as are the dresses, scrumptious! My daughter hosted the family this year, 14 at the table, my son-in-law cooking most of the meal. Theirs was a dressing cooked separate from the turkey, a bit of a travesty to me with its form separated from its function, but I had to concede its yummy factor was high, eh. . .

Ivy said...

My family always said dressing, not stuffing, but we're Scots-Irish from the deepest south. Do you reckon it's a S-I thing?

Miss Cavendish said...

Agreed: "dressing" probably is Scots-Irish--my maternal side came from Scotland and there's a musical Irish lilt that runs through PEIslanders' speech . . .