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Discovering real southern turkey dressing

Making It Grow Radio Minute

My mother decided to be modern in cooking and discovered premade stuffing mixes. The bread based one had herbs in it and that’s what I grew up having at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Then I discovered what I’d been missing when I had Edward’s mother’s dressing (Southerners say dressing, not stuffing). She made cornbread a day or so ahead of time, crumbled it up and let is sit covered with a dish towel to dry out slightly. Then she cooked the trinity of onions, celery and green pepper in bacon grease, and proceeded with the recipe. She was careful not to use too many eggs, that makes the dressing tough. She made extra in a casserole dishes as what was in the turkey wasn’t nearly enough. Sometimes I fix this as a side dish instead of potatoes, no complaints.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.