How NOT to make Chestnut Stuffing!
Back in the day - I didn't really know much about cooking and having lost my mother-in-law/cooking mentor back in 1985 - I was at times, a little lost. Luckily, I've always had a gift for laughing at myself and this story is no exception.
So one year...I'm guessing it was 1988, I decided I was going to skip my own family thing, and make Thanksgiving dinner for my then boyfriend and his teenage kids. I had big dreams and probably was...shall we say...not really in the clearest point in my life...anyway, I could be making excuses for the stupidest cooking folly I've ever had.
I decided I was going to make Chestnut Stuffing. I think it probably had sausage in it as well but I don't remember that for a fact. What I do remember is the puzzling looks on their faces as they tried to decipher the ingredients of the goopy yet mysteriously crunchy stuffing..finally my boyfriend says something to the effect of ....
"Amy...the turkey is great....but what's with the stuffing?"
"It's chestnut stuffing..."
"Well...I've had chestnut stuffing before and this is definitely not it...."
"Well..." I said trying to keep a straight face..."I couldn't find chestnuts...so I used water chestnuts instead..."
As the roar of the laughter slowed down he had but one thing to say on the subject..."How about I'm in charge of the stuffing from now on ..."
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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