Cornbread Loving 6/30

I can teach you to love through a pan of cornbread dressing This is the type of lesson that begins the night before Updated for health reasons Grab the largest pan you can find The type that looks like it can hold at least five gallons, Even if you don’t use all the water it’s better to have than not Dump your turkey wings, onions, a little salt, and pepper and allow it to slow boil for at least 5 hours At first glance it appears to be nothing but given time those flavors merge and becomes something Love be like that at times Slowing merging into something undeniable Strain all the ingredients and allow the water to cool What’s left is the essence of everything you put in Pour freshly mixed cornbread ingredients into a highly greased cast iron skillet and allow to cook until golden brown at the top and done in the middle Onion, celery, and green pepper is to be hand chopped, not diced or processed and yes it makes a difference Some people rush along attempting to take the fast path but the process makes all the difference No love can withstand a rushed foundation The time and patience of a steady hand helps you better savor the flavor Just taste better when it’s appreciated In a large aluminum bowl, yes it needs to be aluminum simply because granny’s was, combine crumbled cornbread, 3 boiled eggs, seasonings, salt, pepper, onions, celery, and green pepper Now it might seem strange but you have to add 2 slices crumbled white bread Everything won’t be apparent in the beginning but it will in the end Every now and again you have to add a little extra to make that loving stick Now call upon your ancestors and allow just enough of the essence of your turkey stock to saturate the ingredients Too much makes it soggy Too little will have it dry See no where is it written when to give me of yourself and when you have to finally call it quits but there is a fine line between the two A line that says I will fight for you but I will not fight you Will ride for you but not die because of you The thin line between I can’t love with you but on everything, I can not live without you You don’t have to guess when to take it out, the aroma will fill the house The love will saturate your mouth The same every time but held for special occasions This is love in cornbread dressing

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