Soul Food Column

What’s Your Spice or Seasoning this Thanksgiving?

Soul Food Advice Column


November 9, 2016

What spices do you use in your cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving? I like to use ground sage, poultry seasonings, seasoned salt, and black pepper. They seem to go hand and hand in making a really good dressing. My mother always used some sage but not very much. She let the flavors work together from the seasoned chicken she made which included celery, onions, and green peppers.

If you use sage just be very careful not to use too much because it will slightly turn your dressing a green color which is not the way old-fashioned dressing should look.

I have a real good recipe in my new cookbook, Soul Food Advisor for Old-fashioned Chicken and Dressing.  This recipe has been in our family for decades. My mother always put fresh, chopped onions, celery and green peppers in her dressing bread.  This makes the cornbread really delicious and flavorful and her baked dressing bread could really be turned into a meal itself.  It’s that good.

This cornbread dressing recipe offers a great alternative to serving turkey and with this recipe you get homemade broth. The broth is really what makes the dressing and unfortunately when you make turkey in the oven it does not produce enough broth to make good dressing. So if you want to try something different this Thanksgiving, try my mom’s recipe.

 Cassandra's Turkey Day Cooking Tips – Please keep these tips in mind with planning your Thanksgiving menu:


· Plan your Thanksgiving menu and cooking schedule ahead of time

· Shop early for hard to find items or for items that may be sold out when you go shopping

· If planning a buffet or pot luck, made sure everyone know in advance what dish they should bring  

· Start gathering your Thanksgiving recipes now so you will have easy access to them later

· Most of your meal can easily be cooked the day before-utilize your time well


Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Cassandra Harrell is a Soul Food Advisor and recently owned a soul food restaurant and catering service. This best-selling cookbook author and award-winning caterer have conducted cooking classes and one-on-one sessions on preparing great soul food cuisine. Her new book, Soul Food Advisor is filled with Harrell’s authentic recipes, iconic dishes, and irresistible flavors.  Soul Food Advisor reveals the secrets of perfecting southern cooking, one dish at a time. Please visit the Author Bio and our Cookbook Page.

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