Bacon, Fennel & Apple DressingSaturday, March 30, 2013
So much has happened over the last couple months on this food blogging journey. First, I'm proud to say I made it as a finalist in the 5th Annual Shorty Awards and will be headed to New York City on April 8th for the ceremony. Fingers crossed that I leave with the 2013 #Food Shorty Award! My Twitter timeline was awesome in rallying up support to get me there and I can't wait to celebrate in Times Square, very exciting! In other news, I was recently featured by PBS in an article discussing the representation of black chefs in the food industry. I'm incredibly honored to be included among some people I truly respect and admire. You can find the article and my interview at PBS' Black Culture Connection.
On the home front, I am still keeping busy cooking daily which seems to be the only relief from an incredibly stressful few months at work and in my personal life. I can't say I've been coming up with the healthiest dishes - your body's natural reaction to stress is to crave comfort foods - but I'm committed to get back in my clean eating groove this spring. I'm also working on putting together my first collection of special recipes to feature in a upcoming e-cookbook, so for now I'll be pulling some favorites from my vault to blog that I'm sure my readers will love. Bacon, Fennel & Apple Dressing was a dish that I made at home in Virginia this Christmas, and after watching a hilariously tragic cooking tutorial on making cornbread stuffing last night, I decided to share it.
My Bacon, Fennel & Apple Dressing was a modified version of the Linquica Stuffing I made for Thanksgiving...and if you recall, the reason I damn near lost a thumb! If you grew up thinking dressing was bland, dense and an ordinary supporting role on your holiday plates, think again. Much like any other home cooking, dressing from a box is just...not worth your time. It's really never that good, but you can put enough pork sausage in it and smother it with gravy to trick yourself into believe it is. But why do that when you can cook a dressing that's delicious enough to stand on its own? Use fresh bread and quality ingredients and you will be amazed at the difference. Even my dad was surprised by this one, and he's hard to impress. It's rich in flavor with warm paprika and herb notes, definitively bacon-y yet the texture is light, fluffy and moist inside with a crusty top. Throw away the box and make your family some proper dressing for your next holiday gathering.