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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Be Carton Smart! (includes my mom's stuffing recipe)

This post brought to you by Carton Smart. All opinions are 100% mine.

Pacific Food Tetra Packs

I love Tetra Pak cartons. They stack well in my pantry, they crush into less space than cans take, and they are made mostly from paper that was sourced in a renewable way. They keep food as fresh and shelf stable with less packaging and it's rectangular packaging so it fits better in square shelves! Be Carton Smart, and check out all the foods available in Tetra Paks. 

They sent me Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Simply Stock- and reading the ingredient list, it is just chicken stock- made from chicken and vegetables just they way I do it. Unsalted is my preference because I can salt to taste. 

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Pacific Foods Organic Pumpkin Puree- pure pumpkin, tasty. I didn't cook with it this time, but have used it in the past. My favorite use is a small amount of pumpkin butter using a bit of apple juice, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon and cooked down to a thick paste. (grilled pumpkin butter cream cheese sandwiches!)

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And Pacific Foods Organic Jellied Cranberry Sauce- this is my favorite pre-made cranberry sauce, more impressively, it's the ONLY cranberry sauce not made from scratch that my husband will eat. He loves my homemade cranberry sauce, and likes his daughter's cranberry jelly but finds most canned sauces gross. This one? He likes it. The texture isn't a gelatin like smoothness, it feels and tastes like homemade. 

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I used the stock in my mom's stuffing recipe, then served it with thick deli cuts of turkey and cranberry sauce. The first holiday dinner I made for my husband back when we were dating, he told me "Stuffing is my favorite!" so I made stuffing. He was baffled watching me because he didn't tell me that stuffing in his house growing up came from a box! Then he took a bite. Since then, my mom's recipe for stuffing is his favorite food in the world.

Mom's stuffing

You will need:

5 cups dry bread cubes

1 lb sausage- turkey is fine, I prefer links chopped into small pieces

1 green apple- medium sized or large or 2 small (school boy) apples

1 large onion

4 stalks of celery

2 tbs of butter

1 Tetra Pak Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Simply Stock

1 Tbs each dried sage and parsley 

Dice the apple, onion and celery and brown the sausage in a large skillet. When the sausage is browned, add the butter in the skillet and add the onion, celery and apple. Cook until the onion is translucent. Pour in the stock. Stir in the seasonings. Put the bread cubes in a large pan or bowl, and mix in the stock/sausage mixture. Toss it well, then cover it. The steam will moisten the bread cubes and it's ready to bake or stuff a bird. Tetra Paks are so easy to open and can be reclosed to put in the fridge!

Cranberry sauce tip- leftover cranberry sauce mixed with cream cheese makes the best spread in the world for leftover turkey sandwiches! Yum. 

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