The harvest festival of Thanksgiving in Canada originated with an explorer. It was about homecoming, about celebrating the bounty of this lovely land, the end to a journey. The way I look at this day is similar to that man hundreds of years ago - we travel through our lives, through hardship, through sorrow, year by year, and yet we come back to those we love, and those we know, in thanks for them.
1 loaf white bread (or for the more health conscious, whole wheat works as well)
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 large apples, chopped (I find sweeter apples work better, such as Gala or Fuji)
1 cup sliced almonds, with peels
2 cups chicken stock
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh chopped thyme leaves
1 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
1 cup dried red currents
2 tablespoons either white balsamic vinegar or apple-cider vinegar
1. Combine all ingredients together.
2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
3. Place the stuffing inside the cavity of a chicken or turkey, and cook the poultry according to weight.
4. Fill a dutch oven or large ceramic cooking pan with the dressing and cook, covered with a lid or aluminum foil, for one hour, stirring twice during cooking time.
5. Serve with sliced turkey/chicken, vegetables, and mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes.
6. Pray. Eat. Enjoy. Feel pain, feel sorrow, feel joy throughout the year, and then celebrate it, feel whole again with those you love on a weekend that represents giving thanks.