Six Foods That Make the Season

What is your favorite holiday? In our family we have two: Día de los Muertos and Thanksgiving. For our annual fourth-Thursday-in-November celebration, we invite friends to share a meal. I cook the turkey, gravy, and quinoa stuffing (see recipe below). Our friends make creative, traditional and non-traditional sides; cranberry relish, sweet potatoes, humintas (corn dish), pumpkin pie, apple cobbler, and a great salad.

I am grateful to the First People of the Americas for the foods they discovered and taught the European settlers to eat:

  • turkey
  • sweet potatoes
  • corn
  • quinoa (stuffing)
  • cranberries
  • pumpkin (pie)

Would this US holiday exist without them? I’m referring to the people bearing the gifts and the foods they shared. Please write me a note below the stuffing recipe about your favorite holiday food. Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco. Olé! -Rebecca

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Version 2

Rebecca’s Quinoa Stuffing

Mix in a bowl:

  • 2 c cooked quinoa (2:1 / chicken broth or water to quinoa)
  • 1 c chicken broth (to keep stuffing moist)
  • 2 T sage, 1T basil, 1T dried parsley, 1 t black pepper, salt to taste


Saute in 2T of your oil of choice:

  • 1-2 minced onions, caramelized (cooked until brown)
  • 1 t garlic (cook a short time and add next ingredient to the pan)
  • 1/2 c chopped celery
  • 1 c mushrooms (last in the pan, saute briefly)
  • Add sauteed ingredients to the bowl and mix well.

Place in a 9 x 9 covered dish to bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Food safety tip: Bake stuffing in the bird only when placing it in Tom turkey immediately before cooking. : )

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rebecca Cuningham

7 thoughts on “Six Foods That Make the Season

  1. Christmas has so many fond memories. The service of lessons and carols, going to cut a tree with friends, decorating the tree (often with Grands) with old and new ornaments some made by our children, the live Nativity story at church (with children of all ages), the excitement of children in the morning …..

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