ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen: A slow and sweet Thanksgiving

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SLOW COOKER STUFFING

2 cups (500 mL) chopped onions

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) thinly sliced celery

1/4 cup (50 mL) butter

1 tbsp (15 mL) sage, crumbled

1/2 tsp (2 mL) marjoram, crumbled

1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

1/2 tsp (2 mL) freshly ground pepper

1/4 tsp (1 mL) savoury, crumbled

1/4 tsp (1 mL) thyme, crumbled

12 cups (3 L) bread cubes, lightly toasted

1/4 cup (50 mL) chopped fresh parsley

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) chicken stock

In a large frypan, sauté onions and celery in butter until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in sage, marjoram, salt, pepper, savoury and thyme. Combine vegetable mixture with bread cubes and parsley. Pour stock over bread mixture and toss to combine. Spoon mixture into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high heat setting for 1 hour. Reduce to low heat setting and continue cooking for 2 to 3 hours, stirring every hour. Serves 10.

HONEY CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 pkg (12 oz / 340 g) cranberries

1 3/4 cups (425 mL) cranberry juice

3/4 cup (175 mL) honey

1 tbsp (15 mL) grated orange peel

2 cinnamon sticks (4 inches/10 cm each)

1 bay leaf

1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) cloves

Dash salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes or until berries pop and sauce is thickened. Remove cinnamon sticks and bay leaf; cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Makes 2 cups (500 mL).

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