Following are a couple of recipes from my vintage collection.  Both of these recipes are often thought of as Fall or Holiday foods.  Both, however, are good for anytime.  Turkey Dressing can also be used with chicken (or turkey) year-round.  During these times of high grocery prices, turkey and chicken are almost always good buys.  A meal can be made around either of these poultry items to feed family very economically.  Squash is a vegetable that we could eat more of.  It is healthy, tasty, and often overlooked.



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OLD FASHION TURKEY DRESSING



This recipe is from an old church cookbook. No date, or town.



12 cups dry bread crumbs
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup finely minced onion
1 1/2 cups finely minced celery
4 eggs, well beaten
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp dried sage
poultry seasoning to taste (a lot)
1 qt milk
giblets chopped
broth

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.



Melt butter in heavy skillet. Add onion and celery to skillet and cook until they are softened. Put bread crumbs into a very large bowl. Add celery and onion to crumbs. Add eggs, baking powder, salt, pepper, sage, and poultry seasoning; mix together. Add milk, gilblets, and enough broth to make the mixture quite moist. Pack turkey loosely. If baked in roaster, baste with turkey juices.
Note: You can save time, especially at the holidays, by chopping the onions and celery a day or two ahead of time. Seal in a bowl or plastic bag and save up to 3 days.




APPLE FILLED SQUASH HALVES



2 acorn squash
1 lb ground beef
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tart apples, pared and coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup raisins
salt
4 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp butter or margarine, melted



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.



Wash squash and cut each in half. Remove all seeds and fibers from centers of squash. Place halves cut sides down in an ungreased baking pan. Add water to a depth of 1/4 inches. Bake uncovered until squash is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Meanwhile, brown meat and drain off fat. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, cinnamon, apples, and raisins. Turn squash to cut sides up; drain any remaining liquid from the pan. Scoop out pulp from shells, leaving a 1/4 inch thick wall in each. Season shells with salt. Mash pulp and mix into the meat mixture. Spoon mixture into shells. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar over each and drizzle with the butter. Bake, uncovered until the apple is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
NOTE: If you prefer, substitute 1/2 lb bulk pork sausage for 1/2 lb of the ground beef.