Saturday, October 6, 2018

Canadian Thanksgiving.

Although it is not yet Thanksgiving in the States, I thought some of you might enjoy these funny sayings.  I thought this was a good one.

 On hunting your own Thanksgiving turkey: “Last Thanksgiving I shot my own turkey. It was fun. That shotgun going, Blam! Everybody at the supermarket just staring. Why track them when I know where they are?” —Kenny Rogerson

All I have to do now is to make up my mind exactly what to have with our stuffed bird. In fact if you cooked this for Thanksgiving, you wouldn't need to stuff the bird perhaps.

Mushroom, Apple and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash

4 small-medium sized acorn squash, seeded, cut in half lengthwise
Salt and pepper
2 Tbs (30 mL) olive oil
8 oz (227 g) fresh mixed mushrooms (portabella, shiitake, oyster), coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks, thinly diced
2 Ontario apples*, peeled and finely diced
3 Tbs (45 mL) butter
1 Tbs (15 mL) fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 cup (250 mL) vegetable stock
½ cup (125 mL) walnuts, roughly chopped
1 small loaf of day-old sourdough or French bread, cut into ¼ inch cubes (approximately 5 cups)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.

2. Cut acorn squash in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds. Season the     inside with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet  lined with parchment. Bake about 30 minutes or until soft.

3. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan heat olive oil. Add mushrooms and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add celery and continue to sauté for 5 minutes.   Lower heat and add apples. Continue to cook until apples become  tender, about 5 minutes. To the pan add butter, sage, and vegetable stock. Heat just until butter is melted. Remove from heat and allow to     cool.

4. Place chopped walnuts and diced bread in a large bowl. Pour warm vegetable stock mixture over bread. Using your hands toss the bread until it is well coated and most of stock is absorbed.

5. Remove squash from oven and turn it cut side up. Divide the stuffing among each squash half; spoon the stuffing into the cavity of each squash until filled. Return to 350°F/175°C oven and bake until stuffing is golden brown, approximately 15-20 minutes.

6. Serve hot alongside a festive ham or weeknight roast chicken.

7. Serve and Enjoy!

Servings: 8

Tip: Use Ontario Idared, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, or Empire  apples.

Source: Mushroom Canada and Ontario Apple Growers

Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends.


  1. Hi Jo - have a happy Thanksgiving weekend. Fun quips. I love squash and am very happy to eat it often ... I've been having spaghetti squash ... and often add butternut or other squash to dishes I make. Love it roasted too ... Have a lovely time and hope that Turkey breast is good - cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary. Turkey is in oven now. I've never eaten much squash. Used to love marrow in England but not had much since I came here.

  2. Love the joke. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Hunting one at the supermarket is the only way I'd ever bag one.

    1. LOL, me too Alex. This stuffed one is quite small but will be plenty for the pair of us. Will report on its taste.

  4. LOL. I do my hunting at the grocery store too. Although, my two youngest sons love to turkey hunt. A wild turkey doesn't really have the same flavor as a store turkey. Both are good, but there is a difference.

    1. I agree Liz. I think wild game birds always taste different and I prefer the grocery version. Mind you, once upon a time I wouldn't have had a choice would I?

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Matt!!! Hope you have a great feast!

    1. Not exactly a feast JoJo, but an enjoyable dinner. Thanks.