It’s here – today is the event that Barbara and I created in hopes to help raise awareness of the plight of Hurricane Sandy victims in the northeastern U.S. We asked you all to share your dishes of comfort and more importantly, we ask you all to donate to your favorite organizations that can help out those who are suffering. Even though the elections have become the main news headlines this week, we still need to remember that there are still people without power, people looking for food, and waiting hours for gasoline in order to run their generators. And now some have had to be evacuated again for the Nor’easter that came through this week, and are again without power in the cold. And there will be people who need assistance for quite some time. Every dollar we can send to organizations that will aid victims can only do good.
This list is by far from exhaustive, but some of the larger organizations accepting donations include:
- Red Cross is providing food, shelter, and other forms of support to hurricane victims. You can donate directly to the Red Cross, you can also text the word “Redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Salvation Army is also focused on providing food, shelter, and support to victims, and takes donations to storm relief.
- Feeding America is providing food, water and supplies to those who need it as part of their disaster relief program.
If you are looking for gluten free donations, please refer to my previous post about the event, there has been some great info left by others in the comments.
For my comfort dish I offer up a seasonal stuffing recipe. Stuffing is my favorite Thanksgiving dish – I could seriously eat it all year long. When I think of something homey that I would want to cheer me up, I would want stuffing. So I offer up this virtual dish in hopes that if you are suffering it brings you a little cheer. And while sharing virtual food is all well and good, it would be great to do more tangible deeds of good as well, and so this post is about garnering donations – I hope everyone who is able to makes a donation to an organization that is working hard to support the victims of this storm. Though compassion and community, I know we can work together to brighten the days of those who need it. The image above links to the Red Cross hurricane relief site, but donations to any of those involved in relief efforts I am sure will help.
Thanks so much to everyone who is participating – whether you are joining in the blogging event and especially if you are donating, I love the power of our community and being a part of something that can do so much good for others.
Chestnut and Sausage Stuffing
- 1 loaf (400 g or 1 and 1/2 lb) your favorite GF bread, cubed
- 2 tbsp. butter
- fresh thyme and sage
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 100 g (2/3 cup) dried cranberries
- 500 g sausage (I used wild boar sausage – sanglier), cooked and diced
- two apples, diced
- 500 g (2 lb.) cooked shelled chestnuts, chopped
- two eggs, beaten
- 600 mL (2 and 1/2 cups) chicken broth
- Preheat oven to 180 C (350 F). Spread out cubes on a baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until a bit stiff dried out.
- Meanwhile, heat a skillet with a little butter. When melted, add in some sprigs of thyme and a few sage leaves, and sauté garlic, onion, and celery until softened.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine bread, sautéed vegetables, dried cranberries, sausage, apples, and chestnuts. In a separate bowl mix together beaten eggs and chicken broth. Pour over the stuffing and mix until everything is well coated.
- Bake stuffing in a shallow baking pan for about 20-30 min, or until well heated through. Enjoy.
And if you have participated, please add your link to the linky below, so that more people can see your post and so that we can encourage our community to come out and support those in need.