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Pheasant Ballotine with Sausage, Herb & Pistachio Stuffing

November 8, 2023

As a youth, a friend of mine used to travel to South Dakota where his older brother owned a spread of land perfect for hunting game birds. “In the Fall, I’d go with my father for the opening of pheasant hunting season,” he recalls. Now with five sons of his own, my sports hunting friend keeps up the tradition in the Midwest, saying: “It’s quite a thrill to bring home several pheasants after a hunt, dress them and make a meal.” In fact, it’s his family’s Thanksgiving tradition to feature wild game they’ve hunted on the holiday table.

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November 23, 2019

They come from far and near, to gather together. Family, friends–and for those who lack either: the community of those with big hearts to share both. Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve gathered here not just the original recipe for Senator Russell’s  Sweet Potatoes, but am also including links for more dishes to grace your giving table. Enjoy!  Jalapeno Creamed Spinach Sunchokes Two Ways , homemade sausage and sage stuffing, Roasted Bone Poultry Gravy , Marvelous Mashed Potatoes Spiced Butternut Squash Pie,  Southern Sweet Potato Pie, Chocolate French Silk Pie and Butterscotch Pecan Meringue Pie.

Senator Russell’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Calling down to Georgia’s State Capitol offices and the Culinary History Society of Georgia, nobody could comment on the gustatorial habits of Richard B. Russell, Jr. (1897 – 1971), the politician this  much-requested dish is named for. But tracking down this recipe, one thing is sure: the man had a sweet tooth.  Continue Reading…