Ciabatta & Bacon Stuffing

Ciabatta & Bacon Stuffing

Rustic By Nature


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 12 ounces Bacon cut into 1/4-inch dice (can use low-sodium option)
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (may use dried)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 loaf Ciabatta bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can low-salt chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Butter a 9 by 13 glass baking dish. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté until crisp. Transfer the bacon to a large bowl; do not drain drippings from pan. Melt the remaining butter in the same skillet, with bacon drippings, over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, rosemary, and garlic. Sauté until the onions are tender. Gently stir in the parsley and remove from heat.

Transfer the onion mixture to the large bowl with the bacon. Add the bread and parmesan and toss to coat. Add broth to the stuffing mixture. Season the stuffing, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Transfer the stuffing to the prepared dish. Cover with foil and bake until the stuffing is heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the top is crisp and golden, about 15 minutes longer.


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    Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch in Lawrence, Kansas 2010

    On October 2 my family and I went to Schaake's pumpkin patch. We go to Schaake's pumpkin patch every year. But this was our last year going to Schaake's. I got two pumpkins, Mikey got three pumpkins, dad got three, and mom got one. I will miss going to Schaake's pumpkin patch.

    By Jacob

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      Mom’s Pumpkin Cheesecake



      • 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
      • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar (Homemade Brown Sugar Recipes)
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1 stick melted salted butter


      • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
      • 1 (15-ounce) can pureed pumpkin
      • 3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
      • 1/4 cup sour cream
      • 1 1/2 cups sugar
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
      • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
      • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

      For crust:

      In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.

      For filling:

      Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, eggs, egg yolk, sour cream, sugar and the spices. Add flour and vanilla. Beat together until well combined.

      Pour into crust. Spread out evenly and place oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. 

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        Holiday Traditions- Thanksgiving

        Thanksgiving is very big in a lot of households in this country.   However, I’ve noticed more this year that our family doesn’t put as much into it as I think we should.  I mean, we have a few things we do. For one, I like to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade while reading the ads for the Black Friday sales in my pajamas.  Of course, my Mother-in-Law and I go out to do a little shopping and then have lunch together the day after Thanksgiving.  It’s a girl thing.

        I especially like making dinner in the Dutch Ovens outside.  We have had the juiciest turkey since doing it this way. This was our second time.  I couldn’t go back to the oven or roaster method.  This year we decided to cook our stuffing in a Dutch Oven as well. It was awesome!  Next year I look forward to adding more culinary creations to our rustic way of cooking.

        We really don’t miss the stress of having a large gathering anymore. I used to want that when I was in my twenties and starting my own family traditions. I grew up spending the holidays with Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents.  However, my family hasn’t all been together for Thanksgiving since 1998 when my second son was a few months old.   I see very few of them throughout the year and everyone seems to like it that way.  Or at least no ones complaining.

        Now, I rather make it extra special for those who matter most. Those in the family who genuinely get together with you all through the year and not just because it’s a holiday.

        Do you have any suggestions of some fun family taditions we could try for next year?

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          Holiday Traditions- Halloween

          Our family is big on traditions.  It starts in October with Halloween.  Better yet, the preparation for Halloween. We always go to a pumpkin patch.  When my husband and I were dating we visited a pumpkin patch and have been going there every year since.  Shaake’s Pumpkin Patch is the best.  It is a real working farm that began as a 4H project and developed from there.  They offer a hayrack ride to and from the patches.  Animals to check out. Play areas for the kids, like a couple of playsets, on where you slide into a bunch of hay. A haybale maze and now a pumpkin launch using big slingshots.  Of course, lots of photo opportunities.  Not to mention all the crafts and food items.

          We’ve done the same thing every year.  We start out wandering the grounds checking out the animals. They usually always have a young cow to get up and close with. We take our pics of how tall the kids are this year up against the giant measuring board.  The kids play some and go throught he maze.  We did the pumpkin launch again this year, in which dad got in on it this time.  Very close to a free slushy!  We eventually make it to the hayrack and head out to find the perfect pumpkin.  It is hard to find the very best one among the sea of perfect orange.  However, we manage to each choose the best.  Getting them back to start is sometimes fun too.  This year a 12 or 13 year old lost her flip flop off the side of the hayrack and jumped off.  Had a good laugh about that one. She did too.  After weighing, paying and loading the loot we head to our final stop on the farm.  We get cider, slushes and cookies at their concession stand.

          We can’t think of a better way to start our fall.

          What about you?

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