Thank you KathyMillerTime readers for your enthusiastic response to THANKSGIVING, HOMEGATING AND RIVALRY WEEKEND post!  I had so many comments, emails and notes sent my way commenting on your favorite stuffing recipe, your favorite rivalries, your favorite homegating ideas, and your favorite tailgating ideas.  Many of you do not comment directly on my post, but send me emails and that is very welcome!!!!  I love hearing from you.

One of my favorite comments came from longtime friend, Thomas O’Toole, Assistant Managing Editor for Sports for USA Today Sports.

Tommie said in his email, “For the first time, Texas and Texas A&M will play at home on Thanksgiving but not against each other, now that A&M is in the SEC.  With the Dallas Cowboys at home that day as well, and given the Texas-sized stadiums, that means those fans who are homegating can watch three games on TV from one state where a total of around 300,000 people will be in the stands.”

Texas will be in football mode on Thanksgiving Day and some Texas tailgating recipes are in order.

Texas Longhorns Stadium

Texas Longhorns Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas photo by Kathy Miller

Texas A&M Kyle Field

Texas A&M Kyle Field photo by Kathy Miller

HOME OF THE 12TH MAN (See my Texas A&M Tailgating Post here).

Texas A&M, Home Of The 12th Man, College Station, Texas, photo by Kathy Miller

Thank you Tommie for that comment.  For my Tennessee buddies, you will remember Tommie as the Vol sports writer for the local Knoxville News Sentinel.  I remember his humor and always looked forward to reading  his columns.

From his bio at USA Today, “Thomas O’Toole, graduate of Wake Forest, came to USA TODAY in 2000 as college editor, He is now an assistant managing editor in the sports department overseeing the individual sport assignment editors. Despite having covered the SEC for 13 years in Knoxville, Tenn., and Atlanta, he has an all-ACC family: he and daughter Jacqueline are Demon Deacons but wife Jeanne, son Jeffrey and daughter Katherine are Maryland Terps. His ideal job would be covering college football and golf.”

You can follow him on twitter at Thomas O’Toole@ByThomasOToole

Our friend, Carol, an avid Mississippi State fan and the person you met from my Natchez travels, wrote, “I am so excited!  I am going to the “Egg Bowl” with my granddaughters, daughters and sons in laws.  Can’t wait!  Of course, I’ll be sitting on the Ole Miss side.  I’ll have to hide my cowbell until I get inside!!!!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.”

Love those cowbells.

Dave, Carol,Clara and Kathy in Natchez photo by Kathy Miller

I received numerous Dressing or Stuffing Recipes from so many of  you.  Thank you!

This recipe is an original from Susan Scarborough who also brought you the Tidewater Boil Burger in a previous post.

Southern Bourbon Soaked Fig Dressing

Southern Bourbon Soadked Fig Dressing photo by Susan Scarborough

The original version of this recipe was created by Susan Scarborough and was published as Mediterranean Fig Dressing in a popular shelter magazine.  In Susan’s own words and with her usual wit and sparkle she enthusiastically supported the Rivalry Stuffing Bowl.

  “This updated version features a few southern twists, replacing the brandy or port from France or Spain, or PORTugal with good old US of A bourbon whiskey.  Figs, originating in the climates near the warm Mediterranean Sea, are hardly out of place in a Dixie-fied recipe, only now they are nestled in a mix of crusty bread cubes, with some cornbread standing in for the cut up pita bread that was a previous feature.  Finally, the optional pecans shoved the original walnuts “out of bounds” making this savory crowd pleaser a winner in the Southeastern Stuffing Bowl!


  • 3/4 cup dried figs, roughly chopped (I use Kalamata , Brown Turkey, or similar)
  • 3 Tablespoons good bourbon (not sour mash)
  • 1 loaf day-old Italian or French bread, cut in rustic 3/4‐inch cubes (10 cups)
  • 2 cups dried seasoned, packaged cornbread stuffing crumbs.
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 8 tablespoons lightly salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 cups roughly chopped Mild Yellow Onion
  • 3 cups turkey or chicken stock/broth
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning or ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place figs in small bowl with bourbon. Microwave for 30 seconds, cover and set aside. Spread bread cubes over 2 large baking sheets. Place cornbread crumbs in large bowl. In large skillet over medium‐low heat, toast nuts for 3 minutes until fragrant, shaking pan several times; set nuts aside. In same pan melt 6 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat, add garlic and rosemary, and cook 1 minute more. Drizzle over bread and turn to coat. Bake for 10‐15 minutes until golden.
  2. Meanwhile, in same pan over medium heat, add last 2 tablespoons butter and the onion, and, over medium‐low heat, stir onions until clear, about 8‐10 minutes. Add toasted bread and onion to the bowl. Toss with broth, seasoning, and pepper. Stir pecans, and figs. Place into a 9" x 13" baking dish and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, covered with foil during first 15 minutes until golden on top and desired crispness.

By Susan Scarborough
Adapted from from the original Mediterranean Fig Dressing by Susan Scarborough


Recipe Printed from www.kathymillertime.com

Thank you Susan for your creativity and spirit with the “Stuffing Bowl”.

Susan with corgi, Wallace

Susan Scarborough with Wallace photo by Susan Scarborough

Susan Scarborough is a talented photographer, artist and chef. Her website, Smittenm.com showcases her many images.  People, families and dogs along with architecture and food photography are Susan’s specialties.

Susan’s photography taken at our home

James, Kathy with Ralph and Dave photo by Susan Scarborough

Susan’s photography showcasing my Tailgating Through The South original paintings.

Kathy Miller With Tailgating Through The South original paintings photo by Susan Scarborough

The Rivalry Match with The Battle Between the Stuffings continues.  Or if you would rather, send me your favorite Thanksgiving Recipe, all categories at kathy@kathymillertime.com

And remember many people will be homegating on Rivalry Weekend.  Keep those recipes coming too.

Dave and I are deep in ACC country this week, traveling to Durham, North Carolina for the Duke/UNC Rivalry game Thursday night.

Watch for my upcoming Tailgating in Cutsboro story.

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the table.


  • Sue Braddock says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Kathy!!

  • Dave Kempf says:

    Enjoy the trip to Tobacco Road. Usually a WAR whenever Duke/UNC match up in any sport. I’m currently working with the ladies of The Junior League of Durham/Orange County on a new cookbook that will release next year. They are wrapping up testing & photographs now. Will send you & Dave a copy when printed. Happy Thanksgiving.


    • I’d love to see the new cookbook when it comes out! Which Big Blue are you rooting for? Your guys looked pretty good last night in Indy. What 4 class basketball programs! We will be walking Duke’s campus tomorrow and then head to the big game in Wallace Wade Stadium. Thanks for your comment Dave.

  • Thank you Kathy! Enjoy Thanksgiving. Going to give your family recipe a try, it sounds very interesting. Better look out or I amy steal it! PS I guess I should have mentioned PORTugal in my recipe above not just Spain and France! Stay snug!

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