The Consumer Vision

November/December, 2008

Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, Bob Branco

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Table of Contents

Obituary of the Late Mr. Common Sense

Quote: "Life is not measured…"

Help Wanted Ad

Women's Fitness Celebration, September 20, 2008, "A Rainy First Experience

The IRS mileage tax deduction for 2008

When 'choice' is part of the equation

What is Supplemental Security Income

Man and Woman of the Year

Mothers in Court; or are They Really Mothers?

More Blindness Issues at the Forefront

Autumn on Marden Street

Community Notices

Catch a Vision

The Consumer Vision Trivia Contest

Dan’s Kitchen, Recipe Herb Roasted Holiday Turkey

Dan’s Kitchen, Recipe for Stuffing

Advertisements

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Obituary of the Late Mr. Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, why life isn't always fair, and "maybe it was my fault." Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies: Don't spend more than you earn. And reliable strategies: Adults, not children, are in charge. His health began to deteriorate when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children. It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Tylenol, sun lotion or a band-aid to a student, but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband, churches became businesses, and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when it became punishable for you to defend yourself from a burglar in your own home but the burglar could sue you for assault.

He began to lose ground rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch, and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by his 3 stepbrothers, I Know My Rights, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I'm A Victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

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"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take...but by the moments that take our breath away."

MICHELE PELTON AND ROBERT PACHECO

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Women's Fitness Celebration, September 20, 2008

A Rainy First Experience

By Sharon Hooley

My niece, Annie, and I decided to join hundreds of women on a 5K, (about 3 miles) noncompetitive walk that is part of an annual Women's Fitness Celebration, connected with St. Luke's hospital in Boise, Idaho. It was our first experience, which took place on Saturday, September 20, 2008. It was quite an ordeal!

As Annie and I headed out the door of her apartment that morning, I was surprised when she said it was raining so hard. We had to wait a little while until it let up some. I asked if she had a hat I could borrow to cover my cochlear implant processor and hearing aid, so she gave me a straw hat. She said that she and her husband, Simon, had put their umbrellas away, thinking they wouldn't need them here in Idaho.

As we walked rather briskly toward the crowd, I feared that I'd made a mistake in deciding to take this walk. But when we started out, Annie let me set the pace. We took short breaks, including one in which they provided cups of water. They also provided entertainment along the way, such as radio station booths, drummers banging on what looked like garbage cans, and bagpipe players. As we passed the first radio station parked along the way, we saw the number of the station, and a sign indicating that we were supposed to say, "Wow!" Instead, people were yelling, "Turn it around! Turn it around!" "What, what? I can't hear you!" cried the DJ. Apparently unaware of what he was doing, he was holding the sign upside down, making it say "MOM!" How appropriate is that? :)

It wasn't too hard, but toward the end I was huffing and puffing, and my back was weak. After moving through a line of guys who took pictures and gave high-fives, along with other fanfare, and crossing the finish line, I had to walk a ways more to get to a bench in the park. After resting and drinking water and chocolate milk, Annie told me she was taking me to the other end of the park to a Blimpee's sandwich shop so that I would be warmer while I waited for her to run and get her car. She'd realized that it was not parked in a good spot. We walked, and walked, and walked, discovering that the shop was too far away, but that we were not far from another restaurant. After walking still more, we came to a business building that happened to be open, where I sat on a padded bench to wait for her. Someone came in, asking if I was okay or something. I asked the person to unscrew the lid of a water bottle Annie had handed me. After waiting for maybe around ten minutes, I heard someone begin knocking on the door. Of course, I didn't want to answer, not knowing who it was. But the knocking persisted, and after I responded, I learned that the door was locked, so Annie could not get back in. She kept pounding until I found the door to let her in.

It rained to some degree almost the whole time. We were not prepared. So, as we were both wet, and Annie was cold, we didn't stay for any fun activities afterwards, if they had any. We went back to her house to rest and have a bite to eat.

As I sat in my dry clothes in her car, waiting to go home, I heard a Bluegrass CD playing, "Keep on the sunny side of life."

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The IRS mileage tax deduction for 2008

By Roger Chartier

So this year the IRS is allowing us a deduction of 50.5 cents per mile, for January 1 to July 1, but...

This article is about the first half of 2008 until the change kicked in on July 1, 2008.

Go to www.rc123.com/2008_mileage_tax_deduction.html (paste the link into your browser) for more valuable info about the secondary rate increase from July 1, 2008 to the end of the year 2008.

You do have to keep mileage records for the IRS tax prep and differentiate between business, personal, charity and moving miles. You can take a business vehicle tax deduction with receipts for all expenses or mileage deduction.

For 2008 business miles are $0.505 per mile (50.5 cents per mile).

For 2008 charity miles are @ $0.14 per mile.

For 2008 moving and medical miles are @ $0.19 per mile.

The charity, medical and moving mileage deductions are not as much of an advantage and for most of us it wouldn't as big an issue. So let's focus on business here a bit.

The business miles are often the best deduction and even though the price of gas is skyrocketing if you have a business that logs a lot of highway miles like I do at 50.5 cents per mile, it still should be a better method for 2008. I would suggest keeping track by both methods so that at tax time you can do the math and decide which is the better. Use a log book to track the odometer readings each day.

Someone told me how they recreated the mileage for one day when they forgot to log the difference between personal miles and business. They went to a website that offers online maps and driving directions.

There are software programs that are very helpful for tax prep and many people use them. I like to do all of the preliminary record keeping work and trust my accountant for the details.

Some people think it's unnecessary to use an accountant because the electronic filing and tax prep software is so easy to use. I'll have to look into it because it's surely worth the effort to learn about the ease of use of the software and decide if you want to save the cost of the accountant.

So using software and e-filing is another way to save money.

You also have the option of deducting using a percentage method whereby you have to save all receipts for gas, parking, registration, repairs etc. If you had a catastrophic year repair-wise or had to park in a garage everyday that could warrant keeping all records and possibly using the percentage method.

Medical and moving allows a $0.19 per mile deduction and although I do have a serious heart problem with 2 artificial valves and need constant blood tests at my doctor's office, it isn't very far. So for me n/a.

There are those who have to travel for dialysis or chemotherapy on a regular basis and for them it is vital that they save the money using the deduction.

The charity deduction @ $0.14 could be an issue if you did it on a regular basis but again you have to do the math. This can be a make it or break it deduction and if you are self-employed and just starting out in business for yourself, you have to think about this right away so that your records will be accurate. The mileage deduction amounts change every year so be sure to look it up before you start every new year just to know where you will stand deduction-wise.

Good Luck!

Copyright © Roger Chartier 2008

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When 'choice' is part of the equation

By Beth Finke

September 12, 2008

Our son turned 22 years old this month. Gus hasn't lived at home for a while. He moved to a group home in Wisconsin when he was 16.

Gus was born with a genetic defect - extra material on his 21st pair of chromosomes. He can't talk or walk. He still wears diapers. If his food isn't cut into bite-size pieces, we have to feed him.

Much is being made of Sarah Palin's choice to have a baby she knew would be born with Down syndrome. The week I found out I was pregnant with Gus happened to be the 13th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision making abortions legal in the United States. Anti-choice protesters were out in full force at the one clinic in our town that performed abortions. Mike and I were married, and my pregnancy was unplanned. We used contraception, but it failed.

I have Type 1 diabetes. I was 26 years old then and had already suffered one complication of that disease: blindness. We hadn't tested the fetus yet, but already we were considering abortion. It made me furious - and scared - to think I might have to walk through those zealots in order to get a legal abortion to protect my own health. Mike told me it was right to be furious, but that I shouldn't be scared. "I'll be with you," he assured me.

In the end, we chose to go through with the pregnancy. A battery of tests showed that some of those bad things that can happen to diabetic women during pregnancy weren't likely to happen to me. But if we had gone through that pregnancy because I was forced to, not because we chose to, you would be reading quite a different story.

If Palin, the GOP nominee for vice president, had been forced to give birth to her baby son, Trig, the event might have been looked at as a tragedy. Thank goodness she - and all of us - have a choice.

Gus is a handsome young man now. He communicates to us by moving toward whatever it is he needs. When he wants to hear music, for example, he scoots to the piano. Gus laughs and sings with the tunes and claps with delight when we roll his wheelchair with us to baseball games, where he can hear the organ play. He holds my hand when we sit on the porch swing.

To celebrate Gus' birthday this year, Mike; my Seeing Eye dog, Hanni; and I drove to Wisconsin, picked Gus up at his group home and took him to a Brewers game. We had a ball. Gus loves baseball. We love Gus. Happy birthday, pal.

Beth Finke lives in Chicago and is the author of "Long Time, No See," a memoir, and "Hanni and Beth: Safe & Sound," a children's picture book.

Found at:

www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-oped0912gussep12,0,2630883.story

Copyright © 2008, Chicago Tribune

or by phone at 270-782-9325 and get started making tomorrow look brighter today in ACB!

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What is Supplemental Security Income

By Bob Branco

This morning while I was listening to the radio, the spokesperson during a commercial break referred to Supplemental Security Income (S.S.I.) as a program designed for people who are either unable to work or have physical disabilities which prevent them from working. I believe this is true in some cases. A lot of people in this country can’t work for whatever reason, so they need some form of income to live on as long as they qualify under the federal guidelines. However, I know many individuals with disabilities who are able to hold certain jobs and are not limited by their physical or mental challenges. These people are on S.S.I. because of the system. It's not that they are "unable" to work or have physical limitations which prevent them from getting a job. They aren't working because employers are afraid to hire them. I believe that the definition of S.S.I. should be more defined to include this fact.

Bob Branco

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Man and Woman of the Year

Once again, the Consumer Vision will be honoring its man and woman of the year. Readers will have an opportunity to nominate their choice for the man or woman who gives of him/herself to the fullest. If you would like to submit your nomination for either Man or Woman of the Year, please email the Consumer Vision at bobbranco93@gmail.com or send a letter to Bob Branco, 359 Coggeshall Street, New Bedford, MA 02746. For your convenience, I am accepting verbal nominations over the phone in case you are unable to email or write the letter. In this particular case, you would call 508-994-4972 and dictate to me how you’d like your nomination to be worded. Nominations will be reviewed by the Consumer Vision’s advisory committee, and the winners will be published in the January/February, 2009 edition.

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Mothers in Court; or are They Really Mothers?

By Bob Branco

Last week, I was watching one of my favorite television programs, Judge Judy. One of her cases involved two young mothers who were physically fighting in a parking lot at 12:30 at night with other young girls. These mothers have a combined total of eight young children at home, ages 1 to 7, with no fathers. The fathers are either dead beat dads or are in jail.

I am not writing to talk about the case, but to talk about how these particular girls would rather get into fist fights at midnight instead of staying home reading their kids a bed time story. What kind of example are these women setting for their children, and do they care? I think it's sick, and I am so glad that Judge Judy, and others, choose to speak out to a national audience about it.

So there you have it. The children are in bed, hopefully being cared for properly, while their fathers are in jail and their mothers are out in some barroom parking lot after midnight, punching each other and slamming one another to the ground in a fit of rage like angry eight-year-olds on a playground. The case that came before Judge Judy describes one incident, but I am confident that this wasn’t the only time any or all of these young women were involved in this type of disgusting activity. If you and your friends are in your late teens or twenties, and if you were the type of people who resort to fisticuffs, kicking one another, or any other kind of assault, then chances are you’ve done it before and can’t seem to grow out of it, and if, somewhere along the way, you became a mother or father, then it’s time to examine life’s priorities. I’m sure that none of you display such behavior. I was just citing an example.

Whenever I listen to these awful stories about mothers and fathers on Courtroom television programs, and when I hear on the news about abandoned babies in garbage cans, I get very, very mad. This is my message to those people I’m talking about: If you can’t handle a baby, don’t make one!

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More Blindness Issues at the Forefront

By Bob Branco

I received a rather disturbing phone call the other day from a gentleman who is employed at a work shop for the blind in Massachusetts. It's bad enough that this particular workshop is closing its doors, leaving 30 more blind people out of work, but I also found out about how one blind guy has been getting to work every day. According to my source, who for the moment I will assume is very reliable, the man gets out of bed at one o'clock in the morning so he could hitchhike his way to work for seven or eight o'clock. In fact, he's been doing this so often that several individuals who see him in route know exactly where and when to meet him in order to give him a ride.

First of all, nobody should be hitchhiking to work or anywhere else, especially a blind person. I don't know why he's hitchhiking, but I can probably guess that it has something to do with not being able to afford public or private transportation. If you didn't know how to find your way to work every morning, would you get up seven hours earlier and hitchhike in order to keep your job? We all know that the unemployment rate of the blind in this country is 70%, so the remaining 30%, I suppose, consider themselves lucky to be working, so they'll do what they can to preserve their jobs. The consumer organizations have made tremendous strides to help the blind compete in a sighted world, but they can't seem to lower the unemployment rate of that population, for whatever reason.

If you know this blind individual who spends every morning trying to thumb rides to his job, you may want to address this issue to a consumer group or the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. If I knew him, I'd be on the phone asking for his permission to do just that. Unfortunately, and maybe for good reason, my source wouldn't give me this gentleman's name. If this guy is spending several hours trying to get to work every day, what's going to happen when the workshop closes? What he's doing now appears to me to be an act of desperation. How desperate could he be later on?

Regarding the 30 blind people who are going to be without jobs soon, I'd be interested to find out how many of these people will ever be back to work at any job. I am a 51-year-old blind college graduate, qualified to work in several fields, yet if it weren't for my good friends in Acushnet who put me to work for several years at their car dealership, I would have been unemployed for nearly seven years. Sighted people in my position would never be out of work for that long, unless they choose to be. The blind, for the most part, do not choose to be out of work day after day, month after month, year after precious year, yet we have to live it. Who do I complain to?

Do I complain to the consumer groups? When I was a member of a consumer group 25 years ago, the unemployment rate of the blind was at 70%, the same as it is now.

Do I complain to my Commission for the Blind? Although a good portion of society assumes that the Commission for the Blind is the official go-to resource for all of our problems, including tying our shoes, the fact is that the Commission can't hand a blind person a job. They provide guidance through their own resources to help us find that job. We have to find our "own" job like everyone else.

The fact that a blind man is thumbing his way to his job every day is a classic example of what's going on, and why, at times, the needs of the blind aren't met. This man obviously loves his job. It gives him dignity and pride to say he's working, even though he's probably not getting paid what he should be. To me, the only thing that matters to this man, and many other blind consumers, is that there's a job waiting for them every morning. When this workshop closes down, 30 more individuals will be joining the thousands upon thousands of unemployed blind in this country, wondering what they're supposed to do about it.

I, for one, have been looking into work-from-home jobs, but the moment I try to look into that field, I hear that many opportunities are scams. What is the answer?

If you live in Massachusetts, and if you are blind or know someone who is, there is another threat facing you. Library services for the blind may be cut back. My next point may sound sarcastic, but I don't mean it to be. Thirty blind people are going to lose their jobs in less than a month, and when it appears that they could spend more time reading talking books, they may have that taken from them, too. Please don't get me wrong. My point is all about jobs and services for the blind being threatened. I don't promote blind people staying at home all the time reading talking books, unless they can't work or venture out of the house.

Here's another problem. How can a blind person live on S.S.I.? If you want to live in my building, you would be spending your entire S.S.I. check to pay the rent. So how do you eat, use electricity, use a phone or keep you and your house clean under that circumstance? They tell us that S.S.I. is a supplement for other income, and that’s probably true. However, what if a blind person is under 65, never worked, has no interest income because he has limited funds in the bank, and has no social security inheritance from one or more of his parents? What would the S.S.I. be supplementing?

We have a lot to think about.

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Autumn on Marden Street

By Karen Crowder

I lived on Marden Street with my late husband Marshall for 12 years. These are my reflections of Autumn there.

Crisp cool breezes drift through bedroom windows:

Chilling wood and carpets:

Smells of neighbors’ wood stoves drift in:

We lie thinking of warm summer days gone by.

Afternoon sun shines through kitchen windows.

Falling leaves cascade toward the driveway.

A warm October breeze blows through our front door.

We sit talking, as we remember summer afternoons gone by:

Cool air of the evening chills our house,

A pot of soup cooks on the stove:

We sit, talking of Indian Summer memories:

Enjoying our closeness:

Winter will be here all too soon.

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Community Notices

For anyone holding an amateur radio license, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, (QCWA) Golden Triangle Chapter 173, holds a weekly net every Tuesday night at 8 PM eastern time. The echolink node is 360259. It can also be accessed via the Sugarloaf Mountain repeater in Minneola, FL. The frequency is 145.390, (down 600.) It is followed at 8:30 PM by a QCWA sponsored trader's net. You need not be a QCWA member to participate. Thank you, and 73s.

Mike Thomas

KB4NXE

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Catch a Vision

By Allison Vigna

Hello Readers,

We recently held a retreat in the Bristol County House of Correction with 30 inmates in attendance. It was an amazing three days of song and teachings. We would like to thank singing rap artists "Chosen Generation" for their style and energy in creating an atmosphere of praise and worship. Also, the Christian Fellowship Church of New Bedford for their worship team giving the ladies some good old fashioned praise and worship. Lastly, all the speakers who were involved including the author, Barbara Hansen, of "Listen to the Cry of a Child", a book to help the sexually abused and dysfunctional people who are beyond the darkness and giving them hope in Jesus Christ. Finally, to all the inmates who were involved that weekend, I would like to share a Thank You card that was made to us regarding the retreat. I hope this encourages others to help the hopeless and broken people of this world. As I like to put it "ONE PERSON AT A TIME". Thank You to the Consumer Vision Readers for your commitment to the magazine.

May God Richly Bless all.

Allison Vigna

CATCH A VISION

If you would like to volunteer or maybe be a sponsor an inmate with just your influence and time give me an email at Allison@thegoodnewstoday.org

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The Consumer Vision Trivia Contest

Here is the answer to the trivia question submitted in the Consumer Vision, September/October edition. On the television series, Eight is Enough, the children’s names were Mary, Joanie, David, Susan, Nancy, Elizabeth, Tommy and Nicholas. Congratulations to the following winner: Jan Colby of Brockton, Massachusetts.

And now, here is your trivia question for the November/December edition of the Consumer Vision: Name the only state in the United States with just one syllable. If you know the answer, please e-mail us at bobbranco93@gmail.com or give our office a call at 508-994-4972.

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Dan’s Kitchen

Recipe Herb Roasted Holiday Turkey

1 Reynolds® Oven Bag, Turkey Size

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon flour

2 stalks celery, sliced

1 medium onion, sliced

12 to 24 pound turkey, thawed

Vegetable oil

1 tablespoon dried sage

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

All of these spices are good, but not absolutely necessary if you don't have them.

Your can of Pam

Your bottle of olive oil

Utensils:

Roasting bag from your grocery store in the isle with the Reynolds® wrap

Large turkey roasting pan

Your thermometer that can go into the oven

Cookie sheet

Cutting board

Sharp knife, not big

Small container for all your dry spices

Small container for your tablespoon of flour

Medium bowl for your celery and sliced onion

Timer

Directions:

1. Check to make sure you have all of your needed ingredients and utensils.

2. Pour all of your spices into a small container.

3. Shake your bag to make sure it is fully extended.

4. Then take your 1/8 measuring cup and fill it half full with the flour, or thereabouts, and then pour the flour into your roasting bag.

5. Close the end of the bag and then shake your bag so as to spread the flour all around the inside of the bag.

6. PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

7. Now place your bag in large roasting pan at least 2 inches deep.

8. Now, spray the inside of your bag with non-sticking spray, Pam or the like, to reduce sticking, if desired.

9. ADD your vegetables to oven bag, like potatoes, carrots etc.

10. Remove neck and giblets from the inside of the turkey. They should be in a plastic bag. Then throw into the garbage, but make sure to bring the garbage outside so that your garbage will not smell up the house.

11. Rinse turkey under the faucet and then pat dry with paper towels.

12. Peel and chop up your onion into slices along with your celery stalks and put beside the bag.

13. Now dip your fingers into your container with all of your dry spices: sage, thyme, rosemary and seasoned salt and rub all over your turkey.

14. Brush the turkey with olive or vegetable oil, using a brush. You can also use your fingers.

15. Now spread your onions and celery all over your turkey.

16. Your roasting bag should be inside your large roasting pan.

17. Now, PLACE turkey in oven bag on top of vegetables.

18. CLOSE oven bag and tie shut with nylon tie.

19. IMPORTANT, Now cut six 1/2-inch slits in the top of your bag and insert the meat thermometer through a slit in the bag into the thickest part of the inner thigh, then tuck ends of the bag in pan.

BAKE 2 to 2 1/2 hours for a 12 to 16 pound turkey,

bake 2 1/2 to 3 hours for a 16 to 20 pound turkey,

and 3 to 3 1/2 hours for a 20 to 24 pound turkey,

or until meat thermometer reads 180°F.

For easy slicing, let your turkey stand in the oven bag for 15 minutes before opening it.

For stuffed turkey: lightly stuff turkey with your favorite stuffing recipe before brushing with oil. Add 1/2 hour to bake time.

If turkey sticks to oven bag, gently loosen bag from turkey before opening bag.

Estimate 1 pound per person for generous servings with leftovers. Nutrition per 3 oz. serving of cooked turkey.

Recipe for Stuffing

If you plan to finish cooking your stuffing inside your turkey, you will have to prepare your stuffing first. But if you plan to finish cooking your stuffing in a separate dish, you can finish cooking your stuffing in the oven, while you are roasting your turkey. Check out the end of your cooking directions, below. If you like you can make your stuffing a day or hours before you start preparing your turkey.

Ingredients:

This recipe is for a 5 pound piece of meat: chicken, pork, fish, etc. For each additional pound of meat, you can add 1 cup of breadcrumbs, a quarter of an onion and pepper, and 1 garlic clove, etc.

8 cups of 2-day-old stale sliced or regular Portuguese bread - a loaf of Italian bread is also very good - from Sunrise or any store that sells Portuguese or Italian bread.

You will need about one and one-half breads.

If you do not eat all of your stuffing with the first meal, you can put in the fridge and use it with leftovers or in turkey sandwiches.

1/2 pound of chorizo

1 medium to large onion chopped

1/2 of a green or red pepper chopped into small pieces, like the size of your fingernail.

4 garlic cloves chopped

1 bunch of fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons of dried parsley

A teaspoon or pinch of tine or sage optional

1 teaspoon or a pinch of bell seasoning, optional

About 2/3 of a cup of the water you cooked your chorizo in the sauce pan

6 good shakes of both the salt and pepper

A teaspoon or so of your ground wet pepper

A cup and a half of chicken broth, can be substituted for the chorizo water

1/3 cup of olive oil

One half stick of butter

Utensils:

Your frying pan

A medium sized saucepan

Kind of a large square Pyrex container, with its cover

If your Pyrex container does not have a cover, you can cover your container with foil

Your cookie sheet

Cutting board

Your sharp knife

Your garlic peeler

Your one-cup measuring cup

A large mixing bowl

Bowl for your breadcrumbs

A bowl for your chopped onions, pepper and garlic, etc.

A bowl for your chopped chorizo

A butter plate for your stick of butter

Your timer

Directions:

1. Check to see if you have all of your needed ingredients and utensils.

2. Make sure the meat is prepared for the oven.

3. Cut your chorizo in half, peel it, and then cook your chorizo in your saucepan with a couple of cups of water on medium heat for 1/2 hour.

4. Tear your bread in to small pieces, measuring 8 cups, and put into a bowl. As you fill each cup, press down the chunks of bread so that you will not have too many spaces between the chunks of bread.

5. Chop up your pepper, garlic, onion and put in a bowl.

6. Sautee your onion, pepper and garlic with enough olive oil to cover the bottom of your frying pan, plus a little more.

7. Sautee the ingredients for 2 minutes, stirring from time to time. Then pour into your large mixing bowl.

8. Now put the rest of all of your ingredients into this large mixing bowl.

9. This should include: your parsley, teaspoon of bell seasoning, your 6 shakes of salt and pepper and also your half of eighth cup of ground wet pepper.

10. By this time, your chorizo should be cooked and your timer have rung.

11. Take out the chorizo from the pan with water, but keep the water. Then chop up the chorizo in to very small pieces and add it to the large mixing bowl.

12. You now have the option of using the water in which you cooked your chorizo or using chicken broth. Which ever, pour it into your mixing bowl with all of the other ingredients. I use the chorizo water, which is tasty and does not involve opening another can.

13. If you are going to finish cooking your stuffing separately, now set your oven at 350 degrees. If you are already roasting your turkey, you, of course, will not have to put on your oven.

14. You now pour in your chorizo water in to your mixing bowl with all of the ingredients. You can pour in about 2/3 of a cup, or as much, as makes your stuffing nice and moist.

15. Now mix all of the ingredients, in your large mixing bowl very thoroughly with your hands.

16. This mixing involves picking up the mixture in your hands and squeezing it, pretty tightly and then turning it over. Then going down further into your bowl and picking up more stuffing.

17. Now place all of the ingredients in to a frying pan and cook it on low for a half hour, stirring from time to time.

18. When the timer rings, you now have the choice of stuffing your bird, or putting the mix in a Pyrex dish, with a cover.

19. If you are already roasting your turkey your oven will already be at 350 degrees. If you are finishing to cook your stuffing separately, then set your timer for 30 minutes.

20. While your stuffing is cooking chop your half stick of butter into smallish chunks.

21. When your timer rings, open your oven and slide out the rack. Take the cover off your container, then spread your chunks of butter over your stuffing.

22. Slide back in your rack, but with no cover on your container.

23. Now set your timer for an additional 15 minutes.

24. When your timer rings, your stuffing will be done and you can take it out.

25. Remember, you can finish cooking your stuffing in the oven, while you are cooking your turkey, just put in the stuffing on the rack below the rack you are roasting your turkey on.

The end, a little complicated, but worth it!! ENJOY.

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