"I hope whenever you’re able to make it in life, it brings you as much warmth as it has brought me," she wrote.
Did you know that our Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is an avid cook?! The 56-year-old who is set to make history as the first female, black, and Asian American vice-president, has often spoken about her love for whipping up good food, and on the occasion of Thanksgiving, the VP-to-be is sharing a little bit of that love with the world. Days after a 2019 video of her explaining her go-to Thanksgiving turkey recipe went viral on social media, Harris took to Twitter to surprise her fans with her go-to cornbread dressing recipe.
How much does @KamalaHarris like to cook? She answered my husband's ? about brining a turkey about 1 min before going on @PoliticsNation from Columbia, SC (after I was on). I recorded her response 'cause I don't cook and she was speaking a foreign language. 😂 #kamalacooks pic.twitter.com/IZiQ6iOnTQ— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) November 26, 2019
"During difficult times I have always turned to cooking. This year, I wanted to share one of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you. I hope whenever you’re able to make it in life, it brings you as much warmth as it has brought me—even when separated from those I love," she wrote. The delicious-sounding recipe which netizens welcomed with wide-open arms is fairly simple and requires only about a dozen ingredients. First, bake some cornbread from a mix, crumble up some sausage and brown it in a little oil. Set it aside when cooked and sauté the vegetables and apples in the remaining oil in the same pan.
Next, mix the sautéd veggies and apples with the sausage, cornbread crumbs, melted butter, herbs, and chicken broth. Put the mixture in a baking dish, bake at 375F for about 40 minutes, and voilà! Your delicious cornbread dressing is ready! Harris opened up about her relationship with food in a Glamour interview earlier this year where she revealed that food and cooking have been key to her identity since childhood. "As a child, I remember hearing the pots and smelling the food, and kind of like someone in a trance, I would walk into the kitchen to see all this incredible stuff happening," she recounted. "My mother used to tell me, 'Kamala, you clearly like to eat good food. You better learn how to cook.'"
During difficult times I have always turned to cooking. This year, I wanted to share one of my family’s favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you. I hope whenever you’re able to make it in life, it brings you as much warmth as it has brought me—even when separated from those I love. pic.twitter.com/68LUeat4fE— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 25, 2020
Taking the advice to heart, Harris mastered the art of cooking from her mother and from the woman whom Harris calls her second mother, who lived down the street. Even when she ventured into the hectic and heated world of politics, she often found herself taking solace in the meditative process of preparing a meal and thoroughly enjoying the satisfaction of feeding people. "It's a gift that you can give people," Harris said of cooking. "That's how I was introduced to it."
Directions: Bake your cornbread according to the instructions on the package. This can be done the day before. Once it’s cooled, crumble it. pic.twitter.com/4ILJMsi1q8— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 25, 2020
The politician admitted that she feels as at home in the kitchen as she does in a courtroom. In fact, she is such a genuine foodie that while campaigning for the election, she emphasized to her staff that she wanted to eat in local restaurants. It gave her a window into people's lives and the opportunity to hear their stories. "I would meet the most wonderful people," Harris explained. "Like in Reno, Nevada, there was Sabrina’s [West Street] Kitchen. She had, like, 20 tables and the most incredible, small kitchen, which she showed me. It was like magic, how she’d produce the most delicious food in there. She has this thing she calls cilantro rice, and I begged her, I was like, 'Oh, come on, give me the recipe.' She was like, 'Nope.'"
Sauté the vegetables and apples in the remaining oil in the same pan. pic.twitter.com/fNoQH59Bil— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 25, 2020
Harris' cornbread dressing recipe was a huge hit on social media where many netizens promised to try it this Thanksgiving. "Oh girl (madame VP), you had me before, but now you brought out the cornbread stuffing! Didn’t think it could get better," tweeted @DittiePE. "This beats the recipe for hate and division Trump's been cooking up for the past 4 years," wrote @dandelionOU812.
Put the mixture in a baking dish and bake at 375F for about 40 minutes. Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/N7qDPjrjZA— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 25, 2020