There are a number of recipes around that are much like this one, but this one has a difference. It is a "scratch" recipe. It does not make use of convenience foods; so it is not "semi-homemade", it is totallly homemade. Is there a difference? I don't know as I never made this dish the other way. But this way is totally good! In fact my MIL's recipe for Thanksgiving stuffing is much like this one, the exception being that she uses hard-cooked eggs. Recipe from Byrn's book, "What Can I Bring?" If desired, you could take the option of using cornbread mix (or commercially prepared) and rotisserie chicken -- Byrn does allow for that, and I won't tell!