We began the month of November in a darkened, cold house, thanks to Big Storm Sandy. But the month got better, day by day. Our power and heat returned after only 5 days and we felt so lucky that the only trees down on our property were nowhere near our house.
I have 3 cousins with whom we have celebrated Thanksgiving for many years. This year Linda hosted, and my assignment was dessert (read pies.) I love making pies, and despite the fact that I was going to make an apple pie and a pumpkin pie, both of which I have made many many times, as usual, I started the process with a little research into recipes old and new. (You can take the librarian out of the library......) I have lot of baking books, so I consult them all as well as the bakers in cyberspace.
And, as usual, I end up combining and tweaking recipes I've used before: Nick Magieri's pastry, Richard Sax's pumpkin pie (the filling) and Susan Purdy's apple pie filling.
We brought home about a fifth of the pumpkin pie which was all that was left. I guess they were a success!
My pies get transported in this beautiful basket that my Aunt Evelyn painted for my mother.
My aunt also made one of these for each of her siblings. This one hung in my mother's house.
We had a special reason to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. Emily was able to be with us, turning our duet back into a trio.
No sewing, you say? That's coming in the next post!