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Thanksgiving 2011

November 23, 2011

High Lord Ben Holliday, King of Landover, began the new day rather earlier than expected.  "Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!" by Terry Brooks ♦♦♦♦◊

It's here! It's here!

Okay, so! I got to sleep in a bit, then check my RSS feeds and emails and forum postings and Google+ stream, and Mr. W. made breakfast for the three of us (Mom's here!).

thanksgiving prepAfter a quick hop in the shower, I'm starting the feast-ivities by making pumpkin pies, though I've got a lot of the other stuff I need out already.

I'm taking a couple of minutes here and there to keep you up on the exciting goings on here at Casa del Babble during the preparations.

First off, I've decided to soak my pie spices in the half & half. Last time I made pumpkin pies, I must've just thrown it together super fast, because the spices were a little gritty. I have no idea if it will make a difference, but I figure, dried spices+rehydration=no gritty.

apronRandom thought #2: Be sure to get a brand-spanking-new-clean dish rag before starting all this stuff. And put on an apron.

This one is from my friend Gloria in North Dakota. It's my favorite right now, mostly because it's from Gloria and partly because I have quite a few shirts that match those different pinks and pinky reds in the drinks.

Random thought: It's very helpful to be ambidextrous while whisking the hell out of eggs.

sieveOh. And after the soaking, I put the spices (with half the milk & half the pumpkin through a sieve. Because all the cool kids are doing it, you know. (Now that I went and got that link, I found that the cool kid in question did a lot more than use a sieve, but I'll take baby steps.)

leftover spicesThis is what was left after the whole sieving thing (I did only put half the pumpkin puree in - the rest just got mixed into the bowl sans sieving).

I'm wondering if I should have used more spice. It looks like a lot of 'em are not going into the pie, doesn't it? Hmmm.

Oh. Well. The pies are in the oven now. In about an hour, I'll start wrestling with the turkey.

jar of spiceAbout that pie spice? You'll notice that I didn't bother putting "Pumpkin" on the label. In my house, pretty much any pie will be pumpkin.

Mix together
1 tsp. ground allspice
2 tsp. ground cloves
8 tsp (2Tb +2tsp) ground cinnamon
Store in an airtight container. Use a heaping tablespoon in a 2-pie recipe.


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