Updated: Jan 3
Disclaimer: This is not gluten free, but can easily be made gluten free. If you are new to cooking allergy friendly/gluten free or need to cook for a guest(s) with dietary restrictions, check out these helpful links.
Happy Thanksgiving. This year was chaotic and very different, but, we pulled it off. My daughter hosted in her new house (she closed and moved in during the height of the pandemic back in the spring).
My daughter was always talented in arts and crafts, since she was in preschool. She made all these decorations and styled them herself. She's also a professional photographer. She has a great eye.
The house was filled with family and furbabies. How adorable is my grandpuppy? We had a wonderful meal (recipes coming soon) and then came... dessert! Take a peek at some of my recent videos.
My mom has had this cookbook since either the late 1960's or early 1970's. As long as I can remember, we've used this book, especially at the holidays.
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Making the pies is a fun and easy process. Especially if you enjoy a glass of wine during the creating. See below for funny stories!
The night before Thanksgiving at my daughter-in-law's house. Pumpkin chiffon pie has been my son's favorite since he was a little boy. We couldn't have Thanksgiving without it.
To make this gluten free, just make or buy gluten free pie crusts. It does not have to be graham cracker crust.
The famous recipe! My mom made these pies every year and we helped from when we were little kids.
When I married the first time, in 1985, I took over. Every year, I made them the night before Thanksgiving and when my kids were born, they started helping as soon as they were old enough.
Funny Story: Every year I would organize and prepare myself for the making of the pies. My daughter and niece (the one who just got married) would help me. Without fail, something would go wrong!
One year, my niece opened up a brand new bag of sugar and there were WORMS in it. Must have come from the factory that way. Something went wrong in that process. GROSS.
Another year, I said to the girls, "Do you know how long I have that mixer?" My niece was using it as I said it. No sooner did I say it, the damn thing died. Kaput, just like that. What the hell?
Another year, I had everything I needed from two nights before and it was all stored in the fridge or on the countertop awaiting the grand event. I went to work early Wednesday and didn't come home until 8 p.m. Now, we never ate breakfast at home. The kids wanted to eat in school, I ate at work. When I got home, my fridge was dead. It probably died sometime after dinner Tuesday night. All my milk was sour! Nooooo.
Many more crazy occurrences took place through the years.
When these things would happen, I'd send the girls next door to my elderly neighbor, who was a sweetheart, and they'd ask to borrow sugar, a mixer, milk, etc. It wasn't Thanksgiving Eve if the girls weren't knocking on N's door and asking for something.
Well, one year, miracle of miracles, everything was going smoothly. Then... we heard a knock at the door. It was N. She came to see if all was ok (facetiously) since no one had asked her for anything. Too funny.
We invited her in and she had coffee with me while we made the pies. Every year I'd offer her pies and every year she'd refuse saying they had so much already. She never did taste the pies she helped us make every year.
I think that was the same year I said to my niece, "Make sure you keep the mixer down into the bowl, don't lift it. " She looked at me and said, "You mean like this?" She lifted the mixer to demonstrate, and pumpkin splattered all over my kitchen, on my mirrored wall, and everywhere else, including on all of us. What a mess. But I still laugh about it today.
My daughter took over making the pies a few years ago, but she became too busy with college, work and equestrian. So, my youngest niece (not the one who just married) made them a few years and last year, she got together with my daughter-in-law and they did it together. This year, my niece wasn't available, so my daughter-in-law made them and I filmed at her house and helped with the cleanup.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Tell us about some of your family food traditions in the comments. (Check out another Thanksgiving tradition since 1973 - applesauce cake)
Stay tuned, more recipes coming for many of the side dishes.