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Monday, November 10, 2008

Getting ready for the holiday: Recipe

Thanksgiving is the same for most people year after year and yet it is one of the most beloved times of the year. We do remember to actually give thanks for the good things in our lives and so often we are able to do it side by side with those we love most. The main characters of this day, of course, are the family members and friends who surround us but the supporting role goes to the food on the table. It is the ultimate in comfort's what makes us feel good and nostalgic for easier times.

Thanksgiving dinner is almost always at my mother's house. She makes the same menu annually and yet it always feels right. I know most people use the same recipes continuously but every once in a while you do crave something new. For those who do, I offer the following:

* corn bread recipe (see
* pumpkin pie that my husband loves so much (see:
* pumpkin bread that is the rave in our house (see:

or how about a Pecan Pie?

Southern Pecan Pie
1 9" Frozen Pie Crust
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 Tbsp. Bourbon
1 1/2 cup pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350. Sprinkle the chips over the bottom of the frozen crust and then return it to the freezer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine all ingredients expect pecans and whisk well. Pour into the crust and arrange pecans in concentric circles. Place pie onto a cookie sheet and bake for 55 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.

Can be served with whipped cream. See my recipe:

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