From Thanksgiving

Best Pie Crust & Pecan Pie Recipe

This my tried-and-true, go-to pie crust recipe. This recipe has never failed me. It always stays together and tastes great. You can either make this the night before and put it in the freezer overnight (which works great) or you can make it and let it rest in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour (which also works great). This Perfect Pie Crust Recipe is from Add A Pinch and though this year, my crust wasn’t as pretty, it stayed together which to me, is way more important. Now, on to the greatest pecan pie recipe of all time.…

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

This year we were asked to join two other couples and their children for Thanksgiving. So, I made desserts. One of them was this pumpkin pecan pie with homemade pie crust. It was the first time I have made a pie crust and I was really nervous that it wouldn’t stay together but it did and I was very proud of myself. I modified this recipe for the pie filling and modified this recipe for the pie crust. Ingredients for Pie Crust 1½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup vegetable shortening (I used a Crisco All Vegetable Shortening Baking Stick) ¼…

Thanksgiving

Cooking for Thanksgiving went really well thanks to my helper (Matt). It would have been very tough to cook everything alone. I really needed about three ovens. The timeline I made really helped me stay on track because the night before I planned out every movement based on prep and cook time so I was always working on a dish or washing and cleaning up so after we finished eating there was very little kitchen cleanup to do. I bought a cheap apron from Target and I am glad I did because it was useful especially when making the biscuits…

Thanksgiving Step 3

I completed step 3 last by going through my recipe list and determining total prep time and cooking time for each dish in order to figure out what I needed to start with and end with. My conclusion: I need three ovens. I decided that some things could be kept warm and hot biscuits were not a necessity. This will be the ultimate test and determine whether next year I cook or we just visit our local Ruby Tuesday. III. How Early Do I Want To Wake Up? Now you need to make a timeline. How long do these dishes take…

Thanksgiving Steps 4-7

I made some changes to my Thanksgiving menu. I chose to use my other mother’s (Pam) macaroni and cheese recipe which included eggs and milk and I decided instead of using one kind of cheese I would use three (parmesan, fontina, medium cheddar). I actually did some of these steps out of order. I did step 4 about a month ago after step 1 and 2. I did steps 5-7 before step 3 . For step 5 I printed out my detailed recipe list I typed up and made a shopping list. So Monday I went grocery shopping for Thanksgiving, step…

Thanksgiving Steps 1 & 2

Thanksgiving Planning Steps 1 and 2 I. What Do I Want To Cook? So, after skimming through all my cookbooks, online recipe galleries, and Thanksgiving themed issues of magazines I made a list of my Thanksgiving meal. I even drew a plate with separate sections, drawing in the foods, in order to determine if I covered all the food groups. The carbohydrate food group is definitely covered. A. Skim through magazines and cookbooks marking the pages with potential Thanksgiving recipes. II. How Much Effort Do I Want To Exert? Something you might have noticed is that some recipes are really complicated. Some…