Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving recipes - Part 3

(your days are numbered, my goofy looking friend)

Dear Southern Living Magazine,

Golly gee, I hate to be a pest! But I know you care deeply about the culinary success of Southern women like myself. So I need your expert advice on my dessert selections for Thanksgiving dinner.

My house guests have told me repeatedly not to go to any trouble this year. In fact, each time they say it their voices get louder and more emphatic. I keep telling them, it is no trouble at all to assemble a George Washington Turkey with a Mayflower made entirely of green beans! No trouble at all.

I want to be sure that I prepare the perfect desserts for my friends. Your annual Put Your Neighbors To Shame Holiday Whoop De Doo Look What We Can Do With Pumpkins Edition has been a tremendous help.

I just have a few questions.

First, your apple pie recipe has me completely baffled. Do you mean to tell me it is actually possible to make a pie crust FROM SCRATCH?? Unbelievable. I might as well try to create gravity. Though, again, the lady in your picture looks like she is really enjoying the process. Maybe she's been sampling the egg nog.

Second, I need some help with your Ultimate Pumpkin Pie recipe. What should I do if I can't find a pesticide-free 10-pound no-growth-hormone organic pumpkin at my local Kroger? Would my friends really know the difference if I use a can of Libby's? You won't tell them, will you?

I really love the pictures of your sugar cookies. The Andrew Wyeth landscapes are stunning. I'm not even gonna attempt those.

Thanks a bunch! This will be a Thanksgiving to remember.



Rae said...

I learned something new today too. I didn't know that pie crust fact. I only thought they came in frozen foil tins. Imagine making one from scratch. Didn't know such a thing was possible. You will have to find out how that works and share it.

Lesley said...

I know!! That Southern Living Magazine is so eye-opening!! Either that or they are pulling our legs. Homemade pie crusts. Hah! Next they'll be telling us we can make our own bread!

Ramblin Mama said...

I've heard tell my F-I-L used to make home-made yeast rolls for the holiday meal!! I never thought anybody would REQUEST yeast?
Love this Letter to S.L. format. Great idea!

Amanda said...

Shhh. Don't tell anybody but this year I'm totally going to use the Pillsbury refrigerated pie dough for my pumpkin pie. I will however be using the free range organic pumpkin I grew in my window box.

I'm just too busy with cooking all of the Thanksgiving junk and chasing the the kids. Plus I'll be REALLY drunk...

Fran Hill said...

Your giant turkey stories remind me of a time when I was dishing out chicken legs to the five in our family plus five guests. As the tongs went into the casserole dish again and again, my 3 year old son's eyes were as wide as saucers. 'Mum!' he said. 'How many legs did this chicken HAVE?'

Lesley said...

Ramblin Mama: mmm ... my mom used to make homemade rolls, and pie crust from scratch, and all that miraculous stuff. No George Washington turkey though. I've got her there.

Amanda, no! A store-bought pie crust?? I hope your guests are drunk enough to not notice.

Fran: LOL! Don't you just love kids' perspectives on life?

Lauren said...

hahaha! you crack me up.

AND..make me hungry.


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