Friday, November 24, 2006

MAKING PIES.................

























Pumpkin pie is Sir Laughsalot's FAVORITE kind of pie. I think he would eat a whole one if I let him. This year he wanted to make one from scratch. And not from the can, scratch.......fom a pumpkin. He begged and begged at Halloween to make one from our Jack-o-lanterns innards, but I explained that you had to use a special kind of pie pumpkin and we would make one for Thanksgiving. And, of course, I saw plenty of pie pumpkins for sale during October, but when we tried to find one for Thanksgiving, none could be found. We tried farmer's markets, fruit stands, grocery stores, etc. to no avail. I held out until Thanksgiving Eve and went to one last grocery store, but no luck!!! So Sir Laughsalot, much to his disappointment, had to make one from canned pumpkin. We actually made two, one to share and one to have all to himself! :) He was a very good pie maker and was very excited about the outcome, as you can see. I also learned that next year, we need to buy the pie pumpkin early. Any tips on preserving it until Thanksgiving time? Or any advice on where to get a pie pumpkin closer to Thanksgiving?

8 comments:

Emily said...

That pie looks almost as sweet as that boy! : )

Alright, Bluemountainmama. . . I've come begging for your family black cherry jello salad recipe! If it's a secret family recipe, I understand!

Emily

bluemountainmama said...

it's no secret recipe- i'd be glad to share it. i'll have to look and see if your site has an e-mail link and i can send it to you!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm,while I cook a lot, I haven't got a clue about pumpkin pie! (except the eating part.) Hope your holiday has been wonderfun fun.

Tom

Joel and Jaime said...

Yep, you can get pumpkins before Thanksgiving and keep them--here's how. Simply cut them in half, scoop out seeds, put them upside down in a 13"x9" pan, with a little bit of water in the bottom. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until soft, usually about an hour or so. Scoop out the soft pumpkin, and puree in the blender until it's nice and smooth. Then put it in frezzer bags or containers and freeze until ready to use. We do it like this all the time, it works great!

Andrea said...

hey there!
I once saw on a cooking show that it doesn't matter if you use canned or fresh cooked pumpkin--they taste the same. So..it's ok! :)
hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

colleen said...

Is it gone yet?

bluemountainmama said...

thanks for your advice everyone! and no, the pies not all eaten yet- i've had to enforce moderation for sirlaughsalot! :)

susan said...

We Southern girls make pies out of sweet potatoes, looks like punkin, tastes better!

When my grandchildren requested pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, they said it was great. (I didn't tell them it wasn't pumpkin).

And you can find fresh sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving, no problem.