November 24, 2010

Me Oh My I Love Pie

On Tuesday I asked my mother in law if she had done all the shopping for Thanksgiving and if not, what could I be responsible for? She asked me to pick up a pumpkin pie. Now, I know she means pick up a pie at the store and that she's not being passive aggressive and infer that she wants me to make her one totally from scratch. But what do I hear? "Katherine, Thanksgiving will fail this year if you don't make a pumpkin pie from total scratch. You MUST SAVE THIS HOLIDAY WITH YOUR PIE." I bought some pie pumpkins for Halloween decoration and thought this pie recipe I found would be a great way to use one. And I was right. However, it's 1:20am and I'm up waiting for my pie to finish cooking. Oh the things I do for familial acceptance.

On one hand the pie will be done and I don't have to worry about it. On the other hand, I'm effing tired. I'm trying to see the silver lining of being up right now. For example, this post will count for a new, fresh day. Also, there was so much extra pie filling that I made pumpkin muffins and a little crustless pie. But. BUT! I'm afraid this pie is going to be not so good because I forgot to put three tablespoons of shortening in the crust or three tablespoons of butter to replace it. It was east to work with and it's pie crust- the filling is what counts, yes? I'm gonna say yes. Does shortening keep? I'd hardly ever use it.

Are there any dishes you're looking forward to on Thursday? I like the pumpkin pie (obvi), green bean casserole, mashed turnips and mashed potatoes. There's very little I won't try or eat but cranberry sauce is something I most certainly will pass up. Just never got into it. Unless my sister made it from scratch using an old school kitchen grinder. Then there was something awesome and special about it. So in the spirit of self discovery I found out that a dish I avoid holds a significant memory for me. How cool.

I will of course blog on Thanksgiving. But I want you to know, that I wish you the most warm, comforting and thankful Thanksgiving yet. Enjoy.


Teresa said...

Yay homemade pie!

I disagree with the statement about the filling being the important part. Without crust, a pie is just pudding. HOWEVER: I doubt your tiny omission will make a difference either way, and the use of fresh pumpkin will make up for the error in every way. It'll be awesome! Homemade pie trumps store-bought any day! Yum!!!!!

Shortening does keep, for a long time, actually. Since I make pies regularly, I think mine never goes past 4 months, but I'm pretty sure it keeps up to a year.

I will be making lots of pie tonight! YAY!

I am looking forward to.... stuffing. And sweet potatoes. Yum. And of course pie.

belleshpgrl said...

Yeah. I know crust is a big deal. I love it. It was that I was rolling out the doug when I glanced at the recipe and freakes out. That might explain some things about the last pie rust tasting kind of bland. I'll find out next time.

Looks like I need to invest in some shortening. What pies are you making?

Abbie said...

I'll be honest, I've never really cared for pie crust, give me filling and vanilla ice cream and I'm happy.

To me thanksgiving equals stuffing/gravy/mashed potatoes... everything else isn't essential.

Tina Winston said...

I love pie, too. Really looking forward to some pumpkin pie. You'll have to let me know how everyone likes yours. I'm also looking forward to turkey and mashed potatoes. Say hi to the DiMaio's! Happy Thanksgiving!

Teresa said...

I made pumpkin, apple, and pecan pie!
The secret ingredient to a good tasting crust is salt. Seriously.