Our Thanksgiving was sweet and very special and we are so grateful for the blessings in our life. A few chairs were unoccupied this year and we miss our loved ones who would fill those chairs and also fill the room with laughter and chit chat. This year’s sides were all new recipes that I found in the November 2014 Country Living Magazine. Even though I love the simplicity of recipes tried and true, venturing out and trying new recipes is fun and challenging at the same time. I have to be honest, I am intimidated and lacking in confidence when it comes to making pies. Costco is an easy pie fix – they make the best pumpkin pie. For this Thanksgiving I chose to make an attempt at some homemade pumpkin pies and a chocolate cream pie with homemade pie crust. My Nanny Hazel made the very best chocolate pie from scratch. There was always the promise of one of her decadent chocolate pies – or even two – on the holiday dessert table. I grew up loving and anticipating her wonderful dessert and after my boys experienced their first taste, they were enamored as well. I wish I had HER recipe, but I don’t. I went through my mother’s recipe book thinking she may have it written down somewhere. No luck there, however I did find my Grandma Katy’s homemade pie crust recipe. On it she had written “fool proof”. Well, okie dokie! If she says so and she was a great cook as well. Hers called for half butter and half shortening and a teaspoon of vinegar. I also found a recipe for a chocolate cream meringue pie in a Hershey’s chocolate cookbook. I see why “instant pudding” is a go to for those who like a quick pudding. Pudding from scratch takes so long, but it is so worth the time and effort. Just stir, stir, stir! I think my favorite side that I made was the cornmeal Jalapeno Green Chili Cornbread which was an alternative for a stuffing. My son informed me that he always looks forward to the stuffing….so I guess I will have to make him a special batch now.
My favorite moment was when I asked my family to stand over by the cow so I could snap a picture. My son’s girlfriend, Miss M, was standing over there and she had a good laugh implying that they should go stand by her. (She is by no means a cow!) See the cow on the wall? I am thankful I captured the moment with my camera. They bring me such joy and crack me up!
Mr. Duhgall kept me company in the kitchen for most of the day. He was hoping for a crumb of something to fall to the ground...
Other sides I made from Country Living Magazine were:
And the pies were delicious! Not quite the same chocolate that I remember Nanny’s being like, but it still conjured up precious memories.