Thanksgiving

Goodbye Orange and Gold…

P1080071I know its Black Friday and nobody is going to read this.  Christmas is kicking fall to the curb today.  Pumpkins and mums are going in the trash.  I still have dishes from Thanksgiving, but am about to have my first holiday shopping anxiety attack…

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Before I start obsessively compiling my Christmas list, I have to take a small pause.  Fall was spectacular this year.

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Here is a quick reflection on my favorite season.

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My daughter is a December baby, but we threw her an early 21st birthday party at Thanksgiving.  I used fall colors on her personalized M&M’s.

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Happy (early) Birthday Emily!

Happy (early) Birthday Emily!

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I am tempted to hit the gas and go get the wreath for my door today… But I can’t do it yet.  I want to hang out with my daughters before they go back to college. Catch up on some new movies.  Take long walks to work off yesterday.  That’s about it!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Thanks and Giving

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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We are thankful for many things.

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Thankful that my sister-in-law got here, even though the NYC car service was not as enthusiastic as she was about her new “beat the traffic” app.

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Thankful that Rhino ate most of the shrimp hors d’oeuvre because I am sure the rest of us wouldn’t have liked it anyway.

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Thankful that our second oven, the one with the turkey in it, continued to work even though it started a shrill beeping as soon as we put the bird in.  We didn’t open it for four hours.

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Thankful my husband loves to load the dishwasher.

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Thankful my daughters have wonderful stories to entertain the whole family because their mother’s timing on the dinner was a little (lot) off.

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Thankful for my stepsister’s gorgeous dinner the night before Thanksgiving.

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Thankful that I got ONE veggie onto the menu!

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Thankful for my little chocolate turkeys.

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and for my real one!

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Thankful that we are now watching cheesy Netflix movies as a family in our drawstring pajama pants.

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Thankful that we are not getting up at 3am for Black Friday.  Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Rhino (before her turkey coma)

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Ina and I make a Pumpkin Pie

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Ina and I are baking a pumpkin pie this week.  Doing a little trial run before Thanksgiving.

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As far as cooking goes, I wouldn’t put myself in the “love to cook” category.  My friends are probably laughing because they would put me in the “cook as little as possible” category.  That said, I have hosted Thanksgiving for the past 20 years, with the exception of one year when we took the girls to London and our plane took off 12 hours late.  That was the end of that!

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I do delegate parts of the Thanksgiving meal.  Mainly wine/champagne, cheese/crackers – things you don’t have to cook and can easily transport.  But I always order the desserts from a bakery and this year I am determined to make them from scratch.

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So, here we go.  It would be ideal if Ina could stop by and give me a few pointers.  Or even better, if I could pop out to East Hampton and sip a chilled glass of Chardonnay and watch her do her magic.  But I will settle for propping up her cookbook so she can oversee the process.

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All of these recipes are from the Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook.  Not only am I making her Ultimate Pumpkin Pie from scratch, I am also making her Perfect Pie Crust and Rum Whipped Cream from scratch.  I am already overwhelmed just typing this.

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Pie crust first.  I was tempted to go out and buy all new kitchen gadgets so everything would look prettier when I photographed it.  Ran out of time, so everything you see is mine.  I did eliminate the shot of my 22 year-old Cuisinart when I made the pie dough because it looks awful!

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Pie crust goes into the oven for 15 minutes, so onto the pumpkin pie filling.

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Pie crust disaster.  I put too many beans in the dish and couldn’t get them out, so I tipped it over.  Genius.  Still using it though!

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Pie ready to go in the oven.  Sad little pie crust.

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Cooling on the stove.  Why did I think my knife mark in the center would disappear?

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Time to move onto the whipped cream (and rum) while the pie cools.

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Now that I know how much work and DISHES go into making a pie, I think bakeries should charge more!

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You should see my kitchen…..  Every surface is covered with dirty dishes.  I have new respect for every food blog, food show, chef – anything related to food.  Ina, I need a lesson on how to clean as I go.

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I am not sure yet if it will be homemade pumpkin pie or bakery for Thanksgiving this year.  All I know is, right now I am pulling up a fork and a glass of wine and digging in!

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