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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Humble Pie



Stick me with apples and my Mom's New Settlement Cookbook, (the one so well-used that the spine has peeled away and the cover has fallen off, the one with the water stains, the one that also teaches you how to set the table), and I manage  the only thing I can bake, apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner with my aunts and uncles and cousins.

Thank you that everyone who was there last year is still here.

Thank you for good company while I bake:








The crust is never even, I never flute the edges as artfully as I think I should. Food bloggers would cringe-it's never exactly magazine worthy. Like actual life. But it'll do fine.

(The best baker I know-right here)

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


5 comments:

rosanna said...

Amy it looks wonderful to me. I bet it smells heavenly.
Best wishes, Rosanna

Daydreamer said...

Amy, your pie is beautifully Artful and probably delicious too!
My pies are never as "Perfect" as I wish they were either.... but I am not trying to be a great cook... just have to make Thanksgiving Happen! I have been so spoiled over the years, having my Mother nearby .... She always did the turkey and almost everything else! All I contributed were the pies.... and the mouths to fill! Now that she is out West.... I have to do the WHOLE dinner myself..... or the meal won't happen! It puts a whole different spin on "Thankful"!!!
And yes, I AM thankful....
Thankful for all the years she gave me dinner...
Thankful that she is still "here" even though that is too far away to share dinner....
Thankful that I can make the dinner and have children to share it with....
And thankful that I have found friends in the Blog community to enlarge my circle.....
Thank you for sharing your beautiful Pie!

Amy said...

Thank you Rosanna! I was nervous about it this year, I might have gone a little crazy with the lemon juice! But it worked out...whew...

Betsey-thank you! It's funny, I'm more nervous about cooking for people than about any art show I'm a part of. We always want to be good at the things that we have the least amount of natural talent for, don't we?

My Mom is still the designated turkey cooker, no one would trust me with poultry yet, or ever. I get the feeling that you make wonderful Thanksgivings-it's the care you put into the things you do, and how much you care about the people in your life. Thank you for being a part of my world, and inviting me into your world-like it says on San's blog-blogger friends are real friends.

Sans! said...

I have never liked good looking food. Pretty food is for magazine not eating. I know a food critic (Rosanna knows her too) who uses plastic food for her cookbook! Whenever I say "this looks really yummy" I am usually staring at a dish of earthy, homemade plate of food that's cooked with love. That's why I think yours is perfect!

Amy said...

Thank you Sans! This is the first time I managed to stick the decorations on top with egg yolk-I used to just plop them on top, and they would fall off on the way over to may aunt's house. Baby steps towards presentable baking, I guess!

Plastic food for a cookbook-yikes. I've seen shows that demonstrate food styling, things like shaving cream whipped cream, all the substitutes for food that would melt under lights or sink or flop or dry up, that makes sense. But plastic cookbook subterfuge - ugh, sigh. No wonder we can't understand why our dishes never look like the cookbook photos. It's like that sinking feeling you get before you remember that Photoshop makes the models in Vogue look so irrationally lovely. I do like fake food when it's meant to be fake food-displays in restaurant windows, etc. I even have a link to the best fake food I've ever seen on the side of my blog--(Amazing Fake Food)-their stuff is a hoot.