Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanskgiving

I haven't made a Thanksgiving meal in years. I used to make huge meals every year for people who, quite frankly, did not appreciate my efforts. I would slave for a day and a half only to have at least one person complain loudly that this or that dish was not made the way grandma used to make it. One of the things I am most thankful for today is that I no longer have any those people in my life. I eventually retired from making holiday dinners and have had some varied and fun experiences since. Thanksgiving dinner at Threadgill's is something everyone should try at least once. A couple of years ago, we went to San Antonio and walked around the river walk on Thanksgiving day. The weather was warm and most of the businesses were closed so we got to walk and look at everything without having to deal with a crowd. It was Stephen's first trip down there and we has a blast. Happening upon a hotel that had only been open for two weeks and had very few reservations for their Thanksgiving meal, we got to eat from a gourmet buffet with no planning what so ever.

This year is a little different. I have a chicken roasting in the oven and will roast or saute some of the vegetables from last Saturday's trip to the farmer's market. Since I made mozzarella a few days ago, I had whey with which I made bread yesterday. I have been doing this on a regular basis because store bought bread has way to many things in it that I can't pronounce and the last loaf we bought stayed in the cabinet for a month without going bad. That scared me!

I found meyer lemons at the farmer's market and Mistrel Boy reminded me of this recipe that I had been wanting to try whenever I was fortunate enough to find meyers. I had tried making a Shaker pie years ago with a recipe that I had come across somewhere. It tasted like citronella and left me thinking that I would never make another one. I have to agree with MB. It Rocks. Out. Loud.

I cheated on the crust but the rest of the recipe is exactly what is on his site. Next time, I may put some candied ginger in it or substitute some ginger syrup for part of the sugar.

soundtrack: Joel Raphael's Lemon Grove or anything from his Woodyboye or Woodeye cds 'cause it is good to remember that not everyone is fortunate enough to eat like this.


The Minstrel Boy said...

meyer lemons also make exquisite lemon curd

they have a very lemony flavor without the oppressive tartness of a regular lemon.

seventh sister said...

Yes, I thought about that but I used all of them making the pie. I'm going to go back next week and hope the same guy is there so I can get some more. I wonder if the lemon curd would ship well. I could add it to my Christmas packages.

Angela said...

YAY! That pie *does* look delicious, and you are so right that we need to count our blessings and remember how very few people in the world get to eat like we do. And a big double YAY for ditching the cranky ingrates in your life. Isn't it so much nicer without them?

The Minstrel Boy said...

lemon curd ships beautifully

The Minstrel Boy said...

lemon curd ships beautifully

seventh sister said...

Angela, yes my life is better ow on soooooo many levels.

Thanks, MB

Brave Sir Robin said...

The pie looks lovely, and your days sounds great.

Good on you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

It sounds like you guys had a wonderful, laid back holiday. Meyer lemon can do no wrong. I have even been known to rub a bit of zest on me for a perfume.

Christine said...

i would just about kill for a meyer lemon. those are seriously the best lemons out there.

this pie looks awesome~