Thursday, November 25, 2010

I hope....

I hope your Thanksgiving looks like this...

And not like this....

Click for a funny column from Dave Barry

If you're a Black Friday shopper, I hope you're faced with lots of available shopping carts....

a photo I took at IKEA
and don't face this....

However you celebrate -- alone, with your family, or with a ton of people, I hope you have a lovely day.  I've celebrated Thanksgiving all three ways, and no matter which way, I always found that pie makes things VERY celebratory.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
  • Pastry dough
  • 1 (15-ounces) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Equipment: a 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate (6-cup capacity); pie weights or dried beans
  • Accompaniment: lightly sweetened whipped cream (add 1 teaspoon bourbon per 1/2 cup cream if desired)


  • Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round and fit into pie plate. Trim edge, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. 
  • Fold overhang under and lightly press against rim of pie plate, then crimp decoratively. Lightly prick bottom all over with a fork. 
  • Chill until firm, at least 30 minutes (or freeze 10 minutes). 
Make it

  • Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
  • Line shell with foil and fill with pie weights. 
  • Bake until side is set and edge is golden, about 20 minutes. 
  • Carefully remove weights and foil and bake shell until golden all over, 10 to 15 minutes more. Cool completely.
  • Whisk together remaining ingredients and pour into cooled shell.
  • Bake until edge of filling is set but center trembles slightly, about 45 minutes (filling will continue to set as it cools). Cool completely.
Cooks' note: Pie can be baked 1 day ahead and chilled. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving Lori! What a pie! Sounds delicious, trouble is I love dinner so much I never seem to have room for dessert until the next day! I have made apple and sweet potato pies for those who can fit it!

  2. MMMMMMMMMM. I like your idea of pie!

    Have a wonderfully blessed day!

  3. I am not a Black Friday shopper, I am not a shopper any day I just go get what I need and get out smiles. However my daughter and I went to a bead market last week and I spent all my money.
    I love your blog.
    Be Blessed

  4. Anonymous4:42 PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I have to say, being in the UK, I don't think I'd heard of Black Friday before this year :s but I hope you have lots of sales :D

  5. That pie looks divine. Had sweet potato pie today and it was delish. I'll be in bed tomorrow at 4 a.m.; no shopping for me. Have a great day!

  6. Hope you have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and no pain!

  7. Oh My...That is some Pie! Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you...

  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  9. Yummy recipe! Happy turkey day!

  10. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the recipe!!!!

  11. Happy Thanksgiving! I am not a fan of going out early to those Black Friday Sales...No way! People are camped out tonite in front of the Best Buy here...crazy! Anyway Ill be home sleeping late and lounging tomorrow and hope you will be too!

  12. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

  13. One day late - but I hope you had a divine thanksgiving!

  14. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have to try your pumpkin pie recipe, YUM!

  15. Hey Lori
    That shopping cart photo is really cool. And. That traffic photo looks like my usual commute. Thanks for sharing the pie recipe, I'd love to try it! Yes, our turkey day involved pie - baked by my 10 year old.:-)


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