Friday, November 25, 2011
We had a very happy Thanksgiving day here in Denver. We played nine holes of golf with the boys in the morning, then enjoyed a feast at our neighbor's house. Our neighbors were kind enough to include us in their Thanksgiving celebrations. The food was delicious, the company was wonderful and the day was much more enjoyable then our usual quiet Thanksgivings on our own.
http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewarts-Pies-Tarts-Old-Fashioned/dp/0307405095/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1322262437&sr=8-1) and was easy enough to make. Wow-- what a lot of sugar goes into this recipe! It's all worth it, though, as the pie turned out very nicely.
The apple pie was less of a success, but still tasty. I think most of my desserts benefit from a good dose of freshly whipped cream and this pie was no exception. The dough for the apple pie came from a recipe developed by Cook's Illustrated. The secret ingredient is vodka! Who knew? Apparently vodka does not develop the gluten the same way water does so it works magic in the pie crust. I've had better luck before with this dough; this time it was on the sticky side when I rolled it out. I ended up using a cookie cutter in the shape of a leaf and then put the leaves all around the top of the pie. It looks more of a mess rather than the pretty, fall inspiration I was intending, but it tasted just fine. As a back-up plan I had a store bought, frozen cherry pie that I threw into the oven. No on even tried it! That was good news as it meant my pies were not so bad after all.
The chocolate turkeys were an idea from www.theidearoom.net. The ideas there are always fun and I enjoy trying recipes and crafts from that website. I couldn't find the candy corn to use for the feathers and tried Mike and Ikes instead. The kids seemed to enjoy them so I guess they were a hit.