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Suzanne’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert

November 25th, 2007 No comments

While pumpkin pie is the traditional Thanksgiving dessert, I also like to bake fudge pecan pie each year. This is my mom’s recipe and it always gets rave reviews:

Eileen’s Fudge Pecan Pie

1 frozen deep dish pie crust
1 stick butter
3 Tbs cocoa powder
3/4 cup hot water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/8 Tsp salt
1 Tsp vanilla extract
1 can evaporated milk (5.3 oz)
1 cup pecan halves
Whipped cream

Take pie crust out of freezer. Preheat oven and an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet to 350 degrees F. In medium saucepan, melt butter. Add cocoa, stir until dissolved, add hot water and stir with whisk. Blend in sugar, flour, salt, vanilla, and evaporated milk. Stir in pecans and pour into pie crust. Bake on preheated cookie sheet for 50 minutes or until custard sets. Serve with whipped cream.

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All about the cranberries

November 22nd, 2007 No comments

While it may be odd, my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal are the cranberries. No, not the Irish alternative rock band that rose to mainstream popularity in the 1990s, nor the canned gelatinous cylinder that can be sliced into rubbery disks. I am talking about something prepared from fresh cranberries, or at least as close as I can get in the supermarket produce section.

Since Suzanne and I started hosting family Thanksgiving, I have chosen the cranberry preparation as my contribution, and not just because it is my favorite part, but because it is the easiest. I just finished making three different batches of cranberry condiments in under an hour, including my prep and cleanup time. Now just try to accomplish that for a turkey. Read more…

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Turtle update

November 19th, 2007 No comments

We received another update on the box turtle we brought to the Piedmont Wildlife Center for treatment. The turtle had an encounter with a car while attempting to cross the road by our house.

Our turtle is still here (which is a good sign!) but he is not eating, so we’ve had to give him fluids to keep him hydrated. Other than that, there are no new “news” on his conditions, we just have to wait and see and hope for improvement. It usually takes some time for turtles, they are slow to recover generally.

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A trip down memory lane in Staten Island

November 18th, 2007 No comments

After the awesome wedding of our friends, Michelle and Adam, in New Jersey this past weekend, David and I drove to Staten Island to see David’s childhood haunts. David took me to his childhood home in Village Greens as well as to see his old elementary school (P.S. 4) and Tottenville High School.

Food being key to memory, we made sure to get some authentic New York pizza, a cannoli, a dozen bagels, and some cookies from an Italian bakery. I enjoyed pointing out the numerous concrete lions that decorated the houses of many Staten Islanders of Sicilian heritage.

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Random thoughts on wedding planning

November 11th, 2007 No comments

Suzanne and I attended a fabulous wedding the other day, and it got me thinking back to the days we were planning and preparing for our own wedding. We also remembered all of the other weddings we attended over the years during our drive to New Jersey, and wanted to share some thoughts for those that may yet still “tie the knot.”

Here are some random thoughts, since I was thinking about weddings this weekend, thought not at all a commentary on the wedding we just attended. Actually, Suzanne was a bridesmaid (matron?), while I was only in attendance. Read more…

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