Saturday, November 29

adventures in pumpkin land

So we were planning on having a pumpkin pie for thanksgiving, but 1, i don't think i ever made a pumpkin pie myself before, and B, we were making it out of an actual pumpkin. So we were given some moderately trustworthy direction that we should peel the pumpkin, cook it in the microwave for 20 minutes, and put it through the squeezo (the device we use for turning tomatoes into tomato sauce.) Well after going through the squeezo, what was left looked pretty much like orange tomato sauce. Really it looked like extra pulpy orange juice. The point is it was super liquidy, and certainly not what pumpkin from a can looks like. So i figure this is clearly no good, you can't possibly bake a liquid and hope to get a pie out of it. That would be like putting a pie crust filled with milk in the oven to try and get ice cream cake. Anyway, i had already made the pie crust, and it was clearly too late to get a pumpkin pie someplace else so i figured what the hell i'll try to make it anyway, what's the worst that could happen. (also instead evaporated milk we had condensed milk.) So i finished mixing the ingredients, and we put the pie in the oven. It's supposed to bake for 55 minutes. After 55 minutes i look at it, all liquid in the middle. So leave it in for another 20 minutes, still liquid in the middle. Another 20 minutes, still liquid. Then i stop timing it, i figure just leave it in indefinitely, it's not going to over cook. Check maybe an hour later give or take, still liquid in the middle. So i figure it's just about time to either toss this thing, or start drinking some pumpkin pie. That's when we look at the oven and realize it's not on. Not sure exactly when it was turned off, but at some point after the turkey was taken out, and the pumpkin pie not being cooked, the oven was turned off. Possibly when the turkey came out, possibly when the temp was supposed to be turned down for the pie, possibly some other time. Anyway, turn the oven back on take it out an hour later and eat it. It was perfectly cromulent. So despite some early uncertainties we did ended up embiggening our thanksgiving with delicious pumpkin pie, scrumptious sausage stuffing, and other alliterative foods for thanksgiving.


Blogger Aras said...

The two foods you mentioned are the only two foods we had for thanksgiving (pumpkin pie and sausage stuffing). It was awesome. It's was so awesome I'm about to write about on my blog, in fact.

3:37 AM  
Blogger Trashcan said...

they are the only foods that really matter to me also. I'm happy to eat turkey because it's tradiditional, but i'm not big fan of fowl. Also i'm happy to eat cranberries, but again i'm not a huge fan. I don't know the difference between sweet potatoes and yams, but those are both pretty good. We had home grown sweet potatoes this year, but most of them went rotten. The moral of the story is i wouldn't mind doing away with any thanksgiving food, except for stuffing and pumpkin pie.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Aras said...

My special lady is not a big pumpkin fan, but I will definitely repeat the pie next year. I don't know if the special kid likes it cause she wasn't there, but this year that meant I got to have leftover pie for five days!

2:19 AM  

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