Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rolling right along for Thanksgiving

This year, I am getting as much done as I possibly can..... today I did the turkey gravy.  The one thing that is a 'hit or a miss' for me.  I found the recipe on a wonderful blog that I follow - Octoberfarm.  Jaz is a phenomenal cook, and she cooks for quite a few people as she does home catering for various functions.




I bought these huge turkey wings and baked them for an hour.


Then you put all this goodness in a pot with celery, chicken stock, and fresh herbs (I used sage, tarragon, chervil, marjoram, parsley) and let it simmer for several hours.    After that time you strain the solids, whip up a slurry and blend it in, strain any lumps, adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, pack it up and pop in the freezer.  


For a complete tutorial and full recipe with great step-by-step photos, visit Jaz here and here.  Tell her I said "hi".


I also started the filling for my pumpkin pie.  I bought a sugar pumpkin which I forgot to take a photo of it before I cut it up.


I cut it in pieces and baked in a 400 degree oven til knife went in easily.  Then I scooped it off the peel and put it in the food processor.  A 2 1/2 pound pumpkin (approx) gave me two firmly packed cups of pumpkin puree.


No seasoning added to the pumpkin at this point.  I also realized I needed to go to the store.  ugh  My bird Kiwi was making so much noise until I gave her some of this -she loves pumpkin.







I use Libby's famous pumpkin pie recipe and have for more than 25 years, nothing like a classic I say.  I have tried others, but, always come back to this one.


Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie

1 can (15 oz.)  pumpkin 
(or 2 firmly packed cups cooked pumpkin)
1 (9-in) pie shell, unbaked
3/4 cup sugar (I use dark brown)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg (my little twist on it) optional
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

Preheat oven to 425F. Mix sugar, salt and spices in small bowl.  Beat eggs lightly in a large bowl.  Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mix.  Gradually stir in evaporated milk.  Pour in pie shell and bake 15 minutes.   Reduce heat to 350F and bake 40 - 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in center of the pie comes out clean.  Cool and refrigerate.  


I will freeze the filling in the shape of the pie shell until I bake it on Wednesday evening.


I will be sharing this with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.


Happy Thanksgiving!


xo

40 comments:

  1. i am always amazed when someone makes my recipes! i hope you enjoy it!

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  2. So delicious, best turkey soup ever. Can't wait to finish it up and pop in the freezer. xo

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  3. I'm really craving that pumpkin pie right now. Thanks for visiting. Have a delicious holiday.

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  4. Wow, I love pumpkin pie! I just did a Pumpkin Bread Pudding, come over for a piece! Happy upcoming Thanksgiving. Hugs, FABBY

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  5. Barb, this looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  6. Hey! That's my mom's old recipe for turkey gravy -- I know because I asked her to e-mail it to me this year so I could make it ahead of time! I make turkey soup every year; after Thanksgiving dinner, we pick the turkey and boil him down overnight. Best stock in the world!! Turkey and rice soup for lunch on Friday! :)

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  7. Barbara, I admire how organized and you are. Good for you for preparing as much as you can ahead. You will enjoy the day that much more!!

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  8. Everything looks and sounds delish! I wish I were there. I've always used the famous Libby's recipe too. :-)

    Hope you're having a fabulous weekend although I'm thinking it's probably very busy. How many are you having for Thanksgiving?

    xo
    Pat

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  9. Making things ahead of time is a good idea, Barbara, it makes the holiday less stressful.

    I usually make turkey soup from the turkey carcass every year -- we love it! I'll be a guest at my nephew's home this year, so sadly I'll have no leftovers :(

    Fresh pumpkin pie sounds so good...I use the Libby's recipe too. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  10. Hi! Dearest Barbara,
    Oh, what a delicious looking meal♬♬♬ You are taking advantage of the blogging very well using the recipes from friends!!!
    Always makes me feel wish to be invited for your delectable dinner♡♡♡
    I also LOVE the title "Rolling right along for Thanksgiving" my friend, haha.
    Much love and hugs, xoxo Orchid*

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  11. I love how you make so much ahead. To me that's the secret. do as much ahead so you can enjoy the day.

    - The Tablescaper

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  12. Everything looks great. I'm doing soup tomorrow and will be making carrot with apples and ginger. Love making soup this time of year.

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  13. I am saving all these tips for my Christmas turkey; we had our Thanksgiving in October. Don't work too had and enjoy.
    Rita

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  14. I love the idea of making the gravy ahead of time! I still haven't tried making a pie from a fresh pumpkin, I'd really like to one day:@)

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  15. Oh YUM! You have got me drooling at the computer. I love Thanksgiving, and the traditional foods.

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  16. Everything looks delicious! Lucky the folks eating at your table this Thanksgiving!

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  17. You are so clever to do things in stages and ahead. it is always such a rush at the last hour or so. I am lucky, I have been invited to a friends house and all I have to do is cranberry. I will post my famous concocktion soon. Best Thanksgiving wishes from my blog to yours. Richard from My Old Historic House, and Sissy Dog too!

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  18. I'm coming to yur house for Thanksgiving. Those recipies sound great. Love the gravy made with the turkey wings. I am seeing that you are a fab cook.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Ginger

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  19. It's me again. I am sooooo glad to see someone is not already decorated for Christmas. After Thanksgiving is soon enough. Love to you,

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  20. happy Thanksgiving, great meal. hugs

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  21. Good home cooking! I'm hoping to start working on some things tomorrow... Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! I'll visit Jaz for here complete tutorial and let her know you sent me... also enjoyed your pumpkin pie recipe. Always good visiting your blog Barbara!

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  22. Well, it all looks and sounds divine! I am spur of the moment going to Iowa to see my mom for the holiday. She is 87 and having her third surgery this year in a couple of weeks. None of my older boys can make it, but the rest of us and really going to put the THANKS in thanksgiving!
    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  23. What great recipes! I'm anxious to make a really special meal this year! Happy Thanksgiving! ♥

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  24. I absolutely love that recipe for gravy and that it can be done and out of the way before the big day. That's great! The pumpkin pie looks like it would be delicious too. It's my favorite.

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  25. Hi Barbara! Oh, yummy! There is nothing like some good gravy! This sounds so good! Your pumpkin pie looks so good too!
    Have a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving, sweet friend.
    be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

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  26. Happy Thanksgiving Barbara. Glad to see how well things are coming along for your Thanksgiving feast.What a great way to make the gravy. I think I will pop on over to Octoberfarm.

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  27. Brilliant idea to make it up ahead and freeze it in the pie shape. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  28. You made that look easier. I have an even easier way - I let my husband do all the cooking. Mwahahaha!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Barbara!

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  29. Wow, you are really "on the ball!"
    I haven't done a thing! I am going to my sister-in-laws, but I do have to bring something and I still need to go the ShopRite!
    Are you have a lot of company for the Thanksgiving dinner
    Love,
    Lorraine

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  30. Oh Barbara, I want to come to YOUR house for Thanksgiving dinner!

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  31. Hi lovely lady.
    I also haven't done a thing as for dinner.. I use Libby's also for my pumpkin pie for years. I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Thanksgiving Tablescape so sweet of you.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    XXOO Diane

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  32. I love picking up tips and hints from talented people like yourself. Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!
    ~ Diane

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  33. Hi Barbara,

    Your pictures are really making me hungry! :) Don't you love finding all these wonderful recipes online? It's great that you can have your gravy made and out of the way before Thursday. Gravy is ALWAYS a hit or miss proposition with me. I can, however, make a good pumpkin pie. I usually use canned pumpkin; thanks for sharing your method for cooking the pumpkin. I love Thanksgiving! I hope you have a very nice one Barbara. Thanks for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. Those comments mean a lot.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  34. Barbara all look amazing! gloria

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  35. wonderful recipes...I am hungry now. I love the FAMOUS pie recipe!! Have a great week, Barbara.

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  36. Hi Barbara, this is a great recipe and the tutorial is an easy one. I'll bookmark this for my Christmas meal. Not cooking for Thanksgiving but I'll be doing the meal for Christmas. Your guest are very lucky.......

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Emily
    The French Hutch

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  37. I've done a lot of cooking through the years, but I've never made a pumpkin pie using "real" pumpkin. I bake squash often, but I've never done a pumpkin. I'm sure it gives the pie an entirely different flavor. Yum! The gravy sounds great. We are going to my sister's, so I have about 4 things to make, not the entire meal!

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  38. Oh the goodness being prepared in kitchens around the nation! I can just smell your broth simmering all the way here in Oregon. Gravy is one thing that I always wish I did better...

    Blessings, Debbie

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  39. Barbara, I am amazed that you actually cooked your pumpkin "from scratch." It looks really good. I appreciated hearing about your own touches to the classic Libby's p. pie recipe. It's my favorite recipe too, but this year I made two p. pies: one was "spicy" and had 2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tsp ginger and molasses - the other was Libby's. Both were proclaimed delicious.
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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