"The only real stumbling block is the fear of failure. In cooking, you have got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~ Julia Child

A Bad Home Cooking Thanksgiving…

by Julie on November 21, 2012

in Good Ideas Gone Bad

Yeah? You got a problem with this…?


That’s right. I bought a pumpkin pie. Two, actually, from Trader Joe’s.  Seems I’m still not in the pie zone.

But wait! I did make a pie. A pear, apple and cranberry pie.

apples in a row

Apples for Apple pie…

I was totally gonna make my own pie crust. But then I got to TJ’s and Danae gave me that look. “Jules? Really?” And she held up this:

What? Nobody got hurt…

And yeah, that made things a lot easier. So I made this pie:

lattice pie

Be nice….

I riffed on this recipe:

Six little apples from my Farm box. No idea what kind they were.

Three pears

1/4 cup whole cranberries

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Peel and slice the fruit. Combine together in a big bowl with the brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Roll out the dough and place in a pie pan. Arrange filling nicely. Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees, then lower heat to 350 and bake for another 40 minutes, or until house smells delicious….

Beat away 12-year-old boy who wants to sample pie.

Bring to Thanksgiving feast.

So I’ve got a two pies to bring to my sister-in-law’s (one pumpkin pie already consumed by children….); a cranberry chutney that promises to be awesome, some buns, and two cans of olives that we can wear on our fingers….

I think I’m set.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! Let me know how yours went!



{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dorothy November 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

So glad you made the Cranberry Sauce! Let me know what everyone thought. I have won 26 ribbons in pie contests, and you have my total permission to buy the crust. As if you needed it.


Mazzy November 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Well done Jules!


Ctbess November 22, 2012 at 4:19 am

You are clearly a pie person! Happy Thanksgiving!


Laura Zinn Fromm November 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Julie, your cranberry apple pie sounds divine! I spent yesterday making about six gallons of turkey soup from our leftover carcass, which I had brined for 72 hours and then lovingly cooked for almost four. My older son looked at the soup and said, “What is that? Rat turd?” as he held up a peppercorn. I should have spent the time making your pie!


CINDY IRENE November 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Found an article you wrote and came here. I bought three pies for the first time ever, at Costco. And can I tell you, I was so spoiled! Not only did it save me money, but time, it was heaven. I don’t know why I didn’t do it years ago.


Julie December 4, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Right on, with the pies, imho. Which article did you read?


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