Thanksgiving

Gratitude


The Harvest Thanksgiving Feast 2016 - Gina's Kitchen

Thanksgiving Harvest Feast 2016 – Gina’s Kitchen

There are invisible forces at work in my kitchen that go far beyond the teaspoon.  My invisible cooking counsel, which includes my Grandmother, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, Julia Child, Christopher Kimball and Justin Wilson,  I guarantee, were with me during the preparations of this year’s Thanksgiving harvest feast.

2016-11-24-thanksgiving-dressing

Il faut mettre la main a la pate! (Feel the dough in your hands…put your foot in it..it other words, throw down!) – Making Cornbread Dressing

Homemade Honey-Wheat Dinner Rolls ~ The 2nd Rising

Homemade Honey-Wheat Dinner Rolls ~ The 2nd Rising

I decided to make as many of the traditional dishes from scratch that I could manage.  On the eve of Thanksgiving I baked to the tunes of soul music streaming through my headphones while I made homemade honey-wheat dinner rolls with honey butter (very proud of this accomplishment), an old-fashioned lattice apple pie, a sugar & spice pumpkin pie with  brandied ginger creme chantilly and a carrot cake.  I cleaned.  I slept.  And when I awake the next day, before dawn, I cooked. A citrus-herb turkey, cornbread dressing, greens, macaroni and cheese and candied yams.

By 3:30 PM, my two children, my daughter’s boyfriend and I sat around the candlelit table with golden, purple and orange flowers and relished in the bounty of the feast.   Our plates were filled to the brim with love and nourishment and our glasses overflowed with gratitude and optimisim as the winds whispered into the ears of all, “We give thanks!”

 

A Thanksgiving Plate

A Thanksgiving Plate

Cherry on Top


 

11-27-2014 Cherry on Top - Tabletop

I reveled in a wonderfully delicious Thankgiving feast, reflecting on all that I’ve been blessed to receive and give in 2014 as I spent 2 days preparing a meal of gratitude.  A meal that lingers well beyond one sitting.  I get just as much pleasure from the post-feast mini-meals and dessert sample plates as I do the main supper.

11-27-2014 Cherry on Top - Cherry L'Amour Cream Pie

Lustrous thoughts of gratitude swarmed my mind while licking the cream from a heart shaped spoonful of Cherry L’Amour Cream Pie.  I am especially thankful for the 6 simple cherry picked ingredients that make up the recipe for this taste of lust.  The sweetened condensed milk mixed with cream cheese, vanilla, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, graham cracker crust and red filling amuse my appetite.  The fleshy drupe wild cherry evokes images of a sensual delight.  The dangling berries have testi similarities and are laden with sexual inspiration as they stimulate the production of attention-grabbing pheromones.  Just the thought that I become more attractive with each bite of this pie is satisfying enough. This dessert is the cherry on top of any meal.  Add it to the menu of your next seduction supper.

Sensuously yours,

Honey L’Amour

Cherry L'Amour Pie - Slice

RECIPE

 Cherry L’Amour Cream Pie

The simplest things in life are sometimes the best.  This is one of those things, it is a 6 ingredient KISS (Keep It Simple Sexy) recipe.  Makes 1 pie.

  •  1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 4 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla bean paste (Nielsen-Massey)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 21 ounce can cherry topping
  • 1 prepared graham cracker pie

In a medium mixing bowl whip the cream cheese, condensed milk, vanilla bean paste, and lemon juice until smooth.  Pour the mixture into the graham cracker pie crust, cover and freeze for an hour.  Remove pie from the freeze and top with cherry filling.  Slice and serve.