Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Our Thanksgiving

Yesterday, was Thanksgiving and we spent the day
with our daughter's in-laws

Without daughter, her husband and the Grands

They were in Minneapolis with their own turkey!

Vicki set a lovely table --
her wedding china and heirloom silver

A traditional Thanksgiving feast --
Turkey and all the trimmings!
Everyone brought something to share
And at our table, the scalloped pineapple was the star dish!
(Made by Vicki)

After dinner, there was little room for dessert --

But there was plenty of dessert --
besides the three pies,

Starbuck's Cranberry Bliss Bars, a lemon blackberry cheesecake, and a chocolate cake

Alas, whenever you are gone for Thanksgiving, there are no leftovers!

Our new tradition is to have a small Thanksgiving 

 Just the two of us
Either on the Friday or Saturday after

The Spode turkey plates, the turkey salt and peppers that I bought the first year we were married -- from the dime store in downtown Kansas City

And one of the two glass turkeys that I use for cranberry sauce.

Our menu was simple
It was, after all, just the two of us!
Roast turkey

And following Ina's lead, smashed sweet potatoes and spinach gratin
(except for dessert this was the menu from Barefoot Contessa Parties and one that Ina featured on her second show on Food Network.

Even though it is the two of us, we eat in the dining room
There are candles . . . and wine
The April Cornell "fall" table linens add to the Thanksgiving setting

Of course,
not made for today but rather leftover from yesterday

My mother's pumpkin pie with Ina's make ahead whipped cream

We now have leftover turkey
Which was the plan!
It wouldn't be November without a turkey sandwich
on white bread with mayonnaise and a big glass of milk!

And turkey pot pie . . . and turkey and noodles . . . and turkey soup!

Mother's pie recipe
It predates the one on the Libby can
(no evaporated milk!)
And it is just the best!


1 unbaked pie shell
1 1/2 c. cooked or canned pumpkin
1/3 c. white sugar
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 t. ginger
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. cloves
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 c. rich milk (I use half and half)
1/2 c. heavy cream

Mix all ingredients but the pie shell together.    Pour mixture into unbaked pie shell and bake in a 400 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes, until firm or until  a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.    Cool the pie well.


Charm and Grace said...

I truly love to see how differently people celebrate this holiday... your table was beautiful, and I just love the glass turkey for cranberry sauce. I have never seen one. Now, I will be keeping my eyes open for one! I love your beautiful blue and white turkey china, also. Thanks for sharing your traditions and recipe!


Entertaining Women said...

We'll be enjoying our leftover turkey sandwiches tomorrow evening. Thanks for inviting us for a glimpse of your lovely Thanksgiving table for two. Cherry Kay

Pat said...

Oh Yes! love the white bread turkey sandwich!! I am usually lucky enough to have everyone here, and so I cook accordingly to have leftovers. This year there was only 2 of us, so LOTS of leftovers. Scalloped pineapple sounds interesting. Looks fun with all those people.