Wednesday, November 26, 2008

picking up where we left off

I just got back from my sister Johannah's house, where we spent the morning making various confectionary delights for tomorrow's overwhelmingly large Thanksgiving celebration (Something like twenty people at Thanksgiving equals craziness in my book).

Jo made a pumpkin pie (yawn!), an apple cranberry tart (double yawn, people) and a completely ridiculous butterscotch brownie cake with gooey ganachey goodness (I'll totally give her credit for that one). I flexed my impressive culinary skills and made a pumpkin streusel-topped pie and a roasted sweet potato cheesecake with sour cream and maple syrup and all sorts of deliciousness inside.

Some of you may remember that Johannah is a bit of a domestic overachiever...and I think she was obviously threatened by my fabulous dessert-making skills, because she actually made a joke about how I was the slowest pie maker ever... oh, pshaw.

Dear sister of mine... you see this? This is homemade pecan crust... and these sweet potatoes? Oh yes, I roasted them myself. And nobody cuts corners when assembling a good streusel topping -- the repercussions would be disastrous. You don't rush GENIUS! I think she could tell that while I might have lost a few tenths in execution... I more than made up for it in degree of difficulty.

The only way I could lose the gold medal -- err, the... Thanksgiving pie bakeoff competition I'm holding in my own mind -- is if the judges find out that I forgot to put ANY spices into the cheesecake until it had already been in the oven for 5 minutes... at which point I had to pull it out and stir them in. I'll pull a Tonya Harding though and blame my toddler's tanrum for distracting me. I'll insist on a do-over. I'll bash Johannah's knee in with a spatula!

Umm... scratch that last one. I think I'm getting a little caught up in the holiday spirit.


Anonymous said...

I was with you when you baked that crust and the sweet's miss fabulous....good thing you pulled it out of the oven to add the spices that you forgot at the last second before it congealed. Fabulous is one thing, and you are, but you shall never be as GLORIOUS as I! Hahahahahhahahahahaha! (love you)

Kellie said...

Sounds like you'll have A LOT of yummy treats to eat. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Karen said...

Um...can I come over next year for Thanksgiving?
Funny about the stir in afterwards. The first time I made rolls, I forgot the egg! Didn't realize until after the dough had been rising for 10 minutes. So kneaded the egg into the dough. Luckily it still turned out. Hmmm...I had no toddler distractions excuses there except stupidity.

Cory & Rebeca said...

Hey I just found you on here- always running into you, first on facebook and now here. :) Howz Idaho? Your Thanksgiving meal sounded yummy!