I Can’t Give You the Recipe

I’ve written in the past about the free table at church.

Free-table pumpkins
Free-table pumpkins

This past weekend on the free table were about a dozen 8-inch pumpkins. I took a couple as a porch decorations but my friend said she was going to make pie from them. Of the group of good cooks at church, this lady’s dishes are always a cut above.  She does things the old-fashioned way. (I could make her baked beans a meal.)

Doesn't pumpkin come in a can?
Doesn’t pumpkin come in a can?

I reminded her that pumpkin pie is made from canned puree with Libby, Libby, Libby on the label.  She informed me that she always made her pies from actual pumpkins.

I said I’d take a pie and remarkably she said fine.  The only caveat was that I had to pick it up Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving.

Yellow and orange roses
Yellow and orange roses

With a dozen candy-corn-colored roses in hand I went to her house to pick up my still warm pie.

Pumpkin pie from real pumpkin
Pumpkin pie from real pumpkin

My friend said she uses her mother’s recipe and noted it will probably die with her. The gist of it is that 2 days before baking the pies she cubes and roasts the pumpkin then lets it drain overnight.

I've got the whipped cream!
I’ve got the whipped cream!

I stopped listening because that’s already waaaay toooo much work for a pumpkin pie so I can’t share the recipe with you.  (I generally eat a piece of pumpkin pie just so I can have whipped cream. )  It looks good, though.

Happy Thanksgiving!

What do you do “the old-fashioned way”?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

12 thoughts on “I Can’t Give You the Recipe”

    1. I actually prefer sweet potato pie to pumpkin which I think might be easier to make (even though I’ve never made one). My prize pie is pecan. Jo

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