Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving in North Carolina

Our family converged on the North Carolinian DeCherneys for Thanksgiving. The weather beat Juneau by a long shot: Upper 50s, sunny, mild, a lovely neighborhood for walking. Baked a pumpkin pie and an apple pie in the morning, prepped the romaine, orange, red onion, and fennel salad, the green beans and the veggies for the stuffing. Slathered the turkey in butter and herbs and put it in to bake. Spent the afternoon visiting and catching up.

Finished up with mashed potatoes and gravy, sauteed green beans, a vintage Dom P, and a variety of wines.

Ren modeled the proper Thanksgiving gusto to show her French parents how Americans approach Thanksgiving.

Here's the apple pie recipe:

How to Make an Apple Pie
And see the world

2 cups flour
1 cup butter
½ cup ice water
1 egg yolk (optional) (I actually didn't use this)

5 – 7 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter

Roll out the bottom crust, fill with apples, dapple with the butter, and top with remaining crust. Make nice edge, and use fork to make design in the top.

oven at 425 for 15 minutes, then 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbling out of the top steam vents.

9 – 10 in pie tin

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