I reject the notion that pie is a seasonal treat.

This is one of the recipes that I should have blogged in November but got distracted and didn’t. Have you noticed that we treat pie like a season treat? We make apple pies in the late summer and fall, leading up to that pie extravaganza that is Thanksgiving. But seriously, you can make and eat pie ALWAYS. So really, I’m just making a statement about how we should be eating pie more often. You’re welcome.

Actually, as I’m sitting here finally writing this I’m wondering if I should wait until National Pi day in March….but NO. I’ve procrastinated long enough. Plus now I’ll just have to make something new for then.

Moving on.

I’ve been making pies for a while now. My aunt and I used to make all the pies for Thanksgiving starting when I was in high school to take some of the burden of the meal off my Gram and great-grandmother. So when my office decided to have a Thanksgivukah party and I got a Friendsgiving invite I decided it was time to bust out my pie magic.

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When I was in Peace Corps I developed an awesome pumpkin pie-esque recipe–except rather than pumpkin it uses butternut squash. And I love it.

Immersion blenders are made for times like these.

Immersion blenders are made for times like these.

Butternut Squash Pie:

1.5 c butternut squash
1 c light brown sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 c half and half or cream
2 Tbs flour
1 Tbs melted butter
spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, vanilla)

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Peel and cut squash into cubes. Boil or steam until soft, add butter and mash. Beat in sugar. Add eggs, cream, spices, and flour. Pour into pie crusts. Bake at 350 for 40-55 mins.

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Most people can’t tell that its not pumpkin. Its easy and tastes good so its one of my faves.

In other news…I’ve gotten to do some cool stuff lately. First D, C, and I went to the aquarium a few weekends ago. I can’t really remember the last time I had been to the New England Aquarium…college I think. It was really fun. We even edged out the little 5 year olds to get spots at the tank where you can pet the rays–they feel so strange!

The face that haunts my dreams.

The face that haunts my dreams.

 

This past weekend I went to NH with C and 2 other ladies for the annual Pond Hockey Classic. There were over 20 rinks and loads of people. It was really cool to be a part of…and thankfully the weather was perfect. The coolest part was that there was a company running 5 minute-ish helicopter rides—so obviously I had to go on one. It was sooo cool. The whole lake was frozen and being in a helicopter wasn’t nearly as anxiety causing as I imagined it would be. Totally worth it.

View from the helicopter of the Pond Hockey rinks

View from the helicopter of the Pond Hockey rinks

Emerging from our ride like champions

Emerging from our ride like champions

 

In conclusion: f*ck cakes, make more pies.

 

 

 

I Cook Turkey Whenever I Want…Take THAT Thanksgiving

So I love turkey. I may go so far as to say that is my favorite meat. But its not often that I get to get legit turkey. By legit I mean NOT deli meat…because deli turkey and oven roasted turkey are so different its weird they are both called turkey.

….Fade into a memory…..I spent two years in southern Africa and I can count on one finger the number of times I had turkey…ONE. I had dreams about turkey. My delightful grandmother (Hi Gram) offered to make me my favorite meal once I got home….she made me an amazing thanksgiving worthy meal in the middle of July. And it was AWESOME.

Flash forward to the present. I had yet to tackle a “whole bird” (chicken or turkey) in my crockpot so I decided that now was the time….and by time I mean Turkey Time.

*Let me preface this by noting that it was not just procrastination on my part that kept me from making a turkey. Availability is an issue. My grocery store almost never has the turkey breasts necessary for my cooking endeavors.  Until they finally did 🙂

So this guy is 6.5 lbs

So this guy is 6.5 lbs

I picked up a 6.5 lb turkey breast at good ole’ Stop&Shop. I could tell by looking that it would fit in my crockpot, but if you’re unsure you should measure before you buy. The one thing I really didn’t think about was Height. I had to hack a little piece off the top of the bird so that my cover could close tight…but that’s not a big deal.

I also cut up a small/medium onion and put it in with the bird, and about 2 cups of apple juice (about 2.5 juice boxes worth). Season with Salt and Pepper too.

Dump it and leave it.

Dump it and leave it.

Then you just put on the cover, cook on low for 8 or 10 hours and go about your business.

Look at this guy....Happy Thanksgiving...Said NO ONE.

Look at this guy….Happy Thanksgiving…Said NO ONE.

Look at all the tasty turkey meat.

Look at all the tasty turkey meat.

Dinner time for this girl!

Dinner time for this girl!

I just whipped up some stuffing and had a yummy dinner.

I found a wishbone!

I found a wishbone!

I found a wishbone so obviously we had to make a wish!…I didn’t win..womp womp.

As a final note: this is SUPER EASY. I recommend it to everyone who wants to cooks a turkey or whole chicken but doesn’t have the time to sit home and wait…or its summer and you can’t bare to heat your house up!