I hope you all had a wonderful, tasty and memorable Thanksgiving!
I’m coming to you “live” from Aiello Bakery a/k/a my Mom’s house. We spent the entire day today making pies, coffee cakes and breads. Put that together with yesterday’s traditional Thanksgiving feast, and it’s been non-stop cooking and baking around here.
And it was just Mom and I this year.
With my sister on bed rest, she and her husband spent Thanksgiving in her “cocoon” all day. Except for the time he took to make her Thanksgiving dinner with as many fixings as he could put together. I think she was pretty impressed with how he handled everything. That pretty much sums up everything about this guy. My sister really lucked out… she’s got a great guy for a husband.
As for Mom and I, we decided to spend our time together in the kitchen. We had a full turkey, gluten-free cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied sweet potatoes (my special recipe!), cranberry sauce, veggies, squash, and yes, of course, pumpkin pie. And we cranked all of it out in less than six hours. We are a pretty damn good team. It was a lot of fun, but a LOT of work, and very exhuasting.
Today we planned for a baking day. Mom, in years past, always made incredible yeast-risen coffee cakes for Christmas– some for us and some to give away to friends. She enjoyed making them, and we enjoyed eating them. But as the years went on and it got harder for her to work with the dough, she put away her bread cookbook and focused on simpler tasks.
This year we decided to break out the old recipes and make some old favorites. I showed Mom how she can use her bread machine’s dough preparation setting or her KitchenAid mixer to knead the dough so she didn’t have to do all the work. She was ecstatic to discover that she can make all of her old favorites again.
We made four coffee cakes, a loaf of sourdough bread (I gave her some of my starter) and another pie for my sister (using gluten-free flour in our traditional crust recipe). I don’t think I’ve EVER done so much baking in one day, but man we cranked stuff out fast and furious. And we had so much fun doing it.
Tomorrow we are bringing leftovers and the pie to my sister for a quick visit. Since her diagnosis with Celiac disease, I don’t think she’s had an honest-to-goodness homemade Thanksgiving dinner where she could eat EVERYTHING– including the stuffing and pumpkin pie. When she sees how beautifully this pie turned out, she’s going to really get excited. Had we all been together, we all would have enjoyed the gluten-free crust.
So although we weren’t all together, it was a pretty great Thanksgiving. And considering how much we have to be thankful for– healthy babies on the way, healthy family, and a lot of love between us all– I’d have to say it was one of the best in recent memory.
Until, of course, next year! 🙂