Thursday, November 27, 2008

Give thanks

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fortunately I did in fact find a little time to blog before leaving the country! Just had to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope whatever your plans today, you find a moment to be thankful. Whether you're thankful for family. Or for friends. Or for health. Or for wealth. Or even just for being alive. Give thanks. We can always find something for which to be thankful.

I'm thankful for Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Last week we had a baking contest at work. My organization of ~150 was asked to participate by baking a dessert and bringing it to a meeting where folks could sample and vote for their favorite. Of course not all 150 baked. There were about 20 entries and 2 of them were mine. I made my Peach Raspberry Pie and ('tis the season) a Pumpkin Chiffon.

Adding pumpkin to a brown sugar, spice, egg and
milk mixture then straining for smoothness

Pumpkin Chiffon is sort of a cross between regular pumpkin and pumpkin mousse. And SOOOOOO good. It's a recipe my mom found some 30 years ago and everyone just loves. The filling isn't baked and it's "lightened" with stiff whipped egg whites and sugar. This is our recipe minus the rum and with a regular blind baked pie crust instead.

Most of you know how I love to decorate with pie crust - it makes it so pretty!

The pie is absolutely delicious and has sort of become a mainstay at our large Thanksgiving gatherings where a good majority of my ~100 family members gather (my mom was 1 of 12 kids!) This one was made last night for our dessert table tonight. I recently linked to this picture/entry but I'm gonna do it again. Take a look at our Thanksgiving dessert table.

Getting ready to fold the whites in and then folding!

Oh yah and remember that baking contest? Guess who came in First?! Yours truly!! And while I truly wasn't doing it for the competition or even to win, (I honestly love to bake and watch people smile as they bite into the goodies) I walked away with a $120 gift card to Sur la Table! OOoohhh Christmas come early.

Pour and chill

A safe and truly happy Thanksgiving to you all!


  1. Hi Lise! Really fantastic blog! You inspired me to start one too! I'm slowly but surely figuring out how to make it look as cool as yours...Anyways, hope you had a great Thanksgiving and have so much fun in Africa!


  2. Hi Lise! That's so funny, I haven't talked to Deb since Thanksgiving! What a coincidence! Today I was just like, maybe I should let Lisa know I made a blog too! lol

    Your blog is awesome btw, and don't you worry, despite my love of exercise and nutrition and whatnot, baking and cooking and food are still my number 1 passion in life, and probably always will be. I'll write about more interesting stuff than just detoxing, I promise! Anyways, hope all is well and have soo much fun in Africa!