So all that to say, we'll be spending Thanksgiving here in Salt Lake City. Since we travel for Christmas, we always stay put for turkey day. Typically we have cooked a big feast for just our small family, but this year we are joining with our neighbors who are practically family to us here in Utah. They live right next door, so we often keep our back fence open so that it's easy for the kids to play and we have backdoor access. They are hosting, but we are still making the turkey! This is a big big change for us, since typically we make the entire meal ourselves. But I'm excited to just focus on a couple things and to nail those dishes! Since we are cooking the turkey at our house, that will open up the neighbor's oven for all sorts of side dishes and desserts! Conor will handle the bird (with some small prep work from me) while I handle the pie & drinks!
Every year I make my pumpkin chiffon pie, but this year I'm feeling a little crazy... Since I have been apple obsessed, I'll be making your standard American apple pie. That buttery, flakey goodness has been on my mind for days! I'm no pie expert, but I have friends in the know! One friend in particular is an amazing pie maker/all around baker and she swears by this all butter crust recipe. I'll be giving it a try and am only slightly nervous about using a new recipe for the big day! As far as the filling goes, I'm a big fan of Smitten Kitchen's recipe. For any rookie pie makers out there, note that you cannot make an apple pie right before meal time. It needs to rest! For at least 4 hours!!! So don't expect to be dusting the flour off your dress as your head out the door for your Thanksgiving feast. Apple pie needs to be tended to long beforehand. Learned that the hard way one fine book club evening.
Aside from the pie, I'll be bringing some of our home-brewed hard cider as well as ginger beer for Moscow Mules. I may even add some rosemary & sugared cranberries for a festive touch! Now if only I was talented enough to add some crust flair to the top of pie... perhaps some fall leaves or an apple...we'll see what I an pull off!