Very much hope that you had a happy Turkey Day. We had a smallish group, though certainly big enough: Judy and I, our sons Daniel and David, and their partners Beckee and Meredith.


At any given time starting about noon, most of us were squeezed into the kitchen working on the many dishes needed for our feast, though my role was limited mostly to washing dishes and quick trips for last minute groceries.


Judy made 2 turkeys: one in the oven and one on the grill. They both came out nicely, though we had a turkey emergency when we unwrapped one of the birds and it turned out to be rancid. Beckee saved the day be driving back to the store and demanding a replacement turkey.


Beckee and Daniel made 2 dishes that were mandatory at her family’s turkey day meals: macaroni and cheese and banana pudding.


Let’s see, we also had cranberries, candied yams, mashed sweet potato, stuffing, gravy, and fruit salad. Judy makes a mean gravy from scratch. The day was not as unhealthy as it sounds, we did eat raw vegetables and dip through the pre-dinner hours.


We didn’t eat until almost 8, kind of late for a turkey day dinner. Between rounds of cooking we played a game called Elon Musk’s iPod Submarine. You can buy the board game but actually all you need is some scrap paper and a pen. That’s how we played and it engendered much hilarity.


We also introduced a turkey day innovation, namely eating the pumpkin pie before dinner, while the turkey is cooking. Because usually with these dinners you’re too uncomfortably full to really enjoy dessert at the end. And sure enough, most of us didn’t touch the pies or banana pudding after eating the main course. (Not a spoonful of the pudding was eaten all day, but we’re saving it for Saturday.)

Danny and I did each have a piece of the pear and pomegranate pie that he made. It was excellent, even though the crust wasn’t quite right.


And at the end of the day, after the last load of dishes, the refrigerator was packed with food to live off of for a week or so, plus extra to send away with visiting family.

Happy Thanksgiving Day to you all!

33 Comments on “Thanksgiving With Pie Before Turkey

  1. The bad turkey was from Whole Foods, and really reeked when I opened it. Kind of alarming! Beckee’s quick thinking saved the day: she called the grocery one minute before they closed, and she and Daniel raced off to exchange the bird. It smelled so bad in the car they dubbed it the fart turkey.

    But in the end our dinner was wonderful, and nothing is better than puttering around the kitchen with the kids. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

    • I had a grandmother who highly approved of pie for breakfast, particularly apple with cheddar, or cherry. I loved that woman.

  2. What a feast… yes we like to stagger the food at Christmas … to make room. I’ll have to check out the game you played … something we all like is a good game for the whole family.

  3. Your pie looks really good Jason. I made my version of one recently but realised I need to double the filling recipe as there was too much crust and not enough creamy filling! 😉 Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

  4. That all looks scrumptious, and great fun, as well. I’m glad the day went well, and I think you probably will keep the starvation wolf from the door for at least a week — maybe more. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Sounds like the perfect day. Banana pudding is what we traditionally have for Easter. Any time is a good time to eat pie. We always have Thanksgiving dinner more around lunch time. This gives you enough time to let all settle for that tasty pie later. What a shock it would have been to find your turkey rancid. EEEuuuwwww. I am glad it all turned out good. Happy happy…

    • You must get up very early to have dinner ready by lunch time! I couldn’t do it!

  6. Sounds like a jolly good day! Love the mac and cheese idea. And the notion of eating pie before the meal is genius. Because you are right: Everyone is too full to eat pie after the meal.

    • I think pie for lunch may be a new tradition. We get up latish, so the first meal is brunch, after 9am. Lunch has always been problematic- you’re hungry, but you don’t want to spoil dinner. Pie, balanced with veggies and dip and cheese and crackers, seems just perfect.

  7. Wow look at that spread, nice! The turkey looks deliciously roasted. I’ve never gotten a bad turkey, but man that’s not a day when you want that to happen! Luckily your store was open, a lot of shops are closed up here in my neck of the woods. Pumpkin pie is my favorite pie, well besides Boston Creme pie which really isn’t a pie at all. It sounds like you and your family had a wonderful time together.

      • It’s my all time favorite. My mom always made it for me in my birthday. She would bake the cake part in her iron skillet. As many times as I’ve made it, it’s never been as good as Moms. 💕

    • Actually, I’ve never met a pie I didn’t like. My favorite is either apple or blueberry, depending on my mood. Then strawberry rhubarb, pumpkin, banana cream. Cherry is alright, but not a favorite. I could go on, but won’t.

  8. Pie before dinner – what a great idea! I’m sure everyone has leftovers today, and yet the grocery store parking lot was nearly full. WUWT?!?

  9. Pie before dinner sounds fun. Goodness, you have enough left over to feed an army! Glad you had the family home and had such a fun

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