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The Leftover Report

The stuffing is much better reheated by pan-frying, adding a welcome crunch to the texture.

The pumpkin pie was good warm (late, late last night) and is really good cold (today). I think the extra cloves, ginger, and cinnamon I put in helped as well as the quality of the Penzey's Vietnamese cinnamon. Served cold, the pie is clearly superior to store-baked, supporting my own view and experience in contrast with Garrison Keillor, who said:

"Pumpkin pie is the epitome of mediocrity. The best pumpkin pie you ever ate isn't that much better than the worst."

The turkey remains tasty. This is a good thing, as I'll be eating it for awhile yet.


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Nov. 26th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
In our community all the pumpkin pies are above average.
Nov. 26th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
And the flavor is strong and the crust is good-looking.

Seriously, what is it about store-bought pies? A big store with lots of equipment can make good cookies, good bread and rolls - but every time I buy a pie it ranks somewhere around "eh - it's edible."
Nov. 27th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
It's a mystery to me. The only thing I can figure is that a good pie crust is delicate so it comes out better when made by hand. Cookies have a lot of oil in them and can take being made in a mixer. Bread needs to be kneaded. I enjoy making bread by hand but it would be a lot easier with a big mixer and a temperature controlled rising box. But that still doesn't explain why someone doesn't figure out how to make a good pie crust in quantity. I don't know. Are frozen store-bought pie crusts any good?
Nov. 27th, 2011 05:50 am (UTC)
Surprisingly, yes. In many cases, better than homemade. Many of the experienced bakers I know (by which I mean old farm wives who've been making pies for 60+ years) use frozen pie crusts rather than making their own.

The biggest problem I've found with store-bought pies is the filling. It's either too sweet or too bland or rubbery. Sometimes all three.
Nov. 27th, 2011 10:30 am (UTC)
Real pie is when my grandmother would call me and ask if I could pick a gallon of blackberries for her. Or when she would come back from a you-pick orchard with a car full of Gravensteins. I can't expect a store-bought pie to have filling that good, but at least it should have a tender and flaky crust and that is what disappoints me most often. My crusts are not perfect by any means, but I have fun making them and usually they are better than store bought. And through some miracle I have a big bag of Gravensteins waiting in the kitchen.
Nov. 26th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Perhaps he just doesn't like pumpkin pie (heresy, I know). Or he's never had a truly awful one.
Nov. 27th, 2011 05:49 am (UTC)
Thanksgiving. The only time of year when telling someone to "get stuffed" isn't necessarily rude.
Nov. 28th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Karly's stuffing was a but gooey but
okay on Saturday. It was left out after that so I didn't eat anymore. Mine was too crisp but I'm willing to have some more because it was refrigerated correctly.
Nov. 28th, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)
Garrison Keillor is the epitome of mediocrity. Etc.

Glad you are enjoying the continuing fruits of your labors.
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