Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Even if you are not in the United States and don't celebrate "Thanksgiving" per se. It is a great day to give Thanks ;)
I am taking a break from the kitchen for a moment to share something that is very special to me.
A few years ago, my "favorite" aunt was diagnosed with cancer. It progressed to her brain and we made a tremendous effort to make the most of every day, every holiday, every moment. Aunt Madonna was the hostess for most of our family holidays. She was famous for her pies. The recipe had been passed to her from her mother in law. Madonna was the active pie maker each holiday. The Thanksgiving before she passed away, I asked her to teach me how to make pies. It was a great opportunity for us to be together and and at the same time, something that would go with me the rest of my life. Although I don't have the pictures from that special day available on the computer for me to post, I do have memories. Memories, and recipes I will treasure. She taught me her grandmother's homemade crust recipe and her mother in law's pie filling recipe for both apple and pumpkin. I realize something now that I did not know then. Recipes are treasures. It is a blessing for me to now host Thanksgiving in my own home and gather the crust and filling ingredients, so that when my brother's new wife walks through the door, any minute now, I can share this treasure with her.
Thank you Aunt Madonna. Yesterday was your birthday and today, your family celebrates a holiday with fond memories of you and thankfulness for gathering together.
The recipe is in her handwriting and I can see her smile when I look at the paper. I would encourage each one of you to pass a family recipe to your loved ones. As I make the family pies each year, I remember. We all tell stories about Madonna and know she is smiling down on us. We love and miss you!
What timing! The bell has rung.....the family is arriving!!
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