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I totally cancelled Thanksgiving this year. Skipping it. I had this romantic ideal of getting in the car and going on a spontaneous road trip, eating Thanksgiving at a truck stop but then I remembered that I REALLY like stuffing. And Pie. And Gravy. DAMMNIT – Thanksgiving is back on!

Plus dear friends, I promised you the annual Thanksgiving playlist, and I hate to go back on a promise.

Why wait any longer – here is the Bittersweet Susie 2015 Playlist!

And for those of you cooking all day – here is a compilation of THREE YEARS of Thanksgiving playlist tunes. You know who loves you, right??

Thanksgiving Cooking Marathon

If you subscribe to my spotify channel you get get access to these playlists BEFORE they get posted to the blog. VIP ALL THE WAY.

I also have a Vintage Recipe test for you all – it’s a good one! And not in a SO BAD IT’S GOOD – but a “this is tasty and easy and thank you recipe writer from 1962.”

My mother has one of those little brand advertising recipe pamphlets from the early 60’s that she has had as long as I can remember. She hides it so none of us kids can “borrow” it. There are some recipes in there that we will accept NO SUBSTITUTE – they are the base for a lot of family celebrations and fond childhood memories.

I think a lot of these little pamphlets were considered freebees and throwaways but a lot of great recipes and artwork are in these little suckers. I have quite a collection going for me. But this ONE Eagle Brand my mom has is no where to be found. The hunt shall continue.

I needed to make a Pumpkin Pie for our office potluck. I picked out some fancy pants epicurious recipe – which I am sure would have been FAB but also contained 87 ingredients and an equal number of steps. My mom, being the smartest lady on the planet said “Fuck That!” and gave me a photo copy of a Pumpkin Pie recipe from her magical Eagle Brand book. Moms are the BEST, wouldn’t you agree?

Bittersweet Susie Thanksgiving 2015

Magic Pumpkin Pie

(Makes one 9-inch pie)

  • 1 unbaked 9 inch pastry shell
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a large-sized bowl, blend together all ingredients. Turn into shell. Bake in moderate (375 degrees) over 50-55 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Uhm EASIEST RECIPE EVER!

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The main ingredients are canned pumpkin and a whole can of sweetened condenced milk. I am already slightly concerned BUT my coworkers are good sports (they have tested a vintage recipe for me before) so I continue on.

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Looking a little better. I didn’t have all those spices separately so I just dumped a heap of pumpkin pie spice in there. Clearly this is an exact science.

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That’s more like it…

Bittersweet Susie Thanksgiving 2015

A word about crust. I hate it. I find traditional pie crust to be a complete waste of butter and I am not interested in rolling anything out with a rolling pin. Fuck. That. I cheated and bought a frozen crust.

THERE! I ADMITTED IT!

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Looks good to me!

Bittersweet Susie Thanksgiving 2015

Pie cooling on this awesome window ledge that I am convinced was designed SPECIFICALLY for this task. And on to the test:

My coworkers are brave souls- really! And totally game with the vintage recipe tests. I ask my subjects to be brutally honest. Some have no problem while others don’t like hurting my feelings. DO IT FOR SCIENCE PEOPLE.

Ashley: “I really like it.” REALLY? “Yea, it’s really good. I wouldn’t change a thing”

Karli: Reminds me of sweet ground – the depth of the flavors.

Ali : *having it with Reddi Whip* “hmmmmm a lot of spice, which I really like – but not overwhelming. It’s kinda fluffy. It’s good, it’s one of the most flavorful pumpkin pies I have ever had.”

Danielle: “It’s really good – and tell them I’m fat so I should know!”

Gretchen: “This is really good. I am normally not a huge fn of pumpkin pie but I would eat this for sure!”

Lori: (surprised) “It’s good! It’s really good! It tastes as good as a store bought pie but it isn’t as dry. It tastes whipped!”

Holly: “It’s deliciouso!”

Kevin: “It was good but I am not the best person to ask – I use it primarily as a whip cream delivery system.”

I tried it too folks, I was skeptical and I am PICKY about desserts, and it WAS GOOD. It took 5 mins to whip up and then bake. hands down the easiest dessert I have ever made. I hope this helps you if you need a last minute dessert to take to your Aunt Martha’s house. I promise not to tell her you didn’t make the crust.

 

If you would like to see past Thanksgiving posts check out 2013 and 2014 here. Please subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss a post (when I remember to post)

 

I am certainly thankful for you readers and friends! Have a great weekend.

 

You still have homework though:

• What is your parent’s or grandparent’s go to cookbook?

• Do you have a dish that is your favorite family tradition for Thanksgiving?

• What are your kitchen tricks you don’t tell anyone about?

 

Pieathon! Vintage recipe swap!

Hi everyone. Sorry I have been away!

I have been busy with a new job and things! All is well – I promise!

I am so happy to come back with an awesome recipe test (along with some rad fellow bloggers).

Onto the PIEATHON!!

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We each had to submit a vintage recipe – and were give one in return.

One of my FAVORITE blogs Silverscreen Suppers got mine! Check it out!

The assignment I was given was Blueberry Cream Pie from Good Housekeeping’s Party Pie Book (1958)

Luckily this seemed like a simple recipe. I had great plans to make this mid week and to shoot some friends enjoying said pie and that just didn’t happen. I worked the Pinupgirl Clothing Yard sale and shit got crazy. Literally people were acting crazy! (but that is another post for another time)

Here is the recipe I was given:

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I gathered my ingredients and just replaced the whipping cream with cool whip – That’s fine, right? I am tired and will have to do. I also got a pre-made crust. God bless AMERICA!

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Make the jello instant pudding per recipe directions, you don’t use as much milk because you are going for a custard filling. Then you fold in some whip cream – or in my case – COOL WHIP!

   Blueberry Cream Pie from Good Housekeeping’s Party Pie Book (1958)

You think that’s enough? I may need to test it!

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Then you make the pie filling. I used fresh berries because it is summertime here! Lemon zest always makes everything better!

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I pulled the pie crust from the over and the damn thing steamed up my lens!

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Put the filling in the crust! Just give me a spoon!

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Carefully (it’s hot!) pour the fruit filling on top! Place back in fridge to SET!

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So – I did this LATE last night and have no one to test the pie. I am going to take it to work and update the post later!

I am going to take it to work and make my CO-workers partake. I hope I don’t kill them!

I know – I AM SUCH a procrastinator!

Don’t forget to come back and check how this pie came out! There will be an update in this post TONIGHT!

UPDATE – TASTE TEST

I brought the pie into my office for my lovely coworkers! They were brave but also utterly starving! (lunch was over 2 hours late and the natives were getting restless)

Holly : Your pie ROCKS!

Ali : Can definitely taste the lemon – more than the blueberry. It’s good but overwhelming. It’s more custard with blueberries.

Justine : Exactly what she said. A little too mushy for my taste.

Lori : I liked it – it was very Jello-tastic!

Susie (ME) : It tastes like nothing (I ate the whole piece though)

Gretchen : It tastes really familiar. . . I can taste the vanilla. It would be good with a cheesecake base. A little thicker and not so pudding like.

Talia : It had a weird aftertaste. You can taste the fakeness!

The Verdict: I agree it would be better without the crust and just served as a custard. It did not hold its shape well when cut. I may have used a little too much lemon in the sauce and I used fresh blueberries. Frozen may have had a more concentrated flavor. With all that and the reviews being said the general consensus was it was a nice cool treat on a really hot afternoon. It took less than 15 minutes to make and used very easy ingredients. I would totally recommend this for a festive BBQ – especially for someone who doesn’t bake a lot. Thanks so much lady friends for helping me! You are the best!

Office pie eating realness:

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Please check out my fellow Pie-a-thon mates below! Recipe swaps are my favorite!

Balls

Hey there! I made you some balls!

RUM BALLS!

These are easy, no bake and TOTALLY full of booze. A win on all fronts.

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I photographed a cooking tutorial for EHOW – it is never too early to start planning your holiday baking.

Rum Balls | Ehow | Bittersweet Susie

Yes, actually it is too damn early but you can bookmark it for later.

Rum Balls | Ehow | Bittersweet Susie

Homework:

• What are your favorite holiday cooking recipes?

• Are you willing to share this recipe?

• Will you still like me if I eat the last cookie?