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Daily Archives: Nov 9, 2011

Thanksgiving is such a happy time of year – family and food abounds, and there is a warm sense of relaxation and togetherness that settles over those around you. But sometimes as wonderful as it is, it can also be stressful if you’re trying to feed a whole family with differing tastes. Whether the argument be over stuffing or cranberry sauce or pies, it’s hard to suit every individual preference.

And while you can’t always please everyone, you can certainly try! I’m starting today by looking at pies, taking traditional ideas and giving them a new and inspired spin, and also introducing a few more unconventional confections for those less traditional folks who don’t mind something out of the ordinary for a Thanksgiving feast.

We all know the basic Thanksgiving pies – we’ve got apple, pecan and pumpkin. On their own, they can get boring and stale, but there is so much you can do with a simple pie to make it a smashing success (with everyone). The key to a killer pie is to start with a really fantastic pie dough, and build layers of flavor from there. This crust here uses an unconventional ingredient to achieve the perfect flaky pie crust texture – vodka! But trust me, it’s perfect, and can be swapped into any pie recipe for the given crust.