Everyday Inspirations


~ food ~


Happy Thanksgiving, darling EI readers! I hope you're all having a wonderful holiday with friends and family.

I just came home from a beautiful day with my parents, brother, sweetheart, and dogs. Today was filled with love and warmth -- and great food. I could write paragraphs about my adoration for every Thanksgiving dish, from the cranberries to the turkey. But this year, Dan and I were assigned the pies, so that's what I'm focusing on tonight.

We made the traditional pumpkin pie, but since everyone does that I'm not going to share that recipe (though you're welcome to it!). Tonight, I want to write about the other two. They're not pies you'll see on every Thanksgiving table, but they're delicious, easy, and -- best of all -- perfect for any time of year.

{derby pie} an atwood family tradition

While we didn't get to have Dan's family around the table this year, his mom was sweet enough to send over the recipe for this family favorite. It's served every Thanksgiving and is so good that Dan's brother asks for it on his birthday every year. If I had to describe it, I would say it's like a chocolate chip cookie... with pecans! Can't complain about that.

By the way, yes, we made all the crusts from scratch. We used Ina's recipe for this crust. 

6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs, well beaten

Spread chocolate chips over the bottom of your crust. Combine the butter, eggs, flour, and sugar in a bowl, then pour the mixture over the chocolate chips. Sprinkle pecans on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. Let the pie cool completely (you want that filling to solidify a bit, not run all over). Enjoy!

{banana cream pie} a bunk family favorite

I also like to call this pie the so-easy-to-make-it-can't-possibly-taste-THIS-good pie. It's just... perfect. Listening to my dad exclaim, "Delicious! Amazing! This is the best banana cream pie I've ever had!" as he reached for a second helping made our day. My dad has always been the biggest banana cream pie fan I know, so those compliments meant a lot.

Ingredients (crust)
1 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
3 tbsp sugar

Ingredients (filling)
2 large, ripe bananas
1 packet vanilla pudding, prepared (we used Jell-O)
Homemade whipped cream (1 cup heavy cream + 2 tbsp sugar; whip in chilled bowl until stiff peaks form)

Mix together crust ingredients and press into the bottom of your pie tin. I like to stick the crust in the freezer for about 5 minutes so it hardens a bit (I don't like it when I am applying the filling to a pie and the crust moves around). Pull the crust out of the freezer, then add a thin layer of pudding and a layer of bananas. Add another layer of pudding and bananas. Finish with a final layer of pudding. Put in the freezer again for 5 minutes so the pudding won't move when you apply the whipped cream. Add whipped cream over the entire top. Keep cold until ready to serve.

11/25/2010 11:17:45 am

Thanksgiving isn't even over yet and you already have a beautiful post written. I love it. Both pies look amazing!

11/25/2010 11:26:23 am

Thanks, Jess! I hope your Thanksgiving is going well. (I'm sure it is!) I bet it's so much fun to watch your little one discover everything.

I wrote that post in a hurry so I could spend the rest of my Thanksgiving in bed digesting and reading. LOVE long weekends! ;)

11/25/2010 11:30:06 am

Yum! They sound delicious, Ash! I made cranberry pear pie with an eggnog rum sauce and a caramel pumpkin gingersnap cheesecake--soooooo good! :) (We go with Costco for the pumpkin pie...can't beat their huge, delicious, cheap, without-all-the-work pie!)

Ruth Rudick
11/25/2010 12:10:17 pm

How adorable you two are and I am going to print out both of these recipes.We had a nice day and glad to here about yours.Luv ya both !!

11/25/2010 11:01:09 pm

@Jen: Holy cow, your desserts sound AMAZING! So gourmet! You should totally share them on the web site this month. Just sayin'! ;) Let me know. And thanks, as always, for being so sweet. You are so inspirational to me. I'm glad we know each other.

@Ruth: Grandma, I love you. I'm so glad you're trying out the recipes. I hope your Thanksgiving was a blast. We need to come visit soon. :)

11/26/2010 03:39:57 am


The end.

11/26/2010 07:54:42 am

Teri, you are so sweet! What a kind thing to say. (I feel the same about you!)


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