rustic apple tart

I know some people aren’t big fans of raisins, but all week I was craving an apple dessert that was warm and  old fashioned— something I would imagine on a dessert table in a Charles Dickens Christmas novel.
This pie produced the exact flavor I was looking for.
If you don’t like raisins, simply leave them out or swap in dried cranberries.  Also, I tried adding cream cheese to the pie crust.  It was good, but don’t make a special trip to the store if you don’t have any.  Just replace it with butter.

cornbread pudding

corn-bread-pudding-2

Does anybody remember that episode of The Cosby Show when Claire is making Thanksgiving dinner and keeps sending Cliff out to the store to buy things?  She’s making this cornbread, and she needs 12 eggs for it.  I always thought, Wow.  That sounds amazing.  She also nags him to find nutmeg.  I assume that what she is making is some sort of Southern spoonbread, and so this year I made up a recipe that goes along with what she made.  Mine doesn’t have a dozen eggs in it, though. She was feeding an army.  We don’t have that many friends.

This recipe is surprisingly simple to make, and it would make a great side dish for any Thanksgiving table.  It contains no wheat four, so it would be perfect for someone who cannot eat gluten.

corn-bread-pudding

thanksgiving dialogue

A new reader named Susan made a comment on the “manners don’t matter? excuse me” post.  She gave an example of how she taught her kids manners with a little toy pig at the table.  Go ahead and read her comment.
Then, since it’s been way too long, and since Thanksgiving is around the corner, I think we should start up a little dialogue about manners.  So, here’s the question:

How do you teach your kids manners for the dinner table?

and, another question for good measure:

What are your favorite family traditions for Thanksgiving?

cranberry sauce with maple syrup and orange zest

cranberry-sauce

A few years ago, we invited our friend Shannon and her family for Thanksgiving.  If I remember right, she wasn’t a fan of cranberry sauce, but this recipe ended up converting her.   I gave her the recipe, and then the next year, I forgot how to make it.   She emailed me my own recipe, and now every year, I search through my ancient gmail archives and dig it up for Thanksgiving.  Maybe it will be easier to find, now that is on my blog.

And thank you, Shannon, for remembering the recipe!