How the Cookie Crumbled on Thanksgiving

My Kitchen Needs a Video Crew on Thanksgiving

Penguin cookie decorated as a turkey for Thanksgiving
Penguin cookie decorated for Thanksgiving

Rushing to finish my Thanksgiving cooking list, Pumpkin Pie, Frosted Apple Pie Slices, Sweet-potato Puff, and a bowl of Romaine Crunchy Salad, I veered out of control.

I pumped the brakes with the newsflash on TV, “Just in! ALL Romaine lettuce – RECALLED!”

Yikes! Hubby dashed to return the Romaine we had chilling in fridge, and I headed to our favorite neighbor grocer for gourmet lettuce to replace Romaine.

I dashed to make up lost time, and hurriedly flipped on my KitchenAid to whip the sweet potatoes, using  both hands at once, I flipped the speed to high with my left hand and I pulled the lock lever on the mixing bowl with my right hand. Unfortunately, I had not seated the bowl into the locking groove at the bottom of the mixer stand.

My sweet potatoes went flying. The bowl flipped and wedged against its base at a 45-degree angle. The motor froze.

I panicked, of course. Fortunately hubby saw this as an opportunity to employ his engineering skills and ran to the garage for tools.

He entered the kitchen armed with a giant paint-stir stick in one hand and a rubber mallet in the other. Within minutes, my mixing bowl was freed, and my KitchenAid was safe to operate. Continue reading How the Cookie Crumbled on Thanksgiving

Frosted Apple Pie, Secret Family Recipe

frosted apple pie
Legendary, frosted, apple pie – fresh from the oven!

Butter-cream frosting for more than cupcakes!

We frost apple pies in our family.

Frosting my apple pies began by accident.  I had baked my usual pan of apple pie slices for a family celebration. I always glaze apple pie slices in the final minutes of baking with butter cream frosting.

Soon, my family was frosting their apple pies like I frost my pie slices. They gave me credit for the idea, but  I had never thought to frost an apple pie — just pie slices — until they took my recipe up a notch.

Now, I frost my apple pies, too. The frosting glaze is yummy, and it adds glamour to a pie that can look rather plain otherwise.

My FROSTED PIE how-to is simple

Bake the pie as normal. Five to 10 minutes before the pie is ready to come out of the oven, whisk up 1/2- to 2/3-cup of butter cream frosting: 1-cup powdered sugar, 1-Tbs. butter, 1-Tbs. milk/cream/water, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla.

You may need to balance the amount of cream or liquid, more-or-less, with the powdered sugar so the frosting is not too thick to drizzle and not to thin to make a rich glaze.

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