by Judy Ann Davis
This year, winter snowflakes arrived in Central Pennsylvania on November 15th without giving advanced notice. If you didn’t get all your outdoor chores finished, like trimming the shrubs, storing or covering the patio furniture, or shoving the barbecue grill undercover, you’ll now have to wait for a sunny day and first melt. Luckily, at the Davis house, we were able to get most winterizing finished.
I’m a fan of November. It’s the month when we celebrate the first Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims as well as offering our gratitude for all we have. We gather with our family and friends together, without the hassle of presents, and enjoy good food and friendship.
It’s the month when we can snuggle down and enjoy the many smells of the season from the cinnamon and sugar in an apple pie baking in the oven to luscious, rich scent of a steaming cup of hot chocolate. Squash of all varieties become a staple fall accompaniment to a pork or beef roast. Cooked, baked, and roasted root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, beets, and potatoes, stored for winter use, appear on our holiday tables. These are our comfort foods. And they remind us as the temperatures fall that winter is around the corner.
My favorite dessert during November and December is pie. Pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies show up on our table during the holidays. Here is my favorite recipe for pecan pie:
2/3 cup sugar
l cup light corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons melted butter (or margarine)
2 ½ tablespoons dark rum
1 cup (about 7 ounces) shelled pecans
1. Beat eggs lightly in a large bowl. Stir in sugar, corn syrup, salt and butter, mixing just to blend. (Do not over beat.) Stir in rum and pecans. Pour into a prepared, unbaked, 9-inch pastry shell.
2. Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) for 40 minutes or until filling is golden brown and firm to the light touch. Serve at room temperature with a bowl of lightly sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Do you have a favorite winter pie or dessert?
This month, I'm featuring my anthology of short stories:
UP ON THE ROOF AND OTHER STORIES
This is a collection of nineteen humorous and serious
short stories exploring the lives and relationships
of the young and old.
These are clean, contemporary stories
for an audience of all ages.
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