I know some of you will go “Ish! Squash?” But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! I was pretty nervous when I made Thanksgiving pumpkin pies for Will. He’s a pie-snob and once when I was opening a pumpkin to save its seeds, I decided to make a pie or two out of the meat to avoid wasting it. So I did. And when I served Will a piece, he took a big bite then said “What IS this?” making a face. I replied it was pumpkin pie, of course. (I mean it didn’t look like cherry or apple … “It sure doesn’t taste as good as a Hopi Pale Grey pumpkin pie, though.” he replied. So since then I’ve always made Hopi Pale Grey pumpkin pies for their fruity, rich taste. But then, fast forward to this year when the cows got in and ate all our Hopi Pale Grey squash. Oh oh. Thanksgiving and Christmas were looming and what the heck was I going to do for pies? We easily chose a new squash, Borchardt’s Wonder as our second favorite, right behind Hopi, last year so I took a deep breath and opened one, baked it and then made pies. Will agreed they tasted just (or nearly) as good as the Hopi pies! And they did.
We’ve got a big Howden pumpkin I’ve been saving as it’s a perfect shape, color, and size. And the cows somehow missed it when they raided the Sand garden this summer. It must have been hidden under thick vines or something. Every time I walk past it, I mentally pet and talk to it as it’s so beautiful. But one of these days pretty soon, I’m going to have to open it and save the seeds to continue the line as few pumpkins will store more than a few months into the winter. I know I’m going to miss that gorgeous pumpkin!
We had a quiet but lovely Thanksgiving. Of course it was just going to be Will and I. But about two hours before we were to sit down to dinner, David called and said he and Elizabeth were on their way to our place. I had cancelled the family get-together but something was lost in the conversation I guess. So it was the four of us. We social-distanced as much as possible and David is COVID tested every week at work. (They’re very COVID-sensitive at his new job; anyone caught not wearing a mask will be fired on the spot!) We had a nice meal and some good conversation, then they went home. Will and I will self-quarantine for 14 days … just to be sure
While David was here, I had him catch our big domestic tom turkey off his perch as his upper beak was growing way too long, making it hard for him to eat enough. That 30 pound turkey is way too much for me to handle and David is taller than Will so it was easier for him to catch the turkey. Two snips and the turkey was good to go and is now happily eating his fill with ease. I just used a dog toenail clipper; worked like a charm! — Jackie