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The 6 biggest mistakes you can make when baking pumpkin pie

Pumpkin pie, with its thick, pumpkin-y custard, fragrant spices, and flaky pastry crust, is about as delicious as Thanksgiving gets. Served with a dollop of homemade whipped cream, there is no Thanksgiving dish that arrives with such anticipation. Yet, even the most seasoned bakers know a truly perfect pumpkin pie is no easy task to pull off. Here are a few mistakes you need to avoid in order to make your best pumpkin pie ever: 1. You use fresh pumpkin I can hear you now, “But such-and-such variety of pumpkin makes a delicious pie, just like my grandma made!” Well, if you have a tried-and-true family recipe that you’re used to, then nothing is going to change your mind — nostalgia looms large on Thanksgiving. But for those who want to make a truly perfect pie every time, it’s important to practice consistency. Fresh pumpkins can vary wildly in size…

Pumpkin pie with a pecan sandy crust

How do you make a Thanksgiving classic pumpkin pie even better? Replace your basic pie crust with this delicious pecan sandy cookie crust instead! Pecan candies bring a delicious buttery, nutty goodness to everyone’s all-time favorite holiday pie. The unexpected twist adds some mild fun without upsetting the pumpkin pie purists. Note: Process cookies in a food processor or place cookies in a  zip-top bag and crush with a heavy rolling pin.  Pumpkin pie with a pecan sandy crust For the crust:  2 cups pecan shortbread cookie crumbs (about 1 package of Keeblers Pecan Sandies or 20 cookies) 5 tbsp melted butter 1/4 tsp salt For the pie: 3/4 cup sugar 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground cloves 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp ground ginger 2 large eggs 1 can (15 ounce) pure pumpkin puree (Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin is my favorite) 1 can (12 fl. ounce) Evaporated Milk…

Homemade pumpkin pie spice blend

Do you know what’s in that pumpkin pie spice blend you purchased? Chances are, if you’re a fan of pumpkin spice, you might have some idea. But I’m here to convince you that making your own is the way to go. Here’s why: You’ll save money Spices don’t come cheap. Buy the good stuff, and you’ll be plunking down $5-15 for just a few tablespoons of various spices, and more if the spice is labor intensive to grow or harvest. But you’re buying pre-mixed spice blends, you’re choosing to spend more on spices than you even need to. You’ll get much less product, for way more money, and that mix is so highly specialized, it’s way more limited in use. You’ll save space Most spice blends are made from your basics. You’re probably already equipped to make pumpkin spice (and many other spice mixes) simply by having a reasonably well-stocked…

Does pumpkin pie have to be refrigerated?

If you only eat pumpkin pie in the fall, it’s easy to forget the rules of safely storing them. You may wonder if pumpkin and other custard-style pies can be left on the counter overnight or if you need to clear space in your fridge. And now that we’re on the topic, can pumpkin pie be frozen? Here are the answers to all your pumpkin pie problems: How to store pumpkin pie from a store This time of year you’re likely to see pumpkin pies at the grocery store sitting out on a table, rather than stacked in the fridge or freezer sections. Store-bought pumpkin pies are loaded with enough shelf-stable preservatives that they can sit out. Rule of thumb: if you purchased a pie that’s been sitting out, it can continue to sit out on your kitchen counter for a few days (or until its expiration date, if it…

How many calories will you consume at Thanksgiving dinner?

We’re not here to burst your Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon, but if you’re concerned about calories on Turkey Day, you might want to take note. According to the Calorie Control Council, most Americans will consume around 4,500 calories next Thursday — and that’s during dinner alone! As if that’s not bad enough, most of us are in denial. According to a Basis Science survey, most Turkey Day diners expect to consume just 1,780 calories, and 75 percent of diners estimate their meal will clock in under 2,000 calories. While ignorance can be bliss, your pants will always know better. And you should, too. From appetizers to dessert, we took a look the calories in a traditional Thanksgiving holiday menu. Too scared to read on? No need. We won’t ask you give up gravy — or pie.  You can have an enjoyable holiday feast without depriving yourself. Just be mindful of what…

18 songs about food that will make you hungry

Music can make us many feel many things: happiness, sadness, melancholy or joy. After listening to this list, you’ll agree a good tune can also make you feel pangs of hunger. From burritos to buttered popcorn, just try to walk away without considering how to satisfy your new cravings. There are countless songs out there that mention food. What others do you think should make the list? Hot Burrito #2 — The Flying Burrito Brothers (1969) If you’re going to name your band “The Flying Burrito Brothers” you had better write a song about burritos. https://youtu.be/3H2FHkFy5Ok Mango Tree — Zac Brown Band (Feat. Sara Bareilles) (2015) This easy, breezy tune transports you to a place where the tropical fruit is plentiful and delicious adult drinks flow freely. https://youtu.be/UOBgmPwNF7I Buttered Popcorn — The Supremes (1961) The Surpremes give a fun ode to when Buttered Popcorn could be the highlight of your night out. But don’t judge their…

Creamy Pumpkin smoothie makes for healthy fall breakfast

I have an intense obsession with pumpkin milkshakes. But I know that can’t be my breakfast go-to — well, everyday, anyway. I wanted to come up with something that had all the taste but kept out all the sugar. This creamy pumpkin smoothie tastes just like the classic Thanksgiving pie. And while nothing can replace my milkshake love, it’s an actual breakfast — and one I can feel good about. It’s made with just a few ingredients, so it’s not fussy. It’s low calorie, vegan and gluten-free. What more could you ask for? Make sure you’re using canned pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie filling. The latter has loads of sugar (and then we’d be right back at the health levels of our milkshake breakfasts). Sure, you have to add your own sweetness and spices to pumpkin purée, but you get to customize it to your liking — and they’re spices you’ll have on hand anyway. Just…