Nourishing Fare for TOODay Delivery

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.”

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Tie One On (…an apron, of course!) and make someone’s day brighter with a gesture of kindness.


I’m sure it’s the time of year that has me preparing soups for Tie One On Day deliveries. A hearty soup with a side of corn bread and jam made up today’s basket of comfort and friendship.

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The simplest fare wrapped in bright kitchen cloths will brighten someone’s day.


“From scratch” is one way to put together a basket of comforting fare, but honestly, a quick mix with grated cheddar stirred into the batter bakes into a delicious cornbread. The same goes for repackaging a gourmet jam into a petite jar.

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Whether made from scratch or repacking of store-bought, a basket of comforting foods will be appreciated.


Participating in Tie One On Day is a way to put the “give” back into your Thanksgiving, and in doing so, bring joy to the life of someone in need!  Supportive sponsors encourage your spreading the word and the love of TOODay with fabulous giveaways that will be won by four lucky participants. To Enter the Giveaways, click HERE.


When making a pot of soup to nourish others, I always set aside for us, too. Tripling the recipe will still have it a one-pot fixin’, and the extra can be frozen.

Sweet Potato Bean Soup

1 can (15 oz) chicken broth, 2 large sweet potato (peeled  cut up), 1/2 medium onion, chopped, 3 celery thinly sliced, 1 carrot cut into small pieces, 1 T tomato paste, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp cumin, s&p to taste, 1 can (15.5 oz) white beans drained (1 nitrate-free beef sausage sliced and diced)

In a large pot over high heat, pour in broth and add sweet potatoes, onion, celery, tomato paste, paprika and cumin and bring to boil. Reduce heat and summer until vegetables are tender, 20-25 minutes. Stir in beans (& cut up sausage) until heated through.

For a creamy soup, puree 1 cup in a blender/mixer/processor and pour back into the pot.

The sponsors of Tie One On Day give from their hearts without expectation of payment – only that you help to spread the word and love of TOODay. So, thank you for that!


“Let us live well, simply, economically, healthfully and artistically.”

Good Things to Eat (1909), A Blessing

National Tie One On Day_Pumpkin Persuasion

    For this year’s Thanksgiving gathering, my assignment is desserts, of which one must, according to Thanksgiving law or something, be a pumpkin pie. PP is not my favorite pie, but to others, it’s not Thanksgiving without it. And since I’m in a crowd-pleasing mood, I’ll bake one.

    In searching for a recipe, I learned there is a jack o’lantern pumpkin and a pie pumpkin, and a “jack” does not a pie make.

    I also learned that baking a pumpkin pie wasn’t always a simple task. Back in the day, just processing the pumpkin was a job. In reading about a pumpkin’s preparation, I became curious as to whether this pie has been a consistent recipe of pumpkin, eggs, milk and spices over the years, or if in the last, say, 100 years, it’s experienced significant changes.

    From a selection of early cookbooks, I saw scant variation in the ingredients, nor in the chore of putting this pie together:

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1902  Woman’s Favorite Cook Book
“Pumpkin Pie (Like Mother Makes)”

1 qt milk, 3 cupfuls of boiled and strained pumpkin, one and one-half cupfuls brown sugar, one-half cupful molasses, the yolks and whites of 3 eggs beaten separately, a little salt, one level tablespoon each of ginger and cinnamon, salt to taste. Beat all together and bake with an undercrust; enough for three pies.

Pumpkin Pie 1904  Gold Medal Cook Book

One cup stewed and sifted pumpkin, one level teaspoon salt, one saltspoon mace, one teaspoon cinnamon, two-thirds cup sugar, one beaten egg well mixed together, pour over one cup each of cream and milk boiling hot, fill the plate and set into oven as quickly as possible; if pumpkin is watery add one teaspoon flour. It is done when it rises well in the middle. A rim of puff paste can be laid around the edge of the plate if liked, if used it should be at least one inch wide and the edge that goes down into the pumpkin rolled very thin.

Pumpkin Pie 1915  Things to Eat

4 Tablespoons pumpkin, 1 pint cream (or milk with piece of butter size of walnut), 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup molasses, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, 1 tablespoon flour, 3 eggs well beaten add last. Will make 3 pies.

Pumpkin Pie 1929 The Modern Home-Maker
2 cups stewed and strained pumpkin, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon mace, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup milk. Line a buttered pie plate with pastry. Beat eggs, add to milk and pumpkin. Add sugar, flour, salt and spices and mix thoroughly. Pour into lined pie plate and bake in a hot oven until a golden brown color.
     Finally! Canned pumpkin makes its way into our collective pantries and Good Housekeeping bestows its approval on a pumpkin pie recipe that no longer required the hours nor mess of stewing, straining and mashing. 
Pumpkin Pie 1930 MEALS Tested, Tasted
and Approved – GH Institute
2 cups pumpkin, 3 eggs separated, 1 cupful brown sugar, 1/34 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon cloves, 1/8 teaspoon allspice, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 3 cupfuls scalded milk.  To cooked or canned pumpkin, add egg-yolks, sugar, salt and spices, and mix thoroughly. Add scalded milk and fold in stiffly beaten egg-whites. Pour into a pie plate lined with pastry and bake. Makes 2 medium or 1 large and 1 small pie. To serve, cool the pie slightly and arrange small mounds of unsweetened whipped cream, 1 in the center of each individual piece of pie. Drop 1 tsp honey in the center of each mound of cream and serve at once.
     All I have to say is thank goodness for canned pumpkin. But I wondered, are all canned pumpkin products the same, or is there one canned pumpkin and recipe that stands out?  Seems there is!
    According to my new apron friend, 91-year-old Pillsbury Bakeoff veteran Joan Vanburen of Willmar, MN, Libby’s pumpkin pie recipe is “…easy to make and comes out good for anyone.”  And in this Joan 

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is in agreement with Beth Howard, proprietress of The World Needs More Pie website, whose only alteration to the recipe is eliminating the call for cinnamon as a personal taste preference. And in that, I am in total agreement.
National Tie One On Day™ Goodie Giveaway!

To encourage your putting the “give” back into Thanksgiving and adding National Tie One On Day™ (…an apron, of course!) to your holiday tradition, a dedicated group of sponsors are putting some fabulous “give” into the NTOODay 2011 Goodie Giveaway!

To enter, click HERE

The National Tie One On Day Goodie Giveaway sponsors are generously providing an array of giveaways, which I’m highlighting throughout the NTOODay™ campaign.

  • Beth M. Howard From her home in Eldon, Iowa, where she is the proud resident of the famous American Gothic House, Beth sells pie to tourists from her pitchfork pie stand and teaches pie making classes. Pie is meant for sharing. Pie connects people. Pie is the perfect partner to National Tie One On Day. Beth’s goodie is an adorable tee, style choice by the winners.

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BERNINA Sew Essential Lady Knife Giveaway 2011
  • Heavenly Hostess by Cynthia Waddell, is a line dedicated to upscale aprons and kitchen linens. All Heavenly Hostess products, including beautiful vintage inspired hostess aprons, retro inspired cocktail aprons and vintage inspired halter aprons, are designed and manufactured in Sunny California.
  • Heavenly Hostess is providing two winners the new Cupcake Cutie reversible halter apron, which Cynthia describes as, “So sweet and perfect for holiday baking and entertaining, Cupcake Cutie is fully reversible and made of fine 100% cotton.”

Heavenly Hostess 2011 CupcakeCutie
  • MikWright is a nationally known greeting card company founded in 1991 by friends Phyllis Wright-Herman and Tim Mikkelsen. You know their brand – they were the first to incorporate vintage snapshots with sharp-witted humor.  MikWright is carried in over 2000 retail outlets and has licensed products with Andrews McMeel Publishing, Design Design, Luckie-Street and High Cotton. When MikWright “ties one on,” it usually involves vodka and olives. Accordingly, MikWright is a proud sponsor and supporter of “National Tie One on Day™. For two lucky winners, two bountiful gift boxes of MikWright goods.

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    sleepwear for women. Haralee’s Cool Garments for Hot Women are ideal for the woman experiencing night sweats due to menopause, breast cancer, medications or high internal thermostat. Owner Haralee Weintraub is a breast cancer survivor; she donates a portion of her company’s sales to breast cancer research. Haralee is generously providing two gift certificates toward “cool” purchases. 

Thank you to all who are spreading the word of National Tie One On Day, for the more who participate, the more who receive.


Leftover Friday

There’s nothing like being invited to a Leftover Friday party when the invite is from a chef who insists we leave our own Thanksgiving leftovers at home. Good news, given the pumpkin soup and cranberry cream pie I’d made were deemed inedible, which reduced my family’s feast to fowl, potato, and vegetable, all of which we’d gobbled up. The sweet potato casserole was especially set upon. Gleaned from the November issue of Saveur – a magazine I subscribe to for its unique presentation of food through travel, photography, and storytelling, this ‘tater dish was the first recipe I’ve ever made from its pages.

Savieur 2 And that it turned out exactly as the photograph only enhanced my excitement. Of course, it was ridiculously easy, and halving the topping with one part marshmallow, the other part crushed salted cashews – yummy brilliance. I deemed it a gourmet success.

True gourmet, however, is how our Leftover Friday hostess, Pamela, created entirely new dishes from yesterday’s meal. Pamela Ties One OnHam was redressed with a warmed cherry chutney, baby cabbage reappeared in a casserole, sweet potatoes were tossed with hash browns and potato chips (!), cranberry sauce baked up into a coffee cake, and the fruit of the centerpiece chopped into a compote. I, who celebrate when the finished dish looks like the picture, cannot cook by invention. That’s talent.

Adding to the esprit of the gathering was the brunch beverage, a mixture of champagne and ruby grapefruit, our host John’s creation. FriendsToasting our new friendship, we handed the camera off so we could pose for a picture. It’s a tad fuzzy, but nonetheless a keepsake.

And adding to the jubilation was the presence of our sons. It’s been eight years since Noah and Gideon were last in Pueblo for Thanksgiving at the same time.

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Family! Food! Photos! Happy Thanksgiving!


Tie One On…an apron, of course!


Rejoice! An unexpected snow storm provides the season’s inaugural donning of my mama’s mink. The rarity of weather inclement enough to wear my inheritance is such cause for celebration, by the time this photo was snapped, I’d already shoveled the walkways twice. Never mind the sight/fright I was to the paper delivery fellow at 5:30 am.

Living where the average yearly moisture amounts to 13″, I tend to greet snow flakes like a visit from Elvis. Unlike when my sons were young and my snow euphoria was child oriented, in their adult absence, I focus on the aspects of snow that are personally pleasing: clearing a walkway and eating snow ice cream.

Basic Snow Ice Cream Recipe: A simple stirring together of snow, sugar, vanilla extract and milk. For a creamier, richer taste, replace the sugar and milk with sweetened condensed milk.
The admonition to only eat of the second snow fall is not without its point, but where a second snow isn’t likely, the only caution to which I cater is don’t eat yellow snow.

Tie One On…an apron, of course!