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Taking the Punk outta 'Punkin' Pie 
Nov. 17, 2009 12:42 pm 
Updated: Nov. 23, 2009 9:54 pm
Food! What a topic to write about. I hope this doesn't cause anyone to lose their appetite. It's that time of year again and as I rock back on my porch and reminisce, it makes me think of the many pumpkin pies I have known, and how they have affected my life. Lets take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?

My earliest clear memory of actually making a pumpkin pie, was at my mother's. She had some of those really nifty, decorative pie plates with the nice picture and the recipe written right on the bottom, as part of the ceramic glaze. You know the ones I am talking about.

Mom happily went about making her picture perfect crust, whistling and humming and being all 'homey' as we were going to do this together. She took extra special care to make the edges especially beautiful, as this was Thanksgiving and therefore it deserved special effort. The next 15 minutes found her fussing back and forth, no longer humming OR whistling...but muttering to herself, and clearly frustrated. I could no longer stand the suspense and asked her what was wrong. She responded,

"I CANNOT find that darn recipe!!!Where ON EARTH did i put it???"

She was not happy with my answer, and I inherited the pie plate. We had store bought pie that year.

Fast forward and you will see me in my own kitchen, cooking with my two young boys. We are going to have a great time cooking Thanksgiving dinner together this year. What fun! What togetherness! What memories! I multi-task around the kitchen handling everything else, as I talk them thru how to make dessert. I am pretty sure it was Cody's job to put the sugar in the pie. His older brother Matt, agrees with me on this. What Cody did instead, is beyond me, but suffice it to say, that neither dogs, nor chickens will eat a pumpkin pie with no sugar...and your family sure as heck won't either!!

A year goes by. Another pumpkin pie sits on the table, center stage. We are pressuring Cody to eat his vegetables. He doesn't like vegetables, so we inform him that yes, indeed, he DOES like vegetables, because pumpkin is in fact, a squash!! Cody stops eating pumpkin pie for several years.

Time flies by, the boys have grown up and moved out on their own, but are coming for dinner. Cody sends me a recipe and asks me to PLEASE make this "2 layer, No-bake Pumpkin Pie" made with cream cheese and jello pudding....it has to be good cuz Bill Cosby is on the ad with it! He is willing to give squash another try, so out of great affection for my son, and concern for his health and well being, I assemble the pie and set it in the fridge overnite.

Dinner goes off without a hitch, and I happily bring out the two pies I have made. My own favorite homemade Dutch Apple, and Cody's choice, Bill Cosby's No-bake Pumpkin Pie.
Cody graciously volunteers to cut and serve, as I go about getting the whipping cream. I hear him proclaim

"MOM! You could make a fortune selling this pie!"

I beam happily, and with my best Betty Crocker-Marie Callendar-Martha Stewart toothy grin, I ask him

"It's that good?"

I step around the corner to see the entire family huddled over the pie plate...as I look on in horror, the uncut portion of the pie oozes forward and fills in the space recently vacated by the piece that Cody just removed.

"No, its not! But you'd never have to make another one, because it grows back!"

And that, boys and girls, is how we began the tradition of having Cheesecake at our holiday table.

Nov. 17, 2009 2:53 pm
LOL!!! I made that same pumpkin spice Jell-O pudding pie last year and had the same results! I guess Jell-O pudding just isn't meant to be a replacement for "the real thing", huh?
Nov. 17, 2009 3:03 pm
Thanks for another look into your wonderful life. Mag
Nov. 17, 2009 4:09 pm
keri, i think this pie has been failing people for over 20 years! LOL thanks mags...your constant encouragement means a lot to me!
Nov. 17, 2009 5:34 pm
LOL.. trials of pumpkin pies.. it's so much fun to read petey and I enjoy your posts on the exchange too!
Nov. 17, 2009 7:04 pm
Well, LOL, I am glad I am not the only person to forget the sugar in the pumpkin pie! I made one last Tgivig for the in laws and did not eat any (went for the banana pudding) Since the recipe made 2 pies, I had one at home and hubby and I eagerly cut a piece the next day. Needless to say, we could not eat it, though MIL had politely eaten hers!!! I immediately called her and expressed my mortification!
Nov. 18, 2009 2:08 am
"It grows back!" That is hilarious!!
Nov. 18, 2009 3:50 am
ha ha thats great...wonder if it works with chocolate...
Nov. 18, 2009 4:59 am
Nov. 18, 2009 6:37 am
Oh, Petey thanks for the laugh. Your adventures with pumpkin pie remind me of my trials with frosting!
Nov. 18, 2009 9:47 am
"because it grows back!"...I had to go back and read that again! Hilarious!!
Nov. 18, 2009 3:43 pm
Petey...this was so entertaining..thanks!...reminds me of baking with my boys who are now 21 and 24! Good memories for you.
Nov. 19, 2009 12:09 pm
It is through these wonderful experiences that we learn valuable lessons! My lesson last year was that Sam's Club makes great pumpkin pies and they can be purchased last minute - the night before T-day! (At least the whipped cream was homemade!) Thanks for sharing!
Nov. 19, 2009 4:50 pm
Hilarious! You're a terrific writer. :)
Nov. 19, 2009 6:09 pm
Your story brought back memories. When I was a kid, I HATED squash. I remember the day I was told, "Well, you like pumpkin pie, and THAT'S a squash!" Of course I argued, "Noooo, it's not! It's not a squash, it's a pumpkin!" And then years later, making a new (unbaked) pumpkin pie recipe for family TG dinner, one that involved a pumpkin layer on top of a cream cheese layer-- the pumpkin never set! LOL What a disaster!
Nov. 19, 2009 7:52 pm
I love that no-bake jello pumpkin pie. I have made more than once. Your story makes me want to find the recipe and make it again.
Nov. 20, 2009 3:34 am
Haha.. that's hilarious!!! nice story.. thanks for sharing!
Nov. 20, 2009 6:32 am
You would think a pie that grows back would be a good thing...who knew!!!
Nov. 20, 2009 7:14 am
Hilarious!!! Thank you for the laugh :).
Nov. 20, 2009 1:21 pm
*dies laughing* I remember my grandmother having the exact same type of pie dish and doing nearly the same thing! My mom has the dish now and makes everything but pumpkin pie in it. :D
Nov. 20, 2009 10:59 pm
I agree with NavyWife and Mandie. Great story.
Nov. 21, 2009 9:02 am
That was adorable! This was my first year hosting thanksgiving (it was awhile ago in Canada :p). I make a double layer baked pumpkin cheesecake and EVERYONE was skeptical because it wasn't the traditional. Turned out amazing and every year I host will be cheesecake filled!
Nov. 21, 2009 7:02 pm
Petey, you NEVER fail to amuse us! That was a fabulous story!! Very funny:) Well, maybe you could make pumpkin cheesecake this year! Happy Turkey Trot Day!!
Nov. 21, 2009 11:51 pm
I cheat. I make the Impossible Pumpkin Pie using Bisquick. Pile it hight with Kool whip, drizzle it with caramel topping and sprinkle on a ittle crushed ginger snaps over the Kool whip. No one has ever noticed it doesn't have a crust. LOL
Nov. 21, 2009 11:55 pm
that was so funny! it is very dumb to put the recipe on the bottom of the pie plate, duh! i have never made pumpkin pie, my country doesn't have thanksgiving, or sweet condensed milk as far as i know, so until i find a recipe without it i won't make it :(
Nov. 22, 2009 4:13 am
OMG! We forgot the sugar in our pumpking pie last year! My children were "helping" too. LOL!!! Cheesecake..can't go wrong w/ that! :)
Nov. 22, 2009 3:07 pm
Petey, I LOVED this one! Enough so that I had to share the laughter on FB:) Keep 'em coming!
Nov. 22, 2009 5:41 pm
Don't you hate that? When it grows back?....hehehehehe
Nov. 22, 2009 5:43 pm
I love that double layer no bake pumpkin pie with the cheesecake bottom! One year we also had "pumpkin soup" because I accidentally bought regular instead of instant pudding for the pie. Regular pudding doesn't set in the fridge!!!! It did exactly what you described - filled itself in again. Tasted good though. I haven't made that mistake again and the double-layer pie has always been great. Except that now I am married into a family that doesn't like cheesecake OR pumpkin. So I guess I'll be making that pie and eating it all for myself. :) Great story!
Rhonda K 
Nov. 23, 2009 10:26 am
My mom and I always use the recipe on the back of the Kuner's can, except that we up the spices a little more than it calls for and we also add a little ground nutmeg (my aunt's idea contribution one year when I was little). Evacooper -- the recipe we have used in our family for decades is on the back of the can of pureed pumpkin, and it uses evaporated milk, NOT sweetened condensed. Where are you, and is canned pumpkin available there?
Rhonda K 
Nov. 23, 2009 10:28 am
However, I also cheat and use Pillsbury chilled pie crusts.
Nov. 23, 2009 12:31 pm
Too Funny!!!
Nov. 23, 2009 9:54 pm
For the past almost 50 years I've made the recipe on the back of the Libby pumpkin can. The recipe is on the internet now! It's good and simple: http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/specialty/libbys-detail-fpp.aspx
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