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Note: Normally, Worcestershire sauce is made from anchovies, as well as vinegar, molasses, sugar, and onions -- if you wish the tea savories to be vegetarian, look for a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce.
From Eat Tea by Joanna Pruess with John Harney.
I may order a vasilopita for the New Year's party. I'm definitely making pfeffernusse, and wish I knew where I could get springerle, as I'm finding I really want those anise cookies my grandmother used to make for Christmas, even though they were not quite hard as rocks -- they just smelled like Christmas.
Success! The pie is fantastic, the crust is flaky and light, and I think I need to get a set of pie weights, because pre-baking the crust with white beans to weigh is down only kind of worked.
I followed this recipe -- New Twice Baked Sour Cherry Pie -- though without the brandy, and it is a fantastically tasty thing. The cherries are tart and tasty, as they are the same kind of tart cherries that are made into maraschino, but without the over-sweetness from the preservation, the flavor really comes through.
I used the leaf lard I rendered myself and it worked wonderfully, even though I don't have a food processor and had to cut all the fat -- the lard and the butter -- into the crust by hand. Also, I added a bit more instant tapioca than the recipe calls for, but I really dislike runny pies. This is not a runny pie; it is a fantastic pie!
I have all sorts of ideas for Thanksgiving dinner, and it will be glorious!
This year, ellen_fremedom and I are co-hosting, with a roast, a chicken, a variety of soft drinks and starchy foods to be indulged in.
What we need now is a head count...
Thankgiving dinner, Nov 22, 2012
I am coming; what should I bring?
I am coming, but I am allergic/on dietary restrictions which I will detail in comments
I'm out of town, but have a good time!
I'm out of town/country, but please post the recipes
something else, in comments
Right now it looks like it will probably be a gluten-free Thankgiving, but that's not a worry -- Thanksgiving is all about alternative starches! Sweet potato pie, pumpkin soup, and corn fritters for everybody!