Two days ago it was Thanksgiving! A wonderful Thanksgiving! Sofia came up with two ideas of what we could do for sharing our blessings. Her ideas were one, make a big poster of a turkey and give people feathers cut from paper which we could use to write down some of our blessings and two, make lots of leaves for people to cut out and write out our blessings on and tape them on a big poster. In the end, the leaf idea won out, and was very successful.
All the food was delicious except for a new recipe Emily and Clara tried for pumpkin pie. It was from scratch, too….But so inedible that they threw it out! Luckily we had delicious apple pie and so much strudel, I think they are finishing it up today.
The Sagaponack Corn pudding was wonderful! I think we will be seeing it again in the future. Ina Garten adapted it from a recipe at a store called Loaves and Fishes in Sagaponack, New York.
5 cups fresh yellow corn kernels cut off the cob (6 to 8 ears)
1 cup chopped yellow onion (1 onion)
4 extra-large eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup ricotta cheese
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup (6 ounces) grated extra-sharp cheddar, plus extra to sprinkle on topDirectionsPreheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease the inside of an 8 to 10-cup baking dish.
Melt the butter in a very large saute pan and saute the corn and onion over medium-high heat for 4 minutes. Cool slightly.
Whisk together the eggs, milk, and half-and-half in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the cornmeal and then the ricotta. Add the basil, sugar, salt, and pepper. Add the cooked corn mixture and grated cheddar, and then pour into the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with more grated cheddar.
Place the dish in a larger pan and fill the pan 1/2 way up the sides of the dish with hot tap water. Bake the pudding for 40 to 45 minutes until the top begins to brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.
Yesterday I babysat for Clara and Sofia while their parents went to another Thanksgiving Dinner at a friend’s home. Four and a half hours of Pink Panther cartoons is rather wearying! But I love spending time with these sweet little girls.
Today I am resting. Tomorrow Alice, Emily and I and my grandchildren are all going to a performance of The Nutcracker at Hudson High School about a half hour north east of here. Many years we attend this somewhere. This will be a new program.