thanksgiving

meringue pumpkin pudding.

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I made this baked pumpkin pudding twice last week. It's as satisfying as pumpkin pie, but simpler and healthier (since there's no crust and very little sugar). Win win!

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Inspired by Kate Miss's pretty meringue pie and adapted from Deb's baked pumpkin pudding

1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup half and half
2 large eggs

Stir pumpkin, sugar, salt, and spices over medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Turn heat to low, and add yogurt and cream. Turn heat off completely, and beat in eggs. Bake for 40 minutes or until a knife comes out of the center clean.

For the meringue I used a basic recipe, added a bit of cinnamon and vanilla extract, and baked on top of the pudding for an extra ten minutes. It's fluffy and beautiful. Chill for a couple hours before eating. (If you decide to forgo the meringue, I highly recommend topping the pudding with whipped cream and crushed spice cookies like so.)

thanksgiving.

We did Thanksgiving as low-key as possible this year; one trip to the grocery store, one dessert made the day before, and a couple hours of preparation the day of. There were only six of us, and we vowed to keep it as simple as possible.



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My family has never done traditional Thanksgiving food; there aren't any casseroles and this year, not even a pie. We try to use the same vegetables and colors, but do it our own way.

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A few of my favorites were the sage dressing, garlic and rosemary mashed potatoes (the way I learned at The Mill), and spaghetti squash gratin. The tart cranberry sauce goes without saying - I make it consistently throughout cranberry season.

Though I honestly think with the background of the water and the gentle sea breeze blowing in the screened door, anything would taste good.

weekend at the beach.



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My family started spending Thanksgiving at our beach house a few years ago, and it has quickly become one of our most coveted traditions.

The beach house is always special, but even more so this time of year. The light seems to be extra golden and the frequent downpours feel even more dramatic. With the absence of tourists, it feels completely isolated on our little Pond Island, and it's glorious.