Last year's Thanksgiving service altar
Last year’s altar for the Thanksgiving service

This week’s Friday Five is because of my preparations for our Thanksgiving dinner celebration, which here in the US will be next Thursday, November 28th. I hope our RevGals and Pals who are not in the US will play along, particularly as it relates to menus and food!

Be sure to link us to YOUR blog post by pasting your link into the comments. šŸ™‚

1. Turkey: love it? hate it? self-basted? fry it or roast it? Tofu-turkey? Tell me more. (I’ve only had one roasted turkey come out totally delish so I’m fishing for your tips!)

2. Stuffing: bagged? homemade? sage? sausage? cornbread? oysters? nuts?Ā Got any inspiration for me?

3. Cranberries: When we celebrated Thanksgiving in Europe one year, our French friends thought we were nuts to choose a very sour berry and then load it with sugar. (Let alone the stuff that comes out of a can in a blob of gelatinous ooze!)Ā What do you do with cranberries?

4. Potatoes: (Boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew…) What’s your pleasure?

5. Pie: I’m married to the Pie Man. Anything but coconut pie floats his boat. What do you make? (or buy?) Pumpkin? Pecan? Apple?

BONUS: A recipe that you’ve tried out and will make it to your table this year.

I just tried a “Pumpkin Dump Cake” which is really more like a pumpkin custard pie with a cakey-crunchy topping. Or a cake-y pie. Whatever… The Pie Man has named it “Pumpkin Pike” and has approved it. šŸ™‚


"Pumpkin Pike" - photo from
“Pumpkin Pike” – photo from

1 – 29 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 – can of evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 cup sugar (some versions of this recipe use part brown sugar and part white sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla
spices to taste – 2 teaspoons total of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger (you choose – I tend to leave out the ginger)
1 package yellow or spice cake mix (I made it with yellow cake mix)
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter

Mix the pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar and spices. Pour into greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin mixture. Spread out chopped pecans on top of that. Drizzle melted butter over all.

Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes (so that the pumpkin “sets”). This is more like a pumpkin pie with a crunchy topping. (drool)

21 thoughts on “Friday Five: The Thanksgiving (food) edition

  1. Mama Stamberg’s cranberry relish is a Thanksgiving staple on our table. Listening to Susan Stamberg
    Deliver the recipe on Morning Edition (NPR) the preceding Friday is part of the tradition.


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