Adventures in Pumpkin Bread Pudding – Part 2 (and other Thanksgiving Tales)


Below is a list of things I did not own the night before Thanksgiving that I now own.  There are many utensils I come across in my cooking adventures I have literally never used.  Like, a rolling pin.  So, I get to make trips to Target.  I love Target.

After an evening run to Whole Foods and Target, I now own:

  • Nutmeg
  • Whole vanilla bean (which, I had to ask for because who knew it came in a jar in the spice section?)
  • A large rolling pin (I do own a small rolling pin I got at a Pampered Chef party … I have no idea)
  • A strainer (I am told I need this to strain the custard … who knew?)
  • Whole milk
  • Plastic wrap (not from the 99 cent store)
  • Aluminum foil (not from the 99 cent store)

Those last two are a point of contention between my husband and me.  The 99 cent store plastic wrap will actually maim you, or give you a paper cut that bleeds for three days — either way I am not using it.

It is now the morning after Thanksgiving as I finish this, and all I can say is I love Bobby Flay and The Pioneer Woman.  They made me look like I can cook.  I am in need of reinforcements since the only things my husband thinks I cook are chili and tacos.  I make great chili and tacos, by the way.

The picture below is Bobby’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding before going into the oven.  I used Crown Royal for the Bourbon in the pumpkin custard and it was great.  I made the Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise for the topping and skipped the Spicy Caramel Apple Sauce.  The Vanilla Bean Creme Anglaise was AMAZING.  I baked the pudding for 45 minutes at home and heated it an additional 15 minutes before serving.  It was a huge hit!

Bobby Flay’s Pumpkin Bread Pudding Pre-Oven

My other cooking adventure for Thanksgiving was The Pioneer Woman’s Parker House Rolls.  I think my husband fell in love with me all over again.  I was extremely scared about baking bread from scratch.  I had literally never done it, not even in my unused bread machine.  I don’t want to say this too loudly, but I actually loved it.  It was relaxing.  I did ever step of the recipe, except I used bread flour and a fast-rising yeast packet because it was what I had.  If there was a difference, I couldn’t tell you what it was.  They were literally the best rolls I have ever had.

The Pioneer Woman’s Parker House Rolls Pre-Oven

I did not bake the rolls in this pan.  This is how I brought them to my in-laws where I baked them on an air cookie sheet.   They came out looking like like little Pac Men, and we chomped them right up!  I said I was going to get picture of people eating them, but I was too busy eating them to take pictures.  In fact, I was a lazy photographer this Thanksgiving.  I need to get more diligent about that.

Thanksgiving Meal 2010

For the meal we had a turkey breast, spiral ham with my mother-in-law’s amazing ham sauce — sourdough dressing, sweet potato pudding (this rocks!) and cranberry jello mold topped with a dab of sour cream (really good!).  For dessert, in addition to the pumpkin bread pudding, our friend Jordan brought a homemade pumpkin cheesecake and my mother-in-law baked a homemade apple pie.

I wish I had gotten a picture of all of us, but alas, I did not.

Erik and Becky. Erik is a Wine Connoisseur Extraordinaire!

Boomer in front of his fire. He loves his grandparents house.

Another Thanksgiving has come to an end.  I am grateful for the gathering with family and friends, and excited about the leftovers!

When my husband, Boomer and I drove home last night we decided to take a peek at all of the shoppers waiting in line to start shopping.  I have really never seen anything like it.  What a scene!  People were sitting in lawn chairs, behind barricades with their laptops and large cups of coffee.  People even brought their dogs and frisbees to pass the time.  It was 46 degrees in Los Angeles last night.  Cold.  Very cold.  I have never shopped for sport, but those who do know exactly what they are doing!  Would not want to get in their way in a Walmart aisle at 2:00am!

I hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving this year.  Thanks for letting me share my Thanksgiving adventures with you.

Many Blessings ~


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