Gathered Round

Jessie: In New Hampshire, feeling grateful that unlike last year on Thanksgiving, the snow has not yet started to fly.

One of the things I am grateful for this year is the sense of community built up around this blog. And nothing seems to reinforce the feeling of community like time spent together round a table, sharing stories, experiences and a good meal.

Since we can’t all be together the physical world today I thought it might be nice to imagine seeing all of you around a cyber table. I am imagining a gathering of all of those readers who comment and all of those readers who simply enjoy reading and nodding their heads quietly. I’d love for any of you to join in by mentioning in the comments which favorite food you would like to bring to the feast and maybe a thing you are thankful for this year.

I’m planning to bring my protagonist Dani Greene’s Maple Pumpkin Butter. Dani likes to beat it together with some cream cheese and use it as a dip for pretzels. It is also great on hot toast or spread between the layers of a cake. The recipe comes from my book, A Sticky Situation. Its main ingredient is pumpkin and it always makes me think of Thanksgiving every time I make it.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Maple Pumpkin Butter

30 ounces canned pumpkin puree

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 1/4 cups brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon each ground cloves and cardamom

Spray a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. In a bowl combine all ingredients then add to the slow cooker. Cook on low setting for 6 hours or until the mixture is reduced to a thick, spreadable consistency.

42 Thoughts

  1. I’m also grateful for this community, Jessie. I’ll bring Cam Flaherty’s marinated asparagus, Robbie Jordan’s biscuits and gravy, and an 1888 chicken pie from Rose Carroll.

  2. Oh, wow! I am surely coming to this feast. I also have a local NH maple syrup dip, but it only has cream cheese, maple syrup, and minced garlic. You cannot detect the garlic. Everyone asks what’s in this I want the recipe.

  3. I will bring pies, pecan and pumpkin, and sit between my two sisters for whom I am always thankful!

  4. What a wonderful gathering this is! I’ll bring Joe Froggers–the big round soft molasses cookies that originated in Marblehead back in 1798. It’s rum and salt water that keeps them soft for weeks and the fishermen of Marblehead regularly took them to sea. (The recipe is in my book Look Both Ways!)

    1. I love, love, love soft molasses cookies!I’ve always thought salt water was a cure for the world’s ills but I had no idea it was the key to great cookies! Thanks for sharing the secret!

  5. Jessie, you’re going to shake your head at me but I’ll bring a vegan apple pie! 😉 Your butter sounds amazing – I am a sucker for pumpkin! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. My favorite Thanksgiving veggie. Some people think the peeling and cutting is too labor intensive, but if you put it in the microwave for a while, it’s easy!

  6. Happy thanksgiving wicked family! I’ll bring my mom’s stuffing. It’s not fancy but the best I’ve ever had! This was a lovely idea, Jessie!!!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving my beloved Wickeds!!! Love this idea Jessie, and thanks for the recipe! I will bring my candied yams. I caramelize the brown sugar, and then add bourbon. Layer roasted yams, and the sauce, and let them all sit together over night.

  8. I’ll contribute my grandma’s coffee cake with raisins and brown sugar and nuts, made from the same dough as her bread, and so good no one has ever gotten it quite so perfect . . . but since this is pretend . . . 😉 Happy Thanksgiving, all <3

      1. My dad said the difference between a country cook and a city cook is that, given same-sized eggs, the country cook will say, “small, better use more” while the city cook will say “so big I’ll use fewer.”

  9. I’m not bringing anything today–but I’m happy to do the dishes, LOL! However, check back tomorrow when I post my recipe that uses up Thanksgiving leftovers: Black Friday Stew. Hope everyone had a wonderful day!

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