Giving Thanks.

Thanksgiving is earlier in Canada than the States because, as we are more northerly, the harvest is earlier. So this weekend was a general overindulgence in all things. We went over to Fran and Jim’s, as per usual. Jim cooked two birds. I sous-cheffed and E did the gravy. And I fell in love.

Mike is a tall, dark, lean cool cat of a dude. An accomplished jazz musician and all-around audiophile, he does more listening than talking. He has an intriguing smile and a certain elan with his clothes. Chill, Y’all. I didn’t fall for Mike. I fell for his Sweet Potato Pie.

Oh, the sweet potato pie. It had its wicked way with me. And then, when I was fully sated, replete with Thanksgiving goodness, I had to sneak back for another taste.

How was I to know that such a thing would be so good? I mean, it’s in books, right, but it’s not really real, right? Like Whataburger or fried onions in a can. Or those hamburgers they call sliders. But sweet potato pie does exist, and I have fallen deeply, deeply in love with it.

I am thankful for friends, for family. For my life and its trials and tribulations. But I am especially thankful for sweet potato pie.

12 Comments to “Giving Thanks.”

  1. By Arwen, October 9, 2007 @ 8:07 am

    Is it mashed yams and evaporated milk &/or custard spiced like pumpkin pie?

    You know, I only heard this year, from 4 different sources, why our thanksgiving was at a different time. I thought, up until now, that… Well. I don’t know what I thought. That we started handing out smallpox a month earlier. I don’t know.

    I am thankful that Yaya’s home.

  2. By Liz, October 9, 2007 @ 8:23 am

    Yeah, it never occurred to me that there was an actual reason for our Thanksgivings being different from the Yanks. If I thought at all, I thought it must be some random Canadian reason, like October needed a holiday so we stuck one there.

    The SPP is mashed yams, butter, cream, raisins, spices, and I don’t know what else. Mike needs to be at every Thanksgiving I ever have after this, or else he needs to tell me the recipe. Because every thanksgiving without SPP will be a little sad, for me.

    I’m also glad Yaya is home.

  3. By rachel, October 9, 2007 @ 8:26 am

    It’s like pumpkin pie made with sweet potatoes (or better: yams). Tastier than pumpkin, I always thought. It is a legendary southern pie, along with Derby Pie, Brass Lantern Pie, Shaker Lemon Pie (contains peels and sometimes seeds! It’s sourgasmic!), and Sour-Cream Raisin Pie.

    I have seen Whataburger, but never eaten there, and I have eaten fried onions from a can. Someday I’ll have all y’all over for grits. And you’ll be like, “Why would anyone eat this?”

    (And my profound apologies for the very concept of “sourgasm”. But there’s really no other word for it.)

  4. By rachel, October 9, 2007 @ 8:28 am

    Also: harvest or not, I like the timing of US Thanksgiving better. November is too long and too dismal without some kind of big party to break it up.

  5. By Liz, October 9, 2007 @ 10:10 am

    Rachel, I am a big fan of the ‘sourgasm’. I know of which you speak.

    Am off to google those other pies, which I have never heard of. And as for grits, aren’t they soaked in lye or something? I try to keep my soap ingredients and my food ingredients separate, but maybe I am just being small-minded.

  6. By stephanie, October 9, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    I like the idea of celebrating Thanksgiving because of a harvest. All we have are the pilgrims. It’s a little outdated if you ask me.

  7. By Arwen, October 9, 2007 @ 2:23 pm

    We have Very Exciting Remembrance Day on November 11th, Rachel. That’s not party enough for you? g

  8. By rachel, October 9, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

    Is it absurd that I always forget Remembrance Day? It is, isn’t it.

  9. By elswhere, October 9, 2007 @ 10:54 pm

    You know what I’m thankful for? I’m thankful that Canadian Thanksgiving is on a Monday. So you have all long weekend to get ready and gradually cook things, rather than rushing home every night the Monday-Wednesday before in a frantic state as is the custom down South.

    On the other hand, that means you get to clean up the mess that’s left over the following work week.

    Ah, well. It’s always something.

  10. By Liz, October 9, 2007 @ 11:26 pm

    Stephanie, I thought the harvest was tied into the American one as well. Or is it really just “Thank God the Pilgrims made it here alive and thank God there were some Indians to feed them”?

    Rachel, I cannot find a ref or recipe for Brass Lantern Pie. What’s in it?

    Els, the trick is to invite a lot of people over who feel their contribution is to clean up. Then, Tuesday morning, you walk into a sparking kitchen. Because if you invite enough people who Need To Clean, absolutely everything is done.

  11. By rachel, October 10, 2007 @ 8:36 am

    Hm. I can’t find it either. It’s pecan pie with bourbon in it.

  12. By Liz, October 10, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    Pecans and bourbon? Oh, I could really get behind that!

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