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Thanksgiving was very lovely and intimate, just us. We all gave thanks and ate from early afternoon and then later in the evening. Jack was sitting patiently waiting for morsels from whomever to fall to the floor. He is so cute.


I have to be honest, I was a little disappointed with the turkey, it came out gorgeous, but the breast was dry; I got thrown off by getting a smaller bird than usual and I miscalculated how much less I had to roast it, I should have taken it out at least a half hour sooner. Aside from that, everything else was pretty good; I am a stuffing hound and it’s always my favorite part of the feast so I was really happy with the stuffing which is my mother’s recipe. In keeping with my parent’s cooking tradition, I am the only one taking my cooking apart, it is a holiday and traditions should be honored after all. LOL

Desert was seriously good, you can’t beat my cousin’s recipe for chocolate and pear tart. You either make your own pie crust or buy one and after you roll it out and put it into your pie dish, you melt a semi-sweet or bitter-sweet chocolate bar in a double-boiler, I use Ghirardelli chocolate, once it is melted you spread it out over the uncooked pie crust. After that you take a large can of pear halves in either its own juice or syrup and lay out the pear halves over the melted chocolate. This is when you prepare the custard, you mix a cup of heavy cream, with 4 eggs and 5 tablespoons of sugar and pour it over the pie, bake it for about 40-45 minutes in a 375 oven. It is delicious room temperature, cold or warm. Everyone will love it!