The Haunting of a Chocolate Cream Pie

For as long as I can remember, chocolate cream pie has been a staple of any Thanksgiving table hosted by a French Canadian grandmother. My own grandmother would make this pie every Thanksgiving, and even the years that I shared Thanksgiving with Tim's family, a sugar-free version eventually and inevitably made its way to the table. What is it with French Canadian grandmothers and chocolate cream pie? Since my own grandmother's passing, this pie has kind of haunted me.

This Thanksgiving I was in charge of dessert (go figure) so I've decided to try my hand at this pie. I loathed the idea of mixing up a box of jello pudding and plopping on some Cool Whip on top, so Smitten Kitchen came to the rescue with her version of chocolate pudding pie.

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite time of the year because it is rife with tradition that I really love. I enjoy my early morning run, spending the whole day eating and of course, spending time with loved ones. And now, based on its popularity, I think this pie has made it onto the list of Thanksgiving traditions.

It's funny to look back at what's been said here the last few Thanksgivings, and even how my palate has changed. The year I hosted and cooked my own turkey, I threw away the turkey neck and organs. Now I cringe, knowing full well the delicious stock and gravy I could have made. But my gratitude for the blessings in life has not changed, and I am grateful for each day I get to spend with loved ones and enjoying the small pleasures of life.

Thanksgiving 2009
Thanksgiving 2010
Post-Thanksgiving 2011

Hopefully your Thanksgiving was rich with gratitude! This week my sister had a fabulous guest post with more ways to give back during the holiday season. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love and gratitude! And chocolate cream pie... That looks delicious :)