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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 21, 2011 - 10:11pm

I hate pumpkin pie, but I love pumpkin cheesecake. A few days ago I developed my own recipe to use this thanksgiving (I'm trying to impress my boyfriend's family). I just tested it and it came out awesome! So I thought I'd share the recipe with you all. :)  Does anyone else have recipes to share?

Yeah, yeah, I know this isn't a baking website, but writers need to eat too!


Thanksgiving Cake Recipe


1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
3/4 cup finely chopped vanilla wafers
2 tablespoons melted butter

1 1/2 lbs. cream cheese
1 1/3 cups sugar
5 large eggs
16 ounces sour cream
1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 can pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
5-8 oz. (1/3 cup) cranberry-orange sauce



1. Mix all nuts and vanilla wafer crumbs with melted butter and press into a 9 inch buttered springform pan. Set aside

Filling: (All ingredients should be at room temperature)

1. Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy with an electric mixer set on low. (Keep on low during the entire mixing process).
2. Add the sugar a little at a time and continue beating until creamy.
3. Add one egg at a time and beat after each egg.
4. Add flour, vanilla, and lemon juice. Mix well.
5. Add the sour cream and beat well.
6. Divide the filling in half and separate into two bowls. Set one aside.
7. Pour one half of the filling into the springform pan.
8. Pour cranberry sauce into springform pan and use a knife to swirl around through the filling.
9. Mix the pumpkin puree and spices into the set-aside filling until well blended.
10. Carefully spoon the pumpkin mixture into the springform pan.
11. Place in a water-bath and bake for one hour and fifteen minutes in a 325 degree preheated oven.
12. When time is up turn oven off, prop open door and leave in oven for one hour.
13. Remove from oven and let cool before refrigerating: refrigerate 24 hours.

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Nick from Toronto is reading Adjustment Day November 21, 2011 - 10:45pm

You're right, writers do need to eat.


Vodka Christmas Cake


1 c water
1 c sugar
4 large eggs
2 c dried fruit
1 tsp salt
1 c brown sugar
3 oz lemon juice
1 c nuts
1 gallon Absolute Vodka

First, sample the vodka for freshness.  Take a large bowl.  Check the vodka again to be sure
it is of the highest quality.

Pour 1 level c of the vodka and drink it.  Repeat.
Repeat again.

Turn on the electric mixer; beat 1 c of butter in a large fluffy bowl.  Add water, egg, and 1 tsp sugar
and beat again.

Make surr the vodca is still OK.  Cry another tup. Turn off mixers.  Chuck in the cup of dried frutt or

Mix on the turner.  If the fried druit gets struck on the beaterers, pry it loose with a drewsciver.

Sample the vodka to check for tonsistancity.  Next, sniff 2 cups of salt, or something.  Who cares?
Check the vodca.  Now stiff the lemon juice and strain your nuts.  Add one table Spoon Of sugar
or something.  Watever.  Grease the oven.  Turn the cake t in 350 degress.  Don't forget to beat off
the turner.  Whip the bowl out the window.

Check the vodka again.

Go to bed.  Who the hell likes fruitcake anyway.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. November 22, 2011 - 12:13am

Eating?  What's that?  

Clam Digger

1 tall glass

4 ice cubes

2 shots of vodka

1 squirt of lemon juice

3-5 drops of Worcestershire sauce

3-5 drops of Tabasco

1 peppering of Pepper

1 dash of Celery Salt

Fill up with Clamato juice
(then you can adjust for taste)

Drink, rinse, repeat.

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 22, 2011 - 12:15am

Hey now, there's already a thread for strong drinks. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters November 22, 2011 - 7:30am

Okay - most awesome mac and cheese ever.  I make it for Thaksgiving every year.

2 shallots, peeled
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 pieces bacon, diced, cooked, reserving 1 tablespoon bacon fat
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound penne pasta, cooked
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place shallots and garlic in a small aluminum foil pouch and drizzle with olive oil. Roast 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Remove from foil and chop. In a large saute pan, reheat reserved bacon fat over medium heat. Add roasted shallot and garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add flour and stir for 1 minute. Whisk in heavy cream and thyme. Reduce by a third. Stir in cheeses until melted, creamy and thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and gently stir in pasta. Place in a 9X13 casserole dish. In a small bowl, mix together diced bacon, bread crumbs, butter and parsley. Top Mac n Cheese with Panko mixture and bake uncovered at same heat until bubbling and lightly browned on top, 20 to 25 minutes.


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misskokamon from San Francisco is reading The Moonlit Mind November 22, 2011 - 2:53pm

Any good ham recipes? I need a couple of those.

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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce November 22, 2011 - 3:25pm

Ham? Yup.

what you need is

1 leg of ham

1 jar of marmalade (Seville orange works best

1 lb sugar

Pick three of the following: two star anise, a handful of peppercorns,chesnuts, two teaspons of powdered cloves, a stick of cinnamon.

chopped apples, chopped pears, pineapples in squares, dried fruit (optional, makes the meat taste nicer)


1 bottle of red wine

butter (some)

what you do, is score the ham with a X-acto knife, and rub into the skin a paste made from your spices and sugar and jam and bashed garlic and butter. if you chose some fruits, put them into a roasting tin. Then, put the ham into the tin, and roast for an hour. Then add the wine, and roast until tasty.


This was recounted from memory, so it probably isn't word-perfect. give it a go, and it should work.




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. November 22, 2011 - 5:17pm

I just eat desserts and then get smashed. Same for Christmas parties.

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Chester Pane from Portland, Oregon is reading The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz November 22, 2011 - 6:26pm

Curried Butternut Squash Soup:

  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 1.5 lbs.), peeled, seeded and cut into 1" squares (keep seeds and strings!)
  • 2 TB unsalted butter
  • 2 Shallots or garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • salt to taste (real salt, not Morton's bullshit salt)

Heat a large pot in which you can fit a steamer basket. Add butter, when melted, add shallots or garlic and sauté for about 3 minutes. Add squash strings and seeds and cook for about another 3 minutes. Add 3 cups water and 3/4 tsp salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and place squash in steamer basket. Steam over simmering water, covered, until tender, about 20-30 minutes. Strain solids out of steaming water and discard (solidsnot liquid! Save the fucking liquid!) In a blender or food processor, mix steamed squash, curry powder and hot cooking water and blend until sexy-smooth. 

And if you really want to get people's tongues aroused add:

Starry Night Biscuits

2 cups all-purpose or cake flour

1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
4 TB cold unsalted butter
a little less than 1/2 cup plain yogurt
a little less than 1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 450F. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut butter into small pieces and pulse together with dry ingredients in a food processor OR with a pastry cutter OR crumble together with your fingers. Stir in yogurt and milk gently, then put dough on a lightly floured board and knead just a little bit (about 10 times). Press down into a 3/4" thick rectangle and cut with cookie cutters or a knife (for fun shapes) or a drinking glass or biscuit cutter (for boring circles). Reshape leftover scraps and cut again.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until biscuits are high and fluffy and golden brown. Serve immediately.

If you don't want to do the Starry Night portion, a good alternative I've found is baguette croutons. Just grab a baguette (real, not fluffy bullshit kind) and toast in the oven until crispy. For additional wow factor melt Gruyère de Comté on top and plop into soup just before serving. 

This recipe has gotten me laid on numerous occasions. Just lost your appetite, didn't ya?

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. November 22, 2011 - 6:59pm

Upside Down Apple Pie

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoons cold butter
5 to 7 tablespoons orange juice

6 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apple (about 1/8 inch thick)

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons orange juice
In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Gradually add orange juice, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough into two balls. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Line a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate with heavy-duty foil, leaving 1-1/2 in. beyond edge; coat the foil with cooking spray. Combine 4 tablespoons butter, brown sugar and pecans; spoon into prepared pie plate.
In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, apples and remaining butter; toss gently.
On waxed paper, roll out one ball of pastry to fit pie plate. Place pastry over nut mixture, pressing firmly against mixture and sides of plate; trim to 1 in. beyond plate edge. Fill with apple mixture.
Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim to 1/4 in. beyond plate edge. Fold bottom pastry over top pastry; seal and flute edges. Cut four 1-in. slits in top pastry.
Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Bake 30 minutes longer or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edges with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent overbrowning if necessary.
Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. Invert onto a serving platter; carefully remove foil. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over pie. Yield: 6-8 servings.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 22, 2011 - 9:11pm

What do vegans eat on Thanksgiving just out of curiosity?


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. November 22, 2011 - 9:48pm

Diet water...?

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. November 23, 2011 - 4:06am

I guess there is tofurky or something.  I saw it in the store.  I like veggie burgers but I could never go full on vegan. 

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enough from Indiana is reading Warmed and Bound November 23, 2011 - 10:11pm

I am exhausted. It is midnight and I just now sat down. Had to go shopping today for last minute things I didnt get Monday for Thanksgiving dinner. I am hosting this year at my house for my mom and dad. They are both 73 and getting to old to host it.

I got home around 6 and started cooking and cleaning. I am not going to post all the recipes, but will tell you what I made.

2 Bluecheese Slaws, Stuffing, Broccoli Casserole, Greenbeans and Brussle Sprouts. Tomorrow I have to make Turkey, Ham and Mash Potatoes. Mom is bringing Sweet Potato Casserole, Cranberry something, Pumpkin pies and these little appetizer toast with sausage, hamburger and cheese on them.

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!!

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. November 23, 2011 - 10:19pm

Sweet Potato Casserole


Happy Thanksgiving guys! Enjoy!

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Raelyn from California is reading The Liars' Club November 24, 2011 - 1:00am

That Curried Butternut Squash Soup sounds pretty awesome. I'll have to try that one.