In our home, we love to cook from fresh local ingredients every day of the year, but Thanksgiving is a special time for cooking and sharing food with family and friends. We look forward to it for weeks! Here are some of our favorite recipes from local ingredients available from our regions best family farms. Thanksgiving becomes more personally “thankful” the closer you are to your food source.
Max, Deirdre and Family
Becher Family Pumpkin Pie:
This was always Max's birthday dessert of choice as a kid. Still is actually! We make enough pies at Thanksgiving to make sure we have leftovers for several days afterward! Then once those are gone we make a few more... We recommend butternut squash in this recipe as an excellent substitute for pumpkin, but they both work perfectly. This recipe is sweetened only by dates, so pie is really quite healthy to eat.
- 30-40 dates, pits removed (From DaVall Dates)
- 2 cups cooked butternut squash flesh (From Ellwood Canyon Farm)
- 3 eggs (From Lily's Eggs)
- 1 cup sour cream
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Optional, but yummy:
- 2 teaspoons spice mixture (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg)
- 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
- splash of vanilla
- grated rind of one lemon (From Louis and Maria)
Fresh Herb Stuffing
- About 1 pound bread, chopped into cubes (Try using Eva's sourdough bread!)
- Butter for sauteing
- 2 onions (Chris Miliken's Sweet Walla Walla onions)
- 2 celery stalks (Roots Farm Organic Celery)
- 2 eggs (Lily's Eggs)
- 1 tablespoon each fresh thyme and sage, chopped finely (From BD Dautch and Steve Sprinkel)
- About 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped (From BD)
- 2 or 3 cups chicken or turkey broth (make broth from the turkey neck!)
- Salt and pepper
Peel as many apples (from Fair Hills Apple Farm) as you want, remove the cores, chop them into quarters, and put them in a pot with a little bit of water. Heat up the water until steaming, then cover the pot and reduce stove to low. Leave covered for several hours. Check the apples, and if you like the consistency, call it done. If not, cook it a bit longer. This recipe could not be easier!!
If it is too thin, cook it down with the lid off to let out steam, but be careful not to burn the bottom. We like our sauce a bit chunky. Add cinnamon if you want to, but it is perfectly good without it.
Chris Miliken's Amazing Sweet Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes (Chris Miliken)
- Olive Oil
Green Beans with Slivered Almonds
- 1-2 lbs fresh green beans (as many as you want, really!) – from Chris Miliken or Lane Farm
- ½ cup slivered almonds, or more if you want (from Fat Uncle Farm)
Add some cooked onions too if that sounds good!