This is the first year my mother won’t be around to celebrate. The photo to the left was taken a year ago on Thanksgiving at her old house in Kahala. Meda and my sister, Bonnie, are posing with her. As I recall, she managed to eat a full meal, far more than she had been eating day-to-day. And, as you can see, she also was able to enjoy a glass or two of champagne. It was, in retrospect, a very good day.
Yesterday I dug around a bit and came up with her pumpkin pie recipe.
I don’t know the vintage of this recipe. Way back in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, her recipes were kept in a small, black, three-ring binder. Most were carefully typed, with handwritten changes and marginal notes as she altered recipes to take into account changing ingredients and equipment. She kept careful notes, even on simple things like pumpkin pies, as you can see. The recipes I found yesterday were in a more modern binder. The older versions are probably in there somewhere.
There are notes from several years of pies (from 1999 to 2005, when she was 91). And the second recipe, clipped from an unknown source, made a smaller amount. Better when you’re over 90, I would guess.
In any case, here’s Helen Lind’s pumpkin pie.
Click on any of the pictures for a larger version.