Bad pumpkin and thanks

The Martha and I would like to wish y'all great success in the kitchen today and tomorrow.

Here it is almost noon on the day before Thanksgiving and have I started baking yet? Oh no, I have not.

Instead, I’ve been sipping coffee and watching the snow fall outside. It’s utterly mesmerizing.

Last night as I was organizing myself for today’s baking extravaganzorgy, I pulled out a can of pumpkin from the pantry. I knew it had been in there a while, possibly as long as since last fall. I should mention that it is the only can of pumpkin in Jenworld right now.

Just to be safe, I flipped over the can to check the sell by date.

Damn. Apparently, I bought it couple or more years ago.

So it appears that I’ll be pulling on a parka and snow boots shortly and walking to a nearby market to get a single can of pumpkin. Send good thoughts that they’re not sold out, because the last thing I want is to go to a grocery store today.

It seems appropriate at this time to mention all the things I’m thankful for. There’s a lot, but my partial list includes: my husband and daughters, my family and friends, coffee, warm socks, a solid home that’s warm and furnished, a well stocked fridge and pantry, money to buy what we need, pan-seared Brussels sprouts with olive oil and sea salt, nearly everything Joss Whedon has produced for our entertainment, my fabulous physical therapist, and the music of Muse and Duran Duran.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Have a great long weekend. (And to my non-American readers, have a great rest of your work week and enjoy your regular weekend.)


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9 Responses to Bad pumpkin and thanks

  1. badnessjones says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Jen, and to all of Jenworld.

  2. Oh, girl, where’s your spirit of adventure? Eat that dang pumpkin; it’ll be fine. It’s not like it expired in 2003. (Happy Thanksgiving in advance, just in case.)

    • Jen says:

      Jenny, as it happens, I bought a new can of pumpkin. Then, as I was preparing the cheesecake filling, I accidentally grabbed the old pumpkin. My first clue was the strange consistency of the pumpkin, followed quickly by the odd smell emanating from the can.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving. I haven’t started baking either but I bought 2 new cans of pumpkin yesterday since I was standing in the store wondering who old my current can was.

  4. Cassi says:

    They say canned goods never really go bad, but I don’t suppose the Thanksgiving meal is the time to test that, huh? :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Smalltown Me says:

    I was thinking the old can would be OK because usually they last for quite a while after the sell by date. But not if there’s a smell! Ick!

    Have a wonderful weekend with your family.

  6. Yeah, I’d have braved the storm, too.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. We go through pumpkin much too fast for it to ever go bad. Glad you were able to get a fresh can on your walk through the snow.
    I made 2 more pies tonight, plus the green jello salad of my childhood (marshmallows, milk, green jello powder, mayonnaise, crushed pineapple, cream cheese, and whipped cream). The cranberry orange relish is waiting in the fridge and tomorrow I’ll dice up the yams, toss them with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and Sweet Mesquite seasoning and roast them in the oven.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. We are post baking here and I am just about at my pie-eating limit. Pecan, apple, pumpkin and cherry were homemade and a Marie Callendar’s lemon meringue as I refuse to bake a spring/summer pie the day before Thanksgiving!

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