Thanksgiving is always a wonderful, family- and food-filled day in my life. For as long as I can remember, anywhere from 20-30 people have gathered in my mom’s house for this holiday. We are a bit ridiculous when it comes to the food: always a selection of appetizers that makes it hard to leave room for dinner, two (or more) turkeys will all of the trimmings, and a variety of pies and cookies to satisfy all.
After starting college, and learning how to make an apple pie without mom’s helping hands (which was hilarious in the dorm kitchen), I’ve been making apple pie for our Thanksgivings using a family recipe. This year, I tried a little decoration on the crust.
Last year was the first year I experimented with a new recipe, and brought a Wild Rice Stuffing with Goat Cheese and Chorizo. As expected, a few select family members loved it, and the large majority were somewhat wary of trying something new. I’ve been told I like to make “weird” foods by some of the pickier members of my family.
This year, my mom encouraged me to try something new again. I have been loving squash all season, so I went in search of something featuring Butternut Squash.
I came across this recipe from 101 Cookbooks. I couldn’t find farro anywhere, so I took this opportunity to try Winter Wheat Berries, which I have been meaning to try for quite a while. I also planned on substituting the walnuts for hazelnuts, since I have been enjoying those lately. Unfortunately, I must not have been paying attention at the store because I bought UNSHELLED hazelnuts. Since I do not have a nutcracker, I’m in a bit of a pickle until I can figure out how to get them out. So, I substituted pine nuts out of the freezer, which ended up quite nice. I really liked how the pine nuts were a similar size to the winter wheat berries.
Again, the majority of my family was not inclined to try a new dish, featuring a grain most had not heard of. The adventurous ones told me that it was indeed delicious, and all left overs were taken home. So, I’ll count that as a success!