Three Generations

Wash the dishes
Wash the dishes
The christmas dinner dishes
Three generations in the kitchen
All at once

Go and get a camera
And go and wake up grandpa
Three generations in the kitchen
All at once

Play a Christmas album
The Elvis Christmas album
Three generations sing Blue Christmas
All at once
Light another candle
Come sit near the piano
Three generations sing together
All at once

Put away the turkey
To make sandwiches tomorrow
And put away the bones to make soup for the winter
But not the wish bone
We’ll just put it on the counter
To let it dry out this week
In time to make a wish for New Years Eve

Take turns with the washing
And take turns with the drying
Three generations in the kitchen
All at once
Soak the tough ones ’til tomorrow
And save the suet for the sparrows
Three generations Merry Christmas
All at once

Put away the turkey
To make sandwiches tomorrow
And put away the bones to make soup for the winter
But not the wish bone
We’ll just put it on the counter
To let it dry out this week
In time to make a wish for New Years Eve

Put away the fancy dishes
Just to take them out next Christmas
Three generations are only together for so long
Telling stories of the good times
The bad times and the war time
Three generations
Are only together for so long

Cranberry Pear Pie

(adapted from Wanda Beaver’s┬árecipe)

5 Cups pears: peeled, cored and chopped

1 1/2 Cups cranberries

1/2 Cup sugar

3 Tbsp cornstarch

1 Tbsp lemon juice

zest of an orange

1 egg

Not-so-secret pie crust

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the prepared pears with the cranberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, orange zest and the egg.
  • Roll out your pastry to line a pie plate with.
  • Fill the pastry with the pear-cranberry filling.
  • Roll out the remaining pastry, and either cut into 1 inch strips for a lattice top, or cut out some fun shapes with cookie cutters for a slightly funkier one.
  • Bake in a 350┬░ oven for 1 hour, or until the pastry is golden and the filling is thickened.
  • Allow to cool before serving.

I really was impressed with this pie. It’s not too difficult to impress a pear addict with a pear pie, but what was really impressive is the way the filling held up. A too watery pie is a sad one, and I was worried that with the way pears can really go to mush when cooked that this pie would be runny, but the cornstarch as well as the egg kept the filling from spreading too much after being cut.

The flavor of the sweet pears and the tart cranberry came together well, and the orange zest really fragrantly permeated the pie. It was just the right thing to bring to Christmas dinner.

Mr was too full after dinner to have a piece, so I guess we’re going to have to wait until I make another pie to get his opinion.

This time last year: Chocolate Truffle Trio

4 thoughts on “Three Generations

  1. Merry Christmas Dana!

    The pie sounds terrific. I’ll have to make sure my sister Barb, the domestic Goddess, in Ottawa sees your recipe. I just got back from spending Christmas with her and I know she has a box of pears from Costco that would work perfectly.

    She has every reason to trust your judgement in these matters. I persuaded her to try the Orange/Cranberry relish from one of your previous blogs and she says “I’ll never go back to cranberry sauce.” It was a HUGE hit.

    Looking forward to seeing you and Mister in the New Year.

    • Well, Mr’s family has been partially converted (they serve both), and apparently Sharon’s family may be converting as well. I’m happy it did well in Ottawa!

      I’m looking forward to seeing you in the New Year too. We must lunch soon!

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