My family is pretty spread out across the East Coast, with only a handful of cousins in the tri-state area. So before we all head to wherever it is we need to celebrate Thanksgiving, we make time in early November to get together for our very own “cousinsgiving” potluck. Cooking is something that’s always come natural to me (thank you, Nonna!) but when it comes to baking, I swear I could screw up a box cake with the simplest of instructions. Cooking is my abstract safe zone, with room to experiment and play. Baking is more a calculated chemistry that leaves no space for what I like to call, “delicious mistakes.”
Despite having a tumultuous history as a baker, I’ve been volunteering myself as resident baker for Cousinsgiving each year in an effort to improve. While each design has taken me entirely too long to create, I’m pretty proud of how each turned out these last couple years. I’m even more proud that people now trust me with arguably one of the most important parts of a Thanksgiving feast. (Thank you, Pinterest.)
Because these desserts were so easy and enjoyable to make (hello, I put them together) and because I’m really good at sharing (Thanks, Kindergarten), I wanted to make sure I passed each recipe along.
2017: Turkey Face Pumpkin Pie
2016: Rose Petal Apple Pie