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Comment by Idaho Spud on November 19, 2017 at 11:02am

I just vaugly remember mince pie.  I think I liked it.

I'm doing nothing special for Thanksgiving day.  I'm going shopping before then and will probably get another pumpkin pie and some more of what I'm eating right now: pumpkin pie ice cream.  Yum!

Comment by Daniel W on November 19, 2017 at 10:26am

Randy, for me the Thanksgiving dinner is about the fixin's - punkin pie, yeast rolls, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole.  I need to do some grocery shopping Monday morning.

This talk about raisins reminds me about mince pie.  I wonder if I can find the recipe.  Black and golden raisins, orange, including spices, and I forget what else.  It was a recipe in Vegetarian Times in the 70s or 80s.  Love that pie, if I havent lost the recipe!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 19, 2017 at 10:09am

Other than raisin cookies, I'm not a fan of any dried fruit.  I'll eat a dried bannana chip once in a while, but only once in a while.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 19, 2017 at 10:06am

Talk of raisins reminds me of a scene in the 1993 movie "Benny & June". Sam is played by Johnny Depp.

Sam: You don't like raisins? 

Joon: Not really. 

Sam: Why? 

Joon: They used to be fat and juicy and now they're twisted. They had their lives stolen. Well, they taste sweet, but really they're just humiliated grapes. I can't say I am a big supporter of the raisin council.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 19, 2017 at 9:54am

Carl, I didn't like raisins by themselves, even when I was young, but Mom made fat cookies that had a raisin puree in the center.  Don't know what else she added, but I loved those.  It's been many years since I've had chocolate covered raisins, but I think I like them also.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 19, 2017 at 7:53am

Hmmm. Perhaps buying/cooking a Cornish game hen isn't such a good idea after all! Since I can't find one, I reckon it doesn't matter. I'm sure a small fryer will do just as well. I'm eating alone.

I will prepare all the standard Thanksgiving foods--need I list them? Looking forward to it!

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2017 at 6:05pm

Oh, other question.  I planted my trees.  They were from mail order nurseries.  Another quirk, they are much more difficult to transplant than most fruit trees, so they are shipped much smaller to start out.  Mine range from 2 feet to 8 feet tall now.  I would love it if there was even just one pawpaw next year.

What's planned for Thanksgiving dinner?

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2017 at 5:59pm

Carl, my climate is milder than many places where pawpaws grow, but Spring here is more chilly and rainy.  That can interfere with development of fruit from pollinated embryo.  The other weirdness about pawpaws is, they have a stinky flower, evolved to attract carrion - seeking beetles and flies, unlike most fruit varieties that have sweet fragrances to attract bees.  So there need to be stinky-liking bugs and beetles around.  I hand-pollinated mine, 2 years in a row.  I thought fruits were starting to develop, then they fell off. Maybe it's the chilly weather at pollination time.  Or maybe the trees are just too immature and need more time.  They are the slowest growing trees in my orchard, grow about 1 to 1.5 feet per year.  Peaches, plums, apples, persimmons, cherries, pears, gris 2,3, even 4 feet in a year.

There might be some confusion,  Papayas are sometimes also called pawpaw.  They are not at all related.  Papaya is a true tropical fruit.  There are pawpaws in Japan and Europe, but I read, not many.

Comment by Patricia on November 18, 2017 at 1:29pm

The last Cornish hen I bought was tough & stringy.....haven't purchased any since.

Comment by Plinius on November 18, 2017 at 1:23pm

As far as I can find most pawpaws are import, and here grown in greenhouses.


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