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Time for pie
OK, if you're one of those people who think it's acceptable to show up to Thanksgiving dinner with a pumpkin pie from Kroger, KNOCK IT OFF! Not only will you NOT impress anyone that way - well, heck, it just doesn't taste good.
The good thing is, it's easy as pie (sorry, couldn't resist) to mix up your own. We've always made LIBBY'S Famous Pumpkin Pie in my family, and I've never tasted a better one. In fact, I just polished off the last bite of the one my mom made this week, since we didn't feel like waiting till Thanksgiving to splurge. I mean, what's easier than pumpkin in a can? (And yes, I count that as cooking from scratch).
Frightened by the crust? (I'm no Polly Campbell.) Find some in your baking aisle. I use the "just add water" stuff, but Pillsbury also makes a refrigerated pie crust, which I've never tried.
Want more of a baking challenge? Find more options at the Libby's site. I'm a fan of the pumpkin roll as well. Just add cream cheese. Yum!