26 November 2010

A Study in Tradition

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Bob's family (on the Steffes side) has a Thanksgiving tradition that involves pie.  Specifically, mincemeat pie.  A review of the literature (research!) says that mincemeat pie is an English tradition, which does not jive with Bob's very German family, but it's true nonetheless.

While Bob was growing up, Aunt Lorraine would can jars and jars of mincemeat to be used in pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  When Aunt Lorraine passed away, a few jars of mincemeat remained but no one was worried, as Dianne took over the tradition of making and canning mincemeat.

The Steffes/Fessler crew celebrated Thanksgiving at Dianne and Jim's house this year.  This is the first time in my 33 years of being in the Steffes family that it was somewhere besides Uncle Slim, Uncle Smoky, or Irene's house.  Dianne's home was a wonderful place to hold our dinner.  Perfect for kids and adults alike!

I saw an opportunity to do a photo essay on the making of the Steffes/Fessler mincemeat pie.  Dianne is the pie baker in the photos.

















Can't say all the Steffes/Fessler family members love mincemeat.... you can see Donna leaning away and I don't care for it... and very few of the younger generation like it (Eric does!), but as long as there are some around who will eat it, and Dianne is there to make it, I can see this pie remaining as one of the special traditions of the family.
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