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seal the meal

< intro by Jill, recipe by Ann & Dale >

Growing up, my family ate dessert after every meal. Yes, you heard that right: every meal, even breakfast. After completing the main course, we’d say, “It’s time to seal the meal!”

For instance, “Mom, I’ve finished my oatmeal. It’s time to seal the meal.” 

Or, “Mom, if I enjoy more broccoli I simply won’t have room for crème brûlée. I’m ready to seal the meal.”

I realize this sounds looney, but our “seal the meal” ritual gave me a healthy outlook on dessert (it’s an edible equivalent to a kiss goodbye) and also a reason to moderate (it would be imprudent to gorge on meatloaf when brownies are up next).

When I preview the desserts at Thanksgiving, I measure each slice of pie against the size of my stomach. Then, I stock my plate accordingly — a little less turkey, a little more pumpkin pie; a little less stuffing, a little more apple crumble.

All the while, I seek out desserts that bear the mark of human creation — I don’t want a factory-perfect pie with a crust latticed by robots, I want handmade pie with fork-crimped edges and uneven browning. Specifically, I want this pie, which was created with the helping hands of my niece Cora — the latest addition to a long line of experts on how to seal a meal.

Click here to see the recipe for Cora’s Perfect Punko Pie!


  on thehomefrontandbeyond wrote @

I love that hand made pie–and you seal the deal dessert is something I am going to have to add to my repertoire

  Jorie wrote @

Cora is SO cute. And I do the same dessert rationing at Thanksgiving and everyone thinks I’m crazy for wanting to see the dessert as I’m filling my plate with the main meal. Gotta know what’s coming down the pipeline!

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Exactly. I almost always skip bread—I can have it any day, and it takes up so much stomach space!

  Becky Hallstrom wrote @

What if it is my homemade bread? 🙂 Miss you Jill!

  abreakfastserial wrote @

I would NEVER skip Becky bread! I’d heap my plate with it and eat nothing else! Oh, it’s been so long. Just the thought of it makes my mouth water.

  Dale (Cora’s Dad) wrote @

What a stunning little girl, she must have exceptionally attractive parents.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

As a matter of fact, they’re both models. Elbow models.

  bodhimoments wrote @

I do something similar. We never have dessert at home, but when I go to a restaurant, I always ask if others are thinking of dessert later, because I want to know what size main meal I will then have. I hate it when I am full and then suddenly it is decided to have dessert, because, I have not kept space for it in my tummy. 🙂

  Ann wrote @

I love that you compared sealing the meal to an edible goodbye kiss. Perfect description.

  abreakfastserial wrote @

Thanks Annie!

  Carolyn Hallsrom wrote @

So….so….cute, thanks cousin ch

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