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With one of the biggest holidays just around the bend, I've been thinking about what to make for our Thanksgiving potluck. The news doesn't take a vacation on Thanksgiving, Christmas or any day for that matter, so we have a skeleton crew scheduled to work.

Last year, we had a small potluck of goodies, and to it I brought homemade hot chocolate with hand-whipped cream. It was a nice treat from... I really can't remember if it was cold last Thanksgiving... but nonetheless it was a treat. I made it with chocolate chips, heavy cream, a touch of coffee and just a pinch of cinnamon. My forearm was tired after making the whipped cream, but it was worth it. I know Allison Miles and Shari Prenzler loved it.

Just the other day, Kimiko Fieg, my presentation editor, sent out an email listing who would bring which dish to the potluck. It brought back memories of being in grade school when everyone would have a designated dish, drink or paper product to bring to the party for whatever reason we were having one.

The email listed the usual suspects, green bean casserole, turkey, cranberry sauce, we're familiar with the rest. As my eyes scrolled down, I saw my name and next to it "Pumpkin pie??" I wanted to bring something else to the table, too, so I am considering some hot chocolate again or maybe some spiced apple cider. Last year, I brought my crock pot to keep the hot chocolate warm, so this year I might be able to do just the same. I'll bring some pumpkin pie, or maybe something else, a pumpkin cheesecake or a pumpkin cake roll... I'm still debating. Or maybe I'll deviate from the list and make some a new recipe that found its way into my hands on a recent assignment.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Cooke for a story in GC Magazine, and she, having read my previous blogs, offered to share with me two recipes; One was for a Creamy Pumpkin Pie, and the other was for a Sweet Potato Souffle. The two sound wonderful and will probably be made in the near future. But to be honest, I am thinking of making the souffle for the potluck solely because I have never made one before. Souffles have such a daunting reputation of easily being ruined. However, just think how exciting it would be to bring a successful one to the potluck.

I'll let you know how it goes in the next few weeks. In the meantime, I have two pumpkins at home that need to be prepped for pie.