Gourmet Spy Pumpkin Pie

My friend James Houston Turner sent this tradition and his recipe for pumpkin pie. James is a Renaissance man: spy novel author, religious scholar, cook, homeschool dad, and cancer survivor. Soon I’ll share more about his incredible journey from Kansas to Australia and his tips for homeschooling boys.

To see  James’ recipe, and instructional photos visit: http://www.thegourmetspy.blogspot.com/  

Keep sending to me your great holiday traditions to share with others.


Happy Holidays dear friends and family,

To me, the Holiday season always brings back great memories of pumpkin pie and all the trimmings (i.e., the meal). And through the years I’ve established my own tradition of eating a slice of pie first, before anything else, just in case….So in the true Holiday spirit (and in case any of you enjoy doing the same), here is my very best pumpkin pie recipe. It’s made from “scratch” — no canned pumpkin or frozen pastry. In other words, this is the Real McCoy. And it’s a lot easier than you think.

Also, because pumpkins are synonymous with Thanksgiving and Christmas — the time of the year associated with the giving of thanks and God’s blessings — we incorporate pumpkin into every course of our holiday meal. We make a spicy pumpkin dip to go with crackers, have roasted pumpkin with the main course of the meal, and of course enjoy pumpkin pie as a dessert offering. Pumpkin is one of the most versatile veggies around, accepting sweet and spicy flavorings with ease. I’ll try and post the spicy pumpkin dip soon. It’s a winner (made with peanut butter, lime and spice). Ooh-la-la!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pie. Cheers and blessings for a wonderful Christmas,



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