ITHACA/ELMIRA carpet cleaners

THE MOTHER OF THANKSGIVING!

Sarah Josepha HallSarah Josepha Hall

The Mother of Thanksgiving was a woman of her time and ahead of her time.

Her name was Sarah Josepha Hale. She was born in 1788 and, in spite of the era, became a self-taught professional woman, a writer, poet and editor, advocating education and professional work for women. It was she who wrote the nursery rhyme, Mary had a Little Lamb.’

But Mrs. Hale was also a creature of her time. When her husband died at age 34, just two months before the birth of their fifth child, she donned mourning black and never again took it off.

She didn't believe women should have the vote, but should remain the secret and silent influencer of the male vote.

Fortunately, her influence on culture was far from secret or silent. In fact, Hale became a vocal supporter of a national Thanksgiving. For 17 years she wrote letters to five presidents about the idea. She wrote books and articles recounting New England Thanksgivings.

In 1863, she finally caught the ear of President Abraham Lincoln, convincing him that a national day of thanks might bring the war-torn country together.

Besides writing books and editing an influential women's magazine, Hale also promoted Thanksgiving through cookbooks.

SARAH JOSEPHA HALE'S THANKSGIVING APPLE PUDDING PIE

Apple Pudding PieApple Pudding Pie

Below is one of Sarah Josepha's desserts, courtesy of Tori Avey 

Thanksgiving Apple Pudding Pie

Ingredients:

  • 6 very large green apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into slices
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 6 large eggs, well beaten
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 2 9-inch uncooked pie crusts or 9-inch round puff pastry crusts

Directions:

  • Fill a medium sauce pan with 6 tablespoons of water. 
  • Put in sliced apples and the lemon peels. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover the pot. 
  • Let the apples cook for 25-30 minutes till very soft. 
  • Remove the lemon peels from the pot and mash the apples while they're hot until they have the consistency of applesauce.
  • Pour the mashed apples into a mixing bowl and allow to cool. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Stir in the brown sugar, beaten eggs, heavy whipping cream, and lemon juice. Reserve filling.
  • Line 2 pie dishes or pans with the 2 uncooked crust.
  • Pour half of the apple pudding into each crust to make two puddings.
  • To make the crust a golden brown color, whisk together 1 egg yolk with 1 teaspoon of water. Brush a thin layer of the egg wash onto the visible edge of the pie crust.

  • Place the puddings into the oven and bake for 80-90 minutes, or until the puddings no longer wiggle in the center and are browning in places around the outer edge of the crust.

 ENJOY!


Top of The Mother of Thanksgiving

Back to Articles

Back to Homepage


Always Anti-Allergen Green Cleaning

ABC Oriental Rug & Carpet Cleaning Co.
130 Cecil Malone Drive Ithaca, NY 14850

607-272-1566

Home|Contact|Website Survey

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote

Sarah Josepha Hale BookSarah Josepha Hale Book

Sarah Josepha Hale QuoteSarah Josepha Hale Quote