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I received the BEST compliment yesterday.....

We had Thanksgiving dinner with my in-laws (FIL and his long time live-in girlfriend, Carol) . Last year she was so busy I offered to help her out and she asked if I could make the gravy, which I can do in my sleep. So when we arrived yesterday (homemade Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie in hand) Carol told me that she saved making the gravy for me. She said that last year's gravy was so good that she knew that she couldn't top it. I was so surprised and honored that she would feel that way. It just made my holiday.

Anyone else receive a really good compliment this Thanksgiving?

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  1. That's nice!

    I made the pumpkin pie again this year. I have an uncle who's an intimidating guy, never pays anyone a compliment, and abhors carbs and sugar.

    All he ate for dinner was a few bites of turkey and steak and a few green beans. He didn't say a word all night.

    After dessert, he came storming through the house, grabbed me by the shoulders and said "Did you make that PIE?!"
    Slightly terrified, I said yes.
    "That was the BEST DAMN PIE I've ever had. EVER. Thank you."

    Made my night.

    1. That's so nice and thoughtful.
      The best compliment was seeing everyone getting along and sharing the dishes they each brought to round out our meal. I like it when people share.

      1. I did get a very nice compliment! DH and I made pumpkin cheesecake ice cream (along with a backseat full of appetizers, sides and desserts) to take to our good friend's home. We all had a dish of the ice cream with Bischoff cookies before starting on the other desserts. One of the men, halfway through his bowl, said "this is the best ice cream I have ever had in my life". Now, he's in his mid-70s, so he's had a lot of ice cream. That was a wonderful compliment!

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        1. re: kitchengardengal

          Do you have a recipe for that ice cream? It sounds amazing.

          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream


            Here's the link. It's from foodie with family's blog. The gentleman who liked it so much commented on how 'silky' it was. I used half & half, and full fat cream cheese. We didn't have raw sugar in the pantry, so I used 1cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar.

        2. Best compliment I could ever receive was ten people sitting around the table eating.
          And, not one of 'em saying a word.

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          1. I guess my mom was complimenting me all those years when she told me to take out the trash since I did it so well the day before.

            Who would've thunk it.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Not meaning to take away from any proud moments, but when I was an intern, my resident told me how good I was at doing urinalysis.

              1. re: Shrinkrap

                Year after year, the new interns are preternaturally talented at disimpaction.

            2. The wife of one of my cousins actually paid me a compliment (she is usually a b*tch otherwise).

              She said she has never seen anyone put so much effort into making good mashed potatoes as myself.

              She is actually a good cook who has entered and won cooking contests. She has won some trips and prizes for her recipes. Of course, she is still a b*tch most of the time.

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              1. re: John E.

                John, was she complimenting your efforts or your potatoes?

                Sounds like a bass-ackwards compliment to me. Was she really saying that it sure takes you a lot of effort to simply make mashed potatoes?

                1. re: kitchengardengal

                  Yeah. :-( I hate to burst that bubble, but she was still being a b*itch.

                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                    She actually meant it. She actually said she hadn't seen anyone put so much rffort into making 'good' mashed potatoes. (If I thought she was being sarcstic, I would have said something about her crappy stuffing.)Later on, she was her usual ass**le self. At the time of the compliment, she was helping me with the potatoes by heating up the milk in the microwave when the potatoes needed addtional milk. This is the wife of the cousin (on a Thanksgiving thread about people leaving to go shopping) who did not show up because he was in a poker tournament.

                    1. re: John E.

                      Isn't it sad that someone is so used to being mean that even their real compliments sound a little rude?

                      But, that being said, yay for your great mashed potatoes!

                      1. re: Violatp

                        The reason for her 'effort' comment might have been because I was making 25# of mashed potatoes in a 32 quart kettle with a masher that had a handle that was 2 feet long. For some reason, it took longer than usual to get the potatoes going on the outdoor propane burner. Of course it was 28 degrees outside with a bit of wind. Anyway, I basically said to a few people (large extended family) that if anyone complains about my potatoes, they get the job next year. I waited until the potatoes were actually cooked, some had encouraged me to start mashing them sooner, but I hate undercooked mashed potatoes. No lumpy mashed potatoes from me....

                2. A couple that I only see for this one feast came through the door. She got a grin on her face and stated, "All right! Mr. Butter is here."

                  I only used 2 pounds for the veggies and sauces this year.

                  1. My brother said to his wife 'the late Mrs B'-not dead, but never on time>>>>>See, darling, it is possible to have the table all set and the food ready to serve at the time on the invitation...........................

                    They've been married 43 years and he has a standing offer to give her $10,000 if she is ever ready on time with everything completed that should be.
                    She has never collected.
                    They arrived at 1:45 for a 1PM invitation having only a 10 minute drive.

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                    1. re: bagelman01

                      So he neither complimented you or her, but used the opportunity to make a PA comment.


                    2. I was in charge of bringing dinner rolls. I made challah knot rolls. My aunt told me I was taking over the family "baking" duties, which haven't been filled since my grandmother died in 1995. I felt honored that she thought I could compare to my grandmother, who was a stellar baker.

                      1. If I might add one from the past - - - a few years ago we had a guest on scholarship at an Ivy League school who couldn't afford to travel home. The previous two years she was invited to spend the day at more formal, blue blood brahmin homes.

                        A lovely woman of african american descent, as we made an informal toast to start the meal, she beamed with a huge smile and exclaimed, "I can't wait to call my mom!!! This is the best White Thanksgiving ever!!!" It meant so much to us that she felt so comfortable and at home in our home to be so blatantly honest and real.

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                          1. re: Bellachefa

                            Thank for the laughs! I used to bring friends home for Thanksgiving in college and one year an ex-boyfriend remarked "damn, I'm not going back to my family's White Thanksgiving next year." My grandmother I'm sure felt proud of her cooking that night and that she filled the belly of another satisfied soul.

                          2. My friend visiting from Ireland, said "you must come home with me and teach us how to make these amazing potatoes!"

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                            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                              That's high praise coming from someone from Ireland.

                            2. PotatoHouse--congrats! BTW, will you share your Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie recipe? 2 of my favorite flavors.

                              This year, Mr. P. declined pie right after dinner, "blaming" me: "your food was too good to save room for pie." We had pie later in the evening.

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                              1. re: pine time

                                Here you go, it is a very simple recipe and I used a 9-inch deep dish crust.


                                1 cup apple butter
                                1 cup fresh or canned pumpkin
                                1/2 cup packed brown sugar
                                1/2 teaspoon salt
                                3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
                                3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
                                1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
                                3 eggs, slightly beaten
                                3/4 cup evaporated milk
                                1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
                                Sweetened whipped cream, for garnish

                                Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

                                Combine apple butter, pumpkin, sugar, salt and spices in a bowl. Stir in eggs. Gradually add milk and mix well. Pour into pie shell. Bake for about 40 minutes or until set.

                                Cook’s Notes:

                                -If the crust begins to burn, place tin foil around the crust and lower the temperature of the oven.

                              2. I made a NY style cheesecake and was told by multiple people that it was one of the best they ever had. I've made it before and there is nothing special in the recipe that would make it stand out. If I could only get it not to crack upon cooling...

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                                1. re: foodie0529

                                  Off the top of my head, I think the way to keep the cheesecake from cracking is to let it cool in the still-warm oven. That said, my NY cheesecake got a very nice compliment from a bakery owner visiting from New York.

                                  1. re: foodie0529

                                    I used to run a knife around the edges after I took it out of the oven (and it rested for a few minutes).

                                    Now I don't even do that; I just insert a strip of parchment paper around the inner sides of my pan, right after I lay down the parchment base.

                                    I've never had a cheesecake crack and mine cools on the counter.

                                  2. As I was flittering from the kitchen to the dining table lighting candles, placing silverware, arranging dishes, our little 8 year old friend, and budding chef, threw her arms around me, eyes lit up, and said "you are the best baker (cook) in the world!"

                                    That made my day :-)

                                    1. wow... that does feel great.....

                                      1. We go to a relatives house every year for Thanksgiving, potluck style. I make pot roast. I used nine pounds of beef for this year's dish. It finished in less than three minutes. The homeowner, who was busy carving turkey, never even got to taste it. There was plenty to eat on the table and there were certainly plenty of leftovers of the other dishes. I was complaining to my (soon to be thirteen year old) son later about how quickly it finished and his response was "Mom, there was a line for that thing out of the dining room to the staircase."

                                        On the flip side, the following night, my eight year old daughter and I were arguing. Out of nowhere, for no apparent reason and completely off topic, she shouted "You're the worst cook!" just to get a rise out of me. Best laugh I had in a while.