No two Thanksgiving tables look alike. Sure, you might find some combination of turkey, potatoes, and pumpkin at many dinner tables across the country, but it’s the stories and traditions behind them that make the meal so special. In the spirit of the holidays, we put a call out to our shoppers for their tried and true family recipes. The dishes that have a place at the table year in and year out. The ones the kids wait all year to enjoy. The ones that tell us something about who our shoppers are or where they came from. Whether these recipes are passed down through generations or a twist on a classic, Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving without them. What resulted is a virtual potluck of some of our favorite stories and dishes from shoppers across our cities. We’re thankful to have them — and you — at the Shipt table. Let’s eat!
Whether you’re in charge of turkey, dessert, or the entire spread, let Shipt get the groceries while you make holiday memories with the ones you love.
Anna B.’s Pumpkin Cobbler
Two years ago, Anna was looking for what she could do with pumpkin beyond pie when she stumbled upon what would soon became her family’s favorite dessert: pumpkin cobbler. “My twin sons are fully grown and still request I make it multiple times a year!” says Anna.
Originally from Ohio (go Buckeyes!), both Anna’s and her older sister’s families moved to Florida in 2009 for a fresh start and warmer weather. For the first five years in Florida, the two families did every holiday together –– if there was a meal involved, it was enough of a reason to celebrate. When her sons grew up and moved away, their family started taking on new traditions.
“As a mom, I bend. I’m flexible! I want to be with my kids for the holidays to celebrate, but I don’t care if it’s that day. I’ve learned to work around everyone’s schedules. It’s not the day that’s so important, it’s family. And celebrating whatever the occasion is together,” Anna says. “This year we’re celebrating on the Sunday at my new house!”
The one mighty rule for their family’s Thanksgiving: whoever is hosting cooks the bird. Everyone has different versions of stuffing or a favorite side to bring, but the dessert is always Anna’s specialty. A master baker, anything with sweetness is in her domain. This pumpkin cobbler is her newest specialty!
“The best way to top it off: homemade whip topping. But don’t buy it, make it. Any recipe will do. If you’re going through the labor of love to make the cobbler, don’t go halfway and get store-bought topping. Go for it all!”
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3/4 cup quick oats
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Add the flour, oats, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, butter, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and baking soda to a medium mixing bowl and work together with a pastry cutter until you have coarse crumbs. Set aside.
- Add the pumpkin, maple syrup, egg, remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar, vanilla, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to a medium mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared pan and top with the oat mixture.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Serve warm or cold, with ice cream or whipped cream to top. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator.