How You Do: Thanksgiving Edition

[I used to think I knew everything…until I found myself stranded in the middle of adulthood with no map and no one to guide me when I got lost. I have learned a lot since then – from how to balance a checkbook to how to sew on a button – and will share my wisdom with you.

Every Monday I will be back to teach you how to do something useful, even if it also happens to be completely random. Because, hey, you never know when you just might need to know how to change a tire…or mix a perfect martini.]

So, Thanksgiving is coming and now that we are all college students (read: adults) it has come to the time when we are expected to contribute something to Thanksgiving Dinner.

Before you cry, stomp your feet, beg your mommy not to make you grow up, and run to the grocery store to pick up a pre-roasted turkey or a box of Stove Top Stuffing, hear me out. You can do this. Really. You can impress your family and friends with your Top-Chef-style cooking skills and send them home stuffed, impressed… and not food poisoned.

First step: offer to do a dessert.

Next step: offer to do this dessert. It is simple, it is classic and it is super duper delicious, which means you get to seriously enjoy the fruits of your labors.


2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon chilled butter, cut into small pieces

1 1/2 cups diced peeled Granny Smith apple

1 tablespoon golden raisins

2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cooking spray

Prepare: (This recipe only serves 2, so make sure to adjust the recipe for the number of aunts, uncles, and annoying cousins you have comin’ to dinner.)

Preheat your oven to 375°.

Combine flour, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in butter with 2 knives until mixture is coarse.

Combine 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, apple, and next 4 ingredients (apple through cinnamon), tossing well. Divide apple mixture evenly between 2 (6-ounce) ramekins — or oven-safe bowls — coated with cooking spray. (You can also put the mixture in a large single baking dish and divvy it all up at the table.)

Sprinkle evenly with flour mixture. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Commence impressing people.

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