Cook with Books: Let’s Go Home

CWB Lets Go Home

Usually when I share a book for Cook with Books, the recipe is directly related to the story, but this month I’m going to get a little nostalgic with you all since the holidays are coming up!  One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read is Let’s Go Home, written by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin.  This sweet book tells about all the things that make a house a home, no matter the kind of house it is.

“But no matter the kind of house, it is the living inside that makes it wonderful, what happens in each room that makes it marvelous.  It is what the house means to those who live there.”

One of my most favorite places as a child was my grandparents’ house.  It wasn’t big or fancy and you often couldn’t get TV reception without an awkward dance with the rabbit ears, but it was a wonderful place.  So many delicious meals were shared there as we all filled the tables every holiday–and many other days as well.  In honor of that home and my grandmother, who was an amazing cook, I’m sharing her pumpkin pie recipe with you.  Of all the mouthwatering dishes she made, this was my favorite, and every time I taste it I’m back in her kitchen.

jengma{Me and my grandma in her living room on my first Christmas.}

ingredientsThis time of year I try to have pumpkin on hand since there are so many yummy Pinterest ideas that use it, but I usually don’t have Milnot.  Most of the other ingredients are in my pantry year round!

crustsFirst, get your crusts ready.  Here’s where I make a confession.  My grandma made almost everything from scratch.  I do not.  I have learned the hard way that I cannot top a ready-made pie crust, at least not without a lot more time to practice.  If you’re a great pie crust-maker, you have my admiration.  If not, there’s no shame in unrolling the premade crusts!

eggsStart with your eggs and beat them well before adding the other ingredients.

sugarsYou’ll need both white and brown sugar.

milnotAdd your Milnot…

pumpkinAnd your pumpkin!

mixMix it all well!

cinnamonPour the batter into two pie shells and sprinkle cinnamon on top before baking.

yummyAnd there you have my favorite recipe that makes me think of home!

Here’s the complete recipe!


  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups Milnot
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 15 oz. can of pumpkin
  • cinnamon


  1. Beat eggs together
  2. Mix in all other ingredients except the cinnamon
  3. Pour into two pie crusts and sprinkle cinnamon on top
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, then reduce to 350 degrees and cook for about 20 more minutes.  When you have a soft spot in the middle about the size of a half dollar, it’s done.
  5. Let it set a bit after removing from the oven before cutting it.

Whatever special recipes you have in your family, this is a great time of year to share those with your children and Let’s Go Home is the perfect story to go along!

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