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November 4, 2013

It’s November Again & That Means It’s Time for Grandma Elsie’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie!

Grandma Elsie's Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

The holidays are fast approaching and as many of you know, the season kicks off with my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. People often wonder why Thanksgiving gets me in the holiday spirit and I’m always excited to share with them why....Because it’s the season for Grandma Elsie’s Famous Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

The tradition is long standing, and for those of you who don't know the story behind the pumpkin pie that's better than any I’ve tasted, I'd like to share it.  (For those of you who do, I hope you'll indulge me in a retelling to honor the woman whose generous spirit and tradition are behind our pies.)

Instead of getting holiday gifts for friends and neighbors, Elsie Edelstein made pumpkin pies and hand-delivered them before Thanksgiving.  The blessing, as she used to say, was in the making (“food brings people together”) and in giving ("it’s better to give than receive!”)

A tradition that started with one creative and thoughtful woman was quickly adopted by her daughters and grandchildren, along with friends and neighbors.

And these aren’t any old pies.

These are the most delicious, mouth-watering pumpkin pies you’ve ever tasted.  Even people who don’t like pumpkin pies love her now-famous recipe.

For more than a decade, The Grossman Group has adopted her wonderful tradition by sharing in her sentiments with our clients by sending Elsie’s famous spices and sharing her treasured recipes. 

You know it’s a special tradition when clients call in early November wondering whether the agency is celebrating Grandma Elsie, and whether or not they’re on the list to get new recipes and spices first-hand. 

We also have some delicious extensions to Grandma Elsie's reach, which were suggested to us by a colleague, Brad Whitworth, and his partner, Peg Champion.  It turns out that Grandma Elsie’s spice mix isn't just a must-have for pies. This year’s recipe featuring Grandma Elsie’s famous spices is a fun take on Caribbean Jerk Chicken. Her spices are also a must-add ingredient in Brad and Peg’s special granola recipe and their perfect-for-fall cocktail. We hope you'll enjoy all.

Grandma Elsie, here’s to you!  Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving.

- David Grossman


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