Our Annual Celebration of Grandma Elsie & Her Famous #PumpkinChiffonPie Recipe

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Nov 19, 2021

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It's that time of year again – the holidays are fast approaching and as many of you know, the season kicks off with my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. While one of the many reasons I look forward to Thanksgiving is because it’s the season of Grandma Elsie’s Famous Pumpkin Chiffon Pie and other crowd-favorite recipes, Thanksgiving is special for other reasons.

We’ve had a couple tough years. And during times of challenge, it's not always easy to consider what we have to be thankful for.

But more than ever, I’ve spent time being grateful for what matters most: my family, time with my children (although I must say I'm very relieved that they're back in their classrooms again – I certainly don't miss the challenges that come with us all working and schooling from home!), our health and my team at The Grossman Group.

As a firm, we celebrated 21 years of engaging employees and helping leaders lead with heart. We’re grateful to have the opportunity to partner with our clients as, together, we navigate unprecedented workplace challenges spanning remote work to the "Great Resignation."

Despite the challenges we’ve all faced, it brings us such joy to help organizations connect with their people in new and meaningful ways, and to help leaders see the difference they can make when they put their Heart First.

Coming Together for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, I feel a bit like a child myself; excitedly anticipating all that we missed last year…time together with loved ones, homecooked meals and new recipes. Each moment together is a reason to celebrate, each memory created is held even dearer, and each treat we lovingly prepare tastes a wee bit sweeter now that we know what it is like to miss them.

For those of you who don't know the story behind Grandma Elsie and her famous Pumpkin Chiffon Pie (which is the best I’ve ever 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 the pies.)

Grandma Elsie and Her Special Tradition

Instead of getting holiday gifts for friends and neighbors, Elsie Edelstein, who I adopted as my grandmother, 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!”).

pumpkin-pie-squareA 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 had. Even people who don’t like pumpkin pies love her now-famous recipe (and you can, too!). So no excuses – get out your grocery list and take down the ingredients to make Grandma Elsie's unforgettable pies. You'll find the recipe here.


Grandma Elsie's Tradition is Celebrated at The Grossman Group

For almost two decades, The Grossman Group has adopted her wonderful tradition by sharing in her sentiments with friends and colleagues in our network by passing along Elsie’s famous pie and spice mix recipes.

You know it’s a special tradition when clients call in early November wondering whether the agency is celebrating Grandma Elsie again this year.


The Famous Recipes

We also have some delicious extensions to Grandma Elsie's reach, which were suggested to us by a colleague, Brad Whitworth, and his wife, Peg Champion. It turns out that Grandma Elsie’s Famous Spices isn't just a must-have for pies.

You'll see there are a heap of recipes using Grandma Elsie's famous spices! From scrumptious breakfast to dinner with a twist, tasty snacks, elegant drinks and decadent dessert, there's something for everyone as you gather around the table with friends and family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

We hope you'll enjoy them.

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

—David Grossman

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