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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My Grandmother and Her Famous Pillsbury Bake-Off Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie

This is my grandmother, Frances Naontah Douglass, whom my daughter, Ashley Naontah was named after....she was a very inspiring, crafy, chef, visionary woman.   She won Honoray Mention (I was always under the impression that she won it)  at the first ever Pillsbury Bake-Off for her Pecan Praline Pumpkin Pie.
She won a trip to NY and stay at the Waldorf Astoria and was interviewed by Art Linkletter, and a full set of new kitchen appliances.  I find it very amusing and making sense to me why all my 3 sisters and myself are 'craft and do-it yourself, cooks, canners, decorators, gardeners, etc., when I see this photo of her kitchen walls decorated w/covers of Gourmet magazine....It all makes total sense to me now, why I find the need when I see something seemingly useless..that I want to save and make something out of, or how I can read a recipe, but just HAVE to add that one ingredient I think it needs....funny how your heritage all starts to make sense of how you became the person you are :)
You can find her recipe for Pecan Parline Pumpkin Pie here:, my neices blog.


  1. Aw how great is that, I love when these things are handed down. My mom taught me so much, I try to pass it on to my son.

  2. What a fabulous memory and photo! I would have loved to know her take on that trip, etc.


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