Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Comfort Food

Once upon a time I knew how to do this.

Make pie dough.
We discussed this last year around Thanksgiving time,

and not much progress has been made.

I've been busy.

(Man that's embarrassing to look at!)

My Daddy had some great blackberry patches, 
 He would pick those berries and freeze them, 
knowing that sooner or later
I would come down and bake him a bunch of pies.
I made pumpkin pies too and froze them whole
and have since read that 
pumpkin pies do not freeze well.


I have just finished the best book.

American Pie
Pascale Le Draoulec

It is about so many things,
things that I love and think I would love...

girls in an old car
on a road trip 
searching for pies
and junk.

and recipes!

It has just turned cold and rainy here,
and I am in a mood.

A mood for pie!

What I am about to share with you is two recipes.

The pie one I made up.
I wanted the taste of my Mom's apple dumplings,
but without having individual apples wrapped up in dough.

I found a GREAT recipe on the Internet
that involves taking a frozen pie, thawing it, and placing the pieces in a 9x13 baking dish,
then pouring this heavenly sauce over it all and then baking.
I have taken this to several church dinners and turns out, it serves more folks than
a regular pie would, especially if you sit a container of good vanilla
ice cream right by it!

It is out of this world!

One day I wanted this stuff BAD, 
and wouldn't you know it....
no frozen pie in the freezer!

If you have issues with cutting up a perfectly good frozen pie
and redistributing it in a pan,
then this recipe's for you!
It's also cheaper this way, even though it doesn't serve as many.

Seriously, have you noticed how expensive frozen pies have become?
I use Plush Pippin because it's the cheapest and in my humble opinion,
the best out there!
They use tart apples, which is good because 
the sauce you are going to add is very sweet!

It just so happens that I had a refrigerator crust 
and placed it in a square pan, which was a little smaller than 
my deep dish pie pans.

I peeled and sliced 6-8 Jonathan apples
placed those in a large saucepan,
added  this heavenly sauce and 
cooked the apples for about 10 minutes,
or just until tender.

Pour the apples and sauce into the 
pan and let the dough kind of fall over the apples
around the edge, giving it kind of a 
Rustic Tart look.

 Sprinkle generously with walnuts or pecans
Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350
Keep an eye on it, you don't want this thing to burn!

Apple Dumpling Tart!

Here's the recipe for the sauce:
1/2 cup water
1 stick butter
2/3 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Heat these all together til the butter is melted
add 1 tsp vanilla and blend it in

Add the apples and simmer gently til apples are tender

Pour over the pieces of frozen apple pie in a 9x13 dish 
and top with 1 cup nuts.

I'm not actually making this pie today.
I have about worn this recipe out already
and am moving on to something
more like pumpkin or sweet potato or chocolate.

I am pledging to make the crust from scratch.
None of this refrigerator stuff!

While the pie is in the oven,
I will whip up some of this magic

Facebook Soup
(you have to try this!)

1-2 lbs hamburger, browned and drained
2 cans Minestrone soup
2 cans Veg-All, or store brand equivalent
2 cans chili beans
1 can RoTel

Brown meat, drain; Dump all the other ingredients into pot
Simmer 20 minutes. Eat! Enjoy!
It sounds kind of boring, but 
it is gooooooood!

Comfort in a bowl!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Life for an Old Broad!

Just look at her ~

She's a new woman!

It's been a long hot summer
and this reno took way longer than I ever dreamed it would.
(see previous post)
I'm pretty proud of the way she came through the transformation,

but now Hubs is insisting that I do the leaves too!  arggh.
I don't know if I have it in me....maybe next week!

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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