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Month: November, 2012

Pie in the Sky Before you Die

To paraphrase Joe Hill:

You will eat, bye and bye,

When you learn how to cook and how to fry,

Make it all from scratch, yes, every batch,

So you’ll eat delicious pie before you die, that’s no lie.

Here is the recipe for this year’s 10-ingredient, 10-step pumpkin pie from scratch:

1. Roast a pumpkin or squash in a 200° C / 400° F oven about 40 minutes until soft. Save 1 1/2 cups for the filling. Enjoy the rest however you like.

2. Use a fork to mix 190 g / 1 1/2 cups flour together with 80 g / 6 Tbs melted butter until crumbly and dry.

3. Press the crust into a buttered pie or tart pan, making sure that the crust goes up the sides as high as possible.

4. Bake the crust at 170° C / 350° C for about ten minutes until slightly brown. Remove and place on a rack to cool down slightly, leaving the oven on.

5. In the same bowl you used for the crust, beat 3 eggs with 1/2 cup sugar (not pictured above).

6. Add the pumpkin, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves, and a pinch of salt.

7. Add 170 ml / 3/4 cups heavy cream to the filling mixture.

8. Pour in the pre-baked pie crust.

9. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the top is set and slightly browned.

10. Let it cool as long as you like, then eat.


Escape to Wisconsin

If only the sun were shining and I had a view of the water today! I have been back from vacation nearly two weeks now, dwelling under a blanket of grey. Fall is slipping into winter, and though I am happy enough to enter into hibernation mode, looking at these pictures, taken just a few weeks ago in Wisconsin, makes me mourn the passing not just of my vacation but also of my favorite time of the year.

Though the purpose of this trip was to visit and not to sightsee, I did spend a little time pretending I was a tourist and not a native-born daughter, including the beautiful October day when I followed part of an old Native American trail around Geneva Lake.

A visit to the U.S. at the end of October is not complete without carefully examining all the Halloween decorations, the crown jewels of which are carved pumpkins. On backup vocals are gourds, Indian corn, and black cats.

Now that the waters of Lake Michigan have calmed down from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and the fate of the White House Kitchen Garden has been decided, I can settle in comfortably for the winter, working my way peacefully through my stack of books and yarn stash and spinning tales of medlar, escarole, radicchio, and other tasty seasonal treats.