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Looking for the perfect cobbler crust

With most of the recipes I've seen, when you mix the batter in the pan first and then pour the fruit on top, the batter rises to the top. Good luck with your search! I know how difficult it is to replicate something you had once as a fleeting memory.

Aug 20, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Slow cooker ideas?

This is a great idea. I just remembered that she really likes country ribs, so maybe I'll see what I can come up with there.

Aug 19, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Slow cooker ideas?

The wine is definitely going to be on stand-by!

Aug 19, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Slow cooker ideas?

Great suggestions everyone! Generally she doesn't travel well as she has some health problems, and since she hasn't been out of the country in about 45 years I'm sure she won't be feeling too great when she gets back.

Looking for the perfect cobbler crust

To me it sounds like it's made with a shaggy biscuit-like batter which is either dropped on top of the fruit or with the batter prepared in the pan first, with the fruit poured in afterward.

Aug 19, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Slow cooker ideas?

My mom is out of the country for a week and a half and I will be picking her up early next week at the airport which is about an hour from home. It's already been a rough trip and she said she hasn't been eating much. I'd like to have a nice meal ready for her when we get back. The thing is, it needs to be ready when we get home (I am fully expecting the flight to be delayed and we will be coming home around 7 or so-too late to cook for me), so I'm thinking of making something in the slow cooker.

Any ideas? I am burned out on pot roast but I was thinking some kind of stroganoff. She is not picky and would appreciate anything I make.

Aug 19, 2015
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Baby shower menu help

Very good thanks so much!

Baby shower menu help

This is awesome and sounds so delicious. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Baby shower menu help

Thanks for the ideas! You guys are great!

Jul 06, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Baby shower menu help

Yes I liked your suggestion of the roast beef and brie and I wrote that one down. I'm thinking of a roast beef sandwich and a turkey sandwich (since I already have chicken).

Cold peanut sesame noodle salad? That sounds REALLY good!!! Do you have a recipe?

Jul 06, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Baby shower menu help

My mom is taking care of the candy so I'm sure she will buy chocolate. She is also the one insisting on pasta salad. Now, the recipe I make is fantastic. It's got TONS of summer veggies in it and lots of fresh basil. It's really good but I'd also like to try something different. That bean salad looks really good (and budget-friendly).

One of my friends is doing a fruit tray so we will be covered there. When I get the savories squared I can focus on the sweets. Anyone have ideas for something tasty to put on a croissant? I think having two varieties of sandwiches will be sufficient with the other things I am making.

I love that I am minimally using my oven for this shower. It only heats up my house to about 700 degrees in the summer.

Jul 06, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Baby shower menu help

Thanks for your replies. I was going to scratch the quiche due to the deviled eggs so I am fine with that. I'd rather have deviled eggs anyway.

I was trying to make it not so carb-y which is why I wanted the lettuce cups for the shrimp salad. I can easily serve it with crackers or mini toasts on the side with no problem.

Literally every single party or shower I have been to in the last year has had chicken salad. Everyone is just burned out on it I think. I did consider a bean salad in addition to the pasta salad but I haven't searched for a recipe yet. I will definitely explore the croissant sandwich or ham biscuit options. I think croissants and biscuits are more flavorful than tortillas which always have a raw, floury taste to me.

Thanks for the dessert suggestions as well. I am more of a baker than a cook so that is the easier part for me.

Jul 06, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Baby shower menu help

We are having a small-ish (less than 20) baby shower for a friend at my house in the near future. My mother and mom-to-be's sisters are helping. Shower starts at noon so we will need more substantial food. Here is what we have so far:

veggie tray
fruit tray
deviled eggs
chicken-bacon bites
veggie and pasta salad (not mayo-based)

Maybe, but probably not:

mango shrimp salad in lettuce cups
pinwheel sandwiches (blah in my opinion)
quiches baked in cupcake pans

I feel like I should just scrap those last three items and do nice wrap sandwiches or some type of croissant sandwich. Chicken salad is totally overdone here and I am really hoping to do something different and tasty and appropriate for the summer. Any thoughts or ideas about what else I can add to this menu? Oh, mom-to-be said she is "eating everything except ground beef" so that makes things easy.

I am still thinking about the sweets as well. I'm thinking meringue cups filled with lemon curd and whipped cream, or maybe just small cookies or something like that. The others are insisting on a small candy bar for the favor so I am keeping dessert to a minimum.

Jul 06, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

That is not a bad idea! I once baked a cake in a toaster oven and it came out very good!

Mar 31, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

I had saved that recipe a long time ago and while I do love the idea, unfortunately they are pie fanatics and that's what they want. I will make it work somehow!

Mar 31, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

The nearest TJs is an hour away unfortunately. There's a Wegman's about a half hour away and I might check there the next time I'm down that way. I had also thought to check Costco later. Maybe they will switch their stock before summer kicks in.

Thanks everyone for the help!

Mar 31, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

Oh yes I am definitely waiting until the day before or morning of the wedding to do the strawberry pie. That should be easy enough to do in the venue's kitchen. I'm just not sure about the oven situation yet. If there's an oven, I might freeze them and wait until the night before to bake them, or just bake them Friday morning before we head up the road.

Mar 31, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

So I'm slightly bummed. I looked all over for frozen tart cherries and couldn't find them. Costco only had frozen sweet cherries and the closest thing I found was a bag of Wyman's mixed sweet and tart at Wal Mart. We do have the Oregon canned tart cherries. What should I use?

Mar 29, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

Great idea thank you!

Mar 28, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

I am waiting for the groom to get back to me about whether or not I will have access to an oven at the reception hall. At first he said no, then he said maybe. Even if there is oven access I'm reluctant as those ovens are notoriously crappy and I am also doing their wedding cake so I'm trying to travel as "assembled" as I can. I might have to assemble the strawberry pie the morning of the wedding and I'm ok with that. That's easy enough to bring disassembled with an already baked pie crust.

I think at a minimum I could get up super early on Friday and bake them before we get on the road. Is traveling with warm pie an issue? I mean besides us drooling from the smell all the way? :)

Pie help

I MIGHT be able to bake them early on Friday morning but my husband will want to get up the road as soon as possible because we will have to go to the rehearsal dinner as well (he is in the wedding). We haven't discussed the details yet but the drive is about 5 hours.

The strawberry pie is not baked, just glazed.

Mar 27, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

Thank you again everyone for the advice.

I'm definitely using frozen blueberries and if I can find tart cherries at Costco I will use those. I think the color of the frozen cherries will be better than canned and they will probably taste better. I'm in northern VA and strawberries will be in season thank goodness. I don't think I'd be able to pull off anything other than a smoothie with frozen strawberries.

Mar 22, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

I will have to check there. Thanks for the suggestion.

Mar 22, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

Thank you so much! I feel much better now.

Maybe you can help me with another question. For the cherry pie, do you have a good recipe using canned cherries? Fresh tart cherries won't be available in my area at the end of May, so do you think I can still pull off a decent pie with canned cherries? They REALLY love cherry pie so I want to make the best one possible. I have only made cherry pie with fresh cherries and I wasn't sure if any recipe could be adapted for canned.

Mar 22, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Pie help

I have been asked to make three pies for a wedding on Memorial Day weekend. The pies are cherry, blueberry, and strawberry.

The wedding is several hours out of town and we will be traveling the day before. I will have no access to an oven once we get there, so everything will have to be prepared in advance. Do you think the pies will be ok baked, at room temperature, from Thursday night until Saturday? Or should I bake and freeze and then let them come to room temperature the day of the wedding? I have never frozen a baked pie, and with no oven I won't have a way to "freshen" them up.

Thanks for your help!

Mar 21, 2015
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Cast iron mold

Yeah I was wondering because I've never baked in cast iron before. It's probably one of those things that's better in theory than in application haha. Maybe I will clean it and give it a try sometime.

Jun 23, 2014
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Cast iron mold

I went to a flea market today and picked up one of these:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/75702749...

I thought it was cute but I've never baked in cast iron before. It needs to be cleaned and seasoned again because it looks a little rough.

What can I bake in this? I had envisioned little gingerbread cakes at Christmas that I could put in my gift boxes, but not sure of a good recipe because the ones I have are cookies.

Jun 21, 2014
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Seedless blackberry pie?

Thank you for all your replies.

I'm glad the pie turned out well!

So after much deliberation, I settled on a blackberry jam tart. I had a coupon from Michael's and I decided to buy a three pack of Wilton tart pans (hey, any excuse to buy new bakeware!).

The irritating thing is that we received an email from him last night and he said he was making dessert today. This guy is very eccentric so I should have expected this to happen, but I have thought about this so much over the last week and I could have been thinking about something more exciting to bake, haha.

Well, we have some ideas for next time and for anyone else who might be looking for a seedless fruit pie recipe!

Jun 07, 2014
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Learned from experience?

I learned a lot about cooking when I was a kid watching cooking shows (back when they were REAL cooking shows, not stupid reality TV). I also watched a lot of Great Chefs when I was in college.

My grandma taught me a lot, but her cooking was a little unorthodox. She is Irish, so she boils everything. But I did learn how to substitute ingredients from her (there were many Thanksgivings where orange juice and ginger ale ended up in the sweet potatoes). She isn't much of a baker, but she is a damn good cook.

My advice is to learn one thing and cook it well, then move on to the next thing.

I think everyone needs to know how to cook their favorites. Like for me, roasting a chicken, making a good beef stew or beef burgundy, cooking a good piece of fish (which I still suck at) are important. I wouldn't really focus on things that you won't eat that often or things just meant to impress people. I think for the most part people really appreciate classics that are cooked well.

FYI I LOVE coconut shrimp! Next time squirt a little lime juice over it!

Jun 05, 2014
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking

Seedless blackberry pie?

I like the idea of the crostata using the seedless jam. I'm going to go out today and see if I can find a tart pan, if not, then I will rig up something. I'm tired of stressing about this but it's in my nature haha.

I do have a Costco membership and I will definitely check there for the berries.

You guys are great to give me all these suggestions!

Jun 05, 2014
AnnieWilliams in Home Cooking