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Pinto Bean Pie

The recipe I posted was from a white Appalachian family in Western North Carolina, definitely not Muslim.

Oct 28, 2010
lisafaz in Home Cooking

New to the world of cast iron cooking.....oh, where to begin!

I have one with three legs, and I use it on my gas stove at home with no problems. I also use it in the oven... GREAT for no-knead bread. Also, if you get a skillet, make steaks: http://www.nolafoodie.com/id36.html
you'll NEVER want steak any other way again.
Don't put acidic things like tomatoes in a cast iron pot, never wash with soap (I use a scraper, scrub with salt & hot water, the dry immediately), and you can just go to town with it! A well-seasoned cast iron pot or skillet is a joy!

Mar 12, 2010
lisafaz in Cookware

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

"Barf & Needles"

Mom made sure we'd like it because of the gross name. She simmered chuck roast for hours, then added potatoes and carrots (sometimes cabbage). This hot mess was served on a bed of mashed potatoes, with just enough of the broth to make it good & sloppy.

Jun 23, 2009
lisafaz in Home Cooking

Comfort Food for Valentine's?

My husband just doesn't like "fancy" foods, so I"m making him a potato burger (grated raw potato mixed w/ ground round) and sweet potato fries.

Feb 14, 2009
lisafaz in Home Cooking

Rib Eye Steak?? how to cook inside

If you use the above method, do NOT use olive oil, as it smokes at temps that high. Canola is best.

Jan 10, 2009
lisafaz in Home Cooking
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2009 Presidential Inauguration Menu

Don't take pie too seriously! It's not a political statement or way of life... it's just tasty, tasty pie.

Jan 10, 2009
lisafaz in Features

Have you heard of/ eaten pinto bean pie?! Or is it just me?

It's interesting that so far people have said that they've seen/ eaten bean pies in Asian and black Muslim groups. The only people I've ever know to eat pinto bean pie are good old country folk from the mountains.

Nov 29, 2008
lisafaz in General Topics

Have you heard of/ eaten pinto bean pie?! Or is it just me?

But nobody's actually eaten it but me?!

Nov 25, 2008
lisafaz in General Topics

your local "waffle house" -- tell us about the experience

I love Awful House. Honestly. Scattered, smothered, covered & chunked is the way to go. In college, we used to go to the one in Newport, KY after the bars closed & try to get kicked out.. and no matter how obnoxious we were, we were never asked to leave (never told to leave, either)!
My DH & I went to Waffle House 2 weeks ago in Asheville, NC. It's just as good as it was in KY 15 years ago and sober!
And yes, we walked in to "Welcome to Waffle House!"

Nov 23, 2008
lisafaz in Chains

Have you heard of/ eaten pinto bean pie?! Or is it just me?

Yep, pinto beans.

Ever had it? Heard of it?

Yes, I did post this on the home cooking board, but I really want to know if ANYONE has heard of it. Is it a local thing in Western North Carolina? I know it's not made/ eaten in Ohio, where I grew up.

A student's mom brought me in some one year. She told me what it was, and I didn't really want to try it, but I couldn't offend and NOT try it either. I took a deep breath and gave it a chance.

Pinto Bean Pie is awesome!

This is the recipe she used. I made it yesterday for some friends, and they loved it, too. It's incredible when warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

1 heaping cup of mashed Pinto beans *
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
Unbaked pie shell

* 1 1/2 cup cooked beans equals about 1 cup, mashed.

Blend sugars, eggs and butter until creamy. Add pinto beans and blend well. Pour into 9 inch unbaked shell. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes, then at 350 for an additional 25 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.

Nov 23, 2008
lisafaz in General Topics

Thanksgiving leftovers? What's your fave?

Rather than "sludge-ify" the leftovers, my grandma & mom always kind of made a casserole of it. Stuffing topped with turkey, topped with gravy, topped with potatoes with gravy on the side. Heated at 350 & devoured.

Nov 23, 2008
lisafaz in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving dinner: What is your LEAST favorite menu item that you can't get rid of?

Green bean casserole! Like my husband says, if people like it so much, why don't they make it year-round?! It's not like it's a challenge.

Nov 23, 2008
lisafaz in General Topics

Pinto Bean Pie

Yep, pinto beans.

Ever had it? Heard of it?

A student's mom brought me in some one year. She told me what it was, and I didn't really want to try it, but I couldn't offend and NOT try it either. I took a deep breath and gave it a chance.

Pinto Bean Pie is awesome!

This is the recipe she used. I made it yesterday for some friends, and they loved it, too. It's incredible when warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

1 heaping cup of mashed Pinto beans *
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs, beaten
Unbaked pie shell

* 1 1/2 cup cooked beans equals about 1 cup, mashed.

Blend sugars, eggs and butter until creamy. Add pinto beans and blend well. Pour into 9 inch unbaked shell. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes, then at 350 for an additional 25 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.

Nov 23, 2008
lisafaz in Home Cooking

can a pie crust taste good without butter?

My mother has always used Crisco. Her mother used generic shortening. Mom's grandfather (who cooked for a firestation on the weekends and the Ohio State Penitentiary during the week, so he HAD to cook well... or he'd have some dangerous and hungry men on his hands.

But nobody in my makes pie crust with butter, and our crust is spectacular! It's not sophisticated, but it's as flaky as... well, I can't think of anything quite as flaky.

State Pen Pie Crust
2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
approximately a cup of ice water

Get a big bowl, spread out a clean, smooth towel and a rolling pin. Flour surfaces of towel and rolling pin. Pour flour into the bowl and loosely mix shortening in with your fingers as if playing with something icky until you create marbles. Then create a little well in the center. Pour approximately ¼ to ½ a cup of cold water into the well, then bring in the side of the well like a reverse volcano, until you get a congealed but loose ball. Gather your ball and gently plop onto floured towel. Using the rolling pin, roll it into a circle. Ease it into your pie pan. Pour in filling and cover the edges with foil. Bake at 425 for ten minutes. Remove foil and bake at 350 until pie is done!

Nov 21, 2008
lisafaz in Home Cooking

Family foods I thought was normal

I had NO IDEA that everyone didn't use olive oil for every cooking need. I've always loved Fillipo Berio & scrambled eggs. Even in the deep fryer, Mom used olive oil. We also had pasta at least twice a week. Pasta & peas, pasta & cauliflower, pasta & sauce, pastina, pasta & broccoli... you get the idea. No, Mom's not Italian. Dad's parents were from Sicily, and he was the spoiled favorite son. I also NEVER had meatloaf until I was an adult. Dad hated it, so Mom NEVER made it. Grandma used to give us home made sauce on bread if we were hungry before a meal, or really stinky Italian cheese. I love stinky Italian cheese.
If we had steak, it was cooked in a pan, and we fought (still do!) over the pan drippings, which we always called dippy and sopped up with a slice of Wonder bread. Mmmmmmmmmmm........... bloody bread.

On St. Patrick's Day, Mom would wake us up with Green Eggs & Ham (just food coloring). and May 1st, before anything else, we had to go outside and wash our faces in the dew... "Queen of May, Queen of May, Wash my ugliness away!" Has anyone ever heard of that?!

And EVERYTHING was home made. I never had Hamburger Helper or Ramen noodles or Kraft's blue box of cheesefood until college.

Nov 05, 2008
lisafaz in General Topics

Sq 1 - Hendersonville

My husband and I recently went there. I ordered the cassoulet and loved it, and he felt the same way about his burger.

Sep 28, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best subs in Hendersonville, maybe even Asheville

I can't believe anyone had to wait that long! I've been there at least 5 or 6 times since my original post & had no problems with waiting. In fact, I've never waited. My husband goes there for lunch pretty often and has also never had to wait. A lot of times that we're there, people will call in orders to pick up. If you're really concerned about waiting more than a few minutes, try calling in. Here's there website: http://www.montessubshop.com/Home_Pag...
I also need to tell the world about their addictive, crack-like potato salad. Oh. My. God. If I could simply order a vat to wallow in, I would. Don't miss it.

Sep 27, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best subs in Hendersonville, maybe even Asheville

They're open until 2 on Saturday and closed Sunday. And yes to the vinaigrette.

Aug 24, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best subs in Hendersonville, maybe even Asheville

Normally, I hate subs because they're all like those crappy, flavorless things Jerod seems to live on. Not Monte's! Happily, they sliced their meat fresh to put no delicate pillows of bun and top with delicious fresh from the local farmer's market vegetables. The onion and pickle were not the usual slices, but diced so you could have a little in every bite. The hot red peppers amazed me with their yumminess. Unlike Firehouse, in Arden, these subs were not soggy. I hate soggy subs with warm lettuce. I'm undecided about Quizno's in comparison because the two are so different. Oh yeah, Monte's is on RT 25 between the license bureau and the Mountain Home post office (nice & close to home for me!).

Aug 15, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Report on Morsels Asheville

It has no physical location yet... kind of like Nirvana that way. You can find them in the ether at http://www.morselscupcakes.com/

Aug 12, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

BBQ Near Asheville NC

I know it's a little late, but when I want 'cue, I head to Airport Road to the Circle B connected to the BP station. And fried chicken? Good enough to risk the coronary.

Aug 12, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Never Blue is Never Blue

I went for drinks Friday night and had the Prickly Bitch: prickly pear sorbet with DeVito's organic Limoncello (and maybe something else?). It was YUM! My DH & I were some of the last customers and everyone working there seemed very nice. They were all talking about a pomegranite wine they ordered a small quantity of and ran out of that night. I'm pretty sure they'll be ordering more of that! So as far as I know, great drinks, nice people.

Aug 12, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best Steak in Asheville???

Coffee is GREAT on steaks. So is cocoa. My dad uses a cocoa based rub on his steaks that is delicious.
If you're willing to go to Hendersonville, I've always gotten properly prepared steaks at Binion's.

Cocoa Rub:
2 T. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 T. Brown Sugar
2 tsp. Chipotle Chili Powder
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp. Ground Allspice
1 tsp. Paprika
1 tsp. Black Pepper
½ tsp. Salt

Aug 12, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best Steak in Asheville???

For the record, I dislike Longhorn because every steak I've had there ( and there have only been a few because I refused to go more than 3 times over the years) has been overcooked and flavorless.

Aug 12, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Report on Morsels Asheville

A few weeks ago I asked around for celebratory desserts and nobody had tried Morsels yet.

Morsels make cupcakes. Only cupcakes. But cupcakes of incredible power! First off, I had a difficult time selecting a flavor. She makes so many different and unusual ones, like pear/ginger with pink grapefruit icing, peach-scotch bonnet, lavender creme-brulee and several fabulous sounding dark chocolates: one with bourbon, another with floral undertones and one with chilies. Because I wanted more then one variety but was having a very small party, I ordered a half dozen pear/ginger with pink grapefruit frosting and another six of the dark chocolate chili. They're not cheap: $33.00 for a dozen. However, they were the best cupcakes I've ever had in my entire mouth (or life)! I did meet with Nancy at the Grove Arcade and sample the chocolate and before I made my order, which she made easy by working around my schedule. Bottom line, if you are having any kind of celebration but want to dress up the standard idea of just cake, go to Morsels. You will not be let down!

Aug 12, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best Steak in Asheville???

LONGHORN?! ACK!

I like Frankie Bones coffee marinated ribeye. THAT'S a steak.
Don't go to Longhorns or anyplace like that.

Aug 09, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best bakery in Hendersonville/Asheville area?

I do have one carrot cake concern: pineapple juice. I'm one of those few people who are allergic to it. Does anyone know if she uses it?

Jul 19, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best bakery in Hendersonville/Asheville area?

I was googling for cakes and had an epiphany: chocolate cayenne cake. Has anyone tried Morsels?

Jul 19, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

Best bakery in Hendersonville/Asheville area?

I'm turning 40 next weekend and want the best possible cake. I particularly like devil's food and carrot cakes, but am open to any cakey goodness. Any particular cakes/bakeries jump out at you?

Jul 19, 2008
lisafaz in General South Archive

food allergies.....ask or tell?

Rosemary is an evergreen, and many people are allergic to plants related to pines. Like me. I visited the Grand Canyon recently and had a horrible time with my allergies due to the Ponderosa Pines everywhere.

Jul 11, 2008
lisafaz in Not About Food