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Let's talk about pies. Vintage pies, that is.

Of course!
This recipe is out of the old Betty Crocker cookbook.
For a 9 inch pie-
make pastry for a two-crust pie.
Beat slightly 3 eggs, add 2 2/3 T milk, then 2 c. sugar ( i use about 1.5 cups), 4 T flour and 3/4 t. nutmeg. Mix in 4 c. cut-up pink rhubarb. Pour into bottom crust, dot with 1 T butter, and make lattice for the top crust. Bake 50-60 mins at 400 degrees.

serve slightly warm (with some not-too sweet whipped cream or vanilla ice cream)

In my family we always have to make two pies: one as above and the other without nutmeg but with grated orange zest in its place (1-2 T) since there are some very strong ideas about what makes the best flavoring. I like them both.

Dec 04, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Let's talk about pies. Vintage pies, that is.

We call this rhubarb custard pie. My mother makes it with nutmeg, as above, but my grandmother used orange zest instead. We also put a lattice top over it. Everyone loves this pie.

Dec 03, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Help pls! Need celebration-worthy chocolate dessert I can make while in-kitchen with celebrants.

Reporting back--it's been cold here in New England so I didn't go for the ice cream sundaes. I made Nigella's cloud cake as suggested above (thanks, mce!) and it was a hit. SOOO easy (especially since I had friends willing to whip the egg whites for me). I made it in two 9 inch layers then "frosted" it with the cointreau-flavored whipped cream. We had a fun night. Thank you for all of the thoughtful suggestions!

Nov 10, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Help pls! Need celebration-worthy chocolate dessert I can make while in-kitchen with celebrants.

We are hosting a celebration of sorts with dear friends tomorrow night. Each is making a small plate to share and the wine will flow. I had the best intentions of making an elaborate gateau for this celebration--chocolate fig cake, the nigella nutella cake...but life intervened and on my baking night (tonight) I instead worked late and couldn't even get to the grocer.

Looking for a really yummy dessert that I can make while hosting. Looks (and is) easy, but tastes great. Some element of chocolate is a must. Nuts and/or fruits good too. I have walnuts and almonds in house. I have nutella and high-quality chocolate. Plenty of frozen fruit (blues, blacks, raspberries) plus fresh apples and pears.

No need to "impress" but just want something wonderful. Oh, and my kitchen aid is out of service, so need to be able to make mostly by hand (I have a good old-fashioned egg beater).

My fallback would be my Aunt Fern's chocolate "crazy cake" with buttercream icing and bitter chocolate glaze, but would love to get the CH perspective.

I am NOT above a great brownie with ice cream.

thanks!!

aa

Nov 08, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Cooking from SLOW COOKER Cookbooks

Moroccan Chicken, chickpea and apricot tagine
trying to reply to posts above re: chicken and chickpea curry. I found this recipe online--it is wonderful and works well as a dump-and-go ( I always skip the browning on stovetop steps and it's just fine):

http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-crock...
I like to use boneless, skinless thighs, cut into chunks. I also like to use chickpeas that I have soaked and cooked in place of canned chickpes. I do use carrots, but not preserved lemon (though only because I don't have any, I bet it would taste great). I cook mine for 6-8 hours on low and it's fine. We serve over rice or steamed quinoa.
enjoy!

Oct 22, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

What's in your slow cooker today

"baked" beans; with salt pork, maple syrup, onions, plus some odds and ends (don't tell my darling hubby) like zucchini relish nobody likes and the salsa we never finished but I stashed in the freezer before it went bad. Yummy smelling this morning and even yummier tasting tonight! Too bad the little ones aren't excited about it at all.

Oct 10, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking
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Quinoa Salad - Home Cooking Dish of the Month August 2012

I adapted this curried wheatberry salad to quinoa since the wheatberries made for some unpleasantness -ahem- around here.

http://www.myyogaonline.com/healthy-l...

I just used 1 cup of uncooked quinoa in place of the uncooked wheatberries (quinoa rinsed and then cooked ~10 mins in salted water). Also good with cooked chickpeas mixed in.

Aug 21, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

what can i do with a ton of cream cheese icing besides carrot cake and red velvet?

whoopie pies; especially the pumpkin kind.

Jul 25, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Canoe trip foods - ideas needed

I agree with VF completely. My husband and I spent our honeymoon on the wonderland trail around Mt Rainier and we packed the same basic meal for each of 12 dinners and breakfasts. I didn't regret it, but part of the reason we went so simple was because we were so busy with wedding planning we couldn't spare any extra time to plan backpacking food--you may have more time to plan this out. We used a couscous/TVP/vegetarian chili combination for dinner meals (easy to cook, we added cheese for flavor). For breakfasts we had a whole grain nutty cereal mix to which we added dried milk as we packed it. We could add cold water to make cold cereal with milk, or hot water to make hot cereal (we did this more and frequently added berries we'd foraged by the trails). Lunches were cheese, hard sausage, trail mix, tortillas, peanut butter and dried fruit. Oh, and dark chocolate. Bring that.

Consider a bear canister for safety; makes a good camp seat as well.

Safe travels!

AA

Jul 22, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

canned tuna--what do you like to do with it (healthy)?

We had a lovley german young lady live with us for a year and take care of our kids (as an au pair) while both my husband and I worked. She made dinner for us once a week and her go-to meal was tuna pasta: from what i remember it was an onion, chopped and sauteed, with a can or two of tuna, a jar of pasta sauce (tomato/basil) and a can or frozen package of corn. Lots of oregano, served over pasta. Took some getting used to, but it was SO from the heart and we were hungry so it always tasted really good. I was surprised to enjoy tuna this way but it's hard to argue if it tastes good and fills the hole.

Mar 10, 2012
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Looking for Best Destination Restaurants in VT, NH, ME

Happy to help, CBeth. A number of my friends rave about Crop Bistro in Stowe. I haven't tried it yet so can't speak for it directly. Maybe others here on CH have been?

Mar 10, 2012
amyamelia in Northern New England

Looking for Best Destination Restaurants in VT, NH, ME

Oh, I almost forgot another favorite: Elements, in Saint Johnsbury, VT.

Mar 04, 2012
amyamelia in Northern New England

Looking for Best Destination Restaurants in VT, NH, ME

TonyO mentioned all of our favorites in VT except for Michael's on the Hill on Rt 100 in Waterbury (though close to Stowe). Excellent local/seasonal foods, expertly prepared with creativity and delivered in style. Enjoy!

Mar 04, 2012
amyamelia in Northern New England

Waterbury, VT ice cream?

For anyone who is looking for good ice cream in waterbury, the ice cream at Juniper's Fare in Waterbury is homemade and wonderful. I had a cone of vanilla dipped in toasted coconut (the real stuff). Juniper's Fare is located where Rt 100 and Rt 2 part ways, by the subaru dealership. I don't think they are open on Sundays. Here is the website: www.junipersfare.com

Aug 21, 2011
amyamelia in Northern New England

cookbook rec needed for simple, seasonal, sustainable meals

Thank you, TC, GHG, PW and LL;
I will put all of your suggestions in my DH's cart and let him take a look. We are having trouble finding good summer meals that do not rely on the kinds of meats we have available. Perhaps the crockpot is the answer...or maybe we should do meatless summer instead of meatless mondays. ;)

Jun 22, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

What food ingredients/related items do you completely avoid because of their dangers?

sorry for the confusion. my brother was told that mussels are full of toxins (since they are bottom feeders) and that the toxins can cause a fib in patients that are otherwise susceptible. Yes, I think there is a genetic component to that and I don't care to find out.

Jun 21, 2011
amyamelia in Not About Food

cookbook rec needed for simple, seasonal, sustainable meals

thank you for making such thoughtful suggestions! I will check them out!

Jun 21, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Pickled Beans

I have this recipe, given to me by my Vermonter great great great aunt 3 thousand times removed...she died last winter at 93 years old. The day before she died she mowed her lawn, cleaned her oven and baked a batch of cookies (which was a normal day for her). She called them "Vermont Torture Beans" which I think is fun. We use the same prep for blanched fiddleheads and carrot sticks, both of which are lovely.

Jun 20, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

cookbook rec needed for simple, seasonal, sustainable meals

Ah, yes! I have coveted this book for a long time now. This may be my big chance. ;)
I have many friends who LOVE it, so not surprised to see it recommended here!!
thanks!

Jun 20, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

cookbook rec needed for simple, seasonal, sustainable meals

I think my mom has those books (and I agree they are great for veggies). Will check out her copies!

I looked at the Farmers Markets book (I think) at the bookstore and that was the one I thought was too fussy (gingersnap crusted tart with marscapone and fresh currants comes to mind). Totally up my alley for entertaining but we're looking for something more basic. My DH would be stepping out to make his own not-from-a-mix pancakes...

thanks for the recs!

Jun 20, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

cookbook rec needed for simple, seasonal, sustainable meals

this one (and the related books) looks really fantastic. Will have to take a peek at the religious overtones to see if my husband will be able to get past that. Is there any meat in these books at all or are they completely vegetarian? I love that we could make our own homemade sub for sloppy joe sauce or cream of XXX soup. That's the kind of cooking he grew up on and it's exactly what we want to avoid (but it is comforting to him!).

thanks!

Jun 20, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

cookbook rec needed for simple, seasonal, sustainable meals

Hello,
I am looking for a cookbook that will support our attempts to eat simply, seasonally, locally and sustainably (we are in New England). Although I have found some "cooking from the farmers market" type books they are rather fussy and though I love that sometimes, I need simple right now. We are trying to move away from grocery-store meat products in favor of buying meat from farmers we know, which means that cuts like pork tenderloin and boneless chicken breast are out of our budget. We buy whole chickens, bone-in chicken legs, stew meats, roasts, and ground meat. We are also keen to include more vegetarian meals and fish (though we try to avoid "unsustainable" type fish so no imported shrimp for us.

All of the "simple and quick" cookbooks I've found use a lot of boneless skinless chicken breast, shrimp, and such. The quick and easy Eating Well book is an example of this, as is the Bittman quick cookbook.

We don't actually need "quick" per se (my hubby is stay-at-home so has time to stew, etc), but do need simple and rather frugal.

Can anyone suggest a book that might fit the bill?

Thank you!!!

Jun 19, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Fabulous wheat berry recipes.........?

Oh GHG you are too sweet. The bellyache never appeared in full form, though certainly not because I exercised any restraint. Perhaps it was the overnight soak of the berries that helped in that department. Love this recipe and will make it again for another potluck (hope to actually make it to this one)!
aa

Jun 14, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

What food ingredients/related items do you completely avoid because of their dangers?

I agree with the "all things in moderation" approach. My kids eat mostly local/organic/whole grain/HFCS-free/grass-fed meats and homemade stuff. But they really like some treats like fried chicken tenders and vienna fingers and ritz crackers and cocacola, which I'd rather let them have on occasion than find them scarfing them down in the treehouse when nobody is looking. A child I grew up around was raised with all kinds of restrictions on what he could eat and he used to eat (stolen) candy bars in our bathroom and then hide the wrappers in the trashcan. That makes me feel sad-I've never forgotten it. I recently took my girls to ToysRUs and bought them the barbies they had been wanting for years...in the same vein. After a few weeks playing with them they don't really care for them so much but for an occasional prop in an imaginative game. We both won!

I have started avoiding mussels although i love them...they send my brother into atrial fibrillation and with my familial cardiac history I'm not willing to chance it.

It is a scary world out there and one thing I've done to cut down on the fear is to stop reading as much about it as I did when my girls were babies. I still read about food but try to stop when I feel myself getting that crazed sensation. ;)
aa

Jun 13, 2011
amyamelia in Not About Food

Fabulous wheat berry recipes.........?

I just made this curried wheat berry salad tody for a BBQ potluck (and then didn't go so we got to keep it all)! :) (fiendish grin)

It's really yummy! I don't even like curry flavor and this was gooooood. So good that i think I will def have a bellyache later from so many wheat berries! Easy to boot...I used dried crans instead of raisins but otherwise followed the directions.

Thanks GHG!

Jun 13, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Wine vinegar mother - how to get it out of a bottle??

shake your bottle up with the little bit of vinegar left behind and the mother will hopefully break into smaller pieces. That is not a problem. Then you can pour it all into your new container.

Jun 11, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

Popcorn

+1 on the yeast. Our local movie house turned us on to this popcorn topping-delicious!

Jun 10, 2011
amyamelia in General Topics

What seasonal foods do you look forward to?

sugar snap peas fresh from the garden (don't EVER cook them!)
fiddleheads picked streamside
rhubarb (baked into a custard pie)
my mom's balsamic/basil marinated tomatoes
fresh corn any way but best with lime juice and salt
apple cider
melon melon melon melon (all kinds!)
new potatoes and baby peas simmered in cream (first taste of summer in New England!)
brook trout coated in cornmeal and panfried in bacon fat.
wild blueberries
hard-won blackberries (taste best with lots of scrapes on your arms)
fresh strawberries dipped in sour cream then brown sugar
I feel so lucky to have grown up in a family that relishes fantastic fresh simple food!

May 19, 2011
amyamelia in General Topics

Calorie-Dense Food: Ideas needed. Help!!

My take is...when you don't feel like eating, something with big flavor pow is just revolting. I only speak from the experience of having horrible morning sickness and crying at times because I was SOOOO hungry on one level but the thought of most everything made me gag. So, my suggestion is to keep around some simple butter shortbread cookies, either sweet or savory, but simple (pistachio cranberry shortbread sounds great to me now but for months I subsisted on wheat thins because they were so bland but packed in some calories). You could use whole wheat pastry flour for nutrition if you must. For some reason, the dryness was important too. Anything goopy (my hubsband tried so hard to make cheesy scrambled eggs, etc...) was just yuck to me. Ginger ale and wheat thins, thank you.
p.s. I did take a multivitamin and my babies turned out just fine...sounds like this is a different kind of situation and maybe your family member's taste has not taken the same turn that mine did?
May the force be with you!
aa

May 12, 2011
amyamelia in Home Cooking

What is your "perfect breakfast"? [moved from Home Cooking]

leftover pad thai, heated up in cast iron skillet, with eggs scrambled in (pad thai omelet?)

everything bagel toasted to a crisp with a very thin smear of cream cheese, thick slices of ripe tomato and lots of salt

homemade cornbread, served hot with butter and my own strawberry freezer jam

scrambled eggs with cheese, toasted olive bread with orange marmalade (sounds gross, tastes great, especially after a long run).

so many different things taste so good for breakfast depending on the day. Easily my favorite meal...

May 10, 2011
amyamelia in General Topics