Archive for November, 2011

10.11.2011

Plum One-Crust Pie

by marilynk

October was a big month for pies. I volunteered to make our family’s Thanksgiving pies (one pumpkin and one chocolate), I made another g-free apple for a pot luck you’ll hear about in a future post, but this one gets to be the October pie: a single-top-crust pie full of juicy and delicious plums.

October 2011 Pie #3: Plum One-Crust Pie (modified from Foodland Ontario)

  • 6 cups plums pitted and cut into eighths (I used a combination of prune plums and round red ones – not sure what the varietal is called)
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch (*Note: I would toss the fruit with flour in a future pie, but not this much. Maybe 1/8 cup?)
  • 1 tsp anise seed
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1/2 recipe of Smitten Kitchen’s Pie Crust 102

Beautiful ripe plums!

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09.11.2011

Putting Up for Winter

by marilynk

My maternal grandmother is from Texas and she uses a host of terms that I identify specifically with her. “Putting up” is one of them – I’m not sure how widely the term is used, but it basically means canning. My grandmother would put up jams, pickles, and tomato sauces in the late summer and autumn so the family would have yummy things through the winter. My mom also canned when I was a kid, but by the time I was in junior high, she was too busy to put up much.

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08.11.2011

The Barter System

by marilynk

I wish the whole world could run on the barter system. No, this isn’t going to be a 99% rant, but there is something so very appealing about trading one’s skills or the product of one’s skills for things that you need. Apparently this woman is living it: she hasn’t used money in 15 years! I don’t think that’s a possibility for me, but I think there are little ways that we can introduce bartering into our lives that would help all of us with our bottom line.

As you guys know, I’m a little under-employed at the moment. It’s good for my health, but not so great for my budget. I still want to be able to eat local food and support local producers, but the market is definitely more expensive than the grocery store (and also tastier). Volunteering with EOGG has helped with the budget since I’m able to get a lot of my produce there, but I still need bread and while I’ve made a loaf or two in my life…my bread just isn’t as good as Owen’s.

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07.11.2011

Last Night’s Dinner: Barley Salad & Pear and Cheese Tart

by marilynk

Ok, I’m getting caught up on my October posts still, but I had to throw this one in. This really was last night’s dinner and it is an excellent example of my cooking techniques: kinda inspired and kinda haphazard. I really like both of these recipes and I’ll make both again. One is a super easy, flexible salad that I made up (kinda inspired) and the other is a slightly finicky tart that I wanted to try ’cause I had puff pastry and a pear to use up, but I was missing one of the key ingredients so I substituted and reduced the recipe without a real plan (kinda haphazard).

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06.11.2011

Adventures in G-Free Baking

by marilynk

I have a dear friend who has Celiac Disease, which means she went to a bunch of pot-lucks in August and September where beautiful fruit pies were on offer, but she couldn’t partake. I usually bake gifts for people’s birthday’s so I asked Sarah what kind of pie she would like and she requested apple. I have never explored gluten-free baking before, so I did a lot of internet searching. There were a number of recipes that called for mixtures of flours that I don’t usually keep on hand and some included ingredients, like xanthan gum, that I would have to track down.

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