Yesterday I was a “sneaky itch” for fooling Grumpy with a zucchini filled “apple” pie. Worse, he really liked that pie. The recipe required a single pie crust. Sometimes (always) I daydream, and doing things on autopilot, sometimes (a lot) I make mistakes. I made my regular pie crust and forgot to halve it for a single crust. I have some raspberries in the freezer, and an extra pie crust….that was all the excuse I needed to make another “Raspberry Pie” from The Minnesota Farm Woman. (click here for the recipe). The raspberries seem to give off a lot of juice as they thaw. I thought to combine the lemon-water that I’d simmered all that squash in with the juice that dripped off the berries and make a batch of raspberry lemonade. I just added some sugar to the pot of lemon-water, simmered it until completely dissolved. You can go by your own preference on the sweetness. I overdid a little, and decided to add the juice of one more lemon. After adding a lot more water, I had almost 1/2 gallon of lemonade. It was well received by the 2 fellas whose dignity was damaged by the apple pie fake-out.
This morning I really didn’t want to get up. I stayed in bed as long as I could…which was around 8am. By then the dogs were barking to go out, my kidneys were starting to scream for relief and my coffee fantasies were like 50 shades of brown. I really need my coffee today.
So just to prove to myself that I wasn’t lazy, I got right to it. After I poured a big mug of coffee(in my favorite Sliver Diner cup). First, I made a couple of loaves of bread. I’m going to write the recipe below, but I’ll ask your help in identifying the source. I found this a week or so ago on someone else site, but I only wrote down the ingredients! I’ve spent almost an hour trying to find the source, but am coming up empty. (It’s just wiped me out,and I give up!).
trying to dry corn. I’d heard that it’s better than frozen or canned. I was skeptical, but curious. I tried with about a dozen ears. When they got moldy I threw them into the woods. Then I turned to my dear sista-in-law, Theresa. She’s the Godess of the dehydrator. I asked her what she thought of dried corn, and she decided to try her hand at it- even sent me a huge box with tons (in the hydrated state; about 4 quarts dried) of beautiful, deep yellow dried corn. It smells amazing- just like boiled fresh corn. I was toying with the idea of making some pea soup, and decided to try throwing in some of the corn. While the bread was rising, and after I refilled my half empty coffee, I threw together the pea soup. I made some with ham and some vegetarian. The jars each got a handful (or 2 for quarts) of dried peas and corn, chopped carrots and potatoes, some salt and pepper and a little thyme. Put it all in, filled to 1″ with water, pressure canned for 90 minutes at 10lbs and have 9 gorgeous jars of soup. It’s hard to see in this photo, but that corn looks like it was just sliced off the cob! Nice work T!
Then, before I ran out of steam, I made a raspberry pie. First, I realized that I’d put the coffee into the microwave and forgot about it! Try again, one minute to warm and then I’d make the pie. Not just any raspberry pie. This one was unusual. I got the recipe from The Minnesota Farm Woman. The recipe is really simple. Here’s what she said:
“I first tasted this pie at a Lutheran church pie social, made by the granddaughter of the best cook in town, so I already knew it would be good. It was better than good. The recipe comes from from the collection of her husband’s late grandmother, Leora Osse. This is the simplest recipe ever!
1 cup of warm water
1/3 cup of sugar
2 packs of yeast
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of warm milk
1/3 cup butter or vegetable oil
1 egg lightly beaten
6 cups flour ( I used unbleached King Arthur)Mix together first 4 ingredients and set aside to allow yeast to activate. Then add the rest of the liquid ingredients. Measure in the flour, reserving the last cup to add in increments . Knead by hand for about 10 minutes, or about 5 minutes by electric mixer with dough hook, then finish by hand. (just my preference). Could be all done on machine. Pour small amount of oil in bowl, and grease bowl, then turn dough into bowl, greasing all of dough. Cover with towel, and let rise in warm area for about an hour or until doubled. then pan out into 2 loaves and allow to raise again till doubled. About 45 minutes. bake at 350° for about 25 minutes or until sounds hollow when tapped.