Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving Pies

Thanksgiving was a lot of fun this year. We had a chance to see Rob's Father and my parents in two glutinous days. This year I made a pumpkin pie from a sweet pumpkin. I had never done this before because Martha Stewart told me that canned pumpkin was just as good. Rob had his heart set on a traditional pumpkin pie so I had fun giving it a go.

I had to wash the sweet pumpkin. Cut it into small pieces, and then steam it on the stove top. When that was done, I scrapped the flesh from the skin and mashed it with egg and spices. It was pretty simple. And it turned out pretty tasty too.

After thanksgiving I also made a ham and cheese quiche. I would have made it turkey and cheese, but we didn't do the turkey thing this year.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Pie Chart... Literally

Anuar's Ham and Cheese Quiche

Our lovely friend Anuar came for a visit this weekend and he is a lover of quiche. So I whipped one up this morning. This one had fried ham, onion, garlic, mushroom and queso cheese. Anuar bought a huge bag of queso cheese to make quesadillas and this cheese tastes great in quiche. I've decided Anuar needs to pay us another visit so I have a reason to make a queso, chorizo and jalapeno quiche... mmmm.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

United Church of Beloit Sweet Potato Pie

Our church had their traditional thanksgiving feast today. Most members brought a casserole or dessert. I brought a sweet potato pie. The crust turned out very nice. But the kitchen volunteers didn't know it was sweet potato and mixed the pre cut slices in which other people's pumpkin pie... So I think a few people had a surprise when they took a bite.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Ham, mushroom, onion, tomato and cheese Quiche!

Our lovely landlords gave us some farm fresh eggs the other day. So I thought they would go perfect in a quiche. A normal quiche receipe calls for 4-6 eggs. But these chicken eggs were so small I used the whole dozen. This quiche turned out delicious, probably because it has way too much cheese in it.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Welty Environmental Center Fall Fest Pie Contest

This year my church friend Mark told me about a pie contest at the Welty Environmental Center in Beloit, WI. I was excited to meet fellow local pie bakers and to practice my apple pie. I made about four trips to the Apple Hut to buy freshly grown fall apples. I found that they had a local variety that was perfect for baking. They were a little sweet and kept their shape when baked.

So this morning Robert and I took the pie to the center and we returned for judging at 12:30pm. When we came back we found that I was the only person that had submitted a pie. This was a surprise to me because when I spoke with Mark about it, his stories made it should like there were multiple entries in previous years.

I'm not complaining because I won! lol But it was fun to watch everyone eat my pie. I got a ton of compliments and I was sad I couldn't have a slice. I will most definitely do this again next year, and I will help to promote the contest.

This is a photo of one of the practice pies.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

I made this strawberry rhubarb pie for my boyfriends mother and it turned out great. The texture of the fruit was nice and you could hardly taste any tartness.