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Day 45: Apple Overdose
14 October, 2009, 3:51 pm
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Off the record: apple butter

apple pieces

I was not kidding about all the extra apples left over from my apple pie. I bought around 8 pounds of apples for a 12″ pie (partly because all pie recipes are for 9″ pies and I didn’t scale up the recipe properly; partly because I wavered between the different types of apples and got too many extras.) That should give you a rough idea of how much leftover I’m dealing with. I thought of making apple crumble. But that will only add to my current “burden” of half a leftover apple pie and half a leftover pumpkin pie. Let’s not add another cinnamon-spiced dessert to the mix, m’kay. That’s why I’m going to make apple butter and can all of it until my cinnamon phobia dies down.

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Day 42: As American as Apple 3.14159…
11 October, 2009, 11:22 pm
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Item 26: apple pie (with lattice crust)


Long time no see! Ugh, life has a way of sneaking up on you and disrupting your blogging and cooking schemes. And by “life” I meant parents visiting and treating me to various restaurant and home-cooked meals. No complaints there! In fact, I learned a few tricks and tips from my mom, who’s a fabulous cook, that will come in handy for future cooking endevours.

Unfortunately, the one thing my mom cannot teach me is pie-making. Pie is a pretty foreign concept in Chinese cuisine and my mom didn’t growing eating or making it. So we did not have the luxury of inheriting a fantastic pie dough recipe. But everybody I know (and strangers on the internet) have been raving about the Cook’s Illustrated vodka dough recipe. With apples in season, and a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner to host, now’s the best time to tackle the apple pie on my list.

(Sidenote: Speaking of Cook’s Illustrated, do you know America’s Test Kitchen is located in Brookline? I know because I’d creepily [read: pathetically] poke my head around the area every so often, hoping for a glimpse of Chris Kimball, back when I was living in Boston. True story.)

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Day 1: peachy keen
30 August, 2009, 8:45 pm
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Item 8: preserved peach with brandy sauce

brandied peach

I really didn’t plan on starting this blog until next month. I’m in the middle of moving right now and this is the kind of distraction I don’t need/want. I figure I’ll work on this once I’ve settled into my new home, with my new kitchen, with all my kitchen tool and recipe books properly unpacked. Besides, of all 36 recipes, I really shouldn’t start with the one that involves jars of preserves–ie a recipe that results in extra boxes to lug to the new place.

But I couldn’t resist. A few friends and I hit up the peach festival outside Hamilton and that put me in a peachy state of mind. (The Winona Peach Festival was kinda a dud. Aside from a peach sundae tent and a few peach pie/jam/jelly vendors, the festival was surprisingly devoid of its namesake fruit. But that peach sundae was very delicious. And huge!) So I bought a basket of peaches from a roadside vendor on our way back to Toronto and got started on this. (That’s the other thing–there weren’t too many people selling actual fresh peaches at the peach festival. Weird.)

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