Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Apple Pie

(pictures to follow shortly :)

This year my family requested I make 2 of my apple pies to serve the masses, which I gladly agreed.  It turns out this pie has become signature dish, and I have no shame that it makes me feel pretty proud when someone requests it.  This is the first time I've made 2 pies at a time. 

Obstacle #1 was obtaining a second pie pan.  Of course, I do have a second one - in storage, so I opted to borrow my sister's pan.  Which, I found out is an in and a half larger in diameter and a bit deeper than mine.

Mistake #1 was buying the Golden Delicious apples too far in advance.  We do our weekly grocery shopping on Saturdays, so that's when I stocked up on my 5 lbs. of apples.  I was a bit disappointed today when I started cutting the apples that they didn't seem as crisp as I remember.

Genius moment #1 was realizing I could peel the apples with my veggie peeler in one long circular strip starting at the top all the way to the bottom.  That way I didn't have to worry as much about slicing a finger, much better control.  I think I picked that tip up from America's Test Kitchen.

Bad decision moment #1 was thinking I was being clever by wetting the top AND bottom of the overhanging lip of the crust.  Unfortunately, it only ended up making everything too sticky and then I think resulted in my Fail #1.

Fail #1 was when I pulled Pie #1 from the oven to find the pie top separated from the fluted crust edge on 50% of the pie :(

Success #1 was pulling Pie #2 from the oven and it looked just about perfect.

One of the smartest things I did (at the suggestion of the Hub) was making the crust doughs yesterday so I didn't have to worry about it.  Also, I started the baking process after lunch, so I don't have to worry about staying up late to finish.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

In love with this


I spontaneously ducked into a local store (Ruby's Garden) with really cool baby clothes and accessories.  I wanted to see what other people were doing in the onesie department.  I got some great ideas, but also got a bit humbled at what great artists are out there.

What I really fell in love with were some prints by Nikki McClure.  I highly recommend her website.  I'm also adding her website to my favorites bar.

You can purchase her prints at buyolympia.com

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sweet Pork

This is one of my favorite recipes right now, it's super easy and super yummy. My big sister turned me onto this recipe when she had the hubby and I over for dinner. Here's the shopping list:

Pork roast (5ish pounds, whatever cut they have at the market is good)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 jar green salsa (we like the Herdez brand salsas)

Combine the above in a slow cooker and cook away on low until meat is pull-apart tender (about 5 hours).

Serve up with your favorite accompanyments like seasoned rice, throw them in tacos, or make nachos. The possiblities are endless, but any way you try it, you'll like it!

PS - this recipe is supposedly a Cafe Rio copy cat recipe of their Sweet Pork Barbacoa. Since I've had both I can say they are equally good. I don't know they taste the same, but in my opinion this is the next best thing for those of us not lucky enough to live close to one.

Bon Appetite!
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