Me, My Puppy, And Pie

Carmel Asian Pear Pie
November 27, 2010, 1:18 pm
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Asian Pear Carmel Pie from long long time ago.. again with the bad blogger!

“Mom.. You cover me in flour and you don’t even post about it?!?! C’mon!!”

This was the first pie that I made with my new apron! It was pretty amazing….
The pie, on the other hand, was not the best one I have ever made..

I made pie crust as per usual..
Then I started on the goo… My sous chef and I sliced up Asian Pears.  We sliced them a bit thicker than we have been recently, just as an experiment.  From there, we put them in a bowl, added lemon, cinnaman, nutmeg, cornstarch, sugar, and carmel!  We didn’t add a lot of carmel, because the sous chef suggested that we keep it light.
So, I filled the pie, topped the pie, and put it in the oven.

This is what came out:

It was pretty!  I had a bite of it, and I thought that it was pretty good.  However, my sous chef did not think so.. First, it was because it wasn’t warm, so I warmed it up.  Then it was too sweet, and then it was because it wasn’t carmelly enough!  I told him that that was his fault.. My theory, is that were all just over fruit pies and it’s time to move forward to other kinds of fall pies! 🙂

Also, from this pie time was a very momentus occasion… Mr. Sous Chef Extrordinaire made his first very own lil cup pie without any help!  He even did his own lattice top all alone!  Congrats! He was very excited…

Now… In the ways of fall pies… Man oh man…. It’s been quite a season.. 🙂


Big Events! :)
October 17, 2010, 5:56 pm
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Oct 5th… Was my birffffday! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Oct 12th… Was National Punnkin Pie Day! 🙂 🙂 🙂

These 2 dates were very exciting for a few reasons….
For my birrfffday, my lovely sous chef gave me my first pie apron!!  It’s just about the bestest apron that I ever did see and fits me perfectly!! It’s amaazzzzzzing!!! 🙂  And to top it all off, it’s reversible!  And soon, it will be rhinestoned to hell and back by a former sous chef! I’m gonna be bling blingin while makin pies! Weeehooooooooo! 🙂

Another exciting thing about my 21st birthday coming around again, is that a dear friend of mine sews quite well and wants to make me my second apron!  She let me put in requests for cet apron… I said, lime green and yellow… And she suggested a furry animal… So, there is gonna be an octopus hugging my neck to tie the apron on…  On top of those exciting things, it’s going to be a utility apron!  So, she asked me to take a picture of all of the things that I like to have on me at all time while making pies… This is what I came up with:

These are all the things that I like to always have with me when I make pie and things that I would like to have in a utility apron… (in order of importance)…
1.  Small Pink Spatula

2.  Wine Key

3.  Magic Sprinkles Pocket

4.  Camera Pocket

5.  Salt Pocket

6.  Dry Ingredients Measuring Cups

7.  Wet Ingredients Measuring Cup

8.  Extra Spoon

9.  Measuring Spoons

10.  Large Pink Spatula

11.  Rolling Pin

Punnnkin Pie Day!
This means that its officially Pumpkin season!  Which also means that I can move onto a whole new branch of pies… I’m pretty over fruit pies these days, as are the people eating these pies!  Now, we can move on with our pie lives onto punkin pie, sweet potato pie, cider pie, maple tart.. You get the idea.  It’s fall time! Now, in San Francisco, we don’t really get ‘fall’…  I swear, these folks don’t know what fall even means!  But I do, so I’m gonna have fall pie times! Can’t wait! 🙂

This is a picture of the first punkin pie I’m going to make… Pumpkin Frangelico Pie with Mascarpone! Oh boy! 🙂

Pumpkin Frangelico Pie with Mascarpone

Chocolate and Strawberries? Um.. Yes?
October 16, 2010, 1:16 pm
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I found organic cocoa powder in a cabinent recently…  Clearly it was a sign to use it in a pie! 🙂

I had the usual crew with me…
Sous chef number one is always:

Sous chef number two:

So, I started making pie crust as per usual, which I’m proud to say, that I can do completely from memory now!  So, in the beggining (with the flour, sugar, and salt) I added cocoa powder.. I started with about 4 tablespoons, then I think it got up to somewhere near 1/4 of a cup.  I also added a bit more sugar, because the cocoa powder was unsweetened (and bitter!) so I sweetened up the crust a wee bit.

Before the magical food processor:                                            After the magical food processor:

I finished up the crust and moved onto the middle goo…

I sliced up about 2lbs of fresh, organic strawberries…  I added some sugar, flour, a bit of cornstarch, vanilla, lemon, cinnaman, and nutmeg.  I let all that goo sit until the pie crust was ready to be rolled out.

mmmm… strawberry gooooo….


The pie crust looked pretty cool!  Or at the very least, different!

I filled the pie with the goo and made a lattice top for it.  We decided that it had been a while since we made a good ol fashioned lattice top crust!  My sous chef also decided to make a tiny pie (or as we are calling them these days, Cup Pies!).  He added a wee bit too much lemon to the strawberries, so it was real tart.. But he’s getting better with his cup pies!

Strawberry Pie Gooooo!

As per usual, I brushed the top crust with egg.. Makes it shiny and pretty, and who’s gonna argue with a pretty pie?  🙂

Cup Pie!

But the strawberry pie turned out pretty good!  It was really pretty, and different than other pies!

It seemed to be well received by the roomies and everyone..  My dear sous chef (the one who can eat chocolate) had 3 pieces and breakfast pie… That’s how I can tell how good the pie is.. If there aren’t 3 pieces gone and breakfast pie, then it’s not so good…  It hasn’t happened yet…  But it could…  Hooray for Pies! 🙂

Update from the Ri Ri…
October 16, 2010, 12:41 pm
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As for the Ri Monster these days…. She is cooking up a storm and helping me lots!

I’m helpin mom a lot with her pies, and getting messy!

Other exciting things.. I’m learning to hang out with these silly kittens, although one of them is more fun than others…
One of them climbed into my mom’s pajama drawer… So I shut her in it… Haha.. Oops?  I’m a very, very sneaky lil girl.

I also got a ball…  You can look at it, but I don’t like letting anyone else touch it…

Oh! And lil Muff Muff had her first bath.. My mom and I laughed at her a lot, but I really hate baths too, so I had a lil bit of sympathy for her…

That’s all I have to report for now… 🙂

Other noteworthy pies as of late…..
October 14, 2010, 12:41 pm
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Some of my roomates and I went apple picking!  It was super fun.. We also ended up with 25lbs of apples!  That means there have been many appley things recently…

Another apple pie with a cheeeesy delicious crust… This time around I tried it with cheddar chesse.  I did the same thing that I did with the gruyere crust.  As I was making the pie crust, I added about a cup and a half (or so..) of cheddar cheese.  It was okay.. I think that it coulda been really good, but my roomate (who bought the cheese for me) unknowingly sabotaged me!  She got me reduced fat cheddar cheese (good lookin out under normal circumstances, however, we are making pie here that has a stick and a half of butter in the crust.. c’mon now, are we really worrying about fat content?  I think those worries went out the window!) But the cheese itself didn’t really taste like much, so I can’t really figure that when you put it into crust that it would taste cheesy either.  Ah well.. I think it woulda been real good.. Maybe I try again soon….
But here is a picture of it anyways…

It was cute.. There were two lil apples on the top left of the crust!

The same night as that pie was a very exciting new kinda pie!  AND for this pie I had a new sous chef!
As per usual, I had my number one sous chef:

And making a guest appearance, sous chef number two:

She has many talents other than helping me make pies…

My sous chef was also my narrator and scribe for this pie that we made up..  (The sous chef with opposable thumbs, obviously)  Her instructions will be posted soon so that you too can make an “Indian Summer Pie”

Indian Summer Pie came to be because we had so many damn apples!  We did a sweet apple pie, so we decided that a dinner pie would be fun too!  This was a savory pie with apples and curry and deliciousy things!

Ta da! Dinner pie and dessert pie!

Bad Blogger! And Love Apple Pie…
October 9, 2010, 3:52 pm
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I have been real, real bad about posting on my blog!  I have made so many pies recently and have written about none of them.. Shame on me!

Okay.. So, I made a Love Apple Pie..  This one has a bit of a story to it.

Someone who I feel pretty close to recently found out that she has breast cancer.  She was pretty upset and freaked out by it all (obviously) so she was doing her research and found out that people with cancer should be eating a lot of tomatoes because they are high in lycopene and that cooked tomatoes are even better.

So this gave me the idea to make her a love apple pie (tomatoes are also called love apples).  I had found a recipe for this sort of pie in my pie book, but I didn’t like all of it.  So, big surprise, I changed it.

First, I went to the farmers market and got these really beautiful heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil.

Then I made a pie crust using the same recipe that I always use, but instead of adding sugar, I added rosemary and oregano and other such spices.

My speckley pie crust!

The really fun and exciting part was the filling of the pie…

My sous chef and I sliced up the tomatos…

So so pritty! 🙂

And from there, we put a layer of the yellow brandywine heirloom tomatoes into the speckley pie crust…

I also had gotten fresh basil from the famers market.. So that went on next..

Then I mixed together scallions, oregano, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil and put that on top of the basil…

Then for the pink brandywine tomatoes…

It was looking really pretty at this point! 🙂 🙂 🙂

So, all while I was doing this, I had a sous chef who was doing other things….

We decided to make shapes with the leftover pie crust dough so that we could try it.. I realized as we were making the pie that I wouldn’t be able to try the pie before giving it to her.. It wouldn’t be very nice getting a pie as a gift with a slice missing! So I was a lil nervous!  What if it was awful??  Eeeeep!

So, then came time for the pie top….  My sous chef had a really good idea.. Since it was a love apple pie, we could make the top look like an apple with a heart cut out of it.. Sometimes, he’s pretty smart!

Then we put the top on the pie! It was super exciting! 🙂

Everything was going swimmingly!

Brushed it with egg and put it in the oven..  As I was putting it in the oven, I gave it a little “kill all the cancer and heal her right up” prayer.. Just put it out there into the universe to put a little extra magic into this one.. It was important.  So, everything seemed to be going well!  Until the fire alarm started going off.. Damn!

Turns out, the juice from the ‘maters spilled onto the oven.. Note for the future: always put pies on cookies trays to prevent spilling goo.  Lesson learned.  And at least we know my fire alarm works.  Good Work.

So, all in all the pie turned out pretty nice.. I hear that it tasted pretty good too! 🙂


Apple Pie with a Gruyere Crust!
September 26, 2010, 9:36 am
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So, this all began when I was informed that my neighbor had 5 lbs of apples that he wasn’t going to use.  My roomate said that I might want them… (Well, of course I do!) So I got super excited and decided I wanted to make a pie with all of these apples.  My deep dish pie pans were BOTH M.I.A from other events.  So, I knew I was gonna have to go find one of them.  I went searching to try and buy a new one, but all the stores I tried were closed.. Then I found out that my apple hookup fell through.  Woommmmp.  The pie gods were against me that day…

The next day I was having dinner with some friends and decided to make it there with them!  And lucky for me, they have an apple tree out back, so who needed my apple hookup?  I used these tiny little apples that were kinda tart, but still a lil bit sweet.. And super tiny and cute!  I had decided to use gruyere in the crust (rather than my initial feeling of cheddar)..  So, with apples in my position, gruyere cheese, and my pie dish returned to me that day, I realized the pie gods were back with me and I was gonna make a pie! 🙂

I picked an arbitrary gruyere from the grocery store and added a cup of it to my regular pie crust recipe..  The apple part of the pie was a pretty standard apple pie recipe.. Except that I just eyeballed it (with the help of my sous chef!  He did a great job.. He did most of the apple middle, and I just tweaked it a lil bit! Good job sous chef!)

The new exciting thing about this pie was the crust!  I decided to flute the edges of the pie crust, and the top crust was in the shape of an apple!

That was step one…

Then I put it on top of the pie and apple goo…

That was step two…

It spent some time in the oven, and ta da! 🙂

Whole Pie:

Apple Pie with a Gruyere Crust.. It was tasty AND cute! 🙂 🙂 🙂