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Blueberry Strawberry Pie

There are few things better than pie. If you do not agree with this statement then just stop reading already. It is the very lifeblood of the dessert coarse, the Cadillac of after dinner enjoyment, the very pith and core of all we hold dear. Sadly my friends it can be so easily mis-happed and misinterpreted.

Here is my most recent attempt at it and well, the results speak for themselves…I was having so much fun making it, I didn’t really take many pictures so you’ll have to use your imagination. I will describe things, don’t worry.

Ingredients:

Dough You can make Marissa’s pie crust or try this new one I did for this pie.

I grappled this from the Smitten Kitchen.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat 1 cup white)
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut up into pieces
1/4 cup cold vodka
1/4 cup cold water

Once this is done preheat the oven to 220 C (425 F).

Filling
4 heaping cups of blueberries and sliced strawberries
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6 Tbsp whole wheat flour (of course regular flour will work, sheesh)

Mix the flour, salt, sugar into a bowl or throw it in a food processor if you have one. I don’t so mixed it up and then cut in the butter with a pastry cutter. Once the butter is well mixed into the flour, you can start to sprinkle the vodka and water into the mix.

Since we don’t have a picture, imagine me riding atop and elephant dumping cups of butter and flour into a bowl while a pack of Brazilian salsa dancing, female pirates mix in the vodka and water. If only I’d had my camera but there you are.

Once the dough had formed cut it in half an make two little discs about 4.7345 inches across. If you don’t have a measuring tool just estimate π then add 1. It’s quite simple. Let those sit in the fridge for anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 days. They need to cool down so you can more easily roll them. If you don’t have time, skip it.

To prepare the filling simply mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Once again I’ll paint the picture: Two ill-tempered wood nymphs danced around the bowl nakedly throwing berries with somewhat conservative abandon whilst a midget on stilts dumped in way to much cinnamon and sugar. Damn you, Simon the midget.

Once that was all prepared we pulled the dough out of the fridge rolled it out on a floured surface and placed in a 9 inch pie pan. We then dumped, rather ceremoniously, the filling into said pan. From there it really just is putting the top crust on the pie, cutting little air slits into it and popping it in the oven.

We put it in for 50 minutes and it came out looking like Seattle native in the Arizona sun, Toasty!

Behold the only photo I was able to eek out between bites.
Enjoy!

Labels: pie, blueberries, strawberries

Goat cheese spinach "impress-your-friends" salad.

This one of those “where did you get that recipe?” kind of salads. You know when you take it somewhere and everyone thinks you’re Juila Child or Betty Crocker or Huge Hefner, which of course I get a lot (the younger Huge). I think you will love the way this tastes and the way your reputation skyrockets because of it. But you don’t have to take my word for it, I got this recipe with a few changes from www.epicurious.com

Ingredients:
2 cups washed Spinach
4-5 Large Strawberries, sliced
Handful Seasoned walnuts or pecans ( or plain if you want)
Goat Cheese (I put about two Tbsps on each serving)

Walnut seasoning:
1/4 cup water
1/8 or 1/4 cup sugar (I use 1/8 because I don’t like them so sweet)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1/8 tsp ground pepper

Dressing:
1 clove garlic (chopped up)
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
3 Tbsp. virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp basil, or oregano or both (dried is fine but fresh is way better)

At first glance this may seem like a difficult recipe but do not be dissuaded. It is quite simple and will simply impress anyone for whom you make it.

untitled-7949  First, wash your Spinach (you can use other greens if you like) dry it and put it in a salad bowl. Add sliced strawberries and begin work on the walnuts.untitled-7950In a small sauce pan, place the walnuts and then ingredients of the seasoning. Simmer over medium heat until most of the water has evaporated. If you don’t have all of those spices it’s OK. I just used cinnamon, salt and pepper the first time I made and it turned out fine. Hence the optional on the nutmeg and cloves.

Set the walnuts aside to cool. While the nuts are cooling it’s time to make the dressing. (Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.)

The dressing is simple. In a glass of some sort, mix all the ingredients. Chop your herbs if you are using the fresh variety and mix it all together. Once you’re done, those nuts ought to be good and cooled off by now. If they’re still too hot for you, just give those nuts a little blow.

Mix the nuts and the dressing with the spinach and strawberries and viola! Perfect salad. For the finishing touch, sever them in bowls and place some goat cheese on the top.untitled-7951If you’re looking for something to seal the deal of a relationship, this just might be your dish. I have heard that it works on both sexes equally well.

Enjoy!

Labels: Salad, goat cheese, strawberries