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Title: Pie
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 03, 2009, 05:39:29 PM


We made pies yesterday, pumpkin pies.  Deeeeelicious.  we used a winter squash a Jarrahdale.


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Click on this Making Pumpkin Pies at Home from Scratch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49637895@N00/sets/72157622601463429/) pictures

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Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Otto on November 03, 2009, 06:29:19 PM
Yummy. 

This will be my first Atlanta Thanksgiving in a long time so I plan on making pies.  Perhaps you'll share your recipe?
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 03, 2009, 07:02:37 PM
Yummy. 

This will be my first Atlanta Thanksgiving in a long time so I plan on making pies.  Perhaps you'll share your recipe?


I will, it is the height of simplicity. I did it just as the recipes says..

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Title: Re: Pie
Post by: geonuc on November 04, 2009, 03:59:58 AM
Nice looking pie.  :)
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on November 04, 2009, 06:27:24 PM
Well made pumpkin pie is divine.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: AndyBoy on November 05, 2009, 08:10:35 AM
My Mother made the most delicious pumpkin pies when I was a kid. She never wrote down a recipe, just did them from scratch. Lots of cinnamon, brown sugar and allspice I think. She always made a syrup of brown sugar and pecans and topped her pies with that and it melted into the pumpkin. So good, maybe I will try one this Thanksgiving like that.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: geonuc on November 05, 2009, 02:32:36 PM
I have my mother's recipe box. Maybe I should look through it for pie recipes. She was never crazy about baking but you never know.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 05, 2009, 04:01:13 PM
My Mother made the most delicious pumpkin pies when I was a kid. She never wrote down a recipe, just did them from scratch. Lots of cinnamon, brown sugar and allspice I think. She always made a syrup of brown sugar and pecans and topped her pies with that and it melted into the pumpkin. So good, maybe I will try one this Thanksgiving like that. 

We always thought that my grandma Burke (lived in Homerville, Ohio), cooked by memory and without recipes, but after she passed away and the old house was sold, we found an interesting old recipe box full of dog-eared scripts that she had followed.  When we were little we couldn't see up on those shelves of the cupboard, but, as my aunt (her daughter) will attest, she kept the current recipe propped up, up there and would peek at it a bit as she went through her paces. 

Hey, I'm not saying that your Mother had a cheat-sheet like mine grandmother did, but I am saying that I am glad to have most of those old dog-eared 3X5 cards from my grandma in that time honored box to peek at if I need to..    ;)

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Title: Re: Pie
Post by: AndyBoy on November 05, 2009, 04:21:02 PM
I wish she had written down some of the dishes she cooked. But I am a lot like her and don't usually like to cook from recipes except when I am baking bread or cooking ethnic dishes then I follow them pretty closely. Your pies look delicious, by the way, GG.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 05, 2009, 06:02:16 PM
I wish she had written down some of the dishes she cooked. But I am a lot like her and don't usually like to cook from recipes except when I am baking bread or cooking ethnic dishes then I follow them pretty closely. Your pies look delicious, by the way, GG2. 

I thank you for the compliment..    I do not/have not made Pumkin/Squash pies from scratch enough to do them by rote.  I could have fumbled my way through the custard of course, but I wanted to know what the folks that wrote the recipe knew.  We are way satisfied with how the pies turned out (with the draining caveat). 

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Title: Re: Pie
Post by: geonuc on November 05, 2009, 06:30:03 PM
Hey, I'm not saying that your Mother had a cheat-sheet like mine grandmother did, but I am saying that I am glad to have most of those old dog-eared 3X5 cards from my grandma in that time honored box to peek at if I need to..    ;)
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A box with 3x5 cards - that's what I have from my mother. She also clipped recipes from magazines and such.

The pumpkin pie recipe I found in there is pretty basic and it's written in my sister's handwriting. Mom was not a baker.  ;D
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on November 05, 2009, 09:00:04 PM
In the past I've made some killer apple pies, but I've never been much of a baker either.

Perhaps, I outta give pie baking another try.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Loundry on November 17, 2009, 05:08:32 PM
I have been putting off making pie ever since I acquired some leaf lard.  I have the marble slab, the leaf lard, and the ingenious recipe from Cooks Illustrated (it uses vodka in the dough to provide moisture without promoting gluten -- and the alcohol bakes off in the oven!).

But what pie should I make?  Steve wants berry pie, provided the berries have those little seeds in them (blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries, girlsenberries...)
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 17, 2009, 05:39:16 PM
I have been putting off making pie ever since I acquired some leaf lard.  I have the marble slab, the leaf lard, and the ingenious recipe from Cooks Illustrated (it uses vodka in the dough to provide moisture without promoting gluten -- and the alcohol bakes off in the oven!).

But what pie should I make?  Steve wants berry pie, provided the berries have those little seeds in them (blackberries, raspberries, boysenberries, girlsenberries...)

No sweet potato, pumpkin, or those kind of custard pies are in your mix?  I do love me some of the old, old, fashioned sweet potato pies that CP's relatives make consistently good and I try to copy.  I make a pretty good Sweet potato pie, but of course it's just not quite like NeNaw's pie,   ;)  I'll work on it again toward Christmas.

I think my favorite pie may be pecan, but sometimes living near my grandma's house where there were 60 apple trees and two quince trees, I'd take a good slice of apple pie (with Loundry's crust, or mine) any time.  When the season was right, grandma would make 2 or 4 pies every day.  She was a pie-crust maven, she did pie crusts like some folks make puff pastry, folding the dough over an application of butter, then folding and rolling, and folding and rolling.  My pie crusts are sometimes that good, but I don't practice enough to get them very consistent.

The Cooks Illustrated recipe is now the only one I use..  it kicks ass.

I would email you the CI recipe if you want to get a feel for it?

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Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Otto on December 13, 2009, 06:37:03 PM

We made pies yesterday, pumpkin pies.  Deeeeelicious.  we used a winter squash a Jarrahdale.

GG, I finally made the pumpkin pie but had a few set backs.   
1. didn't have dried ginger so used fresh. 
2. could only use about 1/3rd of the evaporated milk.  Too much filling.

However, it was still quite good. 
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Loundry on December 15, 2009, 11:26:04 PM
No sweet potato, pumpkin, or those kind of custard pies are in your mix?

Yuk.  I think it's the texture that I find off-putting in those kinds of pies.  If they actually had the texture of custard, then I might like them, but they have the fibrous cellulose that feels icky.

I think my favorite pie may be pecan, but sometimes living near my grandma's house where there were 60 apple trees and two quince trees, I'd take a good slice of apple pie (with Loundry's crust, or mine) any time.  When the season was right, grandma would make 2 or 4 pies every day.  She was a pie-crust maven, she did pie crusts like some folks make puff pastry, folding the dough over an application of butter, then folding and rolling, and folding and rolling.  My pie crusts are sometimes that good, but I don't practice enough to get them very consistent.

Interesting.  The rolling and folding did not lend itself to gluten formation?  Then again, if it doesn't in puff pastry, then it shouldn't it pie crust, either.

Pecan pie is just too sweet for me nowadays.  If there was more bacon fat in it to balance the sweetness then I might like it better.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Melomom on August 08, 2010, 03:38:26 PM
NYT article about Scratch, a pie shop in North carolina:

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/we-made-it-ourselves-scratch-pies/

I MUST find a recipe for the "pantry pie," it sounds wonderful.  And speaking of pies, I just saw Waitress, with Keri Russell.  The pies in that movie are funny and inspirational.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: The_Scientist on August 15, 2010, 08:43:12 AM
I MUST find a recipe for the "pantry pie," it sounds wonderful.  And speaking of pies, I just saw Waitress, with Keri Russell.  The pies in that movie are funny and inspirational.

That movie annoyed me, and I don't think it was just because it was clearly aimed at a female audience.  The tone was cloying and condescending to most of the characters, and I absolutely hated the ending, completely inconsistent with the rest of the film.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Melomom on November 17, 2010, 10:44:26 AM
Article on pie as the next new thing from today's Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/dining/17pies.html

That pecan pie looks amazing.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Foodgeek on November 17, 2010, 12:10:52 PM
Mmmmmmmm, PIE! (http://www.weebls-stuff.com/wab/pie/).
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Otto on November 17, 2010, 06:01:48 PM
And speaking of pies, I just saw Waitress, with Keri Russell.  The pies in that movie are funny and inspirational.

That movie annoyed me, and I don't think it was just because it was clearly aimed at a female audience.  The tone was cloying and condescending to most of the characters, and I absolutely hated the ending, completely inconsistent with the rest of the film.

I liked the movie, but it's been a long time.  I do remember the ending troubled me too.

But all this conversation about pie makes my hungry.  I'm baking an apple pie for T-day.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Melomom on January 27, 2011, 11:46:35 AM
Write-up on winter citrus in the AJC food section today along with a recipe for Meyer lemon chess pie. 

http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-restaurants-food/in-season-lemons-807734.html

Article says you might find Meyer lemons at the BHFM - anyone seen them there?  A friend gave me one a few weeks ago and it was fabulous, so fragrant.  I made madeleines and brushed them with a syrup of sugar and the lemon juice.  Yummy!
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: AndyBoy on January 27, 2011, 03:51:35 PM
I saw some nice Meyer lemons at Fresh Market on Roswell over the weekend but you will pay a premium price there probably.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: LizR on January 27, 2011, 04:03:27 PM
I have one that I just picked this week from our tree, but only one. Not sure what to do with only one? Sorry to further disgress from pie but it seemed like a good time to ask.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: HaagenDazs on January 27, 2011, 04:37:44 PM
I have one that I just picked this week from our tree, but only one. Not sure what to do with only one? Sorry to further disgress from pie but it seemed like a good time to ask.

Make a small pie?
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Foodgeek on January 27, 2011, 04:56:51 PM
Maybe you could use the zest and the juice to make a granita. Makes for a light dessert or an accompaniment to a heavier dessert. Or scoop a little into a cocktail, or on top of oysters.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: AndyBoy on January 27, 2011, 05:06:11 PM
I have one that I just picked this week from our tree, but only one. Not sure what to do with only one? Sorry to further disgress from pie but it seemed like a good time to ask.

I didn't know you could grow Meyer lemons in Atlanta Liz. Is this an outside tree and do you cover it when the weather is bad?
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Melomom on July 05, 2011, 08:10:48 PM
I have been buying really wonderful Georgia peaches, made a peach pie for the 4th that was just right.
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Post by: Jmolinari on July 06, 2011, 04:57:08 PM
Melomom, where have you gotten them. Thhe season started off very tasty, but the last 3 batched i bought were completely dry and mealy...smelled great but had no juice. All georgia grown....

I've been on a pie kick lately...making them almost weekly!
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Melomom on July 06, 2011, 05:19:16 PM
I bought them at Publix.  They had boxes and boxes of peaches at the Publix tables at the end of the Peachtree Road Race, I had one and it was one of the best I have ever had (either that or I was just glad to have finished the race!).  A friend ordered a box from Pearson Farm in Fort Valley and said they were really excellent.  I am almost positive I have seen boxes of Pearson peaches at the Wednesday Decatur Farmers Market.  But get one at Publix and see what you think - they have been 99 cents a pound.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: bettylouski on July 07, 2011, 06:32:21 AM
Pearson sells at most of the weekly outdoor markets, and they are superb.  I've also gotten their peaches at Kroger, but they are not the same - the market peaches are varieties that probably could not survive the shipping/holding, sort of like heirloom tomatoes vs. shipping tomatoes.  The ones are Publix have been good, too, but I haven't seen them labeled as coming from Pearson.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Beerbitch on July 07, 2011, 08:22:49 AM
I think it's been a great peach year.  We're getting into "free stone" season.

Making a  lot of peach caprese these days.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Jmolinari on July 07, 2011, 08:48:24 AM
I got some Pearson ones at Walmart of all places...they were terrible.
I just got a couple of the publix ones this week...we'll see if i have any luck...Anyone notice they wrinkle within a few days at room temp? Strange.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: LizR on July 07, 2011, 10:37:52 AM
I think it's been a great peach year. 

I was just saying this yesterday. Peaches are my favorite and they are just terrific this year, even from the grocery store. Best peach year since 2006.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Jmolinari on July 07, 2011, 11:07:14 AM
I think it's been a great peach year.

I was just saying this yesterday. Peaches are my favorite and they are just terrific this year, even from the grocery store. Best peach year since 2006.

Guess i've had bad luck! I'll keep trying.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Beerbitch on July 07, 2011, 02:56:52 PM
If you buy them somewhere where they've probably kept them in a giant walk-in cooler, they most likely won't be the same as if you bought them off the back of a truck or at a smaller market with a small/quick turnover.

Like tomatoes, they will turn mealy and become quite sad, maybe even depressed,  when refrigerated.  I know mealy peaches make me depressed!

And it's tricky, because they still look and smell good. 

Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Jmolinari on July 07, 2011, 03:09:24 PM
I've found that gently tapping them will identify the ones which are dry and mealy. They'll have a hollow sound....i'm still working on this method...so more trials are necessary!
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 05, 2011, 05:41:06 PM

On the way to some more Jarrahdale pumpkin/squash pies.  I hope to put them together tomorrow with niece Cassie and Deanne as helpers.

The hard part is over, cooking the dern pumpkin.  It is now draining in a big cheesecloth lines sieve outside on the screen porch overnight, I hope it loses about a quart or two of fluid. 

Thanks to CP I got them peeled and cooked, I had to use the old Foley food mill to get them to the right consistency,  I know I could have opened up a can of pumpkin, but this just feels better. 

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Title: Re: Pie
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 07, 2011, 10:41:38 AM



Click on this for more Pumpkin Pies from Jarrahdale Winter Squash (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49637895@N00/sets/72157628075193316/) pictures

Our pies turned out great, I did have some trouble with one of my older cookie sheets warping in the oven and making the pie uneven, but with a big dollop of whipped cream on it, it will be fine.  I had good kitchen help with Deanne and Cassie doing the hard stuff while I sortof fretted and kept things moving along.  I did have fun, though the day was long.

To kill some time we did have a spice tasting while the pies were in the oven baking, I'm just trying to expand Cassie's palate and get her away from just the hot Chile things I have in my pantry.  Unfortunately I did open up my container of black salt during the tasting, so now my kitchen smells like old eggs.


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Title: Re: Pie
Post by: AndyBoy on August 13, 2013, 08:09:49 AM
We bought some SC peaches at our local farmers market last Saturday and yesterday I made a pie with a recipe from Saveur that used cinnamon and ginger. The ginger worked nicely with the peaches. Haven't made a pie in a long, long time so my technique was a bit rusty but still it was a pretty good effort.
Title: Re: Pie
Post by: MadBob on October 27, 2013, 02:35:51 PM
OK, it is not technically pie.....
Rumchata cheeecake mini's with an Oreo crust and the unusual sourcream and sugar with a little Rumchata added for additional flavor. And, a few Kahlua cheesecakes mini's with the Oreo crust to boot. Our Daughter is on a roll!
Now, what to do with all the Oreo filling that was removed. I have a pretty cool spoon so maybe I will consider just disposing of the filling orally instead of junking it. I will worry about paying for it when the time comes. Gotta snack when you can!