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Monday, September 24, 2007

Fun Monday #34, My favorite Recipe

Lisa, The Food Snob, is hosting today's Fun Monday. True to her calling - she has requested that we post about our favorite recipe. In her own words:

My challenge:
I want to see your favorite recipe, be it either because your grandmother wrote it, it's the easiest thing you can slap together that everyone likes, it makes you feel healthy, it's cheap, etc. You don't have to
make it (although you could if you want) but let us see the index card, cookbook, printed paper from the web, and why it's a favorite in your house. If you have a lot, just pick one, I know I'll have to!

Mom baked so many pies during my growing up years: Three pies each time. She cut them into fourths. Each of her eight children got 1/4 of a pie for dessert. It wasn't until I became a teenager and ate pie at other people's houses that I realized a pie should be cut into much smaller pieces

Dad loved pie. He told me on more than one occasion there were only two kinds of pie that he liked: "Hot and cold."

"On the other hand," he would add with a chuckle, "there's only one kind of pie I don't like."

I always knew what he would say next but loved to hear it anyway.

"Jam pie! That's where the top crust is jammed down to the bottom crust."

I'm not sure what prompted mom to give me the pie cookbook that dad gave her when I was a kid. It was the Sunday before Mothers Day. Dad had passed away 3 1/2 years earlier.

Perhaps she was hoping I would bake her favorite for the next weekend. For whatever reason, it was important to her. She signed and dated it.

(Because of her commemoration I know that Amanda was still a twinkle in her fathers eye. Karmyn was not fond of Apple Pie, but she and her sister Jennifer were the apples of their grandma's eyes.)

There are 289 pages of pie recipes.



Some of my earliest memories are of sitting at our old kitchen table and watching mom dish out a steaming 1/4 pie to dad. He would top it with a heavy portion of thick cream that was skimmed and chilled from the morning milking of our Guernsey cow.

When mom passed away in 1993 I searched for her vintage PYREX OVEN WARE. Now they grace my pantry.




They still see the inside of the oven, in spite of a few chips and scorching.

They also still see the ingredients of my mom's favorite old recipe that was handed down from my grandmother and not from a cookbook.

Note to those who wish to bake this pie: In my quest to have a smoother and more appealing texture I have eliminated the flour and use more eggs.

36 comments:

Karmyn R said...

That is so cool, mom. I never knew she inscribed the pie book to you.

Willowtree said...

I love pie, sadly it's not really big over here. I'd kill for a Marie Calender's.

bichonpawz said...

I love pie too! I especially like your mom's idea of how big a pie slice should be!! Very nice memories!

Anonymous said...

I would drive 300 miles for a piece of sour cream and raisin pie. That is one pie that Pam has improved over her Mom's--She does need to go back to the quarter pieces though--older and still bigger-- brother Mike (Blueberry,blackberry and raspberry in combination is very good--the least desirable pie--shoo-fly pie!!

Sally Lomax said...

My mother has some pie plates tucked away, similar to yours. From my grandmother's house.
Great post.

Sally Lomax said...

p.s. I've only just realised that Karmyn as in Karmyn's dreamings is your daughter. I was a bit slow there!

kailani said...

That looks like a well used and loved recipe card!

DesLily said...

homemade pie is a good thing!.. heck, homemade anything is!..and it's all going out of style with both parents working there's no one around anymore to do those special treats

~JJ! said...

That is sweet.

I wish I cooked, baked...did anything but order in...Cooking is not high on the priorities of things to learn in life...

Debs said...

What a sweet post. I love pies. I can't cook very well, but I can bake. :D

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

There's nothing quite like the look of a well-worn pie pan.

Sadly, I wouldn't know where to begin if I were to contribute to this Monday challenge — open box of cereal, pour into a bowl, and add milk comes to mind.

nikki said...

What a great thing to have passed down to you. Thank you for sharing your memories.

Susie said...

Hi Pamela,
What a treasure! When I enlarged it I was surprised to find that it was my Grandpa's all time favorite pie. It brought back wonderful memories of my Grandma making this pie for him.
Love your green pyrex dishes too!
xo

Sayre said...

Have you ever seen "Michael"? There's a great song about pie in it. I think it's my favorite part of the movie. They all sit around the table and order two slices of EVERY PIE the restaurant. I would love to do that sometime. Or maybe I could just come visit you!

Walker said...

You were surely a worthy recipient of the pie book, and recipe card.

BarnGoddess said...

pie! yummy!

wow, those recipe books are the best kind to have around....

Joy T. said...

MMM pie is my all time weakness. A really good Apple pie to be exact. Then pumpkin. It's so sweet what your mom wrote on the book for you....'spoiled' :o) And I am really slow here because I didn't realize Karmyn was your daughter. Good grief!

PEA said...

I love the fact that you have her pie cookbook as well as her original pie plates!! My mom often baked pies and when she had made two different pies, she would ask my dad which one he wanted a slice of...he would always say "both"! lol She always sliced the pies in 6 slices and vanilla ice cream or whipped cream was a must:-) xox

swamp witch said...

Our posts were 'eerily' similar today.
I guess you are rubbing off on me and I'm learning how to add a little family history to my posts.
Thank you.

Shelby said...

I love pie more than most anything in the world. Really.

Pie. Just pie. Any kind.

Bibi said...

My family never wrote recipes down ... they're all in the head, touch and feel. And I thank you for this post because my mom makes the best best bread pudding (uk not us bread pudding) and I need to make sure I get it from her.

Masago said...

Love it...

Kila said...

What a wonderful gift!

My grandma makes a whole pie just for me!

gawilli said...

Jam Pie! That's great. What a wonderful story of your rememberings. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the recipe looks so good. I have never heard of this kind of pie.

Donetta said...

Wow that recipe card is so priceless. How wonderful you have it. It is so amazing how valuable a little piece of paper can be.

lisa's chaos said...

I love that you still have the recipe card! So cool! Also loving getting these neat recipes to try - you all may get me in a kitchen yet. :)

alisonwonderland said...

what great family history here! thanks for sharing it!

Robin said...

Pamela, the beautiful thing, really, is when you make or eat one of these pies, you're touching the past :). There is such significance in something as simple as a pie dish--I love that vintage Pyrex! Glad you were able to find it even with all its chips and obvious use.

dawn said...

What a wonderful post. I love your what your dad said about pies. It is wonderful to have such a great keepsake as your mom's book and grandma's recipe. I would put in more egg and less flour also. I have never had sour cream raisin pie. It looks awesome, I think I will try some.

Amanda said...

You know I don't like sour cream and raisin pie. But everyone else loves it. I guess MY idea of pie is that it should be SWEET! I love your cobbler though!! Nice post mom. I miss g'ma.

ChrisB said...

How did I miss reading your fun monday post. What a lovely gift the pie book was and I love the pie plates.

kitten said...

I made a mistake on my recipe. I did a correction on my blog. Enjoyed yours also.

Susie Q said...

What a wonderful post! I loved every word..ooh. Pie. So good. And what treasures you have...

My Mom has all my Grandma's recipes and hers as well, in a big book. Splattered and tattered but that is what makes them priceless to me!

Hugs,
Sue

Robinella said...

I'm so late in getting here. I love your first comment(or)-I wish my Mom had a blog!

That really is sweet and the 1/4 pie thing made me giggle. Personally, I think it is the perfect amount.

I think you should write this post in the cookbook. Storytelling is a lost art.

Lisa said...

I don't know how I missed you Monday, so sorry!
That looks great, but I'm sure I'd love pie pans from my grandmother more...

Trish said...

Pumpkin pie and sour cream raisin pie were my favorites. When I close my eyes and think of growing up, I can taste them. Sure enjoyed those quarter of a pie pieces.