Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope you had a great day. I definitely did!

Sam and I went to Carol and Elton's. (CAROL GOT ROSES!!) (I'll buy my chocolate tomorrow.) Sam and Elton went to the gun and knife show at Maude Cobb Center in Longview while Carol and I went to the trade day at the fair grounds in Longview. Four people. Two cars. Same town. Just a couple of blocks apart. LOL But that way they didn't have to wait on us, and we could sneak in a teeny tiny bit of shopping. I also got to see some friends of mine. They don't live far from us. Charles mentioned that and we never see each other. But, if any of us need help, we know who to call. His youngest grandson is 22 now and an LVN. I counted the years and probably haven't seen Justin since he was 9 years old. shaking head

The four of us met up at Olive Garden for lunch. I ordered the Spinach and Artichoke dip to share. Oh my! I've heard it was good, but it was ridiculously good! I know that there are some recipes trying to copy this on the internet. I will be searching for it!

We saved room for dessert, but not at Olive Garden. Last night I baked a strawberry pie. I've never had one before. Sam has mentioned (several times) that his mother made strawberry pie. I did a bit of searching on the internet but didn't really come up with anything that sounded like he described. It was either fresh strawberries in a baked pie shell covered with thickened strawberry syrup or cooked strawberries poured into a baking dish on top of a batter...when baked, the batter rose to the top covering the strawberries. Not what I had pictured in my mind.

So, I grabbed my personal cookbook (a binder full of my very own favorite tried and true recipes) and turned to Apple Pie and Cherry Pie recipes. This is what's left. We ate some. I cut a large slice for Carol and Elton to enjoy later. Yep, folks. This is what was left after four people who could all stand to lose a pound or two got into it. ;o) Did I mention that it was good?

The recipe? Weeelllllll.... I guess this is an original for me. I took a bag of strawberries I froze last season from the freezer. A quart of halved strawberries with 1 cup of sugar. So...if I were to start from the beginning:

Sassy Sherry's Simply Sweet Strawberry Pie ;o) shorten it...

Strawberry Pie

1 quart of fresh beautiful sweet strawberries
1/4 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons flour
butter (I do not use margarine!)

Wash, cap and halve your strawberries. Mix flour into sugar; pour over strawberries. Stir in water and let sit for a while to make more juice. If you don't think it's juicy enough, add a little more water. (My frozen strawberries were juicy enough with just a minimum amount of added water.)

Make your very own pie crust. It's worth it! Here's the link to my recipe:
To quote Emeril Lagasse, "Pork fat rules!" (You can halve the recipe.)

Take out enough dough for 1 crust. Roll it out, place in pan. Let all the extra dough flow out over the rim. Fill with strawberries. Dot with butter. Pull the excess dough up over the strawberries. (This is easier that making a two crust, crimped or lattice top fancy pie.)

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
Lower heat to 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until crust is brown...I always have to bake longer for not only browner crust, but also to make certain the bottom crust bakes and is not gooey.

And to finish today...Friday night's sunset.

1 comment:

everythingquilts said...

I bet your house smells divine with all that homemade cooking going on. I'd be big as the house if I were Sam, LOL. Sounds like you had a great day. Wishing you a Happy Valentines Day.