Easy as pie

Happy April!

I took a break from posting last week because my mom was here visiting us for spring break. Whenever she comes she always asks if we want her to bring anything, and this time I had a request: a pie recipe. My Granny is the best pie maker I know, and the past several times we’ve been in Jackson I’ve wanted to ask her to show me how she does it. But there never seems to be enough time. So I decided this would be a great opportunity to get a lesson in pie-making from my mom.

Most of the pies Granny makes have meringue, which I don’t particularly like. (I usually give my meringue away and someone is very happy to have a double decker piece of pie.) So the recipe my mom brought is actually from my other grandmother who seldom makes pies, but apparently had a friend who didn’t like meringue either. The result was a very thick, custardy chocolate pie; definitely a keeper:

20130402-222419.jpg But anybody can make pie filling. The part that I was concerned about getting right was the crust. To me, that’s the difference between a real pie and what my palate interprets to be a “fake” one.

20130402-222625.jpg Probably the crust would have turned out better if I hadn’t accidentally set the oven about 50° too low. Oops! It still tasted good, but had a strange texture…oh well, maybe next time. Also, *when* I make this pie again I’ll definitely double the filling. It looked a little lonely sitting down there in the bottom of the crust. And you can never have too much chocolate, right?

20130402-223046.jpg So now I can make pies! But I still wouldn’t mind taking a lesson from the master…

I can has blog update?

Hello! Last time you heard from me, Matt and I were heading to Jackson for Pop’s birthday party. But what you didn’t know (if you haven’t heard by now) is that we surprised them by having my uncle, Alan, cousin, Chrissy, and her son, Chase fly in from Wyoming. And indeed, they were surprised! Here’s a picture of everyone we took that Sunday:

Pop, Allie, Granny.

3rd row: Tim, Gregg, Matt, Alan. 2nd row: Cayce, Julie, Chrissy, Chase, me, my mom. 1st row: Pop, Allie, Granny.

If you’ve looked at my tweets lately, you might have noticed that I can now make tasty Middle Eastern food. At least a little, anyway. I bought and roasted eggplant for the first time (actually for veggie lasagna, but I only needed half) and had an avocado on hand. So with a side of couscous I made:

avocado hummus

avocado hummus

and

pita bread

pita bread

The pita was especially delicious, and pretty easy to make. I baked it on the pizza stone Rachel gave me (thanks Rachel!). Click here if you’d like the recipe.

In other news, I’m headed back to Jackson again tonight, because tomorrow we’re going to Arkansas. To what is apparently bridal utopia, otherwise known as Low’s. It is the third largest bridal store in the country, and from what I’ve heard if you don’t find a dress there, you may as well stop looking.

While my mom and I (and possibly Granny) are frolicking in the land of bridal gowns, you can spend some time looking at the new pictures I just put on flickr. Of the turtles, of course! Piper was a little camera-shy. Michelangelo, on the other hand, thinks he might go on to become the new face of Abercrombie and Fitch.