Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Me, Myself, and Pie

Me, Myself, and Pie
by Sherry Gore

This photography in this book will make you ooh and ahh.   Many of the photos are framed by a well washed quilt or antique kitchen tools.  There are 87 pie recipes, from sweet to savory, and every recipe has a full color photograph to accompany it. There are classic fruit pie and more modern variations such as pie pops and pies in a jar.  The book starts out with a pie crust primer.  From tools, techniques, and terminology to several basic pie crust recipes.

The recipes all use common ingredients and are prepared with simple tools and techniques.  The book is broken down into sections, each with a lead in story giving a glimpse into to the personal life and Amish culture of Sherry Gore.

Sherry Gore is a weekly writer for a national Amish newspaper.  She has been featured on the National Geographic Channel series Amish: Out of Order.  This is her second cookbook and it looks like she has more in the works.

The recipes I have tried so far:

Ham and Cheese Hand Pies p. 249 - Very good.  A nice way to use up leftover baked ham.  The recipe calls for one jalapeño pepper.  I didn't have one but I did have a jar of pickled jalapeño slices, so I improvised.  It turned out great.

Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche p. 231 - This one was very good also.  My husband liked it so much he had some of the leftovers for breakfast.  I used a hot and spicy sausage and sharp cheddar cheese.

Farmhouse Chicken Pot Pie p.220 - Fabulous.  The quiche used only half of a pastry pie crust recipe for the bottom crust.  I used the leftover dough to make the pot pie with only a top crust.  I never missed the bottom crust.  As a short cut I used a purchased roast chicken and a bag of frozen vegetables.  So, between having to just roll out one crust and using purchased items, this one was "easy as pie."  You knew that was coming, right?

Next on my list to try will be some of the sweet pies.  I keep going back to the page with the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie (p. 56).  I also find the pies in a jar so charming (p.202).  Sherry Gore says they can be made ahead of time, frozen, then baked later.

Other books you might like:

Cooking From Quilt Country: Hearty Recipes From Amish and Mennonite Kitchens
by Marcia Adams

The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop
by Emily Elsen

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