Buttermilk Pie and a Cornmeal Crust

Oh my! The best summer dessert there is. Creamy, sweet, savory, rustic (or something like that), tangy, and all around delicious. The custardy filling is so good, and the cornmeal crust just adds the right thing to it. And since this recipe already got deleted from my hardrive once (dang 2009 St. Patrick’s Day Crash of my hardrive), I’m doing what I can to save it. So here this baby is, my specialty:

Buttermilk Pie

Cornmeal Crust Ingredients

– 1¼ cups flour, plus more for dusting the work surface
– ¼ cup cornmeal
– ½ teaspoon salt
– 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold sweet cream salted butter
– 5 tablespoons water

Filling Ingredients

– 5 tablespoons sweet cream salted butter, at room temperature
– ¾ cup sugar
– 2 large eggs, separated
– 2 ½ tablespoons flour
– 1 cup buttermilk
– ½ tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
– ¾ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
– 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
– ¼ teaspoon salt
– 3 tablespoons sugar

Directions

– For the cornmeal crust: Combine the dry ingredients and butter in a food processor or use a bowl and a pastry cutter; pulse or mix until the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add the water a few tablespoons at a time, using just enough until a dough is formed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Have ready a 9-inch pie pan and pie weights for blind baking the crust.

– On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough to a 1/8-inch-thick circle and transfer to the pie pan, trimming edges to fit. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes (or freeze for later use). Line the chilled pie shell with aluminum foil or parchment paper and weigh it down with pie weights or uncooked beans. Bake for 20 minutes or until light golden brown.

– While the crust is baking, make the filling: In the large bowl of a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine the butter and ¾ cup sugar on medium speed for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, incorporating after each addition. Reduce the speed and add the flour in increments, mixing well. Slowly add the buttermilk, lemon juice, zest, mace, and salt, mixing well. The mixture will form curds, set aside.

– In the bowl of a stand mixer or hand mixer, combine the egg whites and salt on medium speed. Beat for a few minutes until frothy, then slowly add 3 tablespoons of sugar, increasing the speed to high and beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg-white mixture into the buttermilk mixture and pour it into the pie crust. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the surface is brown and barely jiggles.

Can be served with fresh berries (raspberries are the best!) or whipped cream. Serves 8.

Something New

So I think I’m going to start throwing recipes on this site too, simply because I won’t lose them as easily here as I can in other places (my hardrive, my room, kitchen, the trash…) Here’s the first one. It’s yummy and easy!

Cheesy Vegetarian “Chicken” and Rice

Ingredients:
-1 Cup White Rice

-1 1/4 Cup Cold Water

-1 Packet George Washington Golden Broth

– 1/2 Block Velveeta Cheese

-1 Can Ro*Tel Tomatoes

-1 Can FriChik (Vegetarian Chicken Substitute)

Directions:

1. Prepare rice with 1 1/4 cup cold water and packet of GW Golden Broth, cook in rice cooker for 40 minutes (the water and time are a result of the rice cooker I use).

2.  Chop up all the FriChik pieces in the can to a medium dice, set aside.

3. Chop up the hunk of Velveeta into cubes, set aside.

4. In a microwave safe covered casserole dish, combine rice, Ro*Tel Tomatoes, FriChik pieces, and Velveeta pieces together, stirring all together.

5. Cover and place in microwave, heating for two minutes.

6. After the two minutes, take it out, remove the cover, and stir everything together again.

7. Cover and place back in the microwave, heating again for another 2 minutes.

8. After these two minutes are up, the Velveeta should be completely melted. Stir together, until everything is completely mixed together. If cheese is not yet melted, keep microwaving and stirring on two minute intervals.

And here’s your finished product:

Oh it’s so good! So cheesy and creamy and spicy and wonderful. This serves about a family of four. And the longest part of this is cooking the rice. What we usually do is put the rice in the cooker in the morning, and when we get home, just chop and combine and microwave. The rice gets reheated, and it makes it even quicker after a long day.

Thanks for indulging me on this trying to save all recipes. 🙂

Quick Post for LOST

Okay, I’ve just got one thing from last weeks episode (which was slightly a snoozer, but hey, any LOST is good), in the last few seconds we saw Dark Claire, and aside from the fact that she’s been stranded on this Island for the past three years, look at this picture and tell me she doesn’t look a lot like Rousseau did:

I’m not talking matted hair or dirty sweaty look, I’m talking her eyes… they look a little darker, crazier. And they said she was infected… first thing I thought when I saw her was “Holy crap it’s the new Rousseau!”. Okay, here’s my point… anyone else think that Rousseau was also infected, not her team? I’m just starting to wonder…

Image from http://www.lostpedia.com wiki article on Claire.

Bring on the Spring… PLEASE!

Looking out my back door

See that? That’s my back patio and the barbecue. My entire world is buried under two feet of snow. After a snowstorm last Tuesday, and one the week before, and another the week before, and another a few weeks before Christmas. I haven’t really even seen the grass for more than a day or two in between snowstorms for quite sometime. What is grass? By the way, I live in Maryland. We aren’t supposed to get this kind of snow in Maryland. Maybe one snowstorm per winter, not three or four, with more on the way. If I wanted that, I’d move further north. So here I sit, wrapped in blankets, sipping hot drinks, wearing sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, gloves, and all sorts of bulky warm clothes, and I dream of springtime. Dream of light, floaty skirts, cardigans and tank tops, filmy dresses, sandals, and light spring jackets for when it’s just a little cool. And boy oh boy, I cannot wait for it. I’m thinking about moving further south… maybe out to Hawaii? I don’t know, somewhere warm. Because I am not a fan of this when I live where I’m not supposed to get this kind of weather.

I want flowers and budding gardens. And I can’t wait for beautiful peonies to bloom again in June. I can’t wait to be hot and fanning myself, making milkshakes and light dinners. It’ll come, right?

Waiting for spring. Who else is with me?

Edit: Not a day after this post, we’ve gotten another snowstorm. Just in case we don’t have enough on the ground right now. I think the weather gods must be demanding a sacrifice or something… I’m just going to go be catatonic now. Lead good lives.

Edit 2.0: Wow, just saw that I had spelled please PELEASE. That snow is getting to me, sirs. I’m really going to go hide now. Goodbye.

In Honor of LOST Day…

… A new theory from me.

So since in about an hour (okay, precisely an hour and ten minutes as I type this) from now, LOST Season Six will premier, I’ve been working on a new theory. It just hit me yesterday at work. Hurley is always playing the happy guy with bad luck and a way to have clumsiness and a little dumbness… for all we know, he could be faking. I’m working on a theory that Hurley is the true bad guy in this show, and will be revealed as such this season. This theory is still a work in progress, and for all I know I could be wrong, Hurley could be the new Jacob. But here is what I’ve fleshed out of this theory so far. I have points for it and against it.

For:
– He could always be playing the dumb luck guy, such as when he accidentally fired the flare gun and signaled the others where they were with Naomi.

– When the Incident, or at least the dropping of Jughead down the hole, happened, we did not see him either in the gun-battle or at the Swan Site at all. Could Richard have pulled him aside and they both watched the whole thing happen, with no harm to them?

– He wanted to go with Des and Charlie to the Looking Glass. He said it was because he didn’t feel like running with the rest of the people, but it could have been to sabotage Charlie from unlocking transportation.

– He could have done the census and manifest thing for a few reasons, one, to gain the trust of the survivors by taking it and turning in Ethan, and also to gain intelligence on the Survivors along with Ethan for the Others.

– He revealed the sat phone to Mihkail, which could have been viewed as a mistake, as he always kept that appearance up, of a goofy person.

– Isn’t always a nice guy, has conned Sawyer as well as Sayid and Kate before.

– He could have struck a bargain with the Others that they would take away his bad luck in exchange for working with them after Jack, Sawyer, and Kate were zapped. The other three were the only ones we saw zapped, which doesn’t mean that he wasn’t, we just didn’t see it, just like we didn’t see Michael get zapped.

– Episode title “Everybody Hates Hugo.” could have been a prediction?

Against:

– Hurley always was protecting people and trying to keep everyone happy (the golf course and the giving out of all the food.)

– All the crazy things that happened to him while he was trying to get on the plane could have been preventing him from getting to the Island.

– When Hurley conned Sawyer it was to get him to be nicer to everyone.

– He killed the Others on the beach, probably wouldn’t want to kill his own people.

– He really could have just wanted to go with Des and Charlie to the Looking Glass to help them and to be with them.

Okay, that’s all I’ve got right now, still coming up with more, and trying to figure out if the Hurley Bird means anything to this theory.

Can’t wait for the new season tonight!