Aunt Emma's Never Fail Pie Crust

3 c sifted flour
1 1/4 c Shortening
1 tsp salt
1 egg, well beaten
5 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp vinegar

Cut shortening into flour and salt.
Combine egg, water, and vinegar in a separate bowl.
Pour liquid into flour mixture all at once. Blend with spoon until flour is all moistened.
It can be re-rolled without toughening. Will keep in refrigerator for two weeks or divide into balls enough for one pie and wrap in Saran wrap and freeze indefinitely.

Makes 2 crusts

Saturday, August 27, 2011

'Hamburger' Just Doesn't Seem to Describe...

With the French Fridays with Dorie online cooking group this week I was making Dorie's recipe, Cafe Salle Pleyel Hamburger. (sure wish I had taken French class) I can pretty much guarantee you've never made a burger like this one before. Dorie tells the story of this dish. The woman who decided to put this burger on her menu in Paris described the burger as "the illicit... the subversive". How risky for Helene!

First of all, the list of ingredients includes capers, cornichons, fresh tarragon and oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes.

Dorie recommends ground beef, preferably sirloin, or a mix of sirloin and chuck. Hubby likes to get in on the gadget action.  I'm sure that's his glass of wine sitting there.

To make red onion marmalade you cook the onion in water and season with a little butter, ground coriander, salt and pepper.

Chopped the burger ingredients in the mini food processor

Burgers cooking!

Toasted the sesame seed buns; spread onion marmalade on the bun; shaved some parmesan cheese over top.

Absolutely wonderful!


  1. That's great that you (or, rather, your husband) ground the meat for the burgers. Love how DYI people have been this week. It's been making me feel like a bit of a slacker!

  2. Have you ever seen a cook that did not have a glass of wine handy?
    It goes together. That burger looks great with the cheese and toasted
    bun. I had some extra chop meat so I just prepared some sliders for
    tonight's dinner using the same ingredients. They look so cute when
    they are smaller. Nice photos.

  3. I'm envious of your KA grinder attachment. This is going on my Christmas list.