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
Thursday, August 4, 2011
How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Today I am happy I learned to love tomatoes. Not on my list of approved foods when I was younger, but suddenly, in mid-adulthood, they made the list. It helps to try to grow your own, with a certain appreciation for the miracle dangling from the branch. But my turn-around occurred prior to the garden miracle. Thank goodness!
This week's cooking challenge with French Fridays with Dorie: slow-roasted tomatoes. From page 342 in "Around My French Table". In her text, Dorie describes them as "somewhere between fresh tomatoes and sun-dried tomatoes". The recipe is super simple and provides another excuse to use other garden items: fresh thyme or rosemary. Alas, it's too late in the summer to use my cherry tomatoes. Luckily, they are plentiful in the stores.
Rockin' the Rental Range.
GE Profile is a winner!
Oh, did I mention? I am not at home. I am in Sedona, Arizona, cooking in a kitchen not my own, using appliances and cookware not my own. I did think far enough ahead to bring some of my favorite things, however. I am up for the challenge!
Typical Sedona Scenery
On the fly I chose a couple other recipes from the cookbook to go along with the tomatoes. Probably didn't make the best choices. Oh well. I'm calling it a success, and it kept us out of the restaurants for two dinners anyway. (Fresh Orange Pork Tenderloin, page 273; and Broth-Braised Potatoes, page 358.) Both recipes were pretty simple, althought segmenting the oranges was time-consuming. And I didn't bring my microplane, so the zesting was ridiculous. Also, the pork recipe called for those exotic cardamom seeds. Since I forgot to bring mine from home, thanks go to Safeway in Sedona for stocking them. Not cheaply though! Ouch. (If you are one of my local friends reading this, feel free to ask for cardamom pods. I now have LOTS.)