Friday, November 24, 2006

Pear Pie

The NY Times pear pie recipe (sans pomegranates) was so delicious!

I used blackstrap molassas, which was beautiful when it boiled in the pan, and made the pears a rich dark brown after they were carmelized. The crust came out very flakey.. I'm not sure if it's because I used freshly made butter from the farmer's market.

I want to try the recipe again, with apples and walnuts.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


This is pie season.. I have been enjoying making pies all year long, but now we have reached the month when pies are held in high esteem by nearly everyone. You see them for sale in great piles at the stores and farmers markets. The pies that you can buy are always just so - with a perfectly trimmed crust, with no spillage or juice that has bubbled over pooling around the bottom of the pan. They sit, neatly pristine, in a spotless white box and every slice comes out cleanly. I worry about how they get that way. Every pie I have made is just a bit messier than that.

Tonight and tomorrow I'll make a few pies for the feast. Pear and apple. I found a recipe in the NY Times for Pear Pomegranate, which sounds lovely, but requires pomegranate molassas, an item that I'm pretty sure I'll never find another use for. I think I'll pop in a few strawberries and achieve the same pretty pink that the pomegranate molassas would have provided. The apple recipe, from the same source, calls for thyme. That sounds lovely and savory and just right for pie season.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Four pleasant things about Autumn

The way the grass starts growing again after the first rain - thick and dense and soft with moisture.

The cooler nights with the stars so clear and near that you could touch them, if only you had a tall enough ladder.

Hearing birds in the morning who haven't been here for a while. The bird whose "tswooeeeoo" goes down in pitch almost an octave from onset to end.

The number of geese in the Vs that pass overhead gets enormous. They fly low and you can hear the creaking of the bones against the feathers.