Tag Archives: Peach Pie

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5 Jun

Considering I am a little over 30 days away from 30 (Duh duh duhhhhh! Geesh, I sincerely hope the world doesn’t implode on July 8th) I have decided to write love letters (or hate letters in some cases) to each of my goals as a way to reflect on this crazy year.

So here I go…

Dear Learn How To Cook,

I only put you on the list because I realized that, sadly, I couldn’t eat at the Whole Foods prepared section for the rest of my life. That, and I thought it would be nice to be able to cook dinner for my future kids- those little imaginary bundles of joy deserve a mom who makes homemade dinners, right? So for those two reasons, I put “learn how to cook” on my “365 til 30″ list and tried to forget about my earlier bad experiences attempting you – hey, people can change, right?

After fearing you for so long, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to tackle you at first. How does one learn to cook? Should I teach myself a new recipe each week? Learn a whole book of recipes a la Julie and Julia? Maybe take cooking classes? I was stuck….but then I had an idea! What if I asked people in my life to teach me their favorite dishes- they would most likely be patient with me as well!!

I have to give myself a pat on the back for this brilliant idea because not only did I learn how to cook this year, but I formed surprising new bonds and strengthened old friendships and connections in the process.

Learning how to cook brought me closer to everyone in my life.

I fell in love with the process of gathering in the kitchen to cook with friends…conversation, laughter and good wine flowing in the process. I also fell in love with that warm feeling I got in my heart when I prepared a meal for somebody else…there is something so nurturing about it. In addition to that warm feeling I got in my heart, my ego also wanted to scream with delight…I. Made. This. For. You! Aren’t you in awe as well??! Where is my applause?!

Some of my favorite memories this year happened attempting to master you. I laughed A LOT, cried once (ok maybe twice), got over my aversion to handling raw chicken, learned the famous chicken & dumplings dish my pops ate as a kid, learned the art of cooking with ski googles and almost chopped my finger off only once. I’d say this whole adventure in the kitchen was a success!
So thanks, cooking. Thanks for making my life come alive. Thanks for helping me see what I want my kitchen to look like moving into my 30′s. Now I know that I want to be the kind of woman who has her friends over for Sunday night dinners, makes breakfast in bed for Brian, whips up delicious soups on rainy afternoons and bakes pies with her kids.

You helped me become a better woman.

I have decided that I will be keeping you on my goal list for next year because I plan on doing lots and lots more of you during my 30th year. This is only the beginning for us.
Love, Kate


A trip down memory lane…

-learning Aunt Paule’s famous Kugle recipe-

- Learning Mary’s Peach Pie-

- Learning Pamela and my Dad’s lemon squares-

- the night I handled raw chicken and almost killed people by serving a raw bird-

- learning how to make pizza from scratch-

- Moroccan chicken with Alex-

- the night I realized I was comfortable in the kitchen-

- The night I tried to go all Julia Child-

-the night I wore ski goggles to cook-

- learning my grandma’s chicken & dumplings-

 - learning Aunt Michelle’s apple cake-

Many more to come….

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“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

Harriet Van Horne

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17 Aug

LESSON 2 : LEARN HOW TO COOK

Cooking teacher : Mary

Location : Mary’s lovely home…that I wish was mine

Dish : Peach Pie

A few months ago Brian mentioned in passing that he loved homemade peach pie, it was then I decided I would master one. So when I started 365 til 30, peach pie was high on my list. A MUST, REALLY. When I shared this with my mom, she immediately said I had to call Mary! Mary is one of my moms longtime best friends, who is like family to me. She’s a brilliant history professor, writer and one of the funniest and most interesting people I know. Oh and she also happens to make an aaaaaamazing peach pie.

You see, a few years ago Mary remodeled her kitchen and thought it would be a shame if she didn’t put her new space to good use. So she taught herself how to cook and bake (see you can learn anytime!!) . In the last few years she has become quite the chef. She now moves around the kitchen with confidence, ease and her dry sense of humor intact.

When I asked Mary to teach me the art of the peach pie she happily agreed. I dragged my momma along for the ride to take pictures and hangout. Now let’s get to the baking. I found baking a pie to be a totally satisfying experience…that was until it was time to handle the dough. Let me tell you, it is no easy task, nor is it a tidy one. As we were rolling out the dough it kept falling apart.  Flour was all over the kitchen, the dogs and us. It was then Mary looked at me and said “whatever could have possibly gone wrong with dough…has.” My mom thought the situation was funny, so she was told to stop taking pictures and keep her questions to a minimum because working with dough is no laughing matter. Dough is terribly finicky and hard to please. In the end I decided that I will be the type of baker who buys her pie crust…already made. I have enough worries, no need to cause myself any added pain and anxiety.

Highlight of the day….the blanching and peeling of the peaches. It felt almost naughty to drop sweet peaches into scolding water!  It got even better when it was time to peel them. There is something very gratifying about peeling their soft, thin, little skins off not to mention a totally meditative process. Strange but true, I recommend trying it! I also loved the sound of my mom and Georgia (Mary’s granddaughter ) giggling and coloring next to us while we baked. It’s exactly what I hope my kitchen sounds like one day.

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Ingredients :

2 pounds of peaches ( 6-10 depending on their size)

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup of sugar

1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits

Milk as needed

Directions :

1- Peel the peaches. Bring a pot of water to a boil and drop peaches into it, a couple at a time, for 10 to 30 seconds, or until skins loosen. Plunge into a bowl of ice water. Slip the peels off, using a pairing knife if needed. Pit, slice, and toss with lemon juice.

2- Mix together dry ingredients and toss the peaches with mixture. Pile into the rolled into pie shell. Dot with butter. Cover with the top crust. Decorate edges with fork.

3. Place pie on baking sheet and brush the top lightly with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Use sharp paring knife to cut two or three 2 inch long vent holes in top of pie crust.

4. Place in oven and bake for 50 minutes on 350 F

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15 Aug

THOUGHTS : LEARN TO COOK

I baked a peach pie from scratch yesterday!!! I admit I had the help of an amazing teacher but still I baked a pie from scratch yesterday and it was seriously good. I have another admission - I love being in the kitchen. I am beyond surprised by this too. A month ago all I made was scrambled eggs and now look at me, I’m making pie dough from scratch…geesh! I find the process of cooking and baking to be such a meditative activity. Probably not as good for my ass as yoga but heh.

I will be posting recipe and pictures this week…

Hope you all have a brilliant Monday!

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“Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

Jim Davis

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