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CSA Box Recipe: Acorn Squash Pie

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Acorn Squash Pie

I know that Squash Pie doesn’t sound as tasty as Pumpkin Pie, but here’s a little known fact: most store-bought pumpkin pies are actually squash pies. The pumpkins we all  buy at the grocery store or pumpkin patches make the WORST pumpkin pies ever. Those destined-to-be-decorations are bred for size, not taste.
To reduce the effort and calories, I’ve been making this lately without a crust at all. Baked to perfection, the slices hold up just fine without a crust. Absolutely don’t even think about omitting the whipped cream topping. That would just be wrong.
Here’s my time-tested favorite fall dessert recipe:
Line a pie pan with pie dough. I often cheat and use Trader Joe’s pie dough, which comes frozen. For a while there, they were having a problem with quality control, but the product now is excellent and a big time saver; especially if you don’t make alot of pies and don’t have a system. There was a time when I made a couple pies or quiches a week, and I really had the whole pie dough thing down to a science. Now, not so much and though a Slow Food Advocate, I use Trader’s product.
Preheat oven to 425.
Here’s the recipe:
2 cups of cooked squash or edible pumpkin. Do NOT try using a decorative pumpkin in this recipe. I’ve tried it, and it was awful, just watery and not flavorful at all.
1.5 cups of organic cream. Watch out for the weird stuff grocery stores are now putting in “cream.” Trader Joes is good, and Henry’s and Sprouts have products without the garbage, too.
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ginger
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg or Alspice
1/2 Teaspoon of finely crushed Cloves
2 beaten eggs
Blend it all in a Cuisinart, Vitamix or blender until smooth. Pour mixture into pie shell, bake for 15 minutes at 425, then reduce heat to 350 and bake until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. In my oven, that’s 45 minutes.

CSA Box Recipe: Lime Season is Upon Us!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lime Season Is Upon Us

I’m not going to include a pie shell recipe here. You’ll need to have your baked shell ready. This recipe is not a typical restaurant lime pie. It’s got a good bit more zap to it..meaning if you like sweet lime pie, certainly add more sugar. Or go to Denny’s. I like my lime pie to roll just this side of too sour. With the fruit of 200 lime trees to experiment with, I’ve fiddled with this recipe for years. It’s not for sweet tooths. I think it’s the best lime pie on earth.
Ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
5 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix together and set aside for a minute.
Combine 1 cup fresh lime juice, 3 beaten egg yolks, 2 tablespoons butter, and 3/4 cup boiling water. Add dry ingredients slowly, blending thoroughly. Bring entire mixutre to a full boil. cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick. This happens fast! Dump pudding-like mixture into pie shell and cool.
For the meringue:
Ingredients:
3 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons confectioners sugar. If you don’t have the finer confectioner’s sugar on hand, you can powder your granulated sugar in a Vitamix if you have one. It only takes a second.
Whip egg whites to a consistency that will hold peaks. Add the cream of tartar, vanilla and sugar.
Using a spatula, ice your pie, and then broil the top to a golden brown for 3-4 minutes. Don’t make your peaks too pointy or your peaks will burn. Serve chilled.