We would often pile in the back of the '77 Saab and head east or south, north or west. It would depend on her mood. Being in the northern reaches of the Adirondack Mountains meant many opportunities to explore. Whether celebrating the first break in a long winter or the turning of the leaves, there were plenty of roads to wind in search of a break from the monotony. My father would always comply with her need for a change.
On of my earliest memories was of crossing the narrow lake, black in its depth,to Vermont. And on one of the first trips I remember, we went to The Bakery Lane Soup Bowl.
I don't know if the cookbook had called us there or had come home with us after an impressive repast. I do know that copies of the book have circulated through my family, the recipes, long-loved staples. My copy belonged to my grandmother, her script filling the margins, reminding her of how she'd adjust or particular favorites. It is a treasure.
Two recipes make their appearance every Thanksgiving. The Apple Crumb and the Pumpkin pie. The pumpkin has made my husband a believer, the apple has elicited marriage proposals. When we were thinking of ideas to show all of you how much we appreciate our members and this community for the holiday season, I immediately went to pie. There are few dishes you can make that convey that same sentiment. The process is time-consuming, but it will be time well spent, Fueling friendships, a labor of love, to share with those we love.
Sarah mentioned a professional, which I am not, but I learned from one. Not literally, she was never compensated financially, but her pies are still spoken of, decades later, with a fond sigh and a glimmer.
This year, I am grateful for the opportunity to share them with you. I am grateful for new friendships and reminders to connect and disconnect. If you can't join us in person, you can still join from your own home. If you find a favorite, I've included the recipes below.
10" pie shell
2 tsp melted butter
2 cups cooked pumpkin
3/4 c Dark brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup milk
1 small can evaporated milk
The instructions in the book are more complicated. We put it in a blender. That's it. Pre-heat oven to 425, bake for 15. Reduce heat to 350 an continue baking for 45 minutes more or until a knife comes out clean.
Apple Crumb Pie
Place in shell.
Bake for 25 minutes at 400