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Farm Fresh Pie 
Aug. 17, 2013 4:38 pm 
Just made Little Ann's Peach & Blueberry Pie and it's delicious!

Mortimer bought a share in local farmers harvest here in Brooklyn Heights called Sweet Pea. Every Wednesday we walk through this old brick and cobblestoned-street neighborhood to a quaint church where local farmers have piled the weeks' harvest fresh - and I mean fresh in the true sense of the word - like having your own garden (remember we are city boys) - from the fields. The fruits and vegetables are awesomely organic and this week in particular there was more in the bounty than usual. Love August! Of course these are not GMO things so they don't have that perfect look but they have that perfect taste and are perfectly good for you. I actually compared a zucchini to one I bought at the supermarket. The latter had that wax coating on it I'd forgotten was put on supermarket produce and wondered how much wax have I been eating all this time? ick. Of course the supermarket "green squash" was quite pretty and photogenic but the ugly duckling of these two different zucchinis comes out on top.

Anyway we had farm fresh peaches and blueberries this week and when entering those words into the search bar I got a lot of pie and cobbler results. Little Ann's was the winner.

In going over the ingredient list for the pie I saw one item I didn't have. Running to the grocery store to pick up the "quick cooking tapioca" I thought I would never have bought tapioca before the age of 65. I believed it was something only old people ate in convalescent homes. I apologize to my elders for that and now stock it in the pantry.

My only mistake was not putting the pie pan on a cookie sheet (DUH!) so you can imagine what a hot mess (literally) the oven was as I took out the bubbling pie. Mortimer was not amused as he had just cleaned the oven two days ago. However the pie appeased him and anyway we have a self cleaning oven. It's really not a lot of work to turn the dial to self clean I said to the placated Mortimer. But since I made the mess I turned the dial.

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My favorite things to cook
Love the slow cooker. Kitchen's best friend especially when you don't have a kitchen. Love deserts but then who doesn't? Deserts done in a slow cooker: NIRVANA
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My Mom was a single Mom who labored in a dirty factory everyday to provide for my little sister and I. She cooked and made meals almost every night except Pizza Fridays (pizzas she made made and froze herself during the week) but dinner otherwise was basic. It would be disrespectful to the great woman my Mom is to complain that we really didn't have fabulous cooking traditions. She out did herself on Thanksgiving laboring more over the oven on these holidays from the factory. I loved her Yorkshire Pudding. Indeed I would be a horrible son to complain that most of the year we ate basic american meals. However, there are yet those in America that still go hungry on a daily basis. The fact that my resilient Mom was able to put food on the table every single day and never let us go hungry despite a work related back injury that left her debilitated - even bedridden for months at a time - earns her the title of Greatest Cook in the World in my book. I LOVE YOU MOM !!!!
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I have yet to achieve one but I promise when I finally do you can all read about it in my blog "Riverside Cafe" right here on AR. You'll have to check back often however to see if one actually happens.
My cooking tragedies
oh god. Do I have to fill this one out? Well there are only 940 characters remaining so there just won't be enough room to list even just a few of them. Besides I wouldn't want to waste all that effort I exerted to mentally repress the memory of the Coq au Vin Catastrophe of '97, the Halibut from Hell, the Coq au Vin Catastrophe '98 (the sequel), the Fajita Fiasco, the Calamity at the Coq au Vin Corral (now a terrifying trilogy) and the . . . well you get the picture.
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