I am troubled by today’s culture which spends huge sums of money to buy inferior, prepared products for the sake of convenience. Shoppers spend several dollars more to purchase lettuce pre-cut into a salad rather than purchasing a head of lettuce and breaking it freshly into the bowl. Pie crust is no exception – for a few cents you can create a couple of wonderful pie crusts which are flakier and better for you than the pre-made variety.
The key to pie crust is to use cold ingredients and touch lightly. The proper ratios will matter little if the ingredients are overworked so use cold butter, ice water and gently draw the ingredients together with a spatula. You will have excellent pie crust. [...]
I created this Pecan and Butter Pastry Crust because I like nut enriched crusts and especially with a pudding filling. This crust is butter tender, rich with toasted pecans which are enhanced by just a bit of sugar. [...]
Sterling wanted to learn how to make my Chocolate Pudding. I love homemade pudding and find it very easy to make. Honestly, I think it is no more difficult to make it from scratch than from a box. But when I started to work with my son I did realize many people cannot make puddings or they turn out badly. Some people even have to toss the pot out!
When it comes right down to it, pudding is about the simplest collection of ingredients you can have so why would it be difficult? Patience is the key! If you have patience, you can make pudding. Simply stir the ingredients together and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly and you will have pudding.
Sterling made the pudding from start to finish, he kept in mind that good things come to those who wait and very honestly his pudding was perfect. His pudding turned out better than I have seen from the kitchens of seasoned cooks. Not because of the recipe, but because he used quality ingredients like fresh milk, cream and butter along with good quality chocolate.
Some 20 years ago or so I visited my favorite garden center, San Gabriel Nursery, in San Gabriel, Ca. This nursery was near Mia’s grandma’s house and whenever we visited Grandma we would stop here for a visit. One year I purchased an Anna Apple Espalier and planted it along our west fence in the back [...]