Friday, December 19, 2008

Days of Summer

I miss the summer. All the beautiful tomatoes
in my garden that I could just pluck, douse in olive oil, and roast on the BBQ. Grilled green tomatoes are one of my favourite summertime snacks.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vegetable Pot Pie

In the spirit of pie making, and as I had some leftover pie crust dough, I decided that a "dinner pie" was in order tonight. This was one of those throw what you have in a pot creations, and a delicious creation it turned out to be!

I'm still mastering the craft of the pie crust. The top of this one is a little bit patch-worky in some spots, but I seem to slowly but surely be getting the hang of gluten-free pies. The problem lies in how crumbly the crusts end up being. I think I'm going to add a bit more Earth Balance to my dough next time, in hopes to add a little more moisture. It also appears I need to learn to cut my slices a little more evenly - currently it looks like someone just stuck their hand into the pie to grab out a scoopful!!

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Though I do think Paula Deen is a little bit of a hillbilly red-neck, today I baked her Chocolate Pecan Pie, and was forced to fall in love with her. Or better yet, fall deeper in love with myself. For those who are not familiar with the Queen of Southern Cooking, Paula Deen is the creator of things such as the Bacon Doughnut Egg Burger. Thankfully, this creation was not so deadly, and as I converted it to being both dairy and gluten free, I'm sure my arteries are safe for the time being. I used the Molly B's Perfect Pie Crust mix. Molly B's is a fantastic gluten-free family run company out of Southern Ontario (fitting for my Southern pie) that have an extensive line of gluten-free products. To make it dairy free, I just substituted the call for butter with Earth Balance. Heaven on earth, let me tell you.

I did receive a comment from a friend of mine asking me "Just because she can cook, you're going to ignore her ignorant views?" Though I do agree with what she is getting at, I feel I will love Paula Deen the same way I love most southern rock - entirely on the surface.