When I left you last Thursday, my trepidation about the Penn State vs. Michigan game was building steam like a volcano. To add to the angst, I had Michigan grads coming to my house. When they placed the above pumpkin on my tailgate table for a centerpiece, it took every control mechanism in my body to smile and allow it. It was, however, cute, pretty, and tasteful. I now affectionately refer to this trophy as: "the lucky Melanie pumpkin". I had my photo taken with it after Penn State won!
Speaking of pumpkins, Halloween will soon be knocking on our doorsteps, and, after that, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. 'Tis the pie season. So, on this week of rest from football, I opted out of tailgate food and baked three unique American pies. Hopefully, these will give you a few ideas for your holidays!
All three are custard in nature. What does that mean? They all require an egg or eggs to make them set up. What makes them unique? It's hard to find "solid" or reliable recipes for any of them anywhere -- including your grandmother's recipe box!
#1) My Southern Favorite: Jeanne White's Chess Pie: (Secret: I grew up eating this once a week in the 'White' house!)
#2) My PA Deutshe (Dutch) Favorite: Shoo-Fly Pie: (Secret: You control the ooey-gooey goodness or cake-like texture of the pie, and, the crumb-y-ness of the topping by how much crumb mixture you add to the pie filling!)
#3) My Bakers' German Chocolate Pie: (Secret: It's not German, it's American. Baker's chocolate is an American invention!)
Bye, bye American pie week! Enjoy your weekend everyone. I am so glad we all have this time off to relish the a-MAIZ-ing win over Michigan last Saturday!!!
For these and all my other recipes, check out Jessedotsmom's Foodie Blog.
For the Glory,
WE ARE... PENN STATE!!!