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Buttermilk Pie

on 07/28/2011

Seems like a month since i’ve done this but things have been busy, as summers tend to be.  Friends visiting, food stuff being canned, and the ever-present DIY patio being worked on.  All good stuff, if not always successful.  And i say that with a smile on my face.  Oh, people…the queen of “didn’t-quite-work-out-right” has been at it again.  Our dear friend Jewel saved peach peelings and seeds for me to make Peach Jelly (trust me, she had a ton of them–think she’s canning for Y3K.)  Well,…i tried making Apple Jelly last year with the peels and cores to mixed success but had hopes for a Peach Jelly recipe that was sugar free (uses some honey.)  Let’s just say that, unless it miraculously sets up tonight–and it’s been over 48 hours now–, we’ll be calling it Peach Syrup.  Tried a new recipe yesterday on the cucumbers that dear Barb F. blessed us with–Cajun Pickles.  Last year i made dill pickles for the first time and, trust me, they were strong enough to resurrect the dead.  Wow!  I mean strong.  Could’ve put them in your gas tank and gotten 50 miles to the gallon.  Ashley and i could eat them but just in small amounts.  My mother-in-law, Sue, God bless her, actually loved them.  Think she may have another winner with these Cajun Pickles if the taste test was any indication.  Yowza!  They’re potent!  Still have half the cukes left and they’re soaking in pickling lime now to become Christmas Pickles (keep your cooking fingers crossed!)

Anyway…it hasn’t just been canning that’s been going on.  Stef’s best girlfriend Sara came to visit us last weekend.  I have to tell you about Sara.  The first time i met her (she and Stef met in 10th grade), she had come to our place to see Stef.  At the time we were living in a two-bedroom apartment in Centreville, VA.  It really wasn’t a big enough place to encompass the personality of Miss Sara.  She is larger-than-life.  When she left, all i could think was “Wow!”  Sara is one of those people that you can’t help but be comfortable around.  She instantly is at home wherever she is and will tell you what she thinks and has no problems doing so.  Since i’m terrible at that, i admire it in those who are that comfortable with themselves.  So, our other daughter Sara came to visit and of course there had to be some cooking involved.  Stef and i were on the same wavelength–Buttermilk Pie.  Every Southern gal knows, or at least should know, how to make one.  It is a staple.  They’re very easy to make and everyone loves them.  I always make two at the time because they don’t last.  Course i caught some flack because one of them was labeled Sara’s for her to take home.  :0)  Basically we just traded pies because she brought this chocolatey-chocolate fudge pie that was amazing.  Gotta love a girl that loves to make dessert!

Ashley, Sara, Stephanie Graduation 2008

Buttermik Pie

1–9″ pie shell (deep-dish), baked

3 Tbs. flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla

Mix flour, sugar, and salt; add to butter.  Add egg, buttermilk and vanilla.  Pour into pie shell.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

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