|My Mom, the (In)Geni(o)us|
August 9, 2018
We got a great deal on cherries when we went to Amigos Supermarket the other day. But 6 lbs of cherries is a lot to eat before they spoil, so Mom wanted to know if they could be frozen. She asked me to Google it. (Never mind that she has a kindle and could do it herself). I looked it up, discovered that yes, they can be frozen. I also came across an easy way to pit them, using a piping tip.
Well, we don't have piping tips. We're not that sort of bakers. But Mom thought it over and said, "I wonder if an upside down funnel would work?". Lo and behold, it does, quite quickly and handily.
My Mom's a genius. Or at least very ingenious.
So we pitted about 4 cups of cherries. We didn't freeze them. Instead, Mom found a recipe in her tried and true cookbook for a cherry pie. This cookbook (in 2 volumes), is so old that the covers, and more than a few of the front pages are missing. We used to call it "the green book", because the cover or the spine or some part of whatever was left was green. But we have no idea of the title of the book. It's quite old, and includes recipes for cooking things like bear and beaver! It also has the very first brownie recipe I ever used. And when in doubt about how to cook something, we still consult it.
Anyway, this recipe had you cook the fruit on the stove with flour, cornstarch, sugar, and water. Essentially making a homemade pie filling similar (but far superior) to what you get in a can. Once chilled, you pour it into a prebaked pie shell and that's it.
I love cherry pie. That and blueberry are my two favorites. And I really like canned cherry pie filling. But this is just SO much better. So, we made the pie. Mom just happened to have made piecrust the other day for Brother to make quiche for dinner, and she made an extra one.
I also made vanilla fudge swirl ice cream for Brother. Believe it or not, we still had some fudge sauce left from Connie's visit. Just enough to generously swirl through the vanilla ice cream. It should go perfectly with the cherry pie.
We got rain today (and are getting more as I write this). We hadn't had any all week so far. For a few days anyway, Nougat hasn't been a mudball, and I haven't had to dustbuster my sheets. It was nice while it lasted.
So was writing this entry. 😁