Posted at 10:08 am by NativeNM, on December 17, 2021
A couple years ago Joe and I drove through Pie Town, NM; you might remember me mentioning it from our travels to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and the Catwalk Recreational Trail. It’s an enchanting little town who’s claim to fame is three pie restaurants with a long history of selling pies since the 1920’s. They are Pi-O-Neer, Pie Town Cafe, and The Gathering Place. On our visit we stopped at the Pie Town Cafe and had a slice of Apple Cranberry Pie and a slice of Pecan Pinon Pie. Talk about WOW, that slice of Pecan Pinon Pie was something I had never tasted before, the filling was similar to the texture of a pecan pie but the taste indicated there was honey or possibly maple syrup along with or in place of corn syrup. That pie has never left my memory and today I finally made the Pinon pie of my dreams. I set out to test the different versions that might taste similar to Pie Town’s pie. I mixed a teaspoon of corn syrup with honey and another teaspoon with maple syrup. I set it in front of Joe and had him taste to find out his thoughts on what tasted best to him and I did the same. We both agreed that the honey combined with corn syrup was the one. From there I decided to give it a little kick by adding some red chile flakes to the filling. After all I’ve already made an Apple Green Chile Pie with Pine Nut Streusel and that turned out amazing. I am happy to say my Honey Pinon Pie tasted way better than I ever imagined. You never know what will inspire you when you travel off the beaten path. Pie Town is one of those places!
Posted at 10:05 am by NativeNM, on December 3, 2021
For many years Apple Cranberry Pie has been one of our favorite holiday pies. Regardless of whether it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, this pie nearly always ends up on the menu. It’s a recipe that I’ve been using since I picked up the 1988 edition of Southern Living’s Annual Cookbook. The original recipe included apples, cranberries and blackberries, however over the years after trying different berry combinations, my family preferred the apple and cranberry filling best. In October during apple season I tend to pick up a variety of apples to make pie filling to put up in the freezer. I also keep frozen cranberries on hand to use just in case I can’t find fresh. I’ve found that pie filling maintains best when vacuum sealed and will keep in the freezer for up to 2 month’s which makes pie making so much easier. This year I made enough filling for 2 pies. Whenever I bite into a slice of pie it becomes my favorite at that moment. I’m a pie fanatic and although no one would ever say my pies are pretty, I’ve never had a complaint about how they taste.
Strawberry pie has been around for ages but what keeps it popular is the fresh and natural sweetness of ripened strawberries with a jello glaze that is so delectable. I have always thought it one of the most vibrant pies both in color and in taste and a little dollop of whip cream on top never hurts. This summer’s crop of strawberries have been so perfect and sweet, I just couldn’t pass up making a pie. And it was the opportunity to try out my new camera. When I made wheat rolls last post, I dropped my Nikon camera for the last time which is a story for another day. I now have a Sony A6000 which I am learning to use. I thought the pics made this strawberry pie look quite tempting. What do you think? Continue reading →
Some of you who are close to my age group probably remember when our Mom’s made simple desserts using pudding mixes and cool whip. I’ve noticed on Pinterest that they are still as popular as ever. I can see why everyone would love them, they are so easy to make and require no baking except for a pie crust. Literally you can whip one up in no time! I like to savor every bite unlike Joe who will woof it down in a minute. With the days getting warmer it’s nice to enjoy a cool treat. I added some pecans to the graham cracker crust for a little extra crunch. It tasted so good, it might have been one of my best crusts yet. There’s a layer of sweetened cream cheese on the bottom with dark chocolate pudding in the center topped with cool whip. A few sprinkles of toffee bits are my favorite crunch to top this pie, although chocolate chips or bits of candy make a great topping too. You could always change the pudding flavor to make an entirely different taste. For example you could make a vanilla, banana or butterscotch pie, it’s all up to you! White Chocolate is my next pie, what do you think of an all white pie!! Continue reading →
Posted at 3:19 pm by NativeNM, on December 19, 2019
I can’t believe it’s mid December already with the holidays just around the corner. As the days pass by, I don’t want to be planning my holiday meal at the last minute so I decided to make some mini hand pies now. They can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen until you need them. Also, you can thaw just the number of pies needed and save the rest for later. I found a new pie crust recipe to try that includes a secret ingredient . . . vodka. I was a bit hesitant but found it to be one of the best pie crusts I’ve ever made. The dough was easy to work with and also baked light and flaky. It tasted so good with a cranberry apple filling that is perfect for the holiday season.
Posted at 9:29 am by NativeNM, on September 1, 2017
Every year I look forward to the fruits of summer. It’s my favorite time of year and makes me feel like celebrating with a pie. I found this recipe on Pinterest, created by “Simple as That” and it looked amazing. I was intrigued with the almond crust, I had not tried to make a crust with almonds before. It was really really good. I was also fortunate to find some sweet and flavorful fruit to work with, adding sliced peaches and plums along with dark cherries, blackberries and raspberries. The crust tasted slightly like a pecan sandy cookie and complemented the sweet fruit filling. You can’t go wrong with this pie, try any fruit combination you wish. And don’t worry about the imperfections, it is rustic after all! Continue reading →
After 6 years, An Inspired Cook is getting a new look. There are now more recipe categories with a photo of each recipe to make it easier to find that perfect recipe and visualize how it might look. I hope you all will come along with me for the next chapter. Here’s one of my favorites . . . fried pies. I have to admit they are my guilty pleasure, there I said it! Honestly I love all pies but I am especially fond of fruit pies. Sweet fried pies which are sometimes referred to as hand pies are filled with any number of fruits and sometimes even cream fillings like chocolate or lemon. For these cherry pies I opted to used frozen cherries over fresh. Frozen cherries break down when cooked and emit the juice that’s needed to make a glossy pie filling that tastes so good in a fried pie. Then there’s the lemon glaze, the oh so yummy icing on the cake . . . um I mean pie!! Continue reading →
Posted at 11:14 am by NativeNM, on October 10, 2016
With Autumn upon us you might be thinking it’s time for pumpkin and apples but I’ve still got a little Summer left in me with some late ripened berries. If you like crumb cake you are going to love this blackberry crumb pie. The consistency is similar to pie bars but I chose to bake it in a pie crust and it turned out scrumptious. It’s layered with berries on the bottom swimming in a cake like batter with a golden crisp topping. I’m thinking this would be a great pie to freeze and serve for the holidays, providing I can find these luscious berries again. Continue reading →
There’s nothing better than a ripe juicy peach in the summertime, at least I think so. The only thing better is maybe a peach pie. This summer I made fried pies and they couldn’t have turned out better. Smelling the freshly fried pastry dough with vanilla glaze took me back in time to when my Mom used to make glazed doughnuts. She would fry them up and while they were still warm dip them in a glaze which tasted out of this world!! I remember stuffing my face with them as fast as she could make them. I don’t mean to say fried pies are like doughnuts but the aroma is very similar. I found some locally grown peaches that were ripe and so sweet, perfect for a pie filling. I can’t wait to make more, maybe try some with berries, cinnamon apples or lemon curd. Continue reading →
My Mom’s buttermilk pies are one of my favorite things on earth. Every time I bake a buttermilk pie it brings back memories of Mom in the kitchen. Mom is now 91 almost 92 and she doesn’t cook anymore. Although she is doing well physically she doesn’t remember things like she used to. A few years back when we went back to the farm to visit, Mom decided she was going to make a pie. She didn’t have any buttermilk so she set some milk out on the counter and it ultimately spoiled. In her mind if the milk went a little sour it would be just like buttermilk. As we all sat down at the table and took that first bite we all just about gagged. We asked Mom if her milk was old and she told us what she had done. We all just looked at each other and started giggling. She didn’t know what we were giggling about, she looked at us like we were crazy and went on eating her slice of pie like it was the best thing. You see, she has lost her taste buds as well and she didn’t taste the spoiled milk like we did. When we get together we all have a good laugh about the spoiled milk pies, even though Mom can’t remember any of it. Continue reading →