I don't recall either of my parents being upset over my grades, either. I have continued living my sub-par life right up to this very day, pretty happy about things in general and letting others put whatever "grade" on my life they think is accurate.
Some of my longtime readers might recall how I decided my baking powder biscuits, which people had always loved, weren't as good as the buttermilk biscuits made by ladies from the south. I was like one possessed, each time I made biscuits making some slight addition or change, until finally they were perfect. Biscuit Nirvana!
Now, moving on: We had a lovely Thanksgiving day with the grandson, our daughter's family, and some of the grandson's wife's relatives. There was food aplenty, so much that some of the desserts were hardly touched. We chatted and laughed throughout the huge meal. Then I went over to examine the desserts and spied the loveliest pumpkin pie I have ever seen. There was something special about how that crust looked, and out of all those desserts in front of me, I chose pumpkin pie made by Heather's grandma... even though there was one I had made earlier on my own kitchen table.
The crust on Sandy's pumpkin pie was the lightest, airiest I have ever experienced. Wow! I can't make pies often because Cliff and I put on weight like prize hogs, given the chance. But I wanted, just once, to make a pie crust like that one. It's sort of like my biscuit story: I thought I really made a great pie crust all these years, but now I realized I could do better.
Sandy doesn't share recipes, though. For several days after the big dinner, I joked with Cliff, Heather, and Arick: "Thanksgiving," I told them, "was one of the worst days of my life. That's the day I found out my piecrust sucks."
It doesn't, of course, except in comparison to Sandy's version. I use the standard recipe found in Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, making sure not to handle it more than necessary and following all the rules. But if I was able to discover biscuit Nirvana, is it possible I could find pie crust Nirvana before I shuffle off this mortal coil?
I've been craving a Buck Buchanan sweet potato pie and decided to make one today, just for us. As I was preparing to make the crust, I thought about Sandy's pie crust recipe.
I stopped what I was doing and came to the computer, where I typed in "light flaky pie crust". The first recipe on the page used the same amount of flour I planned to use, but instead of 1/3 cup of Crisco it called for 1/2 cup of butter. And after it was mixed up, it was to be wrapped in plastic wrap and placed in the refrigerator for four hours (or overnight).
I remember my mom making pie crust and putting it in the refrigerator until later, but I hate any recipe that makes me wait four hours or longer to finish it. This morning, though, I decided to try it and see if there was a difference. We'll find out soon. If you notice me and Cliff putting on weight in the near future, it may be because I'm doing a scientific study on pie crust.
Wish us luck.
|This is just an image from the Internet, but it looks right.|