Hello my darlings! How is your week going so far? Mine is going okay (I think I may have a fever) but luckily we have arrived at my favorite part: Recipe of the Week! Last week we said farewell to summer (even though it has like a week left) and celebrated its passing by sharing summery dishes and drinks. There were soooo many good recipes (and some great pictures) and I wish I had time to make them all!
After all was said and done and the votes were tallied, one winner emerged, and it was a very refreshing cocktail by the name of "Loner on Vacation" (from Jean_of_Arc).
My husband is a bartender and this summer he threw together something on a whim that my friends and I went back to over and over again, because it was so refreshing in this suffocating Texas heat. Directions are: pour an ounce of Ruby Red grapefruit vodka [ETA: Deep Eddy all the way] over ice into a pint glass, then fill the rest of the glass up with half lone star beer (or comparable light and cheap beer if you aren't anywhere near Texas, but just please, no bud light) and half lemonade. Or less lemonade/more beer if that's too sweet for you. So basically a grapefruity shandy with a heftier booze content.
Wish I had something to offer for the best summery bite, but this year we went in on a grill with our roommates and just used that to make pretty standard grill foods constantly. Best thing was corn wrapped in foil, pre-seasoned and buttered with some slices of poblano thrown in there. Luckily (?) summer basically lasts until about November here so there's plenty more time for us to grill away!
Sadly, Deep Eddy does not distribute around these parts, so I had to settle for Absolut. In spite of this setback, I think the beverage turned out pretty swell. It was easy to drink, not too sweet, and fresh fresh fresh!
Having made and enjoyed the Loner on Vacation just this morning, I can also tell you that it makes a great brunch cocktail! (And is not a bad way to begin a Tuesday.)
Your trophy, Jean_of_Arc (to share with your husbro), is my personal Song of the Summer: "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates. (It doesn't really have anything to do with summer or summery cocktails, I just got really obsessed with it around June and sang it at karaoke a couple of times.)
Anyway. Moving right along. Sometimes people ask me "Hey Claire, how did you get into this food stuff?" to which I reply "Pie, dear soul. It was pie." I mean, realistically I've been "into this food stuff" since I was born because food is necessary for this thing called life, but pie is what got me really into cooking. It started as a kind of stress management plan, but quickly evolved into a (healthy) obsession. I would not be where I am today if it weren't for pie.
When I was first starting out with this whole baking thing, my favorite pie to make was the Snickers Cream Pie from Ken Haedrich's iconic tome on the subject, Pie. It was a crowd pleaser, but my favorite thing about it was how the custard would suddenly, almost jarringly, thicken up. I would then add the dollops of peanut butter and the house would smell like a Reese's Pieces factory. Sadly, I do not have any pictures of this particular pie. I should really remedy that.
Anyway, I love pie and I'm sure you can see where I'm going with this, but what I would like from you is your favorite pie recipe. This can be a sweet pie, a savory pie, a traditional round pie, or a hand pie. It just has to be a pie. No cakes allowed.