"Bake kuchen," someone said when I lamented the truth about not having a mother to call on Mother's Day.
Well, I did bake on Saturday, but not kuchen. Rather, I dug through my mother's recipe box and found her mother's recipe for Sour Cream Raisin Pie. I did not have a copy of it in my stash, and so I am further reminded that I promised to share her recipe box with my siblings and all the rest of our family. Someday .... because as you know, it is spring and that means outdoor work comes first. So my goal of blogging once a week was put on hold.
And, my intentions for creating a video of my pie-baking Saturday have also been waylaid by a most beautiful Sunday of church, family, friends and working outdoors.
Followed, of course, by a slice of Sour Cream Raisin Pie, which I might add, really grows on you. It was my brother's favorite pie. I don't recall my mother making it too often. It is meringue topped and maybe was too much work. Or maybe we didn't always have sour cream. It was the farm-fresh cream from two weeks ago that provided the impetus to search out that recipe.
Yes, I did video some of the processes. But, video editing takes some time, so I will save that for a rainy day. And, yes, it was a bit damp on Saturday, and my meringue did not get all picture-perfect high and fluffy, but like I said more than once, "I never met a pie I didn't like."
My next farmers market sale will be at Susie Q's garden sale on June 8, 9 and 10. I will have lots of bread, canned goods, bedding plants, woven dishtowels, knitted and crocheted dish cloths or face cloths and pie. Yep, gonna try my hand at pie. I have 9-inch for the timid and 10-inch for those of us who could eat a half a pie at any time. Apple and rhubarb and rhubarb strawberry.
If you buy a pie and return with your comments, you will receive a $5 coupon on bread, jelly, jam or another pie. So come on down and try my pie.
There will be more info coming on the garden sale and also the BISMARCK FARMERS MARKET at K-Mart beginning in July. Sorry, folks, gardening has been pressed into May because of a cold April. We live in North Dakota and accept these things. It develops patience and discipline. I just read an article about why Queen Elizabeth has remained so healthy at 92. Of the 10 practices, the one I noted, "she eats seasonally."
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Sue B. Balcom
Writing, or maybe talking, comes naturally to me and under the guidance of a great newspaper editor I have acquired skills that led me to author four books.