ROW80 Wednesday 5/18 Report

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I spent Monday with the plumber. I spent Tuesday at meetings. I spent today waiting for the electrician.

While waiting for the electrician, I wrote e-mails and prepared for the next newsletter I edit. I admit I could have done more about the novel. But I didn’t.

I did make Fresh Strawberry Pie from a recipe from Marcia Mayne’s Inside Journeys. Since I had two crusts and too many strawberries and plenty of whipping cream, I made two pies. Mine don’t look like the picture on Marcia’s blog, but they are eminently edible.

These are the first pies I’ve made since, oh, 1999. I decided to end my boycott because the strawberry pie recipe calls for no sugar. Plenty of fat, but nothing that would promote a craving for brownies or divinity or carrot cake or anything else that’s evil. The need for only three ingredients influenced me as well.

Preparation was as easy as pie, lol, but I ran into one little problem: whipping the cream. After ten minutes of beating with a whisk, I called David at work and asked him to stop by Wal-Mart and pick up the least expensive electric mixer he could find.

David said, “Don’t we have one?”

I said I would call him back.

Sure enough, after scrabbling around in a cabinet, I discovered a Black & Decker electric mixer. Even more surprising, I found both beaters.

Thank goodness for technology. Without it, and without someone who knew where it was, I would still be whisking. I don’t know how the pioneer women did it.

We enjoyed the end product for dessert this evening, and we will do so for days if I don’t find someone to take this second pie off my hands.

Or not.

Inside Journeys, by the way, isn’t a food blog. Marcia, a native of Jamaica, writes about travel. I haven’t had time to rummage around in her blog, but I when I do, I know where I’m going to start: a post titled, “Are Airline Seat Sizes Shrinking?”

I think I know the answer, but I don’t wish to discuss it in a post about pie.


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13 thoughts on “ROW80 Wednesday 5/18 Report

    1. It’s good. It’s probably best to take it out of the freezer a few minutes before serving. Frozen strawberries aren’t easy to slice through.


  1. Oh boy, I needed this blog this morning! I can always depend on you to start my day off with a smile Kathy! And I’ll have to check out that strawberry pie recipe—AFTER I finish my ascribed word count goal for the day! Syl


    1. Yes, it’s best to start with the word count. It’s also best to use an electric mixer. If you don’t, you’ll be too tired to think about a word count.


    1. I’m afraid it no longer exists in pie form. It’s all on my hips. Except for the part my husband ate, and somehow what he eats just vaporizes.


  2. Kathy,
    I’m so glad you tried it! Wish I were closer, I’d definitely take the other one off your hands. I love this recipe cause it’s so simple.

    I’m lazy, I buy the whipping cream from the store. You sound like me: my mom used to bake rum cakes at Christmas. After she passed, I decided to carry on her tradition. When I started rubbing the butter and sugar together, my hand hurt so much, I dashed to the store and bought a food processor. I still wonder how she did it — she never used a processor, even beat the eggs by hand.
    Oh well!
    Besides the whipping cream, what else didn’t work for you?


    1. Sorry. The second pie disappeared, right after the first one. Everything worked, I think, except I decided the pie should be kept in the freezer, which made the strawberries rock-solid. After moving it to the refrigerator, everything was fine–the strawberries were juicy and sweetened the cream.

      I don’t do the butter and sugar thing any more. I did it when I was a teenager, and crazy, but now it’s all in the past.

      Can you really buy cream that’s already whipped?


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