Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday Stories: When Reading "Clicked"

Inspiration for these Saturday stories can come in the most unexpected ways.  This week, The Engineer's English teacher called me.  As always, when I answered the phone and the caller said,  "Mrs.______, this is Mrs. ________, your third son (insert his real name there)'s  English teacher," my heart started thudding and I began to worry about what kind of trouble he might have gotten into (not that he is ever a bad kid, it's just my gut reaction when a teacher calls my home).  I was especially nervous when she said that he had blown them all away that day....maybe he really was in some unexpected trouble due to some random act of odd behavior!  Then she told me that he reading lexile score had risen just shy of 500 points from the beginning of school. (For those of you who have no clue what a lexile score is, you may find this site interesting.)  Anyway, it's a big deal for a sixth grader.  I congratulated the teacher for her fine work, she congratulated me for my fine work, but really, it was the Engineer whose mind "clicked."  He has finally gotten what reading is all about and the world of his imagination has just started to grow.

I started thinking about that "clicking" moment (for want of a better phrase).  I watched it happen for both of my older sons, too.  It wasn't quite as dramatic as it has been for The Engineer.  Last year, he struggled through the bare minimum requirements for reading.  He enjoyed the Gary Paulsen Hatchet books, but he didn't go out of his way to read.  This year, out of the blue, he started reading The Hobbit.  THE HOBBIT!  I wondered if he would put it down after the first chapter, but he stuck to it and made it all the way through.  Then he discovered Alex Rider.  He has read every episode his school library owns.  

The Thinker, (second son), read and reread the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books.  Each time he was bored, I would find him reading one of them.  Then, his aunt gave him a four book science encyclopedia set one year for his birthday.  That opened the world of nature up for him.  He loved nonfiction!  I bought EyeWitness books and  history books and he ate them up.

For The Musician (oldest son), it was Harry Potter.  He was in second grade when the first movie came out.  He was determined to try reading the books.  He struggled with comprehension at that young age, so instead of giving up, he kept on reading the books until he got it.  By the time he was in fifth grade, he was reading them as fast as the books came out.  He branched out to other fantasy books, reading The Seventh Tower series at least ten times, Fablehaven, Eragon and the Percy Jackson books multiple times, too.

I am still hoping that magic moment will happen for my youngest son.  He hasn't discovered the worlds that books can open, though he is trying harder than ever before.  He gets about a quarter of the way into a book and then loses interest, claiming the book is boring.   When I suggest an easier book, one with fewer or shorter chapters, he claims those are boring, too.   I know some people never become "readers," but in a family that loves books, it's hard to be the odd man out.

Even my little girl loves to pull out books and have them read to her.   Right now, we are in the middle of Uncle Wiggly Bedtime Stories.  She has started getting it out earlier and earlier everyday to ask me for her chapter.  The nice thing about this particular book is that each chapter (or story) ends with a silly preview of the next one like "if the goldfish doesn't bite a hole in his globe and spill molasses all over the table, tomorrow I will tell you about Uncle Wiggly's trip to the dentist!"  It completely captures her curiosity.  She gets out the book and looks at the few pictures and tries to guess what will happen.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crowd Pleasin' Chili

I can call this "crowd pleasin'" because I took a pot of this chili to a local chili cook-off last year and won an award of the same name.  This chili has a nice flavor.  No one would ever say it will put hair on your chest (do people still say that?).  I don't usually put a ton of heat into it.  As it is, Princess Pat insists on two dollops of sour cream in her bowl and an extra 30 minutes to finish it.  She is still working on enjoying beans or anything spicy.  The rest of my family loves this.

 It's also one of my go-to meals when I need to take a friend or neighbor a meal.  It always turns out well and takes no more effort than browning some hamburger.  The rest of the ingredients simply simmer in a pot for a few hours and "poof!" it's done.  I usually crumble up some corn muffins in mine.  The rest of my family likes it with shredded cheese and sour cream.  They prefer their corn muffins on the side with honey.
Crowd Pleasin' Chili (adapted from Todd Wilbur's Top Secret Recipes)
1 pound ground beef
3 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
2 14 ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 14 ounce cans northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 small can green chiles
1 28 ounce can chopped tomatoes
2 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp chile powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 cup water
Brown the ground beef in a large Dutch oven or stockpot.  Combine all the remaining ingredients into the pot and simmer 2-3 hours, stirring every 15 minutes or so.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

I have been making bread pudding since I was first married  (we celebrated our 23rd anniversary in April).  My husband and I both love the texture and flavor.   I don't usually use a recipe.  It's like French toast.  Do people use recipe for that?  The way my bread puddings differ is in the kind of bread I use, whether or not I add dried fruit or if I use a sauce.  Sometimes I serve it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  This time, I opted for a caramel sauce.  I had a couple of volunteers to lick out the saucepan that contained the sauce.  
Because this is a food blog and I love all of you, I kept track of the measurements of this bread pudding.  It made a lot.  There are a lot of us after all.  Feel free to halve the recipe...the pudding won't mind.  I used whole wheat rolls and a few lonely hot dog buns this time.  Almost any bread will do (though I am a bit skeptical of an onion bagel). 

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce: 
12 dinner rolls and 4 hot dog buns (or enough torn bread to completely fill a 9X13 pan)
1/2 cup sugar
8 eggs, slightly beaten
3 cans evaporated milk
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
caramel sauce: 
1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp agave nectar (or corn syrup...if you so choose)
1/2 cup half and half
1 tsp vanilla extract
Place the torn bread in a greased 9X13 pan.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, evaporated milk and cinnamon.  Pour the liquid all over the bread.  With a fork, turn the bread and make sure it's completely coated with liquid.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes on the counter and then bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 40-45 minutes (if you used a lot of bread, it will take longer...if you used less, check after 30 minutes).   To make the sauce, bring the butter, brown sugar and agave to a boil.  Let boil 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and slowly stir in the half and half and vanilla.  Let cool a bit and serve over individual servings of the bread pudding.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Pumpkin Pancakes: Your Recipe, My Kitchen

I have a hard time trying new pancake recipes.  It's the case of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."  However, last fall, in the midst of the flurry of pumpkin recipes, I decided I needed to try a pumpkin pancake.  I found a delightful recipe on Pinch My Salt.  Biting my nails, I served them up and handed out the plates to my kids.  They dove in and declared them delicious.  Because it was early in the morning, I didn't realize that I hadn't taken any pictures until the last empty plate was rinsed and stacked by the sink.  Drats!
This was such a great recipe, though, that it was not a hardship to make them again a few weeks later.  This time, I saved out a plateful for the photos.  The others were gobbled up with the same gusto as before.
The original recipe calls for whole wheat flour and a different combination of spices than I used.  I used frozen pumpkin from a fresh one that I baked up in the fall.  I also doubled the recipe in order to feed the crowd.  Frozen pancakes are a great thing to have in the freezer, so feel free to double this, too, even if you have a smaller family.
Pumpkin Pancakes (adapted from Pinch My Salt)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cake flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp ginger
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp agave nectar
Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In another medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk them together.  Ladle the pancakes onto a hot griddle and brown on both sides.  Serve warm with maple syrup and butter or a sweetened whipped maple cream cheese or even whipped cream. 

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saturday Stories: Happy Anniversary to the Good Guy and Me

Twenty-three years ago today, the Good Guy and I were married.

(our 1st anniversary)
It's been a wild ride with thrilling ups
(our 5th anniversary)
And some pretty uncomfortable lows.
(around our 13th anniversary)
Sometimes we hardly knew which way was up.
(Us these days)
But I would never have changed a thing.

Happy Anniversary to the only guy in the world for me.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Basic Yellow Cupcakes

Here is another old recipe that I never posted.  Now that life is so busy, I am really glad that I had a few recipes in reserve.  I guess it pays to plan ahead, be prepared, etc.
 These are a great alternative to a store bought yellow cake mix.  They have a lovely homemade taste and are light and fluffy, just like a yellow cake should be.    Top them with store bought or homemade frosting.  Be creative and turn them into a work of art.  In my house sprinkles is about as fancy as I get.

White Layer Cake (which isn't white and became cupcakes)(from the Good Home Cookbook)
2 cups flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk
Frosting of your choice (I used a can....have to use up what I've got before that's homemade, too)
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.  Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well.  Add the dry ingredients alternately with the milk.  Divide equally into 18 greased or paper lined cupcake pans.  Bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until done.  Let sit in pan 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire wrack to cool.  Frost when completely cooled.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Coconut Date Couscous Cake

 This recipe is completely different than most that I make.  I will just say that right at the beginning.  See, I had this jar of couscous that needed to be used and I had access to the internet; a dangerous combination for a creative cook, let me tell you.  Honest, I started off looking for a savory couscous recipe....something with curry.  Then I saw a picture of a lemon couscous cake and then another of an apple raisin couscous cake.  I was intrigued.  This is what I came up with.
 This isn't really a cake, not in the egg and flour sense.  It's really sweet couscous with fruit and coconut that has been pressed into a small dish and refrigerated until it sets.  I would say this is more of an adult dish than a family dish.  (Okay, I didn't share, so I don't know if my kids would have liked it.  In my defense, it didn't make enough for more than two or four servings.)  Change out the butter for a Vegan margarine and this could be totally Vegan.
Coconut Date Couscous
1 1/4 cup coconut milk (I made my own using this video as my guide)
3/4 cup couscous
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup shredded coconut (I actually used the leftover pulp from making the coconut milk)
2 Tbsp butter
Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, cover and remove from the heat.  Let sit 10-15 minutes.  Pour into a small dish (about 1 quart size), press down to form a cake like form, refrigerate at least 1 hour.  Carefully invert onto a plate or cut into pieces and serve.

This was plenty sweet for me, but if you want more, try drizzling some maple syrup or fruit syrup over the top.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Your Recipe, My Kitchen: Triple Chocolate Cookies

Everyone needs a chocolate fix once in a while.  In order to satisfy that "fix" for all of the chocolate lovers in my house, I had to find a cookie that contained both chocolate and white chocolate, too.  Though I don't consider white chocolate to be real chocolate, my eldest son prefer it.  He often complains that there is just too much chocolate in our house and not enough of the white stuff.  These cookies made everyone happy.
I found this recipe over on Lisa's blog,  The Cutting Edge of Ordinary.  Her cookies didn't have the white chips.  In fact, if I hadn't had a very vocal member of my family chiming loudly for the white addition, I would gladly have made her very chocolatey version.  I also used a whole egg instead of just a yolk.  Princess Pat was helping and wanted to crack the egg.  Her little four year old fingers were barely able to crack the egg without putting shells in the dough, there was no way she could separate the egg and there was no way I wasn't going to let her help.  Willing helpers are far and few between.

Triple Chocolate Cookies: (adapted from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary)
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 ounces white chocolate or vanilla chips
6 ounces semisweet chips
Cream butter and sugar.  Add the egg and vanilla.  Combine the flour, cocoa, soda and salt and add to the butter mixture.  Stir in the chips.    Scoop the cookies onto a greased or silpat/parchment lined cookie sheet.  Flatten them slightly with your fingers or palm.  Bake 10-12 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven.

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Thai Chicken Noodle Soup: The Secret Recipe Club

 A few months ago I joined a foodblogger group on Yahoo groups.  It was so fun to find that many of my favorite bloggers were already members of the group.  If you want to join the group, go here.  Anyway, Amanda, the moderator and all round gal in charge had a brilliant idea to form a Secret Recipe club within the group.  Those of us who wanted to participate signed up and were then were assigned another blog to visit and cook from...secretly. We are going to do this every month.  If you want to participate, sign up here.
 Today is the reveal.  I was given Winnie's Healthy Green Kitchen.  I had so much fun looking through her recipes.  She has beautiful photos and great healthy ideas.  She has recently started a blog party called Eco-Friendly Friday.  If you have any environment conscious posts, ideas, recipes, etc...go over and join her!
 Of all of Winnie's recipes, I knew I had to try her  Thai-inspired Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup.  It looked so delicious.  I love soups, too, because they are easy to stretch to feed a large group.  The soup I made served ten.
 I did a little fiddling with the recipe.  I don't have access to kaffir lime leaves.   I bet there aren't any within 100 miles of my house.  I also didn't have any Date and Tamarind Sauce.  So I punted.  The results were a huge hit with everyone.  My second son, the Thinker, said, "Mom, you could sell this soup in a restaurant."  Thanks, Winnie.
Thai Chicken Noodle Soup (adapted from Healthy Green Kitchen)
8 cups chicken stock (homemade is best, but 4 can chicken broth will do)
1 1inch chunk ginger root, peeled
2 Tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 1/2 tsp ground corriander
1 small onion, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chile oil
1 can coconut milk
3 medium carrots sliced
1 red bell pepper, chopped (I actually used a handful of dehydrated red peppers)
1 cooked chicken, boned and chopped
1 package soba noodles, broken up
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp sriracha hot chile sauce (or more if desired)
juice of 2 limes
cilantro for garnish
In a skillet, saute the coriander with the onion and garlic in the chile oil. Set aside.  In a Dutch oven, heat the chicken stock with the fish sauce and ginger root.  Heat to boiling and then turn off the heat, cover and let sit for 20 minutes.  Remove the ginger root and discard.  Add the contents of the skillet to the Dutch oven, along with the coconut milk, carrots, red pepper and chicken.  Simmer for 15-20 minutes, covered, until the carrots are soft.  Add the noodles, salt & pepper to taste and lime juice.  Turn off the heat, let the noodles cook in the warm water for 15 minutes.  Serve with cilantro as a garnish.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday Stories: Swimming

My mom was not allowed to swim when she was a child.   Because her brothers and sisters had died by the time she was eleven, her parents clamped down on all "dangerous" activities.  Mom wasn't allowed to hike, camp, ride horses or swim.  When she started dating, she wasn't allowed to go out with a boy who drove.  The boy's father had to drive them anywhere that they went.  When Mom married Dad, she still could not swim.  It was when Dad invited her to come over to Thailand to stay while he was flying during the Vietnam War that she finally learned to swim.  That was only because Dad told her that none of the wives could come over if they couldn't swim.  It was less than truthful, but it worked.  Mom went to the YMCA for four weeks, learning to tread water, put her face in the water, float on her back and do the side stroke.  She was never a strong swimmer, but at least she could hold her own.

Dad, on the other hand, was an experienced swimmer.  He learned to swim so long ago, he cannot even remember the circumstances.  He probably went to the local swimming hole with his friends and started with the dog paddle.  He went on to attend Boy Scout camp many times and earned the merit badges associated with water.  Later, during summer between his sophomore and junior years at college, he worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor at a lake.    When he was certifying to become a lifeguard, he had to rescue a pretend drowning victim.  The "victim" was a huge guy who was a linebacker on a college football team.  The guy was really good drowner.  He climbed all over the rescuer, doing his best to simulate the panic a drowning victim would feel.  Well, my dad reached out and grabbed that big guy by the hair under his arm and Wham! he instantly became docile enough for dad to bring him to shore.

My mom wanted me to learn to swim as early as possible.  When we went to Thailand the first time, I was three.  My parents put me in the pool and taught me the basics.   I swam everyday during both of our stays in Asia.  Then, for whatever reason, I stopped.  I didn't take lessons again until I was in third grade.  I started the red cross beginner class.  For some reason, though, when I went to the next level, advanced beginners, I just couldn't put my head in the water to blow bubbles.  Mom used to fill the kitchen sink and make me practice, but there was some mental block that prevented me from getting it.  I told mom I had to quit lessons.    Mom told me that if I was going to be a quitter, I had to go to the teacher myself and tell him I was doing so.    That was a strong lesson that stayed with me.  I don't think I ever quit anything again after that. Later, I went through a YMCA course and made it all the way through.  I relearned to love swimming and went on to become a life guard and swimming instructor myself in between years at college.

My children love water.  My boys spent their young years in Western Washington state, a land filled with rivers, lakes and of course, pools.  My oldest son went to a swimming preschool.  Each class was divided between a regular classroom and swimming lessons.  The next two boys loved swimming, too.  My youngest, however, had two harrowing experiences that caused him to be afraid of the water for a long time.  When he was about eighteen months old, he let go of my hand near a pool and ran off the deep end of the pool.  I was chasing him and went right in after him.  He sputtered and was whisked out of the water really fast.  About a year or so later, we were at a pool again as a family and he did almost the exact same thing.  He remembered that last time and began to fear the water.  I put him in lessons, but had to practically sit on the side of the pool to keep him from getting back out and running from the water.  Eventually, he grew enough to be able to touch the bottom of the shallower end and was able to overcome his fears.   These days, he wake boards and  swims and does all sorts of other things, just like his older brothers.    He still remembers those years of being afraid, but it's a long distant memory.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chicken Tortilla Soup

 This is my new favorite soup.  I love soup, but this one is number one on my list, at least this month.  It's even better the next day, too.  The corn tortillas have a chance to thicken up a little, almost like little homemade noodles.
In my large family, I have to double or triple the recipe (depending on how many leftovers I want).  I have used rotisserie chickens from the store, canned chicken, leftover chicken and fresh all works, so use what is convenient.  I have used cans of Rotel, but on days when there was none in the pantry, I have used diced tomatoes and a jar of salsa.  This is a very forgiving recipe.

Chicken Tortilla Soup:
4-6 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can chopped green chiles
1/2 stick butter (or 1/4 cup olive oil)
2 14 ounce cans tomatoes with chiles (like Rotel)
2 14 ounce cans chicken broth (or 4 cups homemade)
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1 8 ounce brick cream cheese
4 small corn tortillas, cut into small squares
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic salt
garnishes: fresh cilantro, sour cream, cheddar cheese
In a stockpot, saute the green onions, garlic and green chiles in the butter or olive oil.  When soft, add the tomatoes and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Add the chicken and simmer 20 minutes.  Add the cream cheese and tortillas, stirring to melt the cream cheese.  Add the seasonings, stir through and serve.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flax Wheat Bread

This is one of my favorite "healthy" breads.  If you have taken a look through the yeast bread section of my recipe page, you will find that I am much more likely to make a maple ring or a carrot cake donut than a whole wheat bread.  I am working on that....slowly.  It's not that I don't enjoy good-for-me foods.  They just aren't as fun.  I am working on that, too....slowly.

The recipe for this bread came out of a diet book.  I wish I remembered which.  Over the years, I have looked into just about every fad diet out there.  That's what libraries are for.  After checking out the books, reading through the whys and wherefores of the diets, I would copy a few of the recipes and then check the book back in.  It seems to work better for me to incorporate the good tasting recipes of many diet plans than to use one three week plan over and over and over.  That is, when I do diet.

This bread?  Well , I like it whether or not I am watching my weight, sugar, salt, fat or whatever intake.  It is amazing with peanut or any other nut butter.

Flax Wheat Bread:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 cup white flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ground flaxseeds (flaxmeal)
1 Tbls oil
3 Tbls honey
2 tsp salt
1 Tbls + 1 tsp yeast
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add the oil, honey and salt. Add 1 cup whole wheat flour, flaxmeal and white flour. Beat with a dough hook in a mixer or by hand. Add remaining wheat flour and knead thoroughly. Let rise in a warm place until double in bulk. Punch down and shape into a loaf and let rise in a greased loaf pan. Bake 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until done.  Remove from pan, brush the top with a healthy oil/fat/butter.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lemon Meringue Pie

When I was little, I loved the meringue on top of lemon pie.  I would try to lift it off my piece and eat it separately.  As I grew older, I reversed my preferences.  I much prefer the lemon filling now.  In fact, if it weren't for those in the family that love the meringue, I'd be tempted to just leave it off.

For many, meringue is the hardest part of the pie.  Thanks to a trick I learned from America's Test Kitchen, it turns out every time and rarely weeps.  Though it sounds weird, the thickened cornstarch really holds the egg whites together.

Lemon Meringue Pie:
1 1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup sugar
dash salt
1/2 cup cornstarch dissolved in 1/3 cup water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 
4 egg yolks
1 Tbls butter
1 9 inch baked pie shell
In a large microwave safe bowl, combine water, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil in the microwave (at this point, you can't ruin it, so just keep adding minutes until it boils). Add the cornstarch/water mixture and boil until clear (2 minutes at a time until it reaches that state, stirring in between cooking). Add the lemon juice and egg yolks and cook until thick (1 minute at a time, stirring after each minute). Add butter, cool and fill a 9 or 10" baked pie shell.
For the Meringue:
4 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbls cornstarch
1/4 cup water
Combine the cornstarch and water and microwave until it looks Vaseline (no joke!). Beat the egg whites and sugar until soft peaks appear. Add the cooled cornstarch mixture a dollop at a time and whip until stiff peaks form. Top the lemon pie while it is piping hot, sealing the edges (meringue to crust) and bake 325 degrees for 7 minutes.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Your Recipe, My Kitchen: Apple Butter Pie

One day last fall, probably while I was either canning quart after quart of applesauce and apple butter or making a pie, one of the family asked if it were possible to make a pie out of applesauce.  I hadn't ever had one, but I decided to do some investigating on the Internet.  I was intrigued to find that not only are there applesauce pies, but there are also apple butter pies.  They are similar in texture to a pumpkin pie (but without the evaporated milk).  Now I was really interested.

I found the recipe that I used on  Andrea's blog PumpkinTart.  Sadly, she hasn't been posting much this year. There is still a treasure trove of recipes there, though, so take a peek and see what you can find.  I made a few changes in her recipe.  First of all, apple butter is pretty sweet all by itself, so adding 3/4 + 2 Tbsp of various sugars was way too much in my opinion.  Also, I totally cut out the butter.  There isn't any in pumpkin pie, so why put it in apple butter pie?  We didn't miss it at all. Finally, I added more spices...a little ginger and allspice to go with the cinnamon.
I will fill you in on a little secret that I didn't tell my kids.  I used the apple plum butter that I made last fall.  There was a little tang to the pie that none of my family could place...but mum's the word.  They liked it and ate it without any complaint.  Had they known there were plums in it, too...well, I don't know what they would have said.

Apple Butter Pie (adapted from PumpkinTart)
1 3/4 cups apple butter (beware that most store bought varieties have lots of sugar in it)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ginger
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 unbaked pie crust
Combine all of the filling ingredients and whisk together until smooth.  Pour into the pie shell and bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 40 minutes.  Let cool on the counter and then refrigerate until ready to serve.  Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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