Thursday, January 28, 2010

unexpected domestic success!

I created a rhubarb pie from scratch! (If scratch includes two frozen pie shells.)

31 comments:

Donna Hole said...

As someone who bakes cookies "from scratch" by opening the freezer, taking out the required number of preformed buttons, and watching a timer so they don't burn - I'd say yeah, you baked from scratch.

......dhole

moonrat said...

thanks, Donna. yours was the only vote i needed :)

Indigo said...

I cook from scratch on the holidays and even then I DON'T do the baking. You aced me. (Hugs)Indigo

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Yeah, I'll count that as scratch. Congrats! Hope they turned out yummy.

Linda said...

Oh. My. God. I love rhubarb pie. Where'd you find the rhubarb? I have five huge plants in my garden (well, they'll pop in the Spring). Congrats on making the pie, hope you ate it warm with vanilla ice cream. Peace, Linda

MitMoi said...

Linda, here in NC - in the frozen food section of the grocery store there's frozen rhubarb. (which I think is kind of an amazing thing)

I mean seriously - how many uses ARE there for rhubarb - besides pie?

Linda said...

Frozen? They make frozen rhubarb? I'm on it. Thanks Mitmoi. And where in NC? My mom, who loves all things rhubarb, especially rhubarb sauce (the filling cooked in a saucepan and eaten with ice cream) lives outside of Raleigh. My mom is responsible for my rhubarb lust.

~Jamie said...

Hells yeah that works!

Way to go!

Michael Grant said...

No. It is not home made if you use a frozen pie shell. I'm sorry, but the rules are the rules.

Pie crust is perhaps the simplest recipe on earth -- flour, shortening, water. But good pie crust, let alone great pie crust, is absurdly difficult to pull off.

It will break you. It will shatter your self-esteem. You will cry bitter tears to an uncaring Crisco God.

By the way, the secret? Cold. Cold shortening, cold bowl, cold water, cold rolling pin. Cold. Only cold will save you.

Tell no one.

Amanda said...

The Undomestic Goddess approves! Actually, I made my friend bake me one from scratch. She even picked fresh rhubarb from her GARDEN! Sheesh: http://www.undomesticgoddess.com/2009/07/grandmas-strawberry-rhubarb-pie.html

Keith Popely said...

Say, uh...could you send me a slice of that there rhubarb pie? I live kind of far away, in Alaska and all, but still...mm... Seriously. Mail me some. Want pie. Want pie now. Milk waiting in glass. Give pie.

Kat Sheridan said...

Congrats! In spite of no one other than Mother liking rhubarb, I have a sister who regularly wins prizes for hers (her hubs is also fond of it). And the best pie crust starts with Michael's rules, but also includes vinegar and egg. And don't play with too much. Not only will the crust be tough, but you'll go blind.

catdownunder said...

Miaou! I will teach you to make pie base (anything else is definitely cheating) if you will give me some rhubarb.

bettielee said...

Well... I burned a cheesecake, for the first time in my entire life. It's the only damn thing I can make! I think you stoled my mojo!!!

**makes stern face**

Lydia Sharp said...

That's more from scratch than I'll ever attempt. With pies anyway. Those are the only thing I can't bake, even with a pre-made crust.

And did you say RHUBARB? My mom used to make rhubarb pie from scratch all the time when I was little. Ah, memories. :)

moonrat said...

yeah immediately after i posted this, i tried to re-heat myself a quesadilla for dinner (lovingly prepared by the RM). i burned it so badly i had to scoop the beans out and eat them separately.

writtenwyrdd said...

Frozen crust counts, moonie. I can make a crust but it always looks terrible.

I love to bake and cook, not that I do very much of it; but I never got the knack of pie crust.

Rebecca Knight said...

I'm with Michael--trying to make your own crust is a herculean task. Frozen, it is! :)

Congrats on being a domestic goddess!

SM Schmidt said...

Wow...pie from scratch is a task I leave to better domestic ones then myself. Cookies, cakes & short breads are so much more forgiving. Teach us the way to better domestic skill!

Kat Harris said...

But is it edible? That's the real test.

:-)

jalexissmith said...

excellent! when shall i expect a piece in the mail? ;)

Pretenses said...

I recently made soup from scratch! The recipe did call for condensed tomato soup, so it felt like cheating. But it was delicious, so I think it's ok. I'll share. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Catherines-Spicy-Chicken-Soup/Detail.aspx

Joelle said...

This made me laugh! I cook everything from scratch, but had never made pie. The crust seemed intimidating. I recently tried it and it worked great, but my favourite thing is to make rough galette instead. All the taste of pie, but it's not supposed to look gorgeous. Perfect for me. Here's a great link for one: http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/Dessert/Eggs-Dairy/recipe.html?dishid=8365

Ello said...

isn't rhubarb poisonous? Should I be worried for the rally monkey? ;o)

THE INTERN said...

some of INTERN's best memories involve rhubarb.....

Lydia Sharp said...

yeah immediately after i posted this, i tried to re-heat myself a quesadilla for dinner (lovingly prepared by the RM). i burned it so badly i had to scoop the beans out and eat them separately.

Reheated in the oven or the microwave? I can understand an accidental burning in the oven, but...
And omg, you still ate the beans. Haha. I would have done the same thing.

isn't rhubarb poisonous?

Allow me put your mind at ease. The leaves are poisonous (or so I've heard). The stems are not only edible, they are de-effing-licious in a pie.

Joelle said...

And you have to eat about 9 lbs of leaves to get sick. The deer eat them if you're not fast enough. What I mean is, they're their last resort in summer. All summer they'll leave them alone, but then one day, they'll say, "Man, I'm tired of all this dried up X%%#%." and eat all your lush rhubarb.89

Venus Vaughn said...

pictures. why aren't there pictures?

success like that should be memorialized.

Ulysses said...

I don't believe you, and won't until you send me a sample.

kimberlyloomis said...

Lol! Cheater! I admit that after trying to make a pie crust for a quiche in summer time I can totally relate to the desire of using the frozen. How were the pies? Tasty?

Joe Sharp said...

I can tell the extent of my success by how many dishes I leave for Lydia. And if I burn myself.

Wish I was joking about burning myself, but I'm pretty good at cooking from scratch. I generally burn myself. Made homemade biscuits and gravy Sunday morning, and burned my arm.

All of mama's boys are married off and my brothers are pretty good at the making from scratch thing. The baby bro (who is...23, I think) makes a phenomenal cheesecake. Not sure if he burns himself, though.