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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Pie And a Pasta Dish- The Meal Of Choice After A Cook-off..



Sunday, we were kind of whipped from Saturday-a long day in the rain.. My wife is working insane hours, so I thought I should do something special for Sunday dinner- even though I was wupped too..
I baked an apple pie. Now, to all you excellent bakers who stop by here, you know I can bake certain things quite well- but a crusted pie isn't one of them! Crusts intimidate me, but I did it anyway! The filling was fresh apples, in a sugar-cinnamon sauce- simmered until tender and thick. The crust was simpler than I thought, and by the photo you can tell it came out beautifully.
The pasta was small shells, covered in a long simmered red sauce, with added basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, fennel seeds. Browned, seasoned Italian sausage and ground beef, and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese made it simple, filling, and quick to prepare!
Tonight, it's spare ribs in the oven, with a carrot cake for dessert..time to get the ribs in!

28 comments:

doggybloggy said...

love how you styled that crust - perfect for the non crust lovers like me.

Ruth said...

The pie sounds amazing, love apples and cinnamon. Cant wait for the carrot cake. Pasta and sausages spell out true comfort food!

The Good Cook said...

Apple Pie - YUM.. always a favorite in this house!

Pam said...

Spare ribs? Carrot cake? Can I come over?

buffalodick said...

DogB-It was kind of cute- and tasty!
Ruth- Simple things, done well- that's my motto..
Good Cook- First one I've made in years! Usually make apple crisp..
Pam- Anytime, dear!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

You guys eat well! Love the pie.

buffalodick said...

Fingers- Life is too short to eat in a drive- thru...

Chef E said...

I love that pie, it reminded me of a wagon wheels, wonder if that means you are a pioneer in BBQ? :)

Some who are good at cooking, are not as skilled at some baking things like pie crust, unless it something you do on a regular basis- I know I am one of those- Only did well in my early years with crust when my mom and grandmother were alive to help me, that is why mine does not look so great in photos, but I try.

Brian Miller said...

we had pie as well... cherry...itaian sausage in the pasta sounds good...

Jen said...

Dough in general intimidates me. So far I've only been brave enough to try quickbreads...no crust, and no breads that have to be left to rise.

UBERMOUTH said...

Oh thank goodness. I thought you were reinventing the wheel. :)

Akelamalu said...

I'm really good at shortcrust pastry - or so MWM says. :)

highlandsranchfoodie said...

A red sauce for pasta never comes out of my kitchen without fennel seeds. Great job on the pie.

buffalodick said...

ChefE- I don't like a full pastry top pie crust, so I tried this design..ate pretty good!
Brian- Italian sausage is a favorite of mine..
Jen- I can do yeast breads, and yeast pizza crusts, but pie crust is a different animal!
Uber- That's how a guy makes a pie!
Ake- I've done shortbread, which is pretty easy...
highlander- I like fennel in a sweeter red sauce- good depth of flavor added..

Realliveman said...

Got the Crusties, huh?

Urbaneese: Cooking addition

Crusties - Not good with crust desserts.

HA

Kate said...

I have never gotten over my fear of pie crust.

The Blonde Duck said...

There's nothing better than apple pie.

Barbara said...

Sign me up for those ribs, BD! Haven't had any for ages and I bet yours are winners.

Your pie looks perfect...hope the crust was nice and flaky!

buffalodick said...

R.L.M.- I'm not much into urbanese..
Kate- I'm just not comfortable with it yet..
BlondeD- Well, it's up there- that's for sure...
Barb- Happy with pie and the ribs!

Marjie said...

Use my pie crust that's made in the pan and pressed in place. No rolling needed. Perfect for us pie crust-phobic folk. And I always make a "Dutch Apple Pie" with the crumb topping, so I don't have to fuss with the top crust!

(If you want the directions for the no-roll crust, let me know, and I'll email them off.)

buffalodick said...

Marjie- Dutch apple pie is cooked in a brown paper bag! Their favorite apple is a "Wolf River", a heritage apple which is tart and huge! Some weigh in at a pound! My Great Aunt Jen was a favorite of mine- best Dutch baker I ever knew! I've seen your baking, and you are 4 stars+!!

John McElveen said...

Buffalo--that is 4 +. And in case you aren't familiar with medical terms -that means as good as it gets!!!!!!

Man that';s some good stuff! I would never take on a oie. Grat info on the type of Apple though...there are soooo many!!!

John

I'll bet the Ala Mode was beyond good!!!

buffalodick said...

John- Cheddar or ice cream as topping works..

Tracie said...

I never make my crust. I use the frozen kind and that's ok with me.

Why do I get so hungry when I stop by?

Vickie said...

Love homemade apple pie & that one looks like a dandy!

blueviolet said...

Sounds absolutely yummy! Sugar cinnamon sauce sounds especially good.

G-Man said...

I always have real lard on hand when I want a SUPER flaky crust!!
But crusts are not my specialty..
I do love oven baked ribs....

buffalodick said...

Tracie- It was easier than I expected..
Vick- It's long gone!
BlueV- I love cinnamon in baking
G-man- Lard is the best for pastries!