Monday, August 18, 2008

THIS is what i am fucking talking about


after a shitty golf game mike and i stopped by his parent's house to raid their garden. we got potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn, acorn squash and blackberries. woohoo! when we got home it was too late to eat so i got to take a ton of stuff home with me in the morning. what to do with a giant bag (like 3 cups or so) of fresh picked blackberries?

pie!!

and, it just so happens my good friend kp makes the best pie crust this side of the mississipi. here was the deal - i would trade kp a pork chop dinner for a pie crust. thankfully she agreed.

i also had three peaches i picked up from szalay's.

i made the filling.



kp made the crust.




it's the best pie crust i've ever tasted. i'm serious. better than my gma's, my mom's , pretty much anyone i've ever met. she has a gift. a gift for flaky, delicious pie crusts.



she even churched up the top a little.



for dinner i decided on smashed pots (still had a lil' buttermilk. it lasts forever), roasted acorn squash and pork chops. i cut the squash in half and cut a lil' piece off the end so it would stand up. i put them cut side down in a loaf pan with a lil' water at 375 degrees. these were in there for a while. i'm not sure how long. just cook it until you can stick a fork in it easily.

once they are tender drain the water from the pan and flip the squash so the cut side is up. i put a few teaspoons of butter and brown sugar in the center of each squash and mashed it up a little bit. then back in the oven to finish off.

here's the squash and the pie cooking at the same time.



while that was going i cut up and boiled two potatoes. after about 10 minutes i put a skillet on medium high heat and once it was nice and hot i put a lil' olive oil in the pan. oh - before that i took my two pork shops and sprinkled some lawry's seasoning salt and stuck a piece of rosemary onto one side.

i seared one side and then the other just for a couple of minutes. then i put the whole pan into the oven and cooked them until they reached about 150 degrees.

here are the chops.



i covered them with foil in the pan and let them rest for about 5-7 minutes. during that time i smashed the potatoes with some butter, buttermilk, salt and pepper. i still had a little dill left so i chopped it up and stirred that in too.

and here's dinner.



fantastico! i paired this meal with an in-heat wheat cuz i had one hangin' out in my fridge from the weekend and the molson canadians that kp brought over were in her cooler all the way out on the porch.

and here's dessert a hour or so later.



here are my friends kp, mk and aNw. they like pie.



i decided we should have mojitos with our pie. then i realized i was lacking some essentials. i had the rum and the fresh mint but my ice cube trays were filled with barely frozen cubes, i did not have club soda (i did have tonic water) and i didn't have fresh lime slices (i did have a bottle of lemon juice). i improvised and concocted the strongest, strangest mojitos in town.

they went nicely with the pie.



but really, what doesn't go well with a homemade peach blackberry pie?

3 comments:

Viper said...

WTF?

That's just wrong. You people know how much I love pie ... damn, that looks good!

the erratic epicurean said...

you're right - we should've called you. my apologies. kp and i plan on honing our baking skills this fall and we will need a taste tester. can we count on you?

Xenia said...

Holy god that looks good! I really love blackberries too.

Crickey, now I'm drooling on the keyboard...