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Swine Flu Pie

7 Jan

After much harranging by my mother, I decided to get the swine flue vaccine today.  I was so NOT going to get it after watching this video…which admittedly made me laugh uncontrollably for a short time before I freaked out a bit.  The news story triggered my friends to respond to any comment with “I’m just cherishing every step”.  So, when I got home today after tokyo driftin’ my way through ridiculous snow filled streets, I decided to make sorbet and pie for the first time ever.  Since I have to wait 10 days to figure out if I’ll be rendered insanely disabled from a shot, I’m gonna live it up with some sweet food.

For the past 4 hours, I’ve been watching VH1’s 100 Most Shocking Music Moments while cooking.  I started off with George Jones getting a DUI for driving raving drunk on his John Deer lawn mower down a highway and my great grandmother Grace’s pie crust recipe.

All mixed up in a bowl:

2 cups flour

6-7 tablespoons of butter

3/4 teaspoons baking powder

a little salt (and probably a little sugar)

enough ice water and extra flour to make a nonsticky dough

Rolled out and then draped in a butter lined pie pan

Then I layered pretty slices of Beckwith Orchards Jonagold apples, fontina cheese, Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa powder, more apples and crushed up baking chocolate.  I think next time I’ll layer the very top with sugar before placing the top crust.  I gotta say it’s kinda weird because the cheese gives the slightest chewiness to the other textures but fontina isn’t a particularly strong cheese so it doesn’t overpower the other tastes.  Definitely more sugar next time.

I pulled the pie out after 15 mins @ 400° and then a half hour @ 350° and with the shocking music moment of John Lennon saying the Beatles were more famous than Jesus.  Amen brother.

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Dangerous Liasons

15 Jun

trappistes-rochefort-10Ok so the other night I had the orgasmically delicious Rochefort Trappistes 10 and I just happened to be nibbling on candied orange peels covered in dark chocolate.  May I venture this to be the best combination especially for that time of the month.  The aroma is boozy dried apricots/juicy prune and the mouthfeel is so smooth on the palate that the 11.35 abv is dangerously well-hidden.  The dark fruity notes of this beer play exquisitely well off the sweet, bitter and citrusy nature of the candy.  I would also recommend a sour ale, perhaps the Flemish Red Duchess de Bourgogne as an alternative.

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