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Sharing Family Morsels

Sharing Family Morsels

Sharing Family Morsels

An ort is defined as a morsel. Some synonyms include bit, fraction, segment, or taste. Some of the things I always enjoyed and appreciated about my dad’s column were the personal parts of life that he wove in. My entire family seems to do the same, especially when we get together. Today we were sharing family morsels.

My post today is about food, but it is about bits of food. Different tastes and segments of my family and life.

Earlier today I got a text message that said *’Your Brother invites you to come down to G’s (our mother’s) and try his homemade sriracha”.

I invited my little girls to come with me when I drove the three long blocks to my mom’s house.

homemade Sriracha

Upon arrival, my brother (Second born) hands me a cracker with some of his homemade goodness on it. The first thing I noticed was the flavor. It was so good! Then…AH! Heat, and then more heat! It was good. He held up another bottle and put it on a cracker. He offered it to me. I asked him if it was hotter than the first. He said it was; I gave it to my nephew who gobbled it up. I grabbed an Oatmeal Stout. Brother 2 then told me he had cured some bacon. I have mentioned before that I do not eat bacon. Bacon doesn’t like me, and I do not like it in return. He asked me to try the bacon and because I love my brother and he is a magnificent cook. I tried the bacon. The last time I tried a taste of bacon was at the Denver Biscuit Company last winter. I tried that bacon because The Hubs asked me to try his bacon, and I did. The bacon that the Denver Biscuit Company serves is Tender Belly Bacon. http://www.tenderbelly.com/

cured bacon

My brother’s bacon was so close!

A short time later My oldest brother came down. He had spent the long weekend making his own Sriracha style hot sauce and salsa. His Sriracha wasn’t as hot…a little looser than what I had tried earlier. The salsa was terrific. Daughter Number Four enjoyed it immensely.

What a wonderful way to end the Labor Day weekend; good food and good time spent with my family. The food was great, but it was especially good knowing the time spent preparing that food and the love and attention that went in to creating it. These orts, segments, and fractions of my life are absolutely the best!

 

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Apple Bacon Lattice Pie

Apple Bacon Lattice Pie

Lattice Apple Pie

When the bacon craze took off several years ago it didn’t affect me. I don’t eat bacon. I don’t like bacon. On occasion I make bacon for the family when I make breakfast or in the summer when it’s BLT season. I will eat an obligatory Lettuce Tomato Sandwich, but hold the bacon. Never in my life did I imagine I would make a Lattice Apple Pie with bacon.

So, when some of my co-workers were talking about our office Thanksgiving dinner they mentioned having seen a bacon topped pie. I believe they saw a pecan pie with bacon top. We had a few laughs about it, and we all emailed each other about what we were going to bring. I opted for rolls and dessert.

Some time was spent on Saturday thinking about what I was going to make and the bacon topped pie kept creeping in to my crazy brain. I have seen pictures on Facebook and other sites showing almost any kind of food paired with bacon. While I was pretty sure I could make a bacon topped pecan pie it didn’t sound very good.

My dislike for bacon aside, if I am going to make something, I want it to taste good. This got me to thinking about what would taste good with bacon…and although NOTHING was really my answer the obvious taste combination was apples. I searched all over for a bacon apple pie, and stumbled upon a recipe that did have a bacon lattice. The pie filling and recipe that they used didn’t sound good to me. Of course I decided to throw together what I consider a standard apple pie, and then topped it with bacon.

I had never made a lattice top for a pie before. It always seemed daunting. As I was making this pie, Daughter Number Three was immensely intrigued. When it came time to do the lattice top, she asked to help. I showed her a picture from a step-by-step guide to lattice. She was so excited because it looked like something she had woven in school. We started with four slices across the top, parallel to each other. We wove the perpendicular strips beginning in the middle and working from each side. It was not remarkably bad. Well, the raw bacon was kind of strange to work with, but it wasn’t hard.

My co-workers were all shocked at the apple bacon pie and took pictures of it to send to their significant others and friends. I guess they needed proof. They could hardly wait until dessert time so they could cut into the pie and try it. Oddly enough, it got great reviews. They really liked the salty, smoky flavor in conjunction with the sweet apples. I did manage to bring a couple of pieces home after work to let The Hubs and Daughters Three and Four try it. The Hubs said it was something that he would probably never crave, but it was good. My girls actually liked it.

I am not sure this is something I will ever make again, but I can say that I did it! I even have pictures to prove it.

Lattice Apple Pie with Bacon

  • 1 -9 ” piecrust (unbaked)
  • 5-7 medium apples (cored, peeled, and sliced)
  • 1  teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

  2. Place pie crust gently in the bottom of a 9” pie plate, leaving excess crust. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl combine apples, lemon juice, sugars, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix thoroughly, until all apples are covered.

  4.  Gently spoon apple filling into pie shell. 

  5. Cut the bacon slices in half, lengthwise. Cover the apple filling with the bacon, in a lattice weave. Trim the ends of the bacon to just beyond the pie plate, and tuck under the crust. Pinch the bacon and crust together, and flute. 

  6. Bake the pie for 60 minutes, until the apples are done and the bacon is crisp. If the bacon does not look crisp enough, cook for a few more minutes until it is crisp.

  7. Remove the pie from the oven onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.

Refrigerate uneaten pie.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Baking Recipes

 

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