I heard someone say recently that 'being in your 20's is about feeling like a failure'. I think this is very true but I also think that you could easily make the same thing true of your 30's through 80's. The thing they don't tell you is that you have a choice in the matter. I made the choice to try having a radio show even though I know nothing about music. I think it turned out pretty alright. Thanks for bearing with me on my road to self-evolution. What's your next project? What book, album, film, project, job, life lesson, conversation, country comes next?
I wanted to end Soups Songs with my favorite soup but in my nervousness of commencing the first show, I already used it. Below is my favorite pie. I've been told that it's the perfect mix of sweet, salty, sour, crunchy, soft.... As we move from whiskey season to rum season, soup season to pie season, all my little life lessons are no less relevant. Keep connecting with friends, creating a world you want to be a part of, maintaining the mix of free time and chaos that you need. I'll keep reminding myself as long as you keep reminding yourself. Your life is yours, so bake a pie and share it with good people as the sun moves us into a proper Spring cleaning. Thanks again for being a part of this experience.
Lattice-Topped Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
[discovered from somewhere on the Internet for my graduation party]
3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter or margarine, cut into pieces
10 tablespoons (about) ice water
3 1/2 cups 1/2-inch-thick slices trimmed rhubarb (1 1/2 pounds untrimmed)
1 16-ounce container strawberries, hulled, halved (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk beaten to blend with 1 teaspoon water (for glaze) *if you are making it vegan, use a bit of soy milk or vegetable oil to glaze the crust, it's just to make it look pretty
Combine flour, sugar and salt in processor. Using on/off turns, cut in shortening and butter or margarine until coarse meal forms. Blend in enough ice water 2 tablespoons at a time to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; cut in half. Flatten each half into disk. Wrap separately in plastic; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Let dough soften slightly at room temperature before rolling.)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine first 7 ingredients in large bowl. Toss gently to blend.
Roll out 1 dough disk on floured work surface to 13-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter flass pie dish. Trim excess dough, leaving 3/4-inch overhang.
Roll out second dough disk on lightly floured surface to 13-inch round. Cut into fourteen 1/2-inch-wide strips. Spoon filling into crust. Arrange 7 dough strips atop filling, spacing evenly. Form lattice by placing remaining dough strips in opposite direction atop filling. Trim ends of dough strips even with overhang of bottom crust. Fold strip ends and overhang under, pressing to seal. Crimp edges decoratively.
Brush glaze over crust. transfer pie to baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake pie until golden and filling thickens, about 1 hour 25 minutes. Transfer pie to rack and cool completely.