Category Archives: food

Southern Pies by Nancie McDermott

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So happy to receive Nancie McDermott’s awesome cookbook Southern Pies! THERE WILL BE BAKING DONE HERE. 😀


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And great pie vs. cake issue of Our State: North Carolina


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First Lady Michelle Obama at White House Kitchen Garden Summer Harvest, 5/28/13

The FLOTUS delivers remarks before joining school children from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden. For this harvest, the First Lady invited children from two New Jersey communities that were affected by Hurricane Sandy, as well as all the children who helped plant the garden in April so they could see the fruits of their labors.

“Sarah Moore Green Magnet Academy, where are you? (Applause.) Is that a scream? Let’s try that again. Sarah Moore Green Magnet Academy. (Applause.) That’s good. And to your principals, teachers, administrators, parents who are here, let’s here it from you guys as well. (Applause.) That’s some screaming — that’s some screaming.

We’ve got the Arthur D. Healey School from Somerville, Massachusetts — where are you guys? (Applause.) Yes! And where are your teachers, principals, administrators, parents? (Applause.) Welcome. Yes, yes.

And then we’ve got Milton Elementary School from Milton, Vermont. (Applause.) Oh, come on, you guys. Come on, Milton — let me hear it. (Applause.) Are you hungry already? You’re running out of energy?

Well, it’s good to have you guys back. Thank you for being here. You see — how many kids who are here actually helped me plant? All of you guys — you guys — isn’t it amazing how the garden has grown? It’s just terrific.

And then we’ve got my friends from Tubman and Bancroft Schools. (Applause.) Yes! And to all the administrators, teachers, principals, parents, everybody — yay. (Laughter.) It’s good to have you guys….

Another one of the reasons why we wanted to invite you guys is I understand that given all that you guys have been through — because many of your schools got damaged in Sandy, right? — but despite that, you guys are still going to school every day, and you’re working on eating healthy, right? And it hasn’t been that easy, but you guys have managed to get through the school year way on top of the game, and we’re just very proud of you. That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to have you here today. So welcome. It’s good to have you.”

Whiskey Fruit Cookies

Old family recipe that I always fool with. I’ve substituted frozen cherries and pineapple chunks cooked in honey when I couldn’t get the best candied fruit; this changes the look and texture but still tastes good.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

1 cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter

2 eggs, beaten
1 ½ tsp. soda dissolved in 1 ½ tsp. milk

Sift together:
1 ½ cups flour
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. cloves

Add to flour mixture, then add to butter mixture:
1 lb. white raisins (I think grandmother meant muscats. I like dark untreated raisins.)
½ lb. candied cherries
¼ lb. candied pineapple

Add slowly:
½ cup whiskey (bourbon is good too)

Followed by:
1 lb. (2 cups) pecan halves (don’t chop)

Drop from teaspoon (the kind you use for tea) on greased cookie sheet (I use parchment paper). Bake about 20 minutes. Enjoy!