Friday, November 18, 2011

Patti's 1880s Settlement Sawdust Pie

(Don't you want a piece??)
This incredible slice of Sawdust Pie, is from a favorite local restaurant that is known for their over-the-top seasonal decor, 2 in. pork chops, "mile high" meringue pies and I also think their sawdust pie!   This beloved eatery is Patti's 1880's Settlement in the small yet charming, lakeside town of Grand Rivers, Ky.  

I've had this recipe for a few years now and every time I make it I remember just how good this pie really is!          
Being filled with graham cracker crumbs, coconut and pecans with a mound of fresh whipped cream and sliced bananas, this pie is good for a decadent breakfast or delicious dessert!  I tend to think of it more in the fall, but it's warm flavors are always welcome in my tummy. :)

Patti's (as us locals call it) is known for their amazing Christmas decor!  My Grandmother and I recently went there as tradition for her birthday, and they had the Christmas up and decorated it's all it's glory!  This is just a glimpse of some of the decor over the window in just one of the many rooms. I think the theme in this room was the nativity scene.

My Grandmother and I have always been very close.  She means so much to me and I love that she wanted to spend her birthday celebration at Patti's just the two of us!    

It was a day of fun!  The food (my delicious Kentucky Hot Brown with homemade potato chips and sawdust pie), the gifts, the Christmas atmosphere, all the chatting and laughing, and most importantly the company made this day one I won't forget.  I just had to share a piece of it with you!

If you live too far away to visit Patti's, then you should at least make this incredible Sawdust Pie!!!

Patti's 1880s Settlement Sawdust Pie

7 egg whites, whipped 


1 1/2 c. pecans

1 1/2 c. sweetened coconut

1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 1/2 c. sugar

Did I mention this is so easy to make?


Mix all together well.  

Pour into 9 in. deep pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  

When cool, top with whipped cream and freshly sliced bananas.  (Both are a must!)


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Friday, November 4, 2011

Giving Thanks and Pear Cobbler with Blueberry Crumble

Recently, I made this pear cobbler with blueberry crumble again and just had to take a few pictures right out of the oven to remind you of how yummy it is!

I've been making this Tyler Florence inspired cobbler for a few years now.  In fact it was one of the first few posts on my blog!   Delicious in the fall, you can dot this dessert with blueberries or cranberries.  I think this is an elegant looking cobbler and one that it a bit unique, for the pears are only halved to see their curvy shape!

The recipe is in the previous post, or you can find it in "Tyler's Ultimate" cookbook.

I love November, my Friends!  Not only is it the beginning of the best baking season of the year (yay!) but it's a month to specifically remember and thank the Lord for all of the blessings He has given us. 

Psalm 100:4
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name."


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Beef Stew Savory

Do you guys like my new darker hair color in my profile pic?  I love it! I've found that I like changing to a richer hue for the holidays, and I'm feeling more festive already!!!  This time of year is my very favorite--it has been all my life.  I'm like a child in that I still get so excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas!  There's nothing wrong with that, right?? :)  

This stew recipe is delicious!  It's a recipe that my mother-in-love has made for years, and we've always enjoyed so much.  I've added just a couple of things to suit our taste perfectly.  This is a hearty stew that is comforting and filling.  It's quite perfect to come home to simmering in the crock pot on a chilly day to warm you up!

I love using tender and juicy leftover pot roast if I have that (a trick from Mom), but if not it's okay because cooking in the crock pot gives you that tender falling apart meat and allows all the herbs and spices to blend together deliciously.

On this beautiful night I'm thinking I'll have to make this again soon, but for now I'll just curl up on the couch and enjoy my coffee!  

Happy November everyone!!!

Beef Stew Savory

1 1/2 lb. stew meat

1 Tbsp oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 can tomato soup

1 beef bouillon cube, and 1 c. water

1/2 tsp. basil

1/2 tsp. thyme

1/2 c. ketchup

5 dashes Worcestershire sauce

3 medium carrots, chopped about 1 in. pieces

2 celery stalks, chopped

4 medium potatoes, chopped about 1 in. pieces

Brown beef in oil over medium high heat in a dutch oven. (Try not to crown pan, and brown in two batches if you have to.)  

Turn heat down to medium and add garlic and onion.  Saute until transparent.  Salt and pepper.

Stir in soup, bouillon cube and water.  Add herbs, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.

Transfer to the crock pot set on low heat.  Add the carrot, celery and potatoes.  Add more water if needed and more salt and pepper to taste.

Simmer on low heat for 6-8 hours.  Enjoy with warm rolls and a salad! 
Serves 6

(For some reason I've been having a lot of trouble linking up with other parties. :o(  I'm not sure what's going says that my tag is broken and can't be accepted....that is why I haven't joined any this week. )