Comfort Food and Easy Entertaining

As a private chef, caterer and cooking instructor I am often asked "What do you enjoy cooking when you're at home on a weeknight or entertaining guests at your table?" I started this blog to answer that question. Here I will share with all of you the recipes that I find delicious and comforting. Many of the recipes are my own versions of classic dishes, some are contemporary twists on old ideas, and some are discoveries I made while perusing my grandmother’s vast collection of cookbooks dating back to the early 1900’s. Please enjoy these videos. I have also included links to some of the published articles I have written recently. Please feel free to comment here or email me directly with any questions, comments or general thoughts. My email address and information on my catering, private chef and private cooking classes can be found on my website:

Strawberry Pie

1 comment:

Scott Hargrove said...

All-American Strawberry Pie
Sweet, red strawberries combined with pretty, tart blueberries, all layered atop a creamy vanilla pudding...that makes a red-white-and-blue pie that my grandmother would serve every Fourth of July!
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups milk
• 4-5 egg yolks, lightly beaten
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
• 1-1/2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
• 1 pie shell (9 inches), baked
• 1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
• 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
In a 3-qt. saucepan, combine sugar, flour and salt. Add milk, stirring until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Stir in small amount of milk mixture into yolks, then return all to saucepan. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Cool 20 minutes.
Pour into pie shell; chill several hours until firm. Whip cream and sugar; spread half over pie filling. Arrange berries on cream. Dollop or pipe remaining cream around edge of pie.

Yield: 8 servings.