Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gooseberry Pie

Walt made a shared favorite of ours today, gooseberry pie. If you've never tried gooseberries, they're very tart, almost lemony. This is just the recipe off the can of Oregon gooseberries, but it's a good one!


1 cup sugar

3 Tbl cornstarch

tsp salt

2 cans gooseberries, drained w/ 1 cup syrup reserved

1 Tbl butter

Pastry for 9-inch double crust

In a saucepan, stir together the reserved gooseberry syrup, cornstarch, salt and half of the sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened. Remove from heat. Gently stir in the remaining sugar, butter and the drained gooseberries. Pour into pastry lined pie plate.

Add top crust or lattice top, then seal edges securely

Bake 15 minutes at 425°; finish backing at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Because I'm a mild diabetic, Walt cut the sugar in half and used half artificial sweetner for me, to keep the sugar down. Even so, I usually cut a small piece.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Non-Alcoholic Drink - Shirley Temple/Roy Rogers

I can't drink alcohol any more, so I've been looking for good recipes for cocktails sans alcohol. The "Shirley Temple" is a well-known drink that is sometimes portrayed as a drink for women (I guess because of the name of the female star). But what I didn't know is that there is also a "Roy Rogers" which replaces the ginger ale with cola! Here's the recipe:

6 ounces ginger ale
1 1/2 tsp. grenadine
Garnish: orange slice and/or maraschino cherry

Pour the ginger ale (or cola for a "Roy Rogers") over crushed ice in a highball glass. Top with grenadine and then add orange slice on the side or drop in a maraschino cherry.

If you are also diabetic, of course use diet soda instead.