Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Heartland Pork and Apple Pie

I just learned that January 23rd is National Pie Day
Instead of a sweet pie, how about a savory meat pie with the complimentary combo of pork and apples to celebrate. 
It goes together easily (especially if using refrigerated pie crust) and is great served on these single-digit temperature days.  I even tossed in some leftover carrots from a corned beef brisket I made this week.
Heartland Pork and Apple Pie
recipe source: Reader's Digest, Like Grandma Used to Make
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1 pound lean ground pork
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground sage
1/8 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne) (I used black pepper)
2 store-bought or homemade pie crusts
2 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
2 Tbs sugar
1/4 tsp ground allspice
milk (I used an egg wash)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a 10-inch skillet, cook the ground pork, onion and celery until the meat is no longer  pink.  Drain off fat.  Stir in the breadcrumbs, chicken broth, salt, sage and pepper.

Line a 9-inch pie plate with one of the pie crusts, trim.  Spoon the meat mixture into the pie plate.  In medium bowl, combine the apples, sugar and allspice.  Spoon over the meat mixture.

Place the remaining pie crust over the apple mixture; fold under and crimp. Cut slits in top crust.  Brush with a little milk.  Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 6 servings @517 calories each

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lily White's Party

Our NY Grandchildren, Brenna Meghan, Shaela Jamie and Ryan Emory
Jill was telling me how recently she used a saying with her children that she remembered her dad saying to her as a child as she and her sisters prepared for bedtime.  She knew he learned it from his mom and wondered where it came from. 
John would tell the girls, "Time for Kitty White's Party".
Curious, we both did an internet search and came up with nothing.
I was telling Abbey our quandary concerning the origin of Kitty White's party.  Abbey searched and found that it was “LILY” White’s Party (some said Lily White’s Ball).  Somehow, Lily became Kitty, at least in John's memory. We found several comments that people remember it from their childhood.  Some said it was popular in the 40’s and 50’s. Most thought it annoying as children but now think of it fondly.  It must had come from the following poem.
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 Do you remember this poem?

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