I had a couple of people ask if I could post a few of the recipes I’ve been using. So I thought I’d start off by posting my pumpkin pie recipe. BF loves this pumpkin pie. Whenever I make it, he just devours it. It might be the walnut & brown sugar streusel topping. At any rate, the pie usually never lasts more than 24 hrs. :)
Not gonna lie, this pumpkin pie is fattening. But it’s also creamy and filling and so yummy. I don’t make it often, maybe 2-4 times per year.
Whenever I make pie, I make the crust as well (which is important and worth the effort – here is the recipe!). As soon as I started making my own crusts, I can’t go back to the pre-made store ones anymore. The same goes for pizza crusts. A note about that particular pie crust recipe, it says that it makes 2 pie crusts, but I use a deep pie dish and usually only have a handful of dough left over. I guess I make my crusts thicker than most? But pie is so good with a thick crust! (That’s what she said.)
Anyway below is the pumpkin pie recipe:
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 egg whites
- 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter, chilled
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks. Stir in 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
- In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour filling into pie shell.
- Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven.
- While the pie is baking, prepare the streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Blend in the cold butter with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly. Mix in the chopped nuts. Sprinkle the topping over the pie.
- Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake an additional 40 minutes, or until set.
Last night after watching the Flames/Blackhawks game streaming online (I don’t have TSN in my basic cable package – boo urns!), I went to the grocery store and picked up a bit of food and ingredients for baking BF some goodies. I’m going to make a pumpkin pie (his favourite), and either chocolate chip peanut butter cookies, or chocolate chip banana bread. Both if I have the time. Buying the ingredients for these things is certainly a lot more expensive than just buying a pie and a box of cookies. But it’s just not the same.
Then, tomorrow I’m supposed to go to a spin class with a couple of friends … but it’s also Game 4 of the Flames/Blackhawks series and I really REALLY don’t want to miss the game. Oh, the dilemma!
Last night, BF and I went to the grocery store. We decided on soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. I hate buying cheese. It’s so expensive, and I rarely eat it. So I wanted to buy marble cheese (that way I could use the extra it for making pizza another night). BF wanted old cheddar cheese. I HATE old cheddar, but since he doesn’t like marble, I was willing to compromise and get a small block of medium cheddar.
BF got upset and said that he doesn’t like eating cheap cheese. And that’s fine. There are some things I refuse to budge on as well (like buying expensive cheese for grilled cheese sandwiches). So we ended up going to Subway for dinner instead. Which is funny, because my $6 sub would have cost the same as a block of cheese that would have made dinner for the both of us, and pizza later on. And I’m going to have to buy that cheese anyway because I want to make pizza for us before he leaves next Thursday.
But it got me thinking about buying groceries. We talked about how living together will help us save on groceries as well. We won’t be tempted to dine out as much, because we’ll have more time to prepare meals together, instead of shuffling between our separate places.
My groceries are at least $150 less per month than his. Not that that’s a bad thing. He’s a guy, and he’s much bigger than me, so he eats more food. He also cooks a lot more meat than me (not that that’s a bad thing, I should probably eat more meat – but it’s expensive!), and buys different things. For example, he cooks with butter. I cook with soy substitute butter. He buys organic produce. I buy my produce from the Asian grocery store. He buys pork chops. I HATE pork chops. He eats a ton of yogurt. I would rather eat nothing than eat yogurt. I think it’s going to be an interesting adjustment for the both of us. And we’ll have to find regular dishes that work for us.