I already made an apple pie (with raisins and rum, it was a good time); and, I like to be original; but, I have become not just a little obsessed with the whole cheese in the crust of fruit pie thing. I am blaming those of you suggesting the cheddar and apple pairing in response to my Gruyere and pear pairing last week. Because of your suggestions, I made my usual apple pie recipe from Joy of Cooking with the Pate Brisee crust--with the cheddar, don't forget the cheddar. Thank you.
After thinking of all the ways to add cheddar to an apple pie (chunks mixed with filling? slices on top of the bottom crust before putting in the apples?), I came to the conclusion that I didn't want cheese floating around in my apple pie filling, it just seemed weird and incongruous. So I did the same thing as last week and grated the cheese (maybe 3-4 ounces worth?) into my pate brisee dough. I used sharp cheddar, I think I will go with extra sharp cheddar next time; but, this is still the best apple pie I have ever eaten. It was incredible.
Clearly, I am never making apple pie without a cheddar crust again. Because seriously, it was amazing.
You know what else is amazing? When people tell you that you make their day. Apparently, I make a lot of you smile, and that makes me smile. Thank you Opal, Haley, Lisa, Kirsten, Tiennie, Rangsiwan, and Rachel. I am glad that I make your days; but, is it me or the pies? I wish I could send you all your own personal pies, I really do.
I was thinking of just letting this go by without any sort of public acknowledgment on my part; but it seemed a good opportunity to share some blogs that you might want to be reading if you aren't already. It was hard to crunch this down into a list of ten or less, so I decided to list the last ten blogs I have had a conversation about with someone who isn't involved in knitblogging or blogging in general. Or as a friend of mine would say, "real" people, as opposed to us unreal people who blog. Right.
Adam of Adam Knits. I am trying to convince Special K that he wants to knit, I frequently refer to Adam and his knitting (and dyeing) skills as an argument for why engineers should knit. Adam is an engineer who knits, Special K is an engineer who does not knit. I recognize that my argument would be a lot more persuasive if my husband actually knew Adam or read his blog. Details.
Diana, aka Ms. Bestitched. She knits she sews and her posts always make me smile. Diana is one of the first people to leave a comment on my blog and she has one of the cutest little girls in blogland, I heart LL and Diana hearts Little Sir (seriously, she sent him maracas, if that isn't love, what is?!). I frequently find myself talking about Diana and LL in normal conversation with local friends who ask about how I met them. "Well, I haven't met them...really. I know them through blogging..." This is usually where I get the look that seems to say "oh, she is talking about her imaginary friends again."
Kirsten, who goes Through the Loops on a daily basis. Kirsten is talented as all get out (you have probably knit one of her patterns, or you might have one of her patterns queued up to knit, if not go peruse and add one), but her kids are really talented and impressive too. Her teenagers sound so extraordinary and likable, and I have to be honest, teenagers kind of scare me (despite the fact I have a child, children in general scare me, but there you are).
Christy who claims that she is Neither Hip Nor Funky, but who is, in reality, both. Her brand of wit and humor is something I totally subscribe to. Also, we both got spinning wheels at the same time, and it's been fun watching her progress, maybe sometime, I will show you mine.
Leslie, who is a good Friend to Knit With. She is a skilled knitter and everything, but she bakes too. I bake pies every week, she bakes cookies every week. I have recently been told that defending a pie baking habit by using a knit-blogging cookie baker as your sole defense is a weak argument. That person now gets no pie.
Ashley who is dogged. Because I still want to be like Ashley when I grow up. She knits, she quilts and she does these activities with such wit, style and flair. She is one cool cookie.
Parikha who lives at 617 awesomeville. She knits, and her photography skills are pretty amazing and I have a special place in my heart for people who get excited about cooking, baking and chocolate truffle making.
Stacey who hearts orange. This is not a knitting blog, it is more pictures and anecdotes about everyday life. Stacey is actually a "real" person to me. We studied to be archivists together at library school. My very first conversation with her was about the evils of addiction to caffeinated beverages which contain vanilla. She just got back from doing humanitarian work in Africa and she was stuck in line with a crazy person talking about vanilla flavored cola. I am so glad she never held this against me. Stacey is, without a doubt, the coolest person I know (she climbs mountains and zip lines through trees in countries she doesn't actually live in. That's cool.). She also has an amazing talent for gift-giving. She always knows the perfect thing to gift. That is talent, people.
Do you know Mo of Mo Rocca 180? Maybe it's an acquired taste thing; but, I love Mo Rocca. That's right, I said it. I love Mo Rocca. Don't worry, Special K knows all about it.
And last, but certainly not least, Rangsiwan who is also known as YaiAnn. I am pretty sure that Rangsiwan and I are somehow related. I find inspiration on her blog all the time. We talk baking, quilting and sewing quite a bit, and I have very few friends who are as enthusiastic about these things as I am besides her. She knit me a sock that I plan on knitting the mate to this month. It's red.
You are probably aware of a good number of these bloggers, but if not, please do go get acquainted, you'll be glad you did!
And to end, here is something I am glad about. I am glad that when I decide to try to make something new for a friend, I make a "prototype" for myself first.
Practice makes perfect, right? It's a little on the small side, but it will hold a sock project.
More about this tomorrow. I have gone on for too long, and you are probably tired of reading. So tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel.