See? I wanted to show proof that the SMS chocolate pie crust is indeed mixed together and the pie is on its way.Butter and shortening are kept in constant supply in the freezer because pie crusts seem to fight me every time, so now precautions are taken. I really do not understand this. As a teenager, I used to make lemon meringue pie and apple pies, when Grandma brought apples from their apple tree, and in my mind the pies always turned out fine. Now, the issue is with pie crusts shrinking or caving completely in the oven while baking (ones with no filling). The kitchen is not to hot, I poke wholes with a fork all over the pie crust and the majority of the time, I put the crust in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before baking. Still, there is slumping.
I am actually starting to dread baking pies.Valrhona cocoa powder was used and the butter has been cut into pea sized pieces.The well was made and ice cold water set inside. Now you are just going to have to wait for the finished product to see how the pie turned out. =)
In the meantime, I am sharing my homemade marinara sauce; used as pasta sauce, in place of tomato sauce and as a marinara for chicken cacciatore. The recipe makes about 8 cups and the sauce can be broken down into serving sizes and frozen for later use or canned. I do both; preferring canning over freezing. I use my sauce a lot when dinner ideas are not jumping out at me. So quick to throw on pasta and add whatever else to the dish along with freshly grated Parmigiana cheese. Easy, fast and a relief!Albertsons, here in Port Orchard, had wild caught Honduras lobster tails on sale this weekend so I bought 2. The day started out with great intentions. The marinara sauce is simmering away, cucumbers sticks are soaking in white wine vinegar, salt, and a dash of sugar for baking later and lobster tails are in the refrigerator, waiting to be announced. My marinara sauce gets done and just like that, so was my will to cook for the day. No desire WHAT SO EVER! On top of that, rebellion set in. The more the lobster tails were yelling to be cooked, the more I focused on watching Criminal minds, recorded earlier on the DVR. Clicking past commercials and getting right back into the show. I actually watched 2 1/2 Criminal Mind shows before the guilt overpowered my rebellion to cook. For those of you who do not know, the Criminal Minds show is an hour long (with commercials).
The lobster tails were cut down the center of the tummy part of the shell, through the meat, to the back of the shell but not all the way through the back shell.