Monday, May 6, 2013

I am an avid shopper at my local 99c only store, I highly recommend you visit one. You will be amazed at the selection of great items that rest on the shelves. My favorite 99c store, located on Sherman Way, here in North Hollywood, CA; keeps the shelves and freezers stocked with a variety of items that appeal to my gourmet

So on my last trip to the 99c store, I picked up a few things, and decided to brush up on my baking skills.

99 cent Store finds:

1. Gluten Free Pie Crust
2. Frozen Berries
( Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, and Strawberries)

Granted, I was a little hesitant about the GF pie crust, but then again, i was only spending a dollar.
{ two days later shopping at whole foods for veg. shortening to make the pie crust and what did I find, the same GF pie crust mix for 5 bucks!!!!... I laughed out loud and saying. "yeah, i'm glad i paid a dollar for mine!!!!".}

With all my ingredients ready, i whipped up the dough with ease.

pondering the idea of what to make... i settled on cleaning out my freezer, which was jammed packed with frozen fruit, for make smoothies Oh well...{insert kanye shrug}.

Aha, a mixed berry pie...

were all made a day in advance,
these items can also be made the day of.***

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Lemon Curd = 1.5 cups
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3-2/3 cup lemon juice
3 eggs
1 small saucepan
1 med saucepan

1. Fill med. saucepan 1/3 of the way with water, bring to a boil and reduce to simmer.
2. Whisk eggs together in a bowl until fluffy.
3. In small saucepan; combine, first three ingredients and heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. stirring occasionally, bring to a slight boil. Then remove from heat
4. Slowly stream hot juice mixture into egg, whisking as to not let eggs scrambled  Once all juice is mixed into eggs, place bowl over med. saucepan with simmering water.
5. Stirring mixture continuously, making sure to scrape all sides of bowl and bottom. Curd is ready when temperature reaches 170 degrees using a candy thermometer or coats your spatula.
**At this point remove bowl from bain marie and strain mixture in storage container to cool.

Date Paste = 1/4 cup
12 pitted dates
1/4 cup water
Food Processor or Blender

1. Process pitted dates for about 2 mins, until slightly broken down. add water gradually until desired consistency is achieved.

2. Scrape bowl periodically to ensure a smooth consistency. Store in air tight container until ready to use, this paste should be refrigerated.

With all my ingredients and additios ready...Lets make a pie!
Rolling out gluten free pie dough can be a little challenging. I would suggest working with very cold dough and using cornstarch to keep the dough from sticking to your work surface.... 

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*Pie Dough is rolled and ready to fill*
*This boxed pie dough makes enough for 4-8" rounds, so you will have some dough to freeze for later use.

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1. spread about 1/3 cup lemon curd on dough
2. Arrange frozen berries

3. smear date paste around perimeter of berries
4. fold dough around berries
5. brush folded dough with egg/egg wash or more date paste
6. bake in 375 degree oven for 30 mins or until filling is bubbly and bottom crust is golden brown

More Pics coming soon...

Very pleased with this pie...the dough has a nice crisp, sugar cookie like texture.

Thanks for visiting!!

  Calvin Harris ft. Florence - Sweet Nothing

So I live in SoCal, more specifically. North Hollywood  AKA "The Valley".

The weather in the valley is mostly between 5-10 degrees warmer than the surrounding LA neighborhoods. Of course that can be nice on occasion.

So on an unexpected surge in temperature, you need something to calm and cool your bod, right?
What better than watermelon!!!!

I've experimented with two juicing concoctions that include watermelon, that are quite tasty...

( The Following images contain one or more of the listed ingredients above, the juice color result was the same.)

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What's in it?
Fennel, Celery, Cucumber, Lemon, Ginger and Green Apple.

  Chris Brown - Fine China
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