Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I'm back! And bringing some Strawberry Pie...

I can not believe it has been four months since my last blog post! Well... maybe I can. It has been a very busy year for me as we purchased a new house, and in a new area, so I have been dealing with lots of changes and getting the new house all set up. 

So, as you can imagine, my food blogging took a back seat to everything else that has been going on, moving, working (commuting), decorating, landscaping (still LOTS of that to do), and still so far to go, but it has been a very fun and exciting journey so far. I especially can't wait to plant my garden, but considering it is 90-100 degrees around here, I will probably be waiting to plant a winter garden so that I don't lose precious plants to the heat! Here's the new house! We are really happy here...
Although I am sad not to live in San Francisco anymore, I know it is less than two hours away and I will surely be visiting there a lot. I am excited to get cooking again in our
new area because I am planning on starting my cooking business
back up, and I really want to focus on helping people who have diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other life threatening diseases 
learn how to cook for themselves in a healthy way that they can
heal their bodies and thrive! I feel that this area is a great place to do that because there just isn't as many resources here for someone looking to eat natural, organic, vegetarian food, so I look forward to meeting new people and making a difference here.

So, onward to this beautiful Strawberry Pie. Easily one of the prettiest desserts I have ever made. I made this with the help of my Mom and my Mother in Law (my second Mom). We are on a new pie making kick this summer, and had a great time making this beautiful pie. I adapted it from a recipe that I found online, which was practically already vegan, so it was very easy. 

1.) Make a vegan pie crust. I could post the recipe I use, but most pie doughs are flour, butter, and water with a pinch of salt. All you have to do is replace the butter with Earth Balance. Done.
2.) Bake that crust for a good 10-12 minutes until it is golden brown. 350 should do.
3.) Get a good 5 cups of fresh strawberries. Take 2.5  cups of the strawberries, remove the stems, halve them, and put them in your shell.
4.) Take the other half and mash them in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in 3/4 cup sugar (vegan of course) and bring to a slight boil. 
5.) In a separate bowl mix  3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 3/4 cup water thoroughly. Add this mixture to your strawberry mixture in the saucepan, and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring consistently. 
6.) Pour this mixture over your fresh strawberries in the pie shell. Let cool for at least 10 minutes and then transfer to the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 
7.) Serve with delicious vegan ice cream!!
(recipe adapted from All

I hope you enjoy this delicious Strawberry Pie! I will be back with another blog soon. Adios!