Monday, November 26, 2007

A surprise success
--Strawberry-Mallow Pie

Strawberry-Mallow Pie
Better Homes and Gardens Encyclopedia of Cooking Parfait Pie to Popcorn Vol. 12 Copyright 1971

3 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
¾ cup milk
1 cup whipping cream
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 baked 9-inch pastry shell, cooled
1 21-ounce can strawberry pie filling

Set aside ½ cup marshmallows; melt remaining marshmallows with milk over low heat, stirring constantly. Chill, without stirring, till partially set. Whip cream. Fold cream, vanilla and dash salt into marshmallow mixture.

Spoon half the mixture into pastry shell. Cover with pie filling, reserving ½ cup. Fold reserved marshmallows into remaining cream mixture; spread over strawberry layer. Garnish with reserved filling. I forgot to garnish the top. Chill thoroughly.

I thought this recipe was going to be a bust. The marshmallow mixture was sort of watery before I folded in the whipped cream and the strawberry filling didn't taste all that great on it's own. When I tasted this the next day, all was well. It tasted like soft-serve vanilla ice cream with strawberry topping. It was very light. Is this how they made light and fluffy pies before Cool Whip was invented?

Well I am beat. And I just had five days off. How will I make it through a full, 5-day work week? I haven't had to work a full week in weeks.

Things are going to be simple around here for the rest of the year. That might mean I might miss a day or two but it's the holiday season season and I have to cut back somewhere. For dinner last night I made frozen meatballs with jarred sauce on soft, squishy rolls. It got rave reviews. Seriously. So you can see why I won't bust my hump when so much other stuff is going on.

Skipping the Blast from the Past today.

Question of the Day: Do you tend to eat take-out and eat out at restaurants more often around the holidays?


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That pie looks gorgeus! Wow!



ThursdayNext said...

I tend to eat out more, whether its dinner with friends or colleagues and such because its a holiday gathering. I am going to try and be good this year and restrict myself to Fridays and Saturdays only of dinner out or takeout.

Anonymous said...

Not more restaurant eating-out, but we tend to get fast food more often because we're busy and time is short.


Wanda said...

I don't think so. With dh gone for long intervals, periodically, I don't cook just for myself. Not that I always eat out or get fast food. I tend to buy deli items from the supermarket - layered dip and chips, fresh pizza, broccoli salad - and have those as long as they last. Alternately, I eat a lot of tortillas and cheese, or triscuits and cheese, or whole wheat pita bread stuffed with - you guessed it! Cheese, plus spinach, sprouts and cucumber, or cheese sandwiches on special bakery breads, with lots of fresh spinach, etc.

Anonymous said...

We try not to eat out but it never fails, something always takes longer than we plan. A quick pre-noon trip to Michaels on Saturday had us getting home around 4PM...we had to stop to grab a bite to eat sometime around 2PM and that ended up being fast food.